They don't understand the economics of opportunity. They don't see how requiring cable TV and a subscription to HBO actually limits their business and customer base.
This isn't about them making intelligent economic decisions. It's about habit and the capacity for their brains to comprehend the changes that emerging technology imposes to the standard economic model.
So this plan went into effect in January? Well why don't we check the top selling DVD's for the year and see what comes up shall we?
Oh well look at that! The Blind Side, Hangover, Sherlock Holmes, Book of Eli, Clash of the Titans, Time Travelers Wife, etc, etc, all Warner Bros, all in the top, all released since this delay went into effect. All unavailable for streaming on netflix, some good, most not.
I think the evidence speaks for itself. It works.
Governments must pass laws like this because the alternative is more regulations on industry which raises the ire of lobbyists and conservatives across the country. It's much more likely that the legislature will be able to solve their issues using local laws and are completely incapable of getting Congress to muster the strength to change national policy on multi-national corporations.
Really, the only other way to do this is to either ignore it or mandate changes directly into the cars or cell phone devices. And that just isn't going to happen.
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