commented on It's Been a Bad Year for Television
Nearly every time I deal with big media companies, I run into one company or another that has a monopoly on a certain piece of content. They have it, but they're not going to give it/sell it to you unless you do X, Y or Z (Subscribe to an unrelated service, channel bundle, service bundle, et cetera).
For a generation that grew up surrounded by the near-instant, unlimited media offered on demand by the various internet services, legal and illegal, the idea of a company saying "We have the content, but we're not going to sell it to you because we think we can make more money by putting it behind _X_ wall" is not an enticement for the customer to reach for their wallet, it's an enticement to walk away and get it another way, even if that way is illegal. In short, they see the grey/black media market as a competitive entity, and these semi-legal or illegal sources simply out-compete the pay TV services.
Of course, the illegal services have their downsides, too. They're constantly shifting their access methods, server locations, jargons, etc. such that one must possess a degree of technical literacy and a keen desire to keep up with it. Apple (and later MusicMatch, Spotify, Pandora, etc.) were able to out-compete pirate services in the music market by making their legal product convenient and stable enough for the majority of consumers. They didn't eliminate piracy, they just made it easier in the long term to buy music legally.
The TV and cable companies however have stuck to their old models, hoping not to out-compete the illegal market, but to somehow stamp it out entirely, a tactic that hasn't worked ever in the history of anything, and isn't going to work now.
This year like every year, when the latest Game of Thrones series starts, tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of Americans are going to show up at HBO's website looking to subscribe and download the latest season of their favorite show. HBO of course wants it distributed through their device, streaming, a day or so after the TV broadcast. Even then, they won't sell it unless the customer installs cable service and buys a premium access package, the vast majority of which they don't want. So, like every year, these potential customers'll turn to the torrents, which are more than happy to give it to them an hour or so after the show airs, in HD, on whatever device they want it on. For free.
commented on HUMP! Tickets Available Now!
Are you going to add showings? I really enjoyed it last year, but my new work schedule has me working nights Friday/Saturday/Sunday :(
commented on What Do You Think of the Robocop Remake Trailer?
This movie was one of the rotten seeds at the core of today's over-aggressive, militarized police force. Every kid who had no power in his life wanted to put on a suit of armor and kick anonymous bad-guy ass, free of the constraints of legality, because they _WERE_ the law.
The kids creaming their jeans over the original RoboCop grew into the cops kicking down your door and shooting your dog over an expired license tag today.
commented on Pacific Rim: Beautiful, Bold Genre Fun
@9: Yeah, this is pretty much a live-action/CG Evangelion rip-off, storywise, but I haven't seen this one, so I don't know if it ends with the howling existential chaos of the Evangelion TV series or something a little less convoluted.
commented on Protesters Disrupting Alaska Airlines Shareholder Meeting Right Now
Eh, labor relations are a balance-of-power thing. The companies and governments made concessions to labor in the '30s not from the kindness of their heart, but to avoid riot and work stoppage – real costs associated with sufficiently pissing off their labor force. So long as the company can say "no" to labor and save money, they will continue to say "no" whenever the subject is raised.
To pretend that a small demonstration like this will change any executive's mind is self-delusion.