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Old February 25th, 2005, 10:44 AM   #1
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Also, the people downloading the shows from the Internet are exactly the ones advertisers want to target -- young, tech savvy and affluent. In short, if advertisers conclude this group is abandoning network TV altogether -- most likely, so will they.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 02:50 PM   #2
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So, what's the difference between downloading a show on the net, or taping a show, and sharing the tape with people?
To me, it seems that sooner or later, it's going to cost an arm and a leg to be entertained.

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Old February 25th, 2005, 06:36 PM   #3
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The TV industry is going to have to react a lot faster than its doing. They aren't going to be able to stop downloading, that's just a given. But if they get their act together they can ween people off of peer to peer services and into a service like itunes. If people find it easier and more convenient to get their shows from the official network website, then the networks can provide shows with the advertising intact. If they don't provide that service, and users just get used to DLing shows that have already had the commercials edited out, then they're screwed. And ultimately, so will the viewers.
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Old February 25th, 2005, 06:42 PM   #4
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Also, the people downloading the shows from the Internet are exactly the ones advertisers want to target -- young, tech savvy and affluent. In short, if advertisers conclude this group is abandoning network TV altogether -- most likely, so will they.
Ok that is hilarious!! I'm old, dont know squat about tech stuff and you can't get more poor than me unless you are living on the street!! Maybe they need to re-evaluate their assumptions!!

Why would I abandon TV all together?? There is way more on tv with a lot less trouble to watch it than using the computer! bizarre!
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Old February 26th, 2005, 01:22 AM   #5
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The TV industry is going to have to react a lot faster than its doing. They aren't going to be able to stop downloading, that's just a given. But if they get their act together they can ween people off of peer to peer services and into a service like itunes. If people find it easier and more convenient to get their shows from the official network website, then the networks can provide shows with the advertising intact. If they don't provide that service, and users just get used to DLing shows that have already had the commercials edited out, then they're screwed. And ultimately, so will the viewers.
Then what's the difference between someone DLing a show commercial free, or waiting a few years to buy the DVD?
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Old February 26th, 2005, 06:21 PM   #6
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The best thing about this saga is.... apparently us evil Brits are leading the way!

A survey by web tracking company Envisional puts British downloaders at 18% of the global total, followed by Australia at 16% and the U.S. sits in third place at 7%.

Full story at - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4276255.stm

One thing I can understand about this story is that people in the UK usually have to wait weeks, months, even years (in extreme cases) to see shows from the US (a situation you are currently experiencing with the New Galactica series), and sometimes these shows are mistreated (poorly scheduled, cut, moved from slot to slot, etc) once we do get them - so the demand for an alternative solution is there. It's up to the TV companies to sort out the problem, or it will hit them in the pocket.

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Old February 26th, 2005, 06:34 PM   #7
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Here's something you'll like - the top 10 pirated TV shows worldwide....

(Source : Envisional)

1. 24
2. Stargate Atlantis
3. The Simpsons
4. Enterprise
5. Stargate SG-1
6. The O.C.
7. Smallville
8. Desperate Housewives
9. Battlestar Galactica
10. Lost

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Interesting.
I would assume that BSG and SG:A are the only ones that are download heavy in the US, while the other shows are most heavily d/ld in Europe.
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Old February 26th, 2005, 06:49 PM   #9
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It's up to the TV companies to sort out the problem, or it will hit them in the pocket.
The flip side is that they might just churn out season of reality shows or other crap if they don't think they can make money the old fasioned way.

The fans might suffer in the end.
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