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Movie studios are unwittingly encouraging piracy by delaying film rentals

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Warner Bros started off this stupidity by increasing their initial 28 day retail to rental window to 56 days. Now Disney is considering a 28-day rental window of its own. On the same day that the Bridesmaids movie announces record online rentals / on-demand views - approaching 5 million views in four months.

Do these movie studios not realise that the majority of people now watch rentals, and ongoingly, fewer and fewer DVDs and even movie downloads will be sold - as for most people, seeing a ...

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Big Media Companies are still largely out of step with Consumer Needs

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I was a little sad to see that Google TV failed to take off, as I really saw it as the perfect solution to my viewing requirements. I spend most days and several nights working on my 27" iMac, which has ended up as my proxy television set as well. I am so grateful to the various terrestrial TV on-demand services, best exemplified by the BBC’s iPlayer, but pretty much every major terrestrial Channel has one now:

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Channel 4 - 4 on Demand (4oD)
Channel 5 - Demand 5

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Girls run the world at 2011 Glastonbury

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Once again I enjoyed the festival courtesy of the BBC, in my home lounge - and entirely via the Internet. I still feel like I would want to check it out ’on location’ one of these years - as long as I had guarantees of good weather, and could attend ’Kate Moss’ style - i.e. being flown to and from luxury 5 star hotel at the start and end of every day.

Following my minor critique of the Big Weekend website, BBC are making ever more concessions towards the social Internet, ...

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World Cup Internet Coverage

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As a football fan, my main online resource for everything football has always been ESPN’s Soccernet Website, then the BBC, then Sky - in that order. The issue with the makeup of the Premiership is that none of the live games are available any more on ’terrestrial’ television - and Sky isn’t a particularly cost-effective option for following your team (as only some of the games are covered live); so mostly I catch up watching Internet highlights and BBC’s Match of ...

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