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Discussion in 'The OT' started by SayWhat?, Oct 11, 2009.
So the format they thought for sure would kill Hollywood is now so important that they fire studio heads over. Nice!
Here's where technology should be coming in to play. The studios should begin offering older film downloads and streaming new dvd releases directly from their own sites or through some highly profitable arrangements with others. That plastic disc is already outdated except for HD which requires too much bandwidth.
However, that clashes with the ISPs wanting to cap & throttle bandwidth.
I'm waiting for the ISP's to simply say to the providers of bandwidth-demanding-streams "the charge is going to be." For some reason, people seem to fear having the "post offices" (the ISP's) collect postage from the shipper (the dvd store or the URL selling). I haven't figured out why I have to pay more for sending basically text emails so that I can buy an occasional movie or TV show episode. The "selling" url should have to pay for and charge me for the "electronic disk."
Isn't the problem more that the economy tanked in 2008 and people were being more discretionary with their spending, cutting out unnecessary items such as DVDs?
For me, it's about price. Why are some shows (like "Parker Lewis") priced around $40.00 season or more and others at $10.00? I got two full seasons of "Lois & Clark" the other day for $10.00 each and watch Amazon weekly for what they put on sale for $15 or so.
No, what I fear is the ISP getting a monopoly in an area and while their prices for bandwidth go down (and they have been), they'll hike their margins like crazy claiming that they need it to handle new services. A complete crock and a bold-faced blatant lie. Then, companies like Comcast lie through their teeth about how they stack up against FiOS while complaining at the same time that they can't handle video streamers (while FiOS basically says 'no problem')
I am sure it is, but somehow Hollywood in blind to most real trends these days. They assume that it is not possible that people buy less music because there are so many other things to do and most music is crap compared to 25 years ago.
I am sure they just assumed that people would just keep buying DVDs in spite of any economic downturn. Heck they probably assuemd that sales would go up because people would stop going to movies or something.
The plastic discs are very cheap.