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Too Much TV

An article at the New York Times got me thinking again about the tension between consumers and producers of content. The article talks about how people are starting to use computers to exert control over their consumption of television. I like this bit where someone finally gets it:

"These high-tech tricks address desires that have become standard in an age of instant media gratification: the desire to watch what you want, when and how you want it."

Replace "watch" with "listen" and think about the business model Apple has with Itunes. People don't want to steal things digitally. At least [I think], most people --they just want what they want, and they want it now.

Some people get that. Steve Jobs does. I think Bill Gates does. For sure Mark Cuban does:

"So Hollywood has a choice. They can change their business model of windowed distribution of movies and significantly impede any potential impact of camcordering and internet downloads. How?"

"They can release DVDs day and date with their theatrical release. Let the customer consume the movie exactly the way the customer wants to get it. What a concept. Shocking isn't it."

Lawrence Lessig: "Free Culture":

"The way people connect to the Internet (wires vs. wireless) is changing very quickly. No doubt the network should not become a tool for "stealing" from artists. But neither should the law become a tool to entrench one particular way in which artists (or more accurately, distributors) get paid.

For now I have stopped using my mythtv box. Too much time watching it. Seemed silly to maintain one just so I could watch Sealab 2021. Time to read. Study. Think more, watch less. That's where Sealab was perfect. It's only like 10 minutes long --not even long enough to squeeze in a commercial. I can do tv at 10 minutes a week. Or can I...

NYTimes: Steal This Show (Lorne Manly and John Markoff)

Blog Maverick: Is it illegal to collect movies? (Mark Cuban)



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