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: Hypocrisy Without End
by pysiak on Tue 28th Feb 2012 16:05 UTC 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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RE[3]: Hypocrisy Without End
by pysiak on Wed 29th Feb 2012 10:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Hypocrisy Without End"
pysiak Member since:
2008-01-01

"- content has unskippable ads

[...]

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.
"
I'm not saying that the business should stop advertising and I am not dismissing their right to do it. Keep it, get money for it, sure, but please don't shove it into my throat because it's 2012 and customers are more aware than 60 years ago:
- we don't need information that the product exists anymore, we get it from friends, reviews and social media.
- we know we should be respected and if the ad is good, we'll watch it and talk about it with friends (just look how youtube went with ads that you can skip them after 3 seconds, good consensus!)
- we do not wish to be called thieves for no apparent reason/proof.
- ETC.

Advertising is still crucial for current business models and I acknowledge that, but good, respecting advertising models can benefit both the customer, the vendor and the advertising world.

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