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(The Hollywood Reporter)   "Game of Thrones" wins the 2012 most-pirated TV show contest   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 80
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2012-12-27 04:43:30 PM
WINTER IS COMING
 
2012-12-27 04:45:42 PM
I'd like to thank the Academy for recognition of my work.
 
2012-12-27 04:46:59 PM
 
2012-12-27 04:47:31 PM
Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.
 
2012-12-27 04:47:42 PM
You'd think eventually HBO would figure out that allowing people to purchase the episodes the next day on itunes would be a good idea.
 
2012-12-27 04:50:08 PM

swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.


Downton Abbey is another one. It's got a lot of fans over here, but the episodes all air in the U.K. six months before they air over here. They're providing incentive to pirate it by delaying the broadcast that long. Plus, all the major spoilers end up on social media, and people don't get to enjoy the series as much.
 
2012-12-27 04:53:19 PM

Dorf11: I'd like to thank the Academy for recognition of my work.


this
 
2012-12-27 04:53:31 PM

swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.


Genevieve Marie: You'd think eventually HBO would figure out that allowing people to purchase the episodes the next day on itunes would be a good idea.


The problem is that, despite the piracy, HBO is pretty happy with its revenue and deals with the cable companies. Cable-cutters just haven't made a big enough dent to make HBO restructure their business model yet.
 
2012-12-27 04:54:07 PM
/whistles innocently
 
2012-12-27 04:59:13 PM
Hello. Meine dispatcher says there is sometsing wrong mit deine cable?
 
2012-12-27 04:59:56 PM

Krashash: swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.

Genevieve Marie: You'd think eventually HBO would figure out that allowing people to purchase the episodes the next day on itunes would be a good idea.

The problem is that, despite the piracy, HBO is pretty happy with its revenue and deals with the cable companies. Cable-cutters just haven't made a big enough dent to make HBO restructure their business model yet.


And I'm sure there are plenty of people (myself included) who may not want to spend money for HBO to see one show week to week, but have no problem handing over their money for the Blu-Ray release each season.
 
2012-12-27 05:01:53 PM

KatjaMouse: Winter Never Came


Pretty much THIS.

There are only two shows I want to watch that are on cable.  Game of Thrones and Doctor Who.  I am not buying cable for just those two shows.

A message to the paranoid idiots running networks.  If you do not make your show available at a reasonable price without forcing me to jump through hoops, I will find an "alternative" means of watching the show.  The world of entertainment has changed and we don't farking need you anymore.
 
2012-12-27 05:06:30 PM
I'm going to have to say I was really disappointed with season 2, not once did that blonde dragon chick lose her kit and have her way with another woman...not once. Winter might be coming, but I sure am not... :(
 
2012-12-27 05:10:44 PM

Genevieve Marie: swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.

Downton Abbey is another one. It's got a lot of fans over here, but the episodes all air in the U.K. six months before they air over here. They're providing incentive to pirate it by delaying the broadcast that long. Plus, all the major spoilers end up on social media, and people don't get to enjoy the series as much.


Same thing with Merlin. I know quite a few people who watch it here in the states. They constantly beg the UKers to not spoil them because it's not going to air here for a few months.

If they don't want people pirating shows they really need to restructure stuff. They should drop the cost of cable in general. If it were $20 a month I'd seriously consider getting it. Now they have all these tiers & the lowest price is like $40 a month. I had to make a choice. Cable or internet. Guess which one I chose.
 
2012-12-27 05:15:36 PM
I pirated the show in July 2011. That's how I got into it. Now I own the season 1 blu ray, got my friends and family into it, bought and read the book series, and subscribed to HBO for the second season. I plan to do the same for the third.
 
2012-12-27 05:28:59 PM

OgreMagi: KatjaMouse: Winter Never Came

Pretty much THIS.

There are only two shows I want to watch that are on cable.  Game of Thrones and Doctor Who.  I am not buying cable for just those two shows.

A message to the paranoid idiots running networks.  If you do not make your show available at a reasonable price without forcing me to jump through hoops, I will find an "alternative" means of watching the show.  The world of entertainment has changed and we don't farking need you anymore.


I'm not trying to be a dick, and I understand what you're saying, but you DO need them. They're the ones MAKING THE SHOW. We subscribe to HBO over here, but that's because I get it 50% off through work. I didn't have my current job for the first season of GoT however, so yes, we found "alternative" means. BUT I bought the Blu-Ray when it came out because....sheeit, I want them to make all seven books into TV shows, and paying for that shiat, one way or another, is how that's gonna happen.

Anyway, you do need the network, in the most basic way, if you want to see the show.
 
2012-12-27 05:30:19 PM
chances are you know someone with cable. I bet they have HBO. and if they have HBO, *you* can have HBO GO. Same way Netflix allows a billion different devices, you could easily be watching a show using the available service from someone you know.

of course that's provided you have friends.

which maybe you don't.

in which case I'm sorry.
 
2012-12-27 05:30:56 PM
I would have gladly paid to watch the show. But I couldnt. My only choice was steal it or wait a year to buy it. I'm not saying which one I chose.
 
2012-12-27 05:33:56 PM

RedEyedWings: They're the ones MAKING THE SHOW


Actually, they usually are not the ones making the show.  The companies making the shows tend to be independent of the network, but sign exclusive contracts when the network chooses to pick up the show.
 
2012-12-27 05:35:14 PM
what are these bit torrents this article speaks of?
they sound dangerous and swirly.
 
2012-12-27 05:41:12 PM

Genevieve Marie: swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.

Downton Abbey is another one. It's got a lot of fans over here, but the episodes all air in the U.K. six months before they air over here. They're providing incentive to pirate it by delaying the broadcast that long. Plus, all the major spoilers end up on social media, and people don't get to enjoy the series as much.


Sherlock is the same way, and I had to hold my tongue for five months in regards to some of the spoilers because I hit the torrents as soon as they aired in the UK. You'd figure that the companies who have the rights to broadcast those shows in the US would start scheduling them better now that BBCA started airing Doctor Who in sync with the UK schedule and has been getting record high ratings (and have been topping the iTunes downloads charts) because they are not losing their audience to piracy.

That said, HBO has lucrative multi-year contracts with cable and satellite providers that probably stipulate that they can't make the episodes available for a la carte downloads until the DVD of the season us out. Even if they wanted to change their strategy now, it would probably be years until all the contracts are up for renegotiation.
 
2012-12-27 05:48:44 PM

OgreMagi: RedEyedWings: They're the ones MAKING THE SHOW

Actually, they usually are not the ones making the show.  The companies making the shows tend to be independent of the network, but sign exclusive contracts when the network chooses to pick up the show.


I know that's how it happens for some networks, but I'm pretty sure that didn't happen for GoT (or several other HBO shows). HBO acquired the Song of Ice and Fire rights, then went looking for a production crew to turn them into a show. Without HBO taking that initial leap, there is no GoT, or at the very least, no GoT with high production values, nudity, swearing, violence and all the stuff that made the books so...interesting.
 
2012-12-27 05:49:36 PM

NeoCortex42: Krashash: swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.

Genevieve Marie: You'd think eventually HBO would figure out that allowing people to purchase the episodes the next day on itunes would be a good idea.

The problem is that, despite the piracy, HBO is pretty happy with its revenue and deals with the cable companies. Cable-cutters just haven't made a big enough dent to make HBO restructure their business model yet.

And I'm sure there are plenty of people (myself included) who may not want to spend money for HBO to see one show week to week, but have no problem handing over their money for the Blu-Ray release each season.


This and that. And when you consider that only 3% of HBO's target demographic (and only 5% of the country as a whole) are cord-cutters (broadband internet but no cable television) and HBO doesn't have much of an incentive to switch up their business model.

What I can see them doing (and what they are to a certain extent already) is experimenting with HBO GO as an a la carte service in countries with higher broadband penetration and less cable television infrastructure (like Scandinavia and Asia. If they can prove the concept there, they might be able to bring it here. As of now, though, they're probably perfectly fine with that piracy (or at least they aren't going to change their business model to stop it).
 
2012-12-27 05:49:42 PM
Well HBO, as many others have already said: Your choice of exclusive distribution channels is to blame here. Sorry but its entirely your loss, not mine.
 
2012-12-27 05:56:40 PM
Actually got my 1st ever copyright infringement email from comcast for downloading this show earlier this year. Kind of amazed it took that long.
 
2012-12-27 05:59:07 PM

Mad_Radhu: Genevieve Marie: swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.

Downton Abbey is another one. It's got a lot of fans over here, but the episodes all air in the U.K. six months before they air over here. They're providing incentive to pirate it by delaying the broadcast that long. Plus, all the major spoilers end up on social media, and people don't get to enjoy the series as much.

Sherlock is the same way, and I had to hold my tongue for five months in regards to some of the spoilers because I hit the torrents as soon as they aired in the UK. You'd figure that the companies who have the rights to broadcast those shows in the US would start scheduling them better now that BBCA started airing Doctor Who in sync with the UK schedule and has been getting record high ratings (and have been topping the iTunes downloads charts) because they are not losing their audience to piracy.

That said, HBO has lucrative multi-year contracts with cable and satellite providers that probably stipulate that they can't make the episodes available for a la carte downloads until the DVD of the season us out. Even if they wanted to change their strategy now, it would probably be years until all the contracts are up for renegotiation.


It's weird because, oddly enough, the US networks are starting to figure this out. They used to be so panicked about torrents that they would delay new episodes in foreign countries until long after they aired in the US. But now a lot of shows air simultaneously in Canada or sometimes even earlier. I notice that Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- are always up on the torrent sites before they air on Tuesday in the US and that's because they air on Sunday and Monday, respectively, in Canada.

I tend to think that the reason for Downton's and Sherlock's delays is because PBS has the US broadcast rights and, as a non-profit whose revenue largely doesn't come from commercials, there's just no incentive for them to air the shows immediately and piracy doesn't have much of an effect on their bottom line.
 
2012-12-27 06:01:38 PM

BumpInTheNight: Well HBO, as many others have already said: Your choice of exclusive distribution channels is to blame here. Sorry but its entirely your loss, not mine.


Trying to make an analogy, it's like if a song you wanted to hear and everyone was talking about only appeared on some $120 box set that you don't want to buy because almost every other song sucks. And the only other legal option is to wait a year for it to finally be released as a single.
 
2012-12-27 06:07:41 PM
You know... I'm undoubtedly buried in those stats as I'm one of the folks who "pirated" the show. I also subscribed to HBO so I could watch it when it was released each week though. But the wife and I didn't always get to watch it Sunday nights, so I'd download a copy the next day that we'd watch on her laptop while eating dinner. So being an HBO subscriber... I did pay for it legitimately.

The only episodes I did really "pirate" were the first three. I hadn't watched the show, and DL'd those first three episodes to see what my friends were bugging me to watch. I liked it a lot, so I immediately signed up for HBO to watch the rest of the season.

If it wasn't for "pirating" it I'd never have watched it in the first place, and HBO gets another subscription from me now in the months it's on. Is HBO losing money because I "pirate" the episodes the day after they air to watch at my leisure?
 
2012-12-27 06:11:11 PM

browntimmy: BumpInTheNight: Well HBO, as many others have already said: Your choice of exclusive distribution channels is to blame here. Sorry but its entirely your loss, not mine.

Trying to make an analogy, it's like if a song you wanted to hear and everyone was talking about only appeared on some $120 box set that you don't want to buy because almost every other song sucks. And the only other legal option is to wait a year for it to finally be released as a single.


Yah, you know I'd even sign up for an HBO specific online package as they have a lot of good content. I'm just no longer content with paying one lump sum per month that pays for gutter garbage like the "reality" shows and other bullshiat anymore.
 
2012-12-27 06:15:09 PM
Raises hand...

/I do bought the book series and intend to get the blu-rays as soon as possible...
 
2012-12-27 06:16:49 PM

OgreMagi: KatjaMouse: Winter Never Came

Pretty much THIS.

There are only two shows I want to watch that are on cable.  Game of Thrones and Doctor Who.  I am not buying cable for just those two shows.

A message to the paranoid idiots running networks.  If you do not make your show available at a reasonable price without forcing me to jump through hoops, I will find an "alternative" means of watching the show.  The world of entertainment has changed and we don't farking need you anymore.


I read somewhere that the problem isn't with the networks. The problem is with the cable providers. From what I remember from what read, the networks have agreements with the major cable providers not to make programming available on the net without a subscription to a cable provider. The providers don't want to be cut out of their share of the money.
 
2012-12-27 06:20:57 PM

Krashash: swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.

Genevieve Marie: You'd think eventually HBO would figure out that allowing people to purchase the episodes the next day on itunes would be a good idea.

The problem is that, despite the piracy, HBO is pretty happy with its revenue and deals with the cable companies. Cable-cutters just haven't made a big enough dent to make HBO restructure their business model yet.


Yes but I think they would probably be even happier with the profits made from charging $5 per episode of Game of Thrones, instead of letting all that money go into pirated downloads. I highly doubt the majority of their subscribers are subscribed solely for Game of Thrones, and that they'd see a mass exodus of subscribers by selling digital copies of their episodes.

They're just holding on by their finger nails to the old business model, much like Comcast and all the major networks. I can't imagine the current cable subscription model can last another 10 years with attacks on all sides from Netflix, Apple TV, Google TV, Microsoft TV, Roku, Boxee, and whatever else comes along in the next decade. If Comcast was smart they'd be creating their own internet TV set top box right about now, or figuring out which one to buy.
 
2012-12-27 06:26:39 PM

browntimmy: Trying to make an analogy, it's like if a song you wanted to hear and everyone was talking about only appeared on some $120 box set that you don't want to buy because almost every other song sucks. And the only other legal option is to wait a year for it to finally be released as a single.

not watch the show.

FTFY
 
2012-12-27 06:34:43 PM

ongbok: OgreMagi: KatjaMouse: Winter Never Came

Pretty much THIS.

There are only two shows I want to watch that are on cable.  Game of Thrones and Doctor Who.  I am not buying cable for just those two shows.

A message to the paranoid idiots running networks.  If you do not make your show available at a reasonable price without forcing me to jump through hoops, I will find an "alternative" means of watching the show.  The world of entertainment has changed and we don't farking need you anymore.

I read somewhere that the problem isn't with the networks. The problem is with the cable providers. From what I remember from what read, the networks have agreements with the major cable providers not to make programming available on the net without a subscription to a cable provider. The providers don't want to be cut out of their share of the money.


It's kind of both in that they have a symbiotic relationship. HBO provides unique content to the cable companies that their subscribers can't get anywhere else. In return, the cable companies provide distribution and payment infrastructure as well as a lot of free advertising.

dehehn: Yes but I think they would probably be even happier with the profits made from charging $5 per episode of Game of Thrones, instead of letting all that money go into pirated downloads. I highly doubt the majority of their subscribers are subscribed solely for Game of Thrones, and that they'd see a mass exodus of subscribers by selling digital copies of their episodes.

They're just holding on by their finger nails to the old business model, much like Comcast and all the major networks. I can't imagine the current cable subscription model can last another 10 years with attacks on all sides from Netflix, Apple TV, Google TV, Microsoft TV, Roku, Boxee, and whatever else comes along in the next decade. If Comcast was smart they'd be creating their own internet TV set top box right about now, or figuring out which one to buy.


The problem though, as the recording industry found out, is that you can't just change the business model for pirates. Once you make a la carte options available for some, you make them available for everybody. And while there probably aren't a lot of people subscribing to HBO only for Game of Thrones, there are probably some. Plus, moving to an a la carte model risks losing their best customers, the cable companies. And in this game, you'd rather be in business with 10 companies that can be provide you access to 50 million homes than try to sell your product directly to those 50 million people.
 
2012-12-27 06:38:42 PM
The question you should be asking to understand why you have to have cable to see HBO shows is, "Who owns HBO?"

The answer is... the same people who own Time/Warner cable.

Now do you understand why their most important concern is forcing you to pay for a cable subscription?
 
2012-12-27 06:43:51 PM

BullBearMS: The question you should be asking to understand why you have to have cable to see HBO shows is, "Who owns HBO?"

The answer is... the same people who own Time/Warner cable.

Now do you understand why their most important concern is forcing you to pay for a cable subscription?


Time Warner hasn't owned Time Warner Cable since March 2009. It is now an independent company (the largest independent cable company in the country, actually).
 
2012-12-27 07:07:27 PM

RedEyedWings: OgreMagi: KatjaMouse: Winter Never Came

Pretty much THIS.

There are only two shows I want to watch that are on cable.  Game of Thrones and Doctor Who.  I am not buying cable for just those two shows.

A message to the paranoid idiots running networks.  If you do not make your show available at a reasonable price without forcing me to jump through hoops, I will find an "alternative" means of watching the show.  The world of entertainment has changed and we don't farking need you anymore.

I'm not trying to be a dick, and I understand what you're saying, but you DO need them. They're the ones MAKING THE SHOW. We subscribe to HBO over here, but that's because I get it 50% off through work. I didn't have my current job for the first season of GoT however, so yes, we found "alternative" means. BUT I bought the Blu-Ray when it came out because....sheeit, I want them to make all seven books into TV shows, and paying for that shiat, one way or another, is how that's gonna happen.

Anyway, you do need the network, in the most basic way, if you want to see the show.


People don't have a problem paying HBO for timely delivery of their product. A lot of people have problems with paying a telecom for an exorbitant cable package they may not want. If they don't follow sports, why should they pay for ESPN if all they want to do is watch Sci-Fi and HBO?
 
2012-12-27 07:12:46 PM

rugman11: BullBearMS: The question you should be asking to understand why you have to have cable to see HBO shows is, "Who owns HBO?"

The answer is... the same people who own Time/Warner cable.

Now do you understand why their most important concern is forcing you to pay for a cable subscription?

Time Warner hasn't owned Time Warner Cable since March 2009. It is now an independent company (the largest independent cable company in the country, actually).


Who are the major stockholders in each?  It would not surprise me if there was major overlap.
 
2012-12-27 07:14:19 PM
Maybe what could happen is that the various cable providers can offer the premium channels online streaming services through their internet service. The ISP will share the revenue with the various channels.
 
2012-12-27 07:23:28 PM
Justify it all you want but this is why we can't have nice things and when we do it gets cancelled.
 
2012-12-27 07:25:08 PM

Persnickety: browntimmy: Trying to make an analogy, it's like if a song you wanted to hear and everyone was talking about only appeared on some $120 box set that you don't want to buy because almost every other song sucks. And the only other legal option is to wait a year for it to finally be released as a single. not watch the show.

FTFY


No you didn't. Not watching would be a third option. But the point everyone is making is about reducing the incentive for pirating.
 
2012-12-27 07:40:37 PM

bulok: Justify it all you want but this is why we can't have nice things and when we do it gets cancelled.


Which shows were cancelled due to piracy ?
 
2012-12-27 07:41:56 PM

Mind of the North Star: bulok: Justify it all you want but this is why we can't have nice things and when we do it gets cancelled.

Which shows were cancelled due to piracy ?


All of them.

/His answer will be something along those lines.
 
2012-12-27 07:47:21 PM

bulok: Justify it all you want but this is why we can't have nice things and when we do it gets cancelled.


I want to pay for Game of Thrones. I pay for every single other song, show, and application I use. All they have to do is stop making it inconvenient to get and my money is theirs.
 
2012-12-27 07:58:11 PM

OgreMagi: rugman11: BullBearMS: The question you should be asking to understand why you have to have cable to see HBO shows is, "Who owns HBO?"

The answer is... the same people who own Time/Warner cable.

Now do you understand why their most important concern is forcing you to pay for a cable subscription?

Time Warner hasn't owned Time Warner Cable since March 2009. It is now an independent company (the largest independent cable company in the country, actually).

Who are the major stockholders in each?  It would not surprise me if there was major overlap.


Time Warner divested all their stock when TWC was spun off. There are no preferred shareholders and, according to Morningstar nobody owns more than 7.11% of the company and the top 20 shareholders are all mutual funds and other equity groups.
 
2012-12-27 08:27:29 PM

NeoCortex42: Krashash: swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.

Genevieve Marie: You'd think eventually HBO would figure out that allowing people to purchase the episodes the next day on itunes would be a good idea.

The problem is that, despite the piracy, HBO is pretty happy with its revenue and deals with the cable companies. Cable-cutters just haven't made a big enough dent to make HBO restructure their business model yet.

And I'm sure there are plenty of people (myself included) who may not want to spend money for HBO to see one show week to week, but have no problem handing over their money for the Blu-Ray release each season.


This.

They're worried that downloads would cannibalize DVD/Blu-ray sales. A show like Game of Thrones can earn something like $70 million per season on home video in just a year. They don't want to screw with that by having the show be available for download -- especially to non-HBO subscribers -- prior to the home video release date. That is, if you could buy it as a download for $3/episode, why would you then buy the Blu-ray 8 months later? If you price the downloads so it comes out to the same price per episodes as the home video, nobody would buy it because it would be like $6/episode -- well above the market rate for TV show downloads.
 
2012-12-27 08:30:14 PM

browntimmy: bulok: Justify it all you want but this is why we can't have nice things and when we do it gets cancelled.

I want to pay for Game of Thrones. I pay for every single other song, show, and application I use. All they have to do is stop making it inconvenient to get and my money is theirs.


This. I remember a farkticle awhile back about how big cable companies were biatching about the money they lose by having the younger crowds just never purchase cable. "Our biggest loss isn't cord cutters, it's people who never get cable in the first place." That's a pretty accurate quote.

Also, no shiat. Offer a lame product filled with reality tv and commercials that NEVER goes down in price, what the fark do you expect people to do? I'm 26 and had to say 6 times to comcast for a package including internet and Cable. What do they think I am, 50 and financially stable? I barely make enough money for food. It has to be internet only because I can pirate anything I want.

This is reality. Either offer your services on the cheap so that poor 20 somethings can afford it or just lose your money with your shiatty product.
 
2012-12-27 08:36:03 PM

thornhill: NeoCortex42: Krashash: swaxhog: Imagine that. An eagerly desired television show on a network that won't let people join unless they are paying another cable provider. Or better yet, delay its broadcast in other markets. That shiat isn't going to fly anymore.

2014: HBO offers direct downloads of their dramas at reasonable costs.
2014: HBO makes record profits, still investigating how.

Genevieve Marie: You'd think eventually HBO would figure out that allowing people to purchase the episodes the next day on itunes would be a good idea.

The problem is that, despite the piracy, HBO is pretty happy with its revenue and deals with the cable companies. Cable-cutters just haven't made a big enough dent to make HBO restructure their business model yet.

And I'm sure there are plenty of people (myself included) who may not want to spend money for HBO to see one show week to week, but have no problem handing over their money for the Blu-Ray release each season.

This.

They're worried that downloads would cannibalize DVD/Blu-ray sales. A show like Game of Thrones can earn something like $70 million per season on home video in just a year. They don't want to screw with that by having the show be available for download -- especially to non-HBO subscribers -- prior to the home video release date. That is, if you could buy it as a download for $3/episode, why would you then buy the Blu-ray 8 months later? If you price the downloads so it comes out to the same price per episodes as the home video, nobody would buy it because it would be like $6/episode -- well above the market rate for TV show downloads.


But why do they wait until a week before the next season starts a year later to release the DVDs? I think I could hold off it was just a month or two after the season ended.
 
2012-12-27 08:38:21 PM
www.mytierack.com
Jeez, guize. What the fark is taking everyone so long?!?
 
2012-12-27 08:40:27 PM

KatjaMouse: Winter Never Came


Welcome to my life. I tired to be reasonable, so many times, I really tried. No?
 
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