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The Icon Bar: News and features: Pirates of the Multiplex

Pirates of the Multiplex

Posted by Phil Mellor on 12:00, 15/2/2007 | , , ,
The latest issue of Vanity Fair carries an interesting article about sharing TV programmes and movies using BitTorrent. Refreshingly fair and honest, it features an interview with The Pirate Bay, a popular Swedish torrent site (who, revelling in their reputation for flaunting their legal threats, recently launched OscarTorrents.com, containing links to torrents for all the 2007 Oscar nominated films.)
Meanwhile, more music execs are following Steve Jobs' lead in moving away from DRM. Daring Fireball examines the strategy behind Jobs' memo and its criticism.
(Yep, it's another annoyingly brief update, but dammit there's new episodes of 24 to watch!)
Link: Pirates of the Multiplex
  Pirates of the Multiplex
  monkeyson2 (21:40 26/2/2007)
Phil Mellor Message #99183, posted by monkeyson2 at 21:40, 26/2/2007
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

Posts: 12380

"The BitTorrent Entertainment Network (BEN) launched on Monday with films from studios including Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and MGM as well as episodes of TV shows such as 24. The service - currently available only to US residents - will compete with offerings from the likes of Amazon, Apple, and Movielink in the nascent movie download market."

"Users need to be running Windows XP, a BitTorrent Client, IE6 or higher and Windows Media Player 10+ to view paid-for content."

Missing the point entirely, there.

Filesharing TV shows and movies remains popular because:

a) Promoting something in the US when it won't be released for ages elsewhere only infuriates people who have been hyped for something and can't get it

b) Infecting a video file with DRM - Microsoft only DRM - is no use. That means it's unwatchable on the majority of DVD players, and generally just a huge hassle.

If I could download unencumbered US TV shows for a reasonable price (bearing in mind the reduced costs compared to DVDs) I would sign up. But this? No way, Pedro.
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