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: Still stealing.
by d3vi1 on Sat 25th Feb 2012 11:42 UTC in reply to "Still stealing."
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Jefro. I also "steal" because I get absolutely no option to digitally buy the TV Shows. In the States you get Hulu and Netflix with which you watch as much as you want for pennies, but in other countries, the content is either prohibitively expensive (€50/season in a country with €300 average wage) or not available at all. When the content is finally available (usually 1 year later) it's of bad quality (widescreen in 4:3 with black bars on DVDs).

And here's the best part, if I search really really hard I can find most things that I would like to watch in another EU county (varies by content), but I can't buy it since my billing address is not from there. This is especially appalling since the EU fundamental freedoms require services and products to be available cross-border to any EU citizen. By comparison, it would be like denying a citizen from New Hampshire the ability to buy from the iTunes Store because the iTunes Store is only available in California, or because a movie is only available in the California iTunes Store (and not in the New Hampshire Store).

So the whole system is idiotic and counter-productive, but they want us to sign ACTA. Here's what they don't get: I have a lot of storage capacity, until they decide to make the TV Series that I enjoy available for decent money in my country, I will have downloaded all of them on an external raid array remuxed them to MP4 and tagged them. I want my ability to watch whatever I feel like watching for $29 on NetFlix, and to watch whatever TV shows I like on Hulu. I don't want to pay €200 per month to be able to watch the same TV Shows and Movies that an american watches for $29. Especially when they are not made available in my country soon enough.

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