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Research about good ways of reducing online movie piracy

Postby tiptheauthors » Wed May 08, 2013 6:35 am

I am doing research on how to implement business models without the need of any punishemnts, restrictions and render ACTA useless.

Please take 2 minutes to aswer these a few multiple choice questions http://goo.gl/2cXRp. Thank you!
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Re: Research about good ways of reducing online movie piracy

Postby hariandro » Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:25 am

In the most direct sense, Netflix is fairly irrelevant to movie piracy because it doesn't get very many new-release movies, and those tend to be the ones that are the most pirated.

But in a more general sense, you could certainly argue that Netflix has changed the home video landscape in a way that has made piracy more appealing and more likely. For those of us 30 and older, it was an astonishing breakthrough to be able to turn on our TVs and have thousands of movies and TV shows at our fingertips, when we used to have to rent physical discs or tapes or deal with complicated and expensive pay-per-view systems. But for younger people who have grown up with this, the convenience is seen more as a right than a privilege. If you can hit a button on your remote and be watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off five seconds later, why can't you do that with a movie that was just in theaters (or still is)? Expectations have been raised, and they're not going back down.

So it makes sense that a service like Popcorn Time, which is essentially Netflix for current movies and TV series, would be immensely popular even though it's not legal. Right now, there is no legal equivalent, for two main reasons: (1) The major studios still view large theatrical releases as essential revenue streams, and don't want to cannibalize them with day-and-date VOD releases; and (2) It would be unlikely-bordering-on-impossible to get all the studios to cooperate on a single Netflix-style VOD system for distributing their movies.

If the studios could solve those two issues, I think there's no question that piracy would be greatly reduced, just like music piracy was reduced when the labels cooperated with Apple on the iTunes Store and gave consumers an easy and legal alternative to Napster and the like. And, if it were really just a matter of the studio heads sitting around a table and banging out a set of standards they could all adhere to, it might happen.

Problem is, that's not how things work anymore. It wouldn't be Warner Brothers and Universal and Fox sitting down to negotiate, it would be Time Warner and Comcast and News Corp. And unlike the studios, those companies don't view each other as rivals; they view each other as enemies and existential threats. Think of it this way: If Universal itself had to choose between compromising with Fox and going bankrupt, they'd most likely take the compromise. But if Comcast had to choose between compromising with News Corp and allowing Universal (which is a teeny tiny fraction of its holdings) to go bankrupt -- they'd choose the latter without a second thought.

(There's also the issue of the exhibitors, aka the theater chains, who tend to get apoplectic over the slightest hint of day-and-date VOD releases of major movies, or even narrowing the window of time between theatrical release and home video release. They're certainly part of the problem as well, because they can't understand why people don't want to pay increasingly high ticket prices to sit in their ill-maintained multiplexes. Some of the major cities have very good theaters -- L.A. certainly does, thankfully -- but most of the country is stuck going to one crappy theater chain or the other, when they'd rather stay home and watch a movie on their own giant TV and great sound system.

So we're not likely to get a legal equivalent to Popcorn Time (or a Netflix that shows new-release movies) anytime soon, even though that would almost certainly be the best strategy on the companies' part to reduce piracy and boost long-term revenues. They want to blame their problems on piracy, but they don't want to look at any solution to the problem that involves improving the consumer experience.
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Re: Research about good ways of reducing online movie piracy

Postby sarahjo » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:16 am

I feel the only way out is to get the illegal cable connection providers to stop their operations. And platforms like Netflix, Amazon and others should be providing subscriptions to the masses. Obviously, not everyone wants to spend much so reasonable fee would be appreciable.
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