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[2]: Don't understand
by Treza on Sat 25th Feb 2012 19:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Don't understand"
Treza
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2006-01-11

So, what ?

The situation is not the same in all countries, some countries use cable TV, others use satellites, or free to air UHF band, or through internet adapters.
In my country, for example, "cable TV" is almost nonexistant, people mostly use free to air or channels available through their internet connexion.

"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.
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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 know what ? What you consider as "great TV shows" is considered as junk by many people. But they are still paying for sponsoring the 1% you care, as you are sponsoring the 1% they want. For example, I need to accept that a lot of my money is spent for broadcasting sports, which I never, ever watch.

And, of course, few people speak fluently english, so simultaneous worldwide distribution is pointless.

TV is never free. Free to air channels are payed by commercials, marketing being a sort of hidden tax on every product sold, or, for government owned channels, by a public subvention, which is another tax.

The convoluted financing doesn't matter. It's just about paying for what you get.

The main part of my previous post relates my astonisment about people acting as drug addits for TV series, being able to do dirty things to get their shot, as fast as possible.
I'm a bit sad about them, actually.

Obviously Hollywood, Apple, Amazon and cable companies are evil. Nobody is arguing about that. But, just like Microsoft prefers Chinese to pirate Windows rather than trying anything else, the RIAA prefers torrents of world-wide-crap instead of local productions or people simply not caring.

Pirating conforts them in the illusion that with enough legal pressure, all these dowloads could be transformed into paying customers, whatever the price is.

And, as they are dealing with addicts, they may be right.

(Hope I don't seem condescending !)

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