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Saturday, December 5, 2009

The movie industry is screwed, their product is inferior to the freely available pirate versions of their product. The funny part about it is that they react by encumbering BluRay with lots of protection to keep the content from being copied, further making the free versions which now perhaps perfectly legitimate users might create so they can take the content with them on a laptop to that plane where they don't want to pack all physical media. We know from the music industry that for a while it was very hard to pay for the content in a format you wanted, now Amazon sells unlocked music online for a reasonable price. You can buy music again, meanwhile Netflix is delivering content cheap and in a format that works, but because it is still dependent on a stream of pretty high bandwidth, it is so much easier to share unlocked movies, so whoever pays gets penalized vs the people who just download or share the movies that have been unlocked. I get it, we need to pay the people who make movies, but given that they make it hard to get movies in a good format, and the stuff is available for free, it seems they should give up on copy protection and release in a format that is usable. I write this blog post after getting frustrated with DVDs and BluRay's menu structures where they make you watch the FBI waring for every disk, they don't let you skip the previews. Why can't I just turn the thing on and watch the movie? Don't waste my time. I know I am not the only one frustrated with things not working and blocking me to get things done, because they don't trust the people who pay them. However we have the power, we are paying for this stuff, lets demand it in a better format.

Say no to DRM!

There is lots of content on the internet now, explore what is available often free, YouTube, Hulu, TWiT, all delivered cheaper then DVDs and BluRays, it costs Netflix 5 cents to internet deliver a movie, this is the future, but let us cache it on the HD, like I can do with iTunes, copy it move it to whatever device I want to use, charge if you must, support it with ads if you must, I get it you have to pay your rent and buy food too. Don't alienate your clients.

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