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Congrats HBO, you just earned a customer. Not gonna pay for cable, but I just decided to replace my 'borrowed' files with purchased DVDs.
I echo that sentiment, and think this is by far the most thought-out and intelligent response I have ever seen by a media company rep. His answer was pitch perfect.
He looks like the good guy, is accepting reality while harnessing that possible monetary gain (which is really all he can do other than simply ignore/abhore the existence of the matter, which does nothing or even gives people an 'excuse' to keep doing as they are now.)
He is also reminding that potential customer base a 1080p/Dolby Blu-ray is going to provide a much better experience than how most people that pirate it see the content, which is true.
Give this guy a raise...seriously. If not for this, than also because writers, directors, and producers all seem to love him, which speaks volumes this day and age.
Brilliant response that wins not only support, but shows he is one the few that truly understands the world we now live. I have no doubt that quote (and continued mindset) will make HBO a ton of money, as this guy not only gets the situation, but understands what needs to be done to monetize it on the current battlefield.
I think it so true I dont see why more places do not embrace this philosphy because I see companys spending millions and 100k man hours to try to stop it. Hell post it first with ads you could beat any other posters by 15-20 minutes have faster downloads. And best part is you can get way more accurate numbers of who is watching your show than through cable which is alot of estimates and surveys that people dont always participate in. It may not be a good plan for a place like hbo where they charge extra on top of cable.
But for basic cable tv show I could see it being extremely beneficial. Because by embracing you make money of the ads by posting file first with just a couple adds. But then your also not spending millions trying to chase and send everyone a letter saying hey stop that stop that and ignore ignore then you finally get them to court and spend thousands trying to get settlement court agrees on settlement. But wait they dont have money so they bankrupt or just dont pay. Even with uploaders that they occasionally do get taken down and get a couple million they most likely still spent more trying to stop it. And within a week before next episode there is another uploader that has replaced them.
Good on him. I don't want to get cable, but if they make HBO Go avaialble to non-cable customers for a reasonable price I'll definitely get it to support this attitude.
Wow, people still use Bit Torrent [:P]
This is would be the way to go. When I had my free 6 months of HBO from Uverse I watched HBO GO more than the TV since I could just watch all all the shows and they had all of the seasons for those shows. If they did something similar to netflix (streaming), I'm sure they would pull in a good but of revenue off something they have in place.
I completely agree. Most of my favorite shows were on HBO but I would not spend the extra money to get the channel. I prefer reading the books anyways. Still, it is kind of cool of the way HBO is responding to this.
From what people have told me about the books that Game of Thrones is pretty close. I was talking with a buddies wife the other day about this reading the book vs tv/movie show and I got her watching the first 2 seasons before the 3rd premiered. Shes always been someone to read the books and then watch a movie but she even said she doesn't want to read the books since the show is just that good.
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones im sure most of you have seen this but yeah this explains it the best. its really neat to see such a big company look at something like piracy from such a different point of view when most companies view it as the devil and only as such and the only way to stop it is by taken away our privacy and freedoms in some cases
HBO understaaaaands! props to you guys for making the biggest fantasy realm since LOTR
HBO understaaaaands! props to you guys for making the best ever fantasy realm.
I fixed it for ya buddy :)
This show is the best. Not surprised it beat the old record.
I remember reading these books a long time ago. Had a feeling there was some TV potential there.