In the second most hypocritical thing I have seen in recent weeks the MPAA has admitted to copyright violation by copying movies. This is the same organization that wants you thrown in jail for creating a backup copy of media that you have purchased. Absolute HYPOCRITES I think they should sue themselves and then have to publicly tell how much money they are going to give back to the director.
Congress better realize that even the MPAA cannot operate fairly with all of the crazy rules in place. As I said in my Podcast last night you better pay attention to what these fools are trying to get your congressional representatives to push through as a new law that will remove all of your fair use rights. [Arstechnica]
Don’t believe that their are all kinds of sinister acts happening now. Well you need to wake the heck up and listen to some of the stuff I have been talking about. If the following two articles don’t make you sit up and get very angry then I will ask you to comment on why not. Read and pay close attention to what is being attempted. [ArsTechnica] [EFF]
This will be a topic for tonights podcast where I am going to have a few things to say!
Many of you may have already heard that the movie the “Bubble” was released on DVD the same day it was made available to Movie Theaters and and some of the theaters are refusing to run the movie and are crying like children who have spilled their milk.
Guess what get used to it! I applaud Magic Pictures for doing it, here is why. I am a dad, I have 4 kids and they love to go to the movies. Have you loaded the kids up with the Wife drove to the movies and then instead of pulling a $20.00 bill out of your pocket to pay for the entrance fee you have to break your credit card out and pay $42.00 to $50.00 for the experience of being entertained in a theater.
Guess what lets take that $50.00 ticket minus $19.95 for the DVD price that leaves me with $30.00 multiple that by 17 which is the number of movies we went to last year $510.00 which if you multiply by three years you end up with enough money to pay for a pretty decent flat screen TV. I already have a surround sound system and I have popcorn in the cabinet that cost .99 cents and all the beer, softdrinks and nice sofa to cozy up to the wife too.
For me I would be a idiot to go to the theater with the kids. Sure it’s fun to take the wife off to “R” movie of a huge blockbuster that is best seen on a big screen but for the kids and their movies they like. The $19.95 DVD or Netflix makes the money in my wallet go a lot farther.
There only chance to survive is to give me a DVD when I pay for my $50.00 worth of tickets so I can at least get a little more bang for my buck when I go to the movies. [Mark Cuban]
Do I sense a war brewing. Their are going to be a lot of pissed of people if they cannot download the last episode of lost or a syndicated television show. Think about this for a second, when I was living overseas the television selections was horrendous, you had this pathetic star network and a bunch of third rate crap stations. TV was horrible. My time overseas also broke me of my habit of watching to much TV because the majority of it was terrible. But for those that are living as expats the ability to get cool shows via BitTorrent is awesome. Now I understand the studios have a issue with this and I understand that they don’t want people sharing movies. So here is a idea.
The studios need to realize their audience is global and unless all of the people on the globe can go to new movies or pay for them online when they are released the horns come out and people go and download the shows and movies so they can see it instead of having to wait 6 months to year before something is released in their home country. News travels the globe in microseconds not weeks and people are dialed in to what is happening on a global scale. If the MPAA and the studios would figure this out instead of using their old techniques old media distribution which encourages people to download the content on the net. [The Register]
I hate to say it but here we go again. Hollywood has fielded some new legislation that makes the broadcast flag initiative look insignificant. From BoingBoing I read the following and my jaw hit the floor
“Under a new proposed Analog Hole bill, it will be illegal to make anything capable of digitizing video unless it either has all its outputs approved by the Hollywood studios, or is closed-source, proprietary and tamper-resistant. The idea is to make it impossible to create an MPEG from a video signal unless Hollywood approves it. ”
The details of what the want are beyond shocking they are Anti American, Anti Business, Anti Technology and all about control. The MPAA wants to control you, what you watch, what you record and what you backup in such a controlled way that the American public will likely have to spend billions of dollars to access and copy materials they have already paid for.
I agree with the BoingBoing article that any legislature that moves on this is an idiot. Only a lawyer firms who are getting paid millions by the MPAA could have thought up this monster. [BoingBoing]
There is a catch to that question. What if you paid that $17.00 and then several days later received the DVD of the movie you just watched. Personally I don’t think the model will work and here is why. Usually the only DVD’s I buy is if I have already watched a movie and thought it so good that I wanted to add it to my movie collection. I do not go out and buy a DVD off the shelf without having seen the movie already.
But I may be persuaded to buy the DVD if the price was much lower, having a family living in Hawaii, and dealing with $3.55 a gallon gasoline we have to smart in our expenditures. So when I buy a DVD I usually end up digging around in the Walmart clearance crate for DVD’s that have been marked down to $5.00 lets be realistic if people stopped buying DVD’s at these ridiculous prices we could force the industry to lower the price and guess what more of us would buy DVD’s. [www.videobusiness.com]
Missed recording some shows on your DVR don’t worry head over to Rent my DVR. People are asking some of the obvious copyright questions but apparently the site has been up for a while and people are able to put request in. [www.rentmydvr.com] [Commentary on the Website]