The Glorious Cord Cutting Future That Wasn’t

22 04 2022

Los Gatos, California

Good question. Even though I don’t think it’s the right question.

One big thing that happened to Netflix that most people have forgotten is this: Netflix was supposed to be the main conduit to cord cutting. It was supposed to be Netflix subscription, rabbit ears and Roku box, then bye bye cable.

Problem is, everyone forgot about copyright and IP. Once Netflix started streaming in addition to snail mailing DVDs, and once it showed how lucrative streaming can be, the other media companies who hold the copyrights to movies and shows that Netflix was streaming took their properties off Netflix and started their own streaming platforms and services. Disney+, as an example.

So what it means is that we’re now in a situation that means cord cutting is more expensive than not. Now, most people least have to buy Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and Amazon Prime to get back to square one. And that means you’re now paying more than the cable bill whose cord you cut.

They get you one way or the other.

What it also means is that, in a digital and virtual way, the very vertical integration of the media, movie and entertainment industry that SCOTUS killed in the Paramount case (1948), has now returned. If you’re either young-ish, or not an American lawyer, or are unfamiliar with the history, movie studios used to own the theaters where their and only their studio’s movies were shown. And the Feds eventually found that to be an anti-trust violation. But it’s why many larger cities to this day have a “Fox Theater,” including one at 527 North Grand Boulevard in my native city. It’s because, before 1948, a “Fox Theater” was the only place where one could see 20th Century Fox movies. Etc etc for other studios.


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22 04 2022
Hard Right

Netflix blamed a large chunk of the subscriber loss on the war in Ukraine, since it pulled out of Russia and lost 700,000 subscribers with it.

Get woke, go broke.

22 04 2022
Alex the Goon

It was their patriotic duty. Teevee programs loaded with niggers and fags is our Superpower, and you just don’t give that away to your enemy in time of war. That would be like giving them blueprints for an atom bomb.
Sure, we could’ve gotten 30 cubic meters of nat.gas from them per subscriber (~20 million cu.meter per month) but our carbon footprint is already too high.

22 04 2022
countenance

If you speculate that I just might be dog whistling to perhaps one or two or some number of lawyers in the USDOJ that do anti-trust, then you just might be correct.

22 04 2022
Hard Right

Streaming service CNN+ to be shut down only a month after launch

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/apr/21/cnn-plus-streaming-service-shuts-down

CNN’s brand-new streaming service, CNN+, is shutting down only a month after launch.

In a Thursday memo, the incoming CNN chief executive, Chris Licht, said the service would shut down at the end of April.

They just couldn’t compete with Baked Alaska and Ethan Ralph

25 04 2022
Sebastian Hawks

I noticed a lot of TV shows are vanishing from Netflix. The old “Emergency!” from the 70s used to be there, it’s practically in the public domain, don’t know why that one can’t be shown. Star Trek is gone, Twin Peaks used to be there, lots others. There’s also a underreported issue with some items vanishing due to music rights not covering streaming. I hear that the old 80s movie Cocoon about the old farts in the swimming pool is a vanished movie. Cannonball Run and Revenge of the Nerds are similarly not available. Some items have replaced music, I saw a woman write an article about how much she loved “When Harry met Sally” and found out the streaming version has all the music replaced. Not a movie I care for to see again, but something tells me it’s a good idea to buy all the stuff you think is really special on disk because it may not be available in the future. I can envision the little woke girls going through and censoring scenes out of movies from the recent past for PC reasons. I know the gays hate Crocodile Dundee for a couple humorous “homophobic” scenes making fun of transvestites. Expect the “Blue Oyster Bar” to be cut from Police Academy, all the “silly asians” from the early to mid 80s movies will be excised. Then we have the long saga of 1977’s Star Wars not available except for an offensive CGI altered version of the classic due to the intransigence of George Lucas. Will we ever have a good high definition transfer of the theatrical release from 1977?

25 04 2022
countenance

When “Married With Children” was available on NF streaming a long time ago, the opening theme song was a generic instrumental version of Sinatra’s “Love and Marriage,” instead of the real thing, because of what you just said, the impasse over music rights and streaming.

25 04 2022
Alex the Goon

Some of the stuff disappearing from netflix could be due to new conflicting streaming services reclaiming their properties. Star Trek would belong to Paramount, for instance. Married With Children also butchered the theme song on the DVD box set. IIRC, season 1 kept Sinatra, but all subsequent seasons used that ridiculous substitute. The Only Hope of a HQ digitial Star Wars would be from a laser disc. For now. In the near future I think it’ll get much worse. Imagine Ted Turner’s Colorization becoming Coloredization, using Deep Fake AI to replace White actors with Persons of Crapcolor. Sure, the brightside of such tech could de-JarJar Star Wars, but that frog wasn’t the only problem with that trilogy.

25 04 2022
Hard Right

It's your dime, spill it. And also...NO TROLLS ALLOWED~!

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