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  •  Y Combinator (7+ / 0-)

    has an interesting post on their site, Kill Hollywood

    Hollywood appears to have peaked. If it were an ordinary industry (film cameras, say, or typewriters), it could look forward to a couple decades of peaceful decline. But this is not an ordinary industry. The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected that they could do a lot of damage to civil liberties and the world economy on the way down. It would therefore be a good thing if competitors hastened their demise.

    That's one reason we want to fund startups that will compete with movies and TV, but not the main reason. The main reason we want to fund such startups is not to protect the world from more SOPAs, but because SOPA brought it to our attention that Hollywood is dying. They must be dying if they're resorting to such tactics. If movies and TV were growing rapidly, that growth would take up all their attention.

    Crazy Max Keiser picked up on the Kill Hollywood theme and took it a bit further on his most recent Keiser Report.

    At my house, we dumped our cable TV subscription a couple of years ago. We do still watch news, either the MSNBC shows that are posted online a couple of hours after they air, or through one of the internet pirate TV sites. Same with Keith Olberman on a pirate site.

    When the Young Turks went over to Current TV, I asked them if they were going to be live streaming and they said they 'couldn't because of contracts with the cable TV companies'. Isn't that silly? Go over to Current's website and they're asking you to beg your Cable TV supplier to carry Current! Ain't gonna happen. What a mess!

    I remember when I had heard of Dan Rather having a new show on HD Net. Nope. No streaming, despite the ridiculous name of their channel.

    Funny thing about those pirate internet TV sites, we're watching all those same commercials they do on cable TV — we're part of the audience that the shows are delivering to the advertisers, but we just don't count.

    We wanted to watch Bill Maher last night, but none of the pirate sites had HBO and 'Real Time' streaming. I suppose they had successfully taken down the streams. No commercials on HBO, so I see their point. I would probably pay $1 directly to HBO to watch it streaming live on Friday night, but am I going to subscribe to some stupid fucking cable TV package just because I like that show? No. Not these days. Not anymore.

    •  The politically connected part is important (3+ / 0-)
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      Programmers and travel agents haven't been any happier about this brave new world than Hollywood, but they haven't had the clout to push something like SOPA through.

      Would be nice to think the industry overreached with this, and that the backlash will actually lead to a more sane copyright model (which would really make them howl), but, alas, I think the future just holds more of these kinds of fights.  A guy can dream though.

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