TV, movie industries futilely fighting future
Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:35 AM
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:23 AM
Don't forget that there was a lot more illegal downloading of music before Apple and iTunes music store came along. The same with films and TV shows -- loads of illegal downloads available if you search hard enough and I believe there are websites where you can watch shows almost immediately after they've aired. The studios will learn "the Jobs lesson", but only the hard way.
I prefer reading to visual media and I only listen to recitals (no music). I have no interest in films or shows (especially after the very excellent Jericho was prematurely killed-off). Give me a ton of books (print or electronic) and I'm happy. I have hundreds of books on my iPad and Sony eReader.
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:53 AM
I actually have Netflix with one DVD plan in order to get stuff that I can't stream, but I actually rip the DVD and watch it later when I have the time and delete the files after I watch them, but to do this is a pain and when I don't have the time to rip it I keep the DVD and watch it on my play station. The thing is that if these guys come to their senses they will realize that they need to put this content avaialble because I'm not going to wait 30 days for a TV show and that is why I get frustrated and fire up utorrent, however, I haven't had the necessary of doing this just to avoid the trouble and thanks to these streaming services that allow me to watch what I want from what they offer without having to waste time waiting for something to download.
Basically the ease of use and the availability of these services in multiple platforms is what makes the experience great and will keep people happy having to pay for it.
This is really good stuff, great article.
Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:59 AM
I tried at first, but the networks do not make it easy with restrictions on what episodes they put online and when. Once I missed something because of my hectic work schedule and I missed the small window they were sharing it online that was it. More often than not I just found it easier to watch something else that fit my schedule better.
It is so obvious that the future is here. It is time for the television networks to embrace it.
Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:07 AM
Dan, I appreciate the thought put into your article, I believe you touched all the bases.
Posted 05 June 2011 - 09:36 AM
I think Netflix is on the right track, though I do object to their policy of only letting you authorize 3(?) of your devices at a time. Supposedly this is to prevent you from giving your account info to friends, but as I pointed out to one of their support reps, all they'd have to do is check IP addresses to prevent that. The policy should be: ANY device coming from your home IP address should be able to connect (though I can understand them limiting it to, say, three SIMULTANEOUS streams).
When I proposed this to the rep, he said "Wow, great idea! I don't think we've ever thought of that!" Um, OK. So do it already.
Posted 05 June 2011 - 10:12 AM
While I think this is the future, I'm not ready to go there yet, for the following reasons:
1) It isn't as if the shows aren't available. It is that the "legacy" approach is expensive. If I think having 3-8 shows available as soon as anyone else can see them is desireable, then I have to decide to pay the $50-$100 monthly cable bill.
2) I didn't purchase a lovely HD plasma TV and decent surround sound system to watch TV on my laptop, or stream lower quality shows with suboptimal audio.
I'll keep watching the progress, but in the meantime, my Comcast service and my two HD Tivos will continue to be my primary source of video entertainment.
I also have a Blockbuster Online subscription, but I am thinking of converting to a fewer-out-at-a-time Netflix sub, but the Netflix attitude of "quality be damned, full streaming ahead" is off-putting.
Posted 05 June 2011 - 10:33 AM
So the networks are loathe to do anything that would possibly perhaps pull one of those precious viewers away. Despite the fact that the system could be inherently flawed and not really giving a good picture of the viewership up or down.
Now what we need is two fold. One a better Nielsen system where vastly more folks are counted so one viewer doesn't have as much impact. AND to convince the networks to count all potential sources of income -- OTA ad funds, online ad funds, itunes, Amazon etc -- to recoup budget for each show. Then after that we can tackle DRM issues
Posted 05 June 2011 - 10:38 AM