Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Feb 2012 21:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV An interesting anecdote at MinimalMac about television being broken. The author's young daughter, who is growing up in a Netflix/Hulu/iTunes/etc. household, was confronted with actual TV for the first time, and wonders why she can't pick what to watch, why the shows are being interrupted all the time, and so on. Clearly - TV is broken.
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Gotta agree with Thom here.
by DeadFishMan on Fri 24th Feb 2012 23:12 UTC
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Broadcast TV in Brazil came to a point of being completely unbearable for those that still have some gray matter left in their skulls.

With the exception of classic (should I say timeless?) cartoons re-runs, the occasional sitcom-like local show and the nightly news - those which are still not completely taken over by the extremely conservative right wing media oligopolies - Brazilian TV is almost completely made of brain dead stupid reality shows, soap operas and stuff like that.

It gets a little better with cable but even then, expensive channel packages such as HBO and Telecine both leave one quickly upset with the amount of commercials (in between shows mostly for now but I still see commercial breaks every now and then) and those stupid on-screen overlay adverts for other shows that you may or may not be interested and that will certainly piss you off if you are PVRing the whole thing.

iTunes is a non-starter here for similar reasons to those stated on the article and Netflix has yet to be as ubiquitous as it is on the US and abroad and even then it will be an uphill battle to conquer the Brazilian audience when the availability of titles to stream leaves so much to be desired.

The solution was to resort to torrents which, as Thom correctly asserts, offer a much better viewing experience. You get to watch what you want, when you want and, if you want it so, with superior quality to anything on broadcast or cable TV.

The availability of RSS feeds for torrents of TV shows and applications like CouchPotato - for movies - and SickBeard - for TV shows - to automate the whole thing make it a breeze and with plug-ins like XBMC Subtitles, one does not need to even leave the media center to look out for subtitles!

I understand that some people really do not like to watch anything that is not dubbed on their native language and for those the availability of content on most public torrent trackers is not THAT good but still...

The point is that the "pirates" do a better job with the source material than the "rightful owners". What these media moguls fail to realize is that there is an untapped market potential here and that they are wasting their time trying to come up with useless DRM systems - that WILL be broken eventually! - instead of trying something new, akin to Steam with reasonable prices like Thom described.

Well, it's their loss, really. Despite still subscribing to cable mostly for the kids-friendly channels, I have been using torrents for my own entertainment for a long time now and I am not looking back...

Edited 2012-02-24 23:29 UTC

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