Hollywood Wants To Kill Piracy? No Problem: Just Offer Something Better

from the and-watch-people-go-away dept

Just John points us to a recent Reddit thread, in which a rather basic suggestion is made for how Hollywood could do a much better job killing movie piracy: by offering something better. It was summarized with the following graphic:
Or, basically, create a service that doesn't limit people and offers them what they want, in a convenient manner, at a reasonable price. Simple. Except... that's just not how the MPAA works. As we've stated many times in the past, services like Spotify have massively shrunk how much people in Sweden use The Pirate Bay for music. They now use it for other media, because no one's really created a "Spotify for movies." In fact, whenever the industry seems to get close to creating a good product for video -- see: Hulu or Netflix -- the industry then freaks out that it's going to cannibalize their old way of doing things, and tries to make it worse. It's why the big studios have been pulling content from both services, and trying to limit what they can provide. And that's exactly the wrong thing to do. That's how you encourage more piracy.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 6 Feb 2012 @ 9:28am

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    Exactly right.

    "If you don't care about the better image quality - and most people, especially those with smaller TVs don't - then Blu is not worth the upgrade."

    This, especially. I have long wondered why they keep touting improved audio/visual quality as if it were a strong selling point. Sure, it's better, but it's not as much better as the DVD was over videotape. It's the type of improvement that only videophiles care about. For most people, DVD is very much good enough. I wonder if it's because the industry is filled with videophiles and don't understand that most people don't care very much about image quality as long as its above a minimum threshold. Which DVDs are.

    Improved image quality is, really, the only thing that makes Blu-ray better than DVD. And Blu-ray brings a lot of additional downsides.

    I used to think that Blu-ray would eventually be the dominant video medium simply because eventually DVDs would no longer be produced. But with the rise of streaming, I think that Blu-ray will not catch on in the way that VHS or DVD has -- it will have a relatively short lifespan as a videophile product until HD streaming becomes common.

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