Bill Wyman, on Slate, on why movie executives are making the same blithering mistakes as music executives who pooped the bed on their own industry:
“The trouble facing the movie industry right now is the same one the music industry had to confront 10 years ago…:
“The easiest and most convenient way to see the movies or TV shows you want is to get them illegally.
“The illegal version isn’t just free. It’s better.
“There are no terms and conditions, no Interpol warnings, and no sign-on screens, and best of all there is no artificial divide between this season and that of some TV series. It’s all there when I want it. Why should I go back to on-demand or Netflix?
“If the studios were smart they’d go to the mat and create a massive one-stop shop for TV and movies, find a price point they can live with and then set programmers loose to make the thing as easy to use and ubiquitous as possible. Instead they’ve been wasting their time strong-arming the cable companies to help them on a new crusade against illegal downloaders—an unwieldy process that doesn’t address the root problem and won’t work.
“Where have we heard that before?”