Dish Planning Blockbuster-branded Netflix Competitor



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     It's not the streaming that most companies have a problem with, rather it's the fact that Hulu was free, and Netflix provided it free until the subscription gets implemented. This means that essentially they pay for a bunch of movies in either one lump sum or on a payment plan (i.e. yearly, monthly, ect.). This may be fine for movies that have already found a place in homes or that are not as popular, and thus will not sell that many copies, but when it comes to the movies that will sell, whether it is a rerelease, a new release, a re-master, or a a new edition, it can sorely cut into their profits. Some releases can provide a serious influx of cash, or a serious impact. Take MGM for example. One of their biggest money makers is James Bond. Another one is the Stargate series. Now let’s say, hypothetically, that a new James Bond movie is released and it becomes a big hit. Big hits are generally expected to sell a lot of copies. Well, if there are several deals out there that make it so that the movie is widely available through subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu, and those services are good enough that people actually use them, then people would be more willing to use those services instead of buying the movies. I am one of those people. I would use the subscription to cut down costs of movie purchases, and wait till a movie is either on sale or in a bargain bin before I purchase it. On top of that if a movie is released in stores and on subscriptions services simultaneously it actually becomes more convenient to use the subscription service. Now, I for one would think that should serve as a sign that movie studios need to re-evaluate how they sell things, such as pricing and available editions and availability. But movie studios are like everyone’s grandparents. They are old, crotchety and do not want to change or do not understand enough of the environment to change.  On a side note, I by no means wish to imply that this is the reason for the supposed financial straits of movie studios or even why MGM filed for bankruptcy.  I would rather imply that it is bad management that caused that.

     On the subject of changes at Blockbuster, I hope they can implement a good subscription service and a good purchase/rental service at the same time. I always felt that companies that only do one or the other are limiting themselves and not maximizing their use of the digital distribution platform.



Very true. I love market competition and want to see the best option win. But it's also true that networks and studios are fighting the future, just as publishers are with ebooks. Instead of embracing the advent and inevitablility of digital content, they fight against it in hopes of keeping their current physical media market. What this will do is make things a pain in the ass for consumers right now, then make these companies fail like undergeared n00bs once the future creeps up on them. Bad decision on their part to fight it and try to make the past live. I don't understand why they try to fight against the inevitable fate that's already taken the music industry instead of trying to embrace it and work with it. It's all just plain fail.



I use both. If Blockbuster steps up their game, I'd probably throw Netflix to the crocs.



The issue, which is currently what Netflix is facing is getting the selection. Most of these provideres dont like streaming services, cause it cuts into their bottom line, unless they them selves are offering the service. Proof of concept is the limited selecion in shows on Hulu, as well as the ever shrinking shows/movies on Netflix. 



Which is better; have a unified streaming service that offers shows for cheaper, or allow pirating to remain the most viable option for people to watch television? I would like to use these service, but they are too limited by selection and by my country. 



excellent point.

At least two things need to happen:

1). Movie studios need to stop treating their own customers as potential criminals and do away with the petty bullshit of locking down their content with annoying copy protection. Fair use allows us to make a copy for the car or backup.

Just a simple example like being able to click past the FBI notice on a DVD so one can go straight to the content instead of being forced to wait through a locked down screen. Yes, movie industry. WE ALL KNOW ITS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE TO COPY AND DISTRIBUTE already. It's on every damn DVD.

2) On the one hand, hollywood studioes complain that pirating and illegal dowenloading costs them 100's of millions of dollars yet on the other hand they spend 100's of millions of dollars on lawyers and lawyer groups to go after people who very often have little or no money. That's why the public has very little sympathy for the movie and music industry in general. Just like in the tobacco settlement cases where most of the money ended up with attorney's and not the plaintiffs. 



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