With Netflix's Marvel shows being cancelled (presumably moved to Disney's new streaming service), and now the announcement of #BritBox from the BBC and ITV, which I assume will also have some sort of show exclusivity around it, I can only foresee an increase in piracy, not a decrease.
When will companies learn to reduce friction? If I have to pay for one streaming service, fine. If I have to pay for three or four? Then I'll be looking at torrents and usenet again...
@MatStace BBC and ITV already have at least 3 linear channels each (and AFAIK Auntie has bought out what remains of UKTV/Flextech or whatever they are called now); which are filled up with the same repeats of back catalogue material and (newer) lowest common denominator stuff (reality TV etc)
why don't they concentrate on using the capacity of linear channels with less repeats first and streaming second? I doubt there will be that many exclusive *UK* commissions either..
@0x1C3B00DA You _can_ sign up, then remember to cancel a month before you finish watching what you want to, then repeat for the other services, but that's adding to the friction.
If someone can spend the effort once to set up an automatic downloader like sickbeard and plex, instead of switching accounts every couple of months, that's the route they'll take.
@MatStace As I said before, I think this also makes it *easier* for pure talent and creativity to compete with these DRM laden services. Which'll be nice.
@MatStace It's interesting to read this here where praise for decentralization is a frequent topic
@bnmng I guess it depends which way you consider things. Netflix (for example) having a streaming monopoly is a bad thing IMHO, but the BBC silo-ing their content in their own player is also bad.
I sort of see the BBC making their content available over their own platform/netflix/amazon prime/etc as a form of decentralisation-lite. It's a tricky one with commercial content.