No video is must-have. If it isn't on netflix chances are pretty good I am not watching it. So if you want me to watch your stuff, put it on nflx. My Q is already long, so it will need to get in-line. You should be working to get me to eyeball your junk, not making it harder for me. You are doing a great job of making yourself irrelevant.
Hulu revolving windows are the stupidest invention of all time. It makes me use the service less. Is that what it is for? Is that what they want? Else why keep doing that? Studies must show that it makes people use Hulu less. They must!
By being so slow to provide a way to pay for the content they are teaching people the free way to get content. Then, when they finally provide a pay service for the content it is laden with DRM and time constraints and thus cannot compete with the convenience of the free way that people have already come accustomed to.
You do it gradually over time... no crash. You are using the same tired arguments that keep us from actually fixing anything or doing anything beneficial. Oh, noes, if we do that all these bad things will happen. Then you paint all the extreme worst case scenarios that would happen if we were stupid about how we went about it. Conclusion: can't do it. It's off the table.
That is the most annoying thing about Netflix. You remember seeing something while browsing or put something in your Q a while ago. Now you feel like watching that thing and you search for it but it isn't there anymore.
Not only that, but he has an overinflated view of himself. He assumes that because he cannot handle something no one else can either. He thinks he is at the top of the ladder when really he is at the bottom. Unable to look in the mirror and admit that he is broken and inferior he seeks to drag down the rest of us to his level.
This guy demonstrates the same faulty reasoning that has brought us the War on (some) Drugs and has made gambling illegal. Calling for laws to counter your own weaknesses only makes things worse for everyone.
About a year ago I got the call to be a Nielsen. I asked them outright on the phone if I should fill in the stuff I watched on Netflix and online. The operator said "yes" without hesitation. However, the booklet they give you to fill out your viewing record is awkward for online stuff. I ended up watching it online but then saying I watched it during normal time slot (ie. lying) Netflix stuff I just didn't report even though Netflix is about 50% of what gets watched here.
It is a bad sign that he says we are "half-way there". We aren't anywhere yet. It seems like typical politician talk. Say whatever the particular audience you are talking to at the moment wants to hear, then do nothing about it. I am not encouraged by any of it.
Cave-lawyer: "Cave-man has just been issued a patent on the Wheel. We saw you moving blocks of stone on a platform of rolling logs. Pay us 3 wolf-pelts and 2 saber-tooth knives or we will sue you for a side of mastadon."
Cave-mason: "But I have been moving stuff on rolling logs for over 10 years and others have been doing it too. How can Cave-PTO issue such a broad patent now, given all of the obvious prior art?"
Cave-lawyer: "You have to examine each of the claims to measure their individual validity. You can't just say the patent is obvious without looking at the details. Cave-PTO examiners are experts that went to Cave-harvard university."
Cave-mason: [After carefully examining the stone tablet inscribed with the patent.] "I see this patent was applied for 6 years ago. That was around the same time I did some construction work on Cave-man's cave."
Cave-lawyer: "Cave-man draws inspiration for his inventions from many sources. Anyway, you better just pay up the 3 little pelts or you risk losing an entire half of a Mastadon. Plus you will be held up in extended court proceedings away from your work while your wife and children starve."
(Very early in its history, the human race goes extinct.)
There is some truth to what the AC said. It wasn't that the govt forced banks to make bad loans (as the AC did not say but you seem to have read into it that he did) but that the govt was complicit by guaranteeing loans to low income buyers. The banks aren't going to deny a loan if they have no risk.