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  •  I've seen a bunch of comments in SOPA-PIPA (41+ / 0-)

    diaries by Kossacks who work in the film business, from editors and other 'backoffice' workers, but not from any actors.

    Mostly they note what you do, that the issue of piracy and the film business rests on the fact that the major players in Hollywood (as in other businesses) are failing to recognize that the problem they have is NOT so much piracy - but WHY the piracy is happening today.

    It's not just because technology makes stealing electronic data easier than ever.

    It's because they (Hollywood) aren't taking advantage of that technology to make their products easier for consumers to access legally.

    For instance, I pay about $100 a month for my satellite tv service. It now includes 'on demand' from a number of the networks on my package, so that I can 'stream' old episodes as easily as watching the current live episode.

    My provider now also allows me to attach an external hard drive (EHD) to my DVR unit, so that I can record and retain a copy of movies and other programming - so long as I maintain my package of programming (if I stopped subscribing, for instance, to HBO, none of my HBO recorded files would work any longer).

    I don't pay any more, but I'm getting more. As a consumer, I like it. As a business model, it's good, because these extras attract more consumers, who would otherwise be surfing YouTube or any one of the numerous file-sharing sites, looking for the content that they want.

    It's all a matter of math. XXX more consumers would allow the business to decrease per-consumer costs. If they make the programming easier to access and a little bit less expensive, they can make more money in the long run - and avoid the issue of piracy, for the most part.

    American's are on the whole honest consumers. If you make it easy to get, and reduce the price on stuff, most of us will pony up and go legit.

    Love your character on Eureka. I saw your name in the cast list and for the life of me, couldn't tell whom you were playing. My bad, I didn't think about the passage of time from ST days, and the beard threw me.  Too bad they've cancelled it...


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    by Angie in WA State on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 02:20:21 PM PST

    •  "$100 a month for my satellite tv service" (5+ / 0-)

      I pay about $1,200 on property tax and get teachers in schools and deputies in patrol cars and not electrons.

      Put a 200% luxury tax on the electronic services since almost no one will pay $300/month for electrons. They'll charge $40 and add $80 tax for $120/month.

      •  I live in an area where I've (8+ / 0-)

        NEVER been able to get over-the-air television.

        When Cox Cable came into my county in 1983, I couldn't sign up fast enough.


        I live behind a fairly large hill, south of my property, and between me and the Portland, OR transmission towers for broadcast networks.

        I could see ABC sort of, if you don't count multiple ghost shadows, and KPTV, the local independent channel from PDX back in the days before FOX bought it up, was visible most days.

        Not anything else. Twisting electronic ant races for the most part, and even the audio signal would be distorted.

        And I love not only politics and news, but movies and tv shows, just as much as the books I've loved my whole life (one end of my living room is a library, stacked 3 deep and floor to ceiling). I've lived here since 1980, in this same house.

        The only way to get TV was from a cable or satellite provider.

        So I've always had that to pay. I'm used to it. It's nearly as much as my property taxes, and I wish it were less, but C'est la vie.

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        by Angie in WA State on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:08:32 PM PST

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        •  Amen (1+ / 0-)
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          Most of the places I've lived since adulthood were that way. No/few local stations, no way other than satellite or cable to get anything else.

          I think if you don't live in the major cities it's the rule, not the exception.

        •  KPTV not owned by Fox (1+ / 0-)
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          It's a minor point in your comments, but KPTV is a Fox affiliate that is owned by Meredith Corporation, not Fox.  That's probably one reason why they do quite well in the relatively liberal Portland area -- there news coverage isn't screwed up by association with Fox News.

          Down in San Francisco/Oakland, Fox affiliate KTVU (owned by Cox) actually has to remind it's viewers that they are independent from NewsCorp and that their news department is good because it has nothing to do with Fox News.

          Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

          by TexasTom on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 08:49:53 AM PST

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          •  Hunh, well, ya learn something every day (0+ / 0-)

            or you're already takin' (or are ready for) the six-foot dirt nap...

            I thought they weren't just an affiliate, thought THOM (the house of murdoch) bought them up some 15 years ago.

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            by Angie in WA State on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 10:41:05 PM PST

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    •  See Also: itunes. (5+ / 0-)

      Fear is your only God.

      by JesseCW on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 03:03:01 PM PST

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    •  He played a scientist (2+ / 0-)
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      the one who is the arch-rival of the now head of the company (whose name I can't remember).

      He also plays a recurring role on The Big Bang Theory, playing himself...the arch-rival of Sheldon.

      The arch-rival business seems to be doing pretty well these days :)

      #Occupy Wallstreet - Politicians will not support the movement until it is too big to fail.

      by Sychotic1 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 03:33:37 PM PST

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