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TV, here there everywhere: copyright, location & platform diversity

#1 3 years, 1 month ago
There's an interesting article today on why so many Kiwis download TV programmes illegally. I'm not sure about some of the attitudes: e.g. the main reason given for extent of illegal downloading in NZ is an addiction to mind sludge coming from the US & UK. People are described as needing their fix as soon as.... and can't wait for it to show in NZ.

There are cheap, speedy shows that give instant gratification but leave you grinding your teeth (think American Idol or Survivor), and there are more mellow, trippy hits that leave you stroking your goatee and boring friends about what a profound experience it was (think The Wire or Mad Men and their US cable-TV ilk).

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Facebook tells them who's won XFactor or bled out in True Blood seconds after it happens on American airwaves. YouTube carries fragments of a new HBO series whose first episode alone cost $US18 million ($21m) and was directed by Martin Scorsese. This is Class A shit, they want it bad, and their regular supplier can't provide it fast enough.

No wonder many New Zealand addicts (and I promise, we're almost done with this overstretched metaphor) one day find themselves down a dark alley, surrounded by dirty needles, wondering how they came to have a DVD containing the complete fifth season of Dexter.


There's also a heap load of praise for SkyNZ's new channel that will be airing programmes a day or two after premier elsewhere (as if Sky doesn't peddle a lot of mindless drudge, and highly poltically biased stuff).

Last week, Sky head of programming Travis Dunbar couldn't contain his delight as he raved to the Sunday Star-Times about how fabulous his new channel, which launches on October 31, will be. It will have the big-budget fantasy drama Game of Thrones, the chilling crime series The Killing, the BBC spy drama The Hour, the post-Hurricane Katrina HBO drama Treme, and season two of Boardwalk Empire. And much more.

The channel will also work its way through a library of older cable-TV shows, including Rescue Me, The Wire, and Entourage.

At the risk of sounding like a Sky stooge, it looks like a hell of a channel.


But what they don't consider is the more marginalised audiences: e.g. those of us who want more shows that are explicitly LGBT, LGBT-Friendly, or have a subtextual appeal to LGBT viewers. I'm quite happy to wait for a good show if I know it will eventually appear on NZ FTA TV. Will any NZ TV channel, including SKYNZ, be airing Rizzoli & Isles, Lip Service, or Lost Girl?

And will the people who can't afford Sky, and thus won't have access to watch all the great shows siphoned off to Sky, be looking for some alternative way of viewing them?
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#2 2 years, 5 months ago
Just found this on Hard News about a brief attempt to bypass regional TV controls in NZ:
publicaddress.net/hardnews/disrupting-the-television/

Fyx, the retail ISP launched last week by Maxnet with a new pricing model and -- this is what got everyone chattering -- a "global mode" whose purpose, although the company was wary of saying as much, was to let customers defeat region-blocking on offshore video-on-demand services.

In effect, it opened up a world of film and television. Customers would be able to use (and where applicable, pay money for) Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and other services. A growing number of more sophisticated New Zealand users have already been buying such an unblocking service from third-party VPN services, attracted by the range of programming and friendly subscription pricing. But selling the service already baked into an ISP subscription seemed to represent a major step-change.


This bit in particular relates to the previous stuff article:
Even if local broadcasters didn't formally object, it can't be over-emphasised how much this kind of service could break the existing film and TV distribution system. Consumer piracy has already forced New Zealand broadcasters towards "day-and-date" screenings -- Game of Thrones, the internet's most file-shared show, screens here only a couple of weeks after it does in the US. (Pity the poor British, who are only just getting the last series of True Blood.)

But in the zeitgeisty world of internet TV fandom, two weeks is a hell of a long time to look away from spoilers.


Yes, I'm addicted to US and UK sludge, but the reason I want it now, not next month or next year, is that the people I talk to about it aren't watching with me in NZ. I want to be able to talk online about it - with you guys here, on twitter, on livejournal etc, and it's a constant balancing act of who has had access to what.

And I thought this article in the Atlantic was good too:
www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archiv...-as-they-air/257132/
From a lowly McDonald's burger to a $3,500 Louis Vuitton bag, we're in a time when it seems every piece of crap I don't want can be found in every corner of the earth, all the time. And yet a life-enriching film I truly am excited for, that requires no shipping, no retail store, that could arrive effortlessly on my computer, is currently imprisoned on that "little island off the coast of France," as Frank Zappa referred to it.


ETA: And the comments reminded me about the recent Oatmeal comic that sums it up so well:
theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones
"while we read a novel, we are insane — bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices, we watch the battle of Borodino with them, we may even become Napoleon."-Ursula K. Le Guin
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#3 2 years, 5 months ago
I want to be able to talk online about it - with you guys here, on twitter, on livejournal etc, and it's a constant balancing act of who has had access to what.


Agreed. It now looks like I'll be avoiding Twitter until NZ gets the REVENGE finale.
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#4 2 years, 5 months ago
And Prime (without any ondemand service) putting Upstairs Downstairs up against Once Upon a Time is not making things any easier.
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#5 2 years, 5 months ago
A quick discussion of the #freethestreet non geo-blocked airing of the anniversary episode of Shortland St.

www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/20120529 under the TV review heading.
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