Subbable – ongoing Kickstarter. Or, cable you actually like all the channels on.

Hank and John Green

I have had this discussion with friends over and over, and have never found someone on the other side of it: cable where you can pick your own channels. No one I talk to says, “No, actually I feel pretty good about paying for all the channels I never watch. I think it’s right, and just” and whatever else they don’t say.

Subbable, a start-up from Hank and John Green (John Green of young adult fiction fame) is trying this out. This seems like a cool idea because it gets around the idea of having to convince people to click on ads (which I still do on this blog) to support creative content. Instead you just subscribe to the content you want. It’s potentially a great idea. The biggest difference I see between this and Kickstarter is it the potential for ongoing projects. It isn’t to get the webisodes started, it’s to actually support them once they’re going. I like this idea a lot.

It’s an attractive idea – if you like content, put money into the hands of the people who make the content. Weird, I know.

John Green and co. seem like folks to watch.

3 thoughts on “Subbable – ongoing Kickstarter. Or, cable you actually like all the channels on.

  1. This is brilliant. Absolutely an idea whose time has come. The big monopolies will fight tooth and nail against any modification that takes the smallest penny away from them, but I feel this is the future. Most of the media my kids consume is on their iphones and tablets and laptops. Very little tv. I’m looking into canceling my cable and getting chromecast or somesuch. I like the tv for the size of the screen and the sound. That’s it. The cable is overpriced and I don’t watch ninety five percent of the channels. Absurd.

    I really enjoy the Green brothers. Their Nerdfighters channel is one of the best, and their educational vids are incredibly smart and entertaining. They do talk too fast, if you’re watching strictly for the sake of self educating, or using the vid as a supplement to sketch out an educational principle for a kid, but overall just marvelous vids and terrific conversation and subject matter.

    1. My kids don’t really get the idea of commercials or live TV. Everything can be paused or rewound or recorded. I had a friend who cancelled cable mainly because his daughter kept nagging him about things she’d seen on commercials (although I can tell you as a parent of a largely commercial free kid they can get sold on things by their friends just as easily) . With the Vlog brothers, I like their instructional videos and their ethos – Vidcon is a cheap conference they run.

  2. This is brilliant, absolutely an idea whose time has come. The big monopolies will fight tooth and nail against any modification that takes the smallest penny away from them, but I feel this is the future. Most of the media my kids consume is on their iphones and tablets and laptops. Very little tv. I’m looking into canceling my cable and getting chromecast or somesuch. I like the tv for the size of the screen and the sound. That’s it. The cable is overpriced and I don’t watch ninety five percent of the channels. Absurd.

    I really enjoy the Green brothers. Their Nerdfighters channel is one of the best, and their educational vids are incredibly smart and entertaining. They do talk too fast, if you’re watching strictly for the sake of self educating, or using the vid as a supplement to sketch out an educational principle for a kid, but overall just marvelous vids and terrific conversation and subject matter.

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