As Prospect Park moves forward with transitioning both One Life to Live and All My Children online in the early part of 2012, and from all reports is also still trying to line up a cable network to also broadcast the shows, TV by the Numbers brought up an interesting question to soap fans over the weekend. How much would you be willing to pay to watch OLTL and AMC online?
Now, we all know that it has not yet been announced how Prospect Park intends to create revenue, recoup their costs, and what their financial model for the shows will be. So, we still don’t know how the consumer will watch their favorite soaps – whether it be by a subscription fee to fans, video on demand, or something else. Or, could it end up truly being free?
TV by the Numbers gave their point of view on the situation, “There’s virtually no chance that producing a soap opera anything like what was on broadcast, even at reduced budget levels, can be sustained by online advertising. My guess is that’s a big point of discussion with any potential cable network. While I wouldn’t be surprised if the production doesn’t move ahead until a cable network signs on, let’s assume that Prospect Park intends to put the shows online whether or not they get a cable network. How much would you pay to watch those shows online?”
OK soapers, if you have to pay to watch Llanview and Pine Valley online, how much would you cough up? Let us know!