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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RE: Don't understand
by henrikmk on Sat 25th Feb 2012 09:53 UTC in reply to "Don't understand"
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I don't know about laws in Netherlands or US. What Thom is doing may or maybe not is legal.
The issue is, is it ethical ?
Do you think any smallest part of the money that you give for your ultrafast Internet connection goes in any people actually involved in the creation of those programs?
The fact that you don't like current legal options don't give you the right to download these torrents.
You're just deluding yourself.

Television is not financed that way. If it were, you wouldn't see so many great TV shows being cancelled or so much junk being produced. The money path between you and the producers is incredibly convoluted.

The thing is, that cable companies are a huge middleman that gets to decide what you get to watch and what box and which software you use to watch it with. They do that through putting together a business model centered around bundling different channels together from different providers. These providers then pay cable companies to bundle them in for greater exposure.

Then you buy the whole package of channels, of which, you may be able to use around 0.5 to 1% of. I'm not exaggerating. You're paying for content that you never get to watch.

You have a whole ecosystem of junk that you MUST pay for, in order to watch a single TV show, basically a signed contract, where you pay them to dump toxic waste outside your house, so you can get an icecream cone.

Then you have the whole debacle of having to replace your boxes every 2-3 years, which produces hazardous electronic waste, but it certainly does keep a lot of TV service people busy.

Who's unethical again?

I think the US economy would fare a lot better by cutting out the cable company middleman and let the film and television producers distribute their products directly via the internet and do it world wide simultaneously.

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