Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2012 00:13 UTC
In the News "Like any space opera, the story of information technology is a very simple one. It is played out in a myriad of different ways by a revolving cast of characters, but it always has its loveable heroes, its predictably nefarious villains, innocent civilians to be saved, and bumbling bureaucrats that aren't inherently evil, but begin every story aiding the forces of darkness out of a misplaced belief they are preserving law and order in their corner of the galaxy." He might use Star Wars as an analogy (I strongly dislike Star Wars - Trekkie here), but it sums up very well how I feel about computing today.
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RE[5]: A little over-dramatic
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 12th Feb 2012 21:11 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: A little over-dramatic"
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Yeah, what you're talking about is a system where people can have all the content they want, and never have to pay a dime if they don't want to. I'm not saying it won't work, but I do think a whole lot of people are going to be looking for new jobs. Hell, if I have a choice, and I don't have to deal with the pirating BS or worry about getting sued, I'll pay $0 every time ;)

There are examples of content creators who have been financially successful - despite eschewing the traditional "big media" distribution models and/or pricing models.

The best example that I can think is RoosterTeeth, the people who make the Red vs Blue series. While all of their episodes are free to watch, they also offer per-season subscriptions (in the $20-$30/year range, last I checked) - with subscribers/sponsors getting getting early access to each episode. That seems to have worked fairly well for them, judging from the massive jump in production qualities since the first few seasons. They seem to have found a model where the "I want it now" impulse overrides the "I want it for free" impulse. And I think the overall lesson that can be gleaned from their success is: there's always going to be a way to make money from your content, if your content is actually compelling.

You could argue that they're an exception/anomaly, but I think that's only because no one in the traditional entertainment industry has been willing to try the same model - not because the model is only feasible for RoosterTeeth. I can think of several current & recent series that I would (have) happily bought a season-subscription for... if only it were/had been available (BSG, LOST, My Name is Earl, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, etc). I would much prefer that to financially supporting the increasingly-archaic cable TV model, where you're essentially "paying for a faucet that runs piss in order to get the faucet that runs water".

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