At 2:26 PM +0100 5/16/05, Silvio Macedo wrote: > TV producers want their programming to be watched as widely as >possible - by everyone. That's what they care about, and that's all >they care about, because, with viewers, everything else takes care of >itself: audiences equal money. > >This assertion seems so basic, so fundamentally essential to the >economics of television, that it's very hard to understand why anyone >(other than a broadcaster being cut out of the value chain) would get >upset about piracy of television programming. The model as practiced >at present can't effectively leverage the economic benefits of >hyperdistribution, but that model was created before hyperdistribution >was technically possible. The mass media as we have come to know it was one of the first forms of hyper distribution. The media moguls have been "giving away" their content for decades in order to promote it. Look at radio, after the comedy, music and drama shows, and their stars, moved to the new medium of television. It became the promotional engine for the music industry, popularizing acts and generating billions in sales of vinyl, 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs. As Silvio correctly asserts, its all about making huge audiences aware of the content you have to sell. One need look no further that the high degree of cross platform integration and promotion that exists in the mass media today. TV shows are (promoted) advertised on radio stations. The stars of today make regular appearances on radio and TV talk shows to build their image and to hawk their latest endeavors. Publishing divisions use the TV divisions to "create news" to promote the latest books. And now the Internet is being exploited as well, either intentionally (media portals), or "unintentionally," via so called piracy. The reality is that piracy is not bad. The problem is that it is difficult to control. Anyone can use hyperdistribution techniques to increase the awareness of their creations. And this threatens the extreme level of control over our mass media experiences that the media moguls seek to extend and perpetuate. Regards Craig ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.