Arrr me hearties we be Pirates!
Ok now we have gotten that out of the way everyone knows the problems that exist here when it comes to TV distribution they are many and varied but they are the cause of the problem so we will have to delve a little bit into what they are.
1. Foxtel in the USA you can get Internet, Cable and phone for $99 with unlimited downloads. Here for $99 you may be able to get an internet connection with 500GB of data and for an extra $99 dollars you can get Foxtel and for another $30 you get a phone connection so just over double the price if you are lucky and maybe 3 to 4 times if you are not. So what do we get extra for the pleasure of paying so much more delayed shows if they are shown at all.
2. Free to air TV is simply a joke they don’t start programs when they should so they run overtime try and record them and you are pretty much screwed or they move them around from time slot to time slot meaning trying to watch is almost impossible.
3. DRM is probably the worst thing to happen to anything ever not only is it terrible it is ineffective and cracked within hours meaning that the people who have to deal with it are your customers. The hard working people who spent $50 odd dollars on your TV series have to sit through lectures on stealing and then if the DRM plays up have to spend hours on the phone trying to sort it out. The people who pirated it have a copy they can watch anywhere anytime without being told they are stealing all so someone can’t give a copy to their friend.
So how do we fix it?
It is actually not hard let people pay to Pirate get together all the studios and have a monthly fee to allow people to download what you like. Allow people to use their own programs or you can provide a program which allows access to trusted torrents and then based on the % of downloads the profits are shared amongst the rights holders. Speak to ISP’s about unlimited uploads to encourage people to have content available at all times at high speed it may even be possible to have content streamed with this model. There could even be scope for a tipping system say you pay ~$40 a month and then if you really like a show you could tip a couple of dollars if you really like it. Or link it into twitter and facebook and allow people to like an episode which provides the link for others to watch it increasing your studios share and maybe garnering more tips.
At the end of the day no one will listen and we will continue to get overpriced TV with poor service.