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An end to TV downloads..

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by ian_guinan, May 15, 2005.

  1. ian_guinan

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    See here;
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4545519.stm

    Doubtless many of us have 'heard' ;) of those who have given up waiting for US TV series to finally air in the UK and have been using the bittorrent network to download high quality episodes of these shows. Well it looks like the MPAA has the whole game in it's sights, and a quick look around the net will confirm that many of the places TV downloads were available have shut down.

    It is suggested that the UK are world leaders in this activity. Maybe we have been intoduced with Sky+ and DVD to the radical idea that we should get to watch TV when we choose to, rather than when it suits the whim of a scheduler. Also the slow introduction of HDTV in the UK has encouraged enthusuasts to seek out better quality sources.

    What we need is for the programme makers to urgently figure out a way that they can charge us for these downloads and then we'll all be friends again....the truth is that once you've acquired a habit for getting these things it takes more than a few websites shutting down to get you off the habit.

    Good job I got to see the end of Enterprise before it all stopped :devil:

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    Ian Guinan
     
  2. Marc

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    yeah, such a shame, both my normal "haunts" have gone now, but hey, the trackers are still around so they haven't achieved anything apart from making things a little more time consuming.
     
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    Don't they realise that try to shut down bit torrent is like trying to cut the head off the hydra. For every site they shut down, 2 or 3 spring up in their place! :hiya:
     
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    Be fair the people/lawyers employed (or paid off) by the multi billion dollar global corportions have to do something to earn their money and while these closures will make an immediate dent on the casual downloader it won't make any significant difference when viewed overall.
    Still they got their headlines which can be just as much as a deterent.
     
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    maybe TV companies should stop shafting us and give us what we want in the first place. then they would benefit from the money earned instead of money lost due to illegal donwloads
     
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    Alas it's taken years for the music industry even to acknowledge that supplying consumers directly is a vaible business model and the movie industry in this regard are still in the dark ages:(

    However there may some light at the end of the tunnel with a move to release a small collection of movies at the cinema, dvd rental and subscription telly at the same time.
    Link to article.

    Even if it's a commercial success or at least not a total failure the inertia in the movie industry could still mean that technology keeps driving illegal distribution while the studios keep sticking to their old and outdated distribution models/methods:(
     
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    so bloody ineficient. If all they want is to make money then why dont they see that making everything available to everyone would indeed make them more money!
     

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