Could Fox's New Streaming Video Policy Turn Web Viewers Into Dastardly Pirates?

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Holly Golightly

You know who is doing this now too? AdultSwim! I could not believe they are following this trend everybody else is following. Big fan of shows like Family Guy on that website. Now to access "gold" you need a paid subscription, and I just disconnected my TV just 2 weeks ago. Man, they sure know how to make a girl feel guilty. I would be happy to pay for a membership on the website, but they seem not to offer it. Feels like they just don't want to do extra business, and just force people to do old fashioned things like paying for TV service. Gosh, what I would do to watch a live stream of TCM on the internet.

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Cooketh

It won't affect me too much, because I do have a log-in for their stupid network thing.

 

That being said, and I'm not a "slippery slope" kinda guy but regardless, this will be the start of the end.

You see how EA and Steam are fighting in the digital pc game distribution market?

Fox will fight with others, others will fight with them, all of a sudden people are going to have to pay up some cash or have very specific cable/sat packages. Just wait. In the not so far future gaurantee DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, etc will start having commercials about their digital TV / internet packages like they do now - but you have to the premium combo package for an extra $10 for a fox login. Wait and see.

Right now you can catch fox shows on Hulu[dot]com, XfinityTV[dot]com, and Fox[dot].com

Bet your butt that won't last too much longer.

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diafebus

That is such crap. I watch the damn commercials on Hulu, same as I would if I watched it on TV. They are still making money off of me on Hulu damn it... 

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whathuhitwasntme

I watch fox on terrestrial broadcasting, its not required to have "cable" to watch it, it is FREE over the air. If I give something to you free today, and you give it to somebody else tomorrow, did you steal it? If this was a subscriber based programming like HBO, or even CNN, it would have a valid point as to you taking a paid service for free. Fox is free to watch on terrestrial broadcasting, therefore it was given freely! You can not steal something that is free, its FREE.

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A9JE

Let's see, watch a show on TV on a specific day at a specific time with commercials, Or watch a show anytime, with no commercials streaming online. Whatever, either way I don't pay. :)  good ol' air antenna.

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Atomike

I think what you meant to say is that immoral people will turn to P2P, while normal decent people will have the shred of self-disciple and character to wait an extra week. If you can't even wait a week for a show online, then there is something tragically wrong with you as a human being.

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bling581

Why in the world does it matter if you wait a week and watch it "legally" or go download it or watch it online? Is the content owner going to make any less money if I watch it online versus logging into Hulu Plus to watch it? If it's already been shown on the air then there is no difference and people need to stop making a big deal about it.

If I watch a show live, record it on TiVo, or watch it through Hulu Plus it's perfectly legal. Watching it online or downloading it via P2P then I'm a pirate? Get real.

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CaptainFabulous

Or maybe they're completely moral but don't give a crap about whether or not Fox makes any more money than they already have. Who wants to wait an extra week to see their favorite show, especially if all your friends are going to be talking about it.

Fox should be thankful that anyone is watching their programming at all.

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Atomike

Hmmm. A completely moral thief/pirate. Hilarious. No such thing, my friend. Fox owns the shows it airs. You have no intrinsic right to view them. They allow you to do so under conditions which will make them money.  If you don't like their terms, you don't watch their show.

The sense of entitlement that people have today is nauseating.

Speaking to those who would P2P these shows - the world owes you everything, doesn't it? People like you were specifically the target of the song "Smells like Teen Spirit" - "here we are now - entertain us." You deserve to be entertained because you exist. Right?

There is no such thing as a "good" pirate. That word simply can't be used to describe a person who takes what they have no right to take. No matter how "evil" the actual owner is. You can't justify it.

 

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CaptainFabulous

Morality has nothing to do with it. I just don't care. Do you think Fox is a "moral" entity? Do you think they care about you? What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

When Fox and other billion dollar corporations start caring about their customers then I'll start caring about their bottom line.

I find it humorous you think we the people should be held up to some kind of glorious high horse moral standard while it's perfectly a-ok for corporations to rape us blind at every opportunity. This is the exact same kind of behavior that compels battered women to return to their husbands. Sorry, but if a man ever puts his hands on me he's gonna get a cast-iron frying pan to the head. And whenever a billion-dollar corporation tries to fuck me over then yeah, I'm not gonna give a shit about them or their profit margin. To do otherwise is sheer stupidity. Or mental illness. Or both.

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bling581

Well said. I'm not an anarchist by any means, but playing by the rules all the time is just plain idiotic, for reasons like the one you mentioned. If they're not playing by the rules then why should we? I honor companies that make quality products and have good service with my hard earned money. Do as I say but not as I do? I don't think so.

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bling581

"There is no such thing as a "good" pirate. That word simply can't be used to describe a person who takes what they have no right to take. No matter how "evil" the actual owner is. You can't justify it."

It's completely justified if it's considered to be reasonable use. Since when did legal vs. illegal = right vs. wrong? There's a line between what's right and wrong, and it's not defined by laws created by the government or corporations. If I choose to tape a show on VHS and give it to a friend then that's completely fine. If I charge him $5 for a copy then that's crossing the line. The same thing applies here. What happens if I lost a movie or a CD key for a computer game I have? Do I go out and spend the money to buy another copy? No, I already gave them my money so I download it. Oh, but that's wrong you say?

 

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TerribleToaster

Morality is not tied to law because morality is relative while law is absolute. You could possibly have a "good" theif just like you can possibly have a "evil" policeman.

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Crum.Nathan

1st off morality is not relative. Murder is wrong no matter where you are. Stealing is stealing. If you tell me morality is relative and I steal your car because I say, to me, taking your car is not morally wrong you will be severly angry with me. Laws are one of the least absolute ideas of right and wrong I have seen because lawyers seem to get people out of any trouble just by pleading insanity or the ridiculous Casey Anthony case lately. There are always loop holes to laws or people who believe in "Relative Morality" that are continually trying to change our laws to be more relative than they already are.

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TerribleToaster

 

" Murder is wrong no matter where you are."

No, murder is a crime no matter where you are. Killing is not always wrong according to the rules of morality. For example, I kill a man in order to stop him from killing ten thousand more. I may have committed a crime and will be likewise punished for it, but are you going to tell me that I was wrong for preventing the deaths of thousands?

"If you tell me morality is relative and I steal your car because I say, to me, taking your car is not morally wrong you will be severly angry with me."

And? You think you are in the right because you believe it was not wrong to steal it and I think it's morally wrong because you stole my car. That's a perfect example of how morality is relative. It's all about POV.

"Laws are one of the least absolute ideas of right and wrong I have seen because lawyers seem to get people out of any trouble just by pleading insanity or the ridiculous Casey Anthony case lately."

Laws are absolute because they depend on only one POV (the courts). And as you pointed out with the Casey Anthony case, just because the majority of us saw her as morally in the wrong, the courts didn't and thus she is not convicted of a crime. Another example of how morality does not necessarily follow the law.

 

Just take a second to think about the idea of absolute morality. If morals were absolute, you won't have terrorists, hate crimes, or anything else that you see as immoral. A Muslim terrorist doesn't think he would be morally wrong for killing all those people which is why he can do it. There are other POV’s in this world besides your own, get use to it.

 

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Carlidan

Well written. You could also have put canablism to your response. Now to our civilization eating a human is wrong but another it's right. Morality is subjective also.

 

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dstevens

if i remember right, there was a supreme court ruling that said that after a show is transmitted that the corporation who owns the show has no legal right over that which was transmitted. as long as you do not copy and redistribute the material. somehow someway there was a rush to get rid of analog tv signals right after that (even a federal law was instituted to make digital tv mandatory remember)

wonder why those coincide so close together....

 

as for p2p..

well ya i admit it ima leech on p2p sites sometimes,  but you know what.. my internet connection costs me $30 / month... cable... $50... why.. why does the most basic cable cost more than 50 mbps internet? maybe because the corporations that run it say they want our monies, and most people are to stupid to find thier tv on the internet.

 

there are morale and noble "pirates" as you put it you self righteous prick....

we hate corporations for thier money grubbing schemes, and thier lack of caring about the customer. you think fox applauds you taking thier side? kool fine whatever.... wait till its your turn in the barrel... cause as consumers.. we all MUST take a turn in there...

some of us are just oblivious to being in it i suppose

screw the corporations, screw the money hungry grubby hadned ceo's (who are best of friends with them banker ceo's you forget are ruining our country) and screw anyone who sides with them...

 

 

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Carlidan

I'll just wait a week. House's new episodes takes around that long to wait. No big deal to me. It's just a show. 

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Holly Golightly

Sigh, the greed never ends with these large corporate entities. Fox needs to see the trend that many young people are cutting the cable, for good. TV is too expensive because you have to pay for these insane packages, in which you will probably watch 5 channels out of a thousand? Even for PAID tv, you still have to watch commercials like you do with free tv. That is not quality worth paying for. I would rather pay for the commercial-free netflix. NetFlix is cheaper than cable. Why would I want to stick with cable? With that said, I do not plan on going through a torrent because torrents are trackable, which could get anybody in deep trouble with the courts. But I will watch them commercial-free on my favorite Russian social network.

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bloodgain

Yes. Yes it could.

Welcome back, me mateys! Please seed. ;-)

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TerribleToaster

So if I am understanding this correctly, Fox manged to help plug the hole in their "profit boat" that pirates were sinking. And now that the hole isn't so leaky, they are going to possibly make it bigger again because?

They found out Gandalf was Magneto? Obama is a Commie Nazi? George Bush Jr. is a chimp? Oliva Wild is really a sparkely vampire? 

What's the reason for the policy change?

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Carlidan

Milk more profits?

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Teeebs

Rupert Murdoch needs more dough to pay his lawyers right now.  Suck it up everybody.  Besides, who watches Fox (or Family Guy for that matter) anymore these days.....lol

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Carlidan

Like family guy. :(

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Brad Chacos

From Fox's press release:

“We are continually looking at opportunities to provide our pay television distributors with content and products that enhance the value of pay television to subscribers. Our new authentication service will continue to provide next-day access to FOX broadcast shows for our viewers who subscribe to participating pay television providers.”

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CaptainFabulous

Translation: "Cable and satellite operators are unhappy because we're letting people watch our shows for free."

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Peanut Fox

I don't watch much TV anymore.  Isn't Fox still free over the air?  If so how do you increase the value of free over the air HD?  How exactly is Comcast making big bucks by offering FOX over something that requires cable?

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