Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 14th Mar 2012 07:06 UTC
Multimedia, AV By reading various media news in the last year or so, a very disturbing pattern appeared. When media providers like Amazon, Apple, Google, Netfix, Microsoft tried to license content off of Hollywood, they were either given extremely high prices, or they were being rejected altogether. Microsoft even canceled a finished XBoX360-related video product recently because they couldn't license content easily, Netflix is given harder and harder time as time goes by (notice how only a few good movies were added to their streaming service in the last few months), and even the almighty Apple had the door shut on its face numerous times.
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RE: just buy them!
by BluenoseJake on Wed 14th Mar 2012 12:40 UTC in reply to "just buy them!"
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

Sony used to be a tech company, and then they bought a media company, and now they are a media company. If MS or Apple were to buy a media company, they would become a media company, and the world would be no better off.

It's much better to rebuild the industry from the ground up, I think

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shawnhcorey Member since:
2009-11-05

The industry is being rebuilt...in India. Bollywood produces more movies and makes more money than Hollywood. Hollywood has too many vested interests trying to protect their dying business rather than exploiting the new world of the internet. When they offer a movie on the internet, they do so at the same price as a DVD, despite the fact that they don't have to pay for any material or for distribution. If they changed their pricing so that the made the same profit, they won't be a dying industry.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The industry is being rebuilt...in India.


I can't decide if that's a glimmer of hope or a harbinger of doom ;)

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I meant rebuild the industry without the RIAA/MPAA, they are just middlemen, forcibly inserted between content creators and content consumers. We don't need them to distribute content anymore.

Only fools fight in a burning house. (Old Klingon Proverb)

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RE[2]: just buy them!
by orestes on Wed 14th Mar 2012 13:42 in reply to "RE: just buy them!"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

That'd work, for a while, then collective profit motives would get in the way of delivering content efficiently again and we'd be right back where we started with new faces on the same old beast.

The best hope would most likely be for the artists and producers themselves to find a way to connect directly with the consumer to secure funding, similar to the path Kickstart is exploring for the video game world.

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