|Originally posted by Glimmie
4) As per the 1000 max I predict in existance, thats 1000 SYSTEMS with either Hipix or the Panny combo. Now out of those people, how many will try to load this stuff on the WEB?
It only takes one person Glimmie--one out of a thousand people technically oriented enough to handle making these recordings in the first place. The people who upload what that one or more person(s) offer will take care of the rest. By default, BearShare, at least, will make anything you download uploadable from your machine. They discourage using the service and not sharing--they call it "freeloading".
|I work in this industry and know the business models. This ain't gonna happen. The distribution ladder is very carefully implemented and fine tuned for profit. Sale, rental, and PPV are three seperate distribution channels in that order. And FWEIW, this is one area where the MPAA does have control under the wishes of the studios.
But you say you're a hardware engineer, Glimmie--I write firmware. I don't design business models or have much to do with my company adopting new ones. That entire chain of film distribution that you mention didn't exist thirty years ago. New business models come into being from time to time.
Pay-per-view protected by either HDCP or DTCP or both is much more secure than DVD--if I were a movie studio concerned about unauthorized distribution of my content, I'd rather rent it by copy-protected pay-per-view than on essentially unprotected DVDs.
I've read about plans to release fresher material to pay-per-view in several different places--it's supposed to be one of the service providers few gains for pushing copy-protection on their customers. They've wanted fresher stuff for pay-per-view for a long time, and copy-protection enables the studios to give it to them. So far as I can tell, we've always been able to rent films on the day that they can buy them, but I may be wrong about that. If there's a delay between retail and rental, that may remain, but the delay between rental and pay-per-view will go away. Pay-per-view will be just another rental media, like DVD and VHS.
I've even heard rumours of Blockbuster dumping their stores and turning to pay-per-view services. This seems far-fetched to me, but you never know.
-- Mike Scott