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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Hypocrisy Without End
by ViktorRabe on Mon 27th Feb 2012 19:36 UTC
ViktorRabe
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2011-12-30

Wow, I didn't know that all these series you "pirate" are unavailable.

- "Babylon 5", 1994 - 1998. Can be bought for 60 Euros. All 5 seasons of it. That makes -- wait for it -- about 0.55 Euro per episode. Frack me.
- "Deep Space 9", 1993 - 1999. Can be bought for 135 Euros. That makes about 0.75 Euros per episode.
- "Firefly", 2002. The whole 15 episodes sell for 20 Euros on Blu-ray.

It goes on and on. Perhaps you would be much more believable if so many of your shows weren't so old that you can get them for cheap.

You don't have a credit card? Then get one. This has to be the most ridiculous excuse I've ever heard.

What's broken is people's attitudes. Give it to me on my terms or I will acquire it without paying you. How about passing on watching these shows if you don't want to pay what's asked of you? Is there someone standing next to you with a gun, forcing you to download and watch these shows?

Edited 2012-02-27 19:37 UTC

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RE: Hypocrisy Without End
by pysiak on Tue 28th Feb 2012 16:05 in reply to "Hypocrisy Without End"
pysiak Member since:
2008-01-01

What's broken is people's attitudes. Give it to me on my terms or I will acquire it without paying you.

Not entirely. There are very legitimate customer concerns which are:
- content DRM'd too a point where legitimate users receive worse utility than pirates
- I should be able to use what I buy on any device, whithout differences in how it is presented, not bound to a service provider
- I should be able to easily understand rights for what I rent/buy/stream
- I should not be warned everytime about being a thief
- content not available everywhere on release date (important!)
- content of different quality depending on region/device/language
- companies taking interest in whether customers make backups/copies, lend to family or friends
- content has unskippable ads
- content does not expire and is not invalidated when I move regions temporarily or permenantly

What are those concerns? They are reasonable quality requirements for a modern product/service in the zero cost of copying, digital market place.

Yes, someone could use them as excuses for not buying, but they are still good concerns of all the other people. They should be yours as well, I think.

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RE[2]: Hypocrisy Without End
by ilovebeer on Tue 28th Feb 2012 17:14 in reply to "RE: Hypocrisy Without End"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

- content has unskippable ads

There is a whole host of other legitimate concerns as well but we won't bother getting into that. What I will say however is that advertising is the largest revenue stream the film/tv/video business has. All your beloved tv shows couldn't even begin to exist without advertising dollars paying for it all. As much as I despise advertising (which I have to deal with on a daily basis for work), I acknowledge & accept that it's necessary.

There is in fact two sides of the fence -- the consumers imagination/perception of what business "should" be doing, and the real world business of being a business.

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