Daily Archives: 02/21/2012

“A Game of Thrones” – To Torrent, or not to Torrent?

We've all been there, haven't we?

From The Oatmeal’s comic – “I tried to watch Game of Thrones…”.

Of course, you could always just be patient and wait for the DVD box set, but that’s not quite as fun, is it?

Older blogger snarking aside – try waiting a year for a movie to possibly be released on VHS rental tape and THEN come and complain to me about not being able to see the stuff that you want to see when you want to see it – this comic nicely bashes the nail on the old proverbial.

Big Media companies want to create desire for their product, so that it has a ready-made audience who’ll pay to consume it.  Then, via a combination of arrogance, shortsightedness and media rights deals structures which are so last century that it pains me to think of them, a large part of that eager audience is cut out of the picture.

Can’t afford to/don’t want to subscribe to a cable/pay tv package?  You’re screwed.  Have the misfortune to live in a country deemed unlikely to have an audience for the product?  You’re boned.  And as we geo-lock everything anyway and you’re not in the US, we don’t care about you anyway.

I never excuse piracy and what Big Media would term IP theft (is it still theft if there’s no legal way to acquire something?), but I can certainly understand why hardcore genre fans sometimes resort to it – if you can’t legally watch it via pay TV and there’s no streaming option, no physical media to import and you want to see it, are you supposed to just say “Bugger it!” and not bother?

At that point, a tv series has gone from being an entertainment to becoming a nerd-friendly quest with an entirely achievable end game – downloaded content on a hard drive – which takes money out of the creator’s pockets, out of the distribution system and makes the process of making television, films and games that bit tougher.

A simple solution – make it easier to buy your product, before Hollywood and it’s antiquated business model ends up being as decimated as the music business was by P2P sharing.

 

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Sonisphere line-up confirmed…

Yes, that is F1 driver Lewis Hamilton with Kiss. No idea, mate, no idea...

Our initial suspicions proved correct – Queen with Adam Lambert on vocals are headlining Saturday and Faith No More close proceedings on Sunday at this years UK leg of the Sonisphere festivals, with Kiss kicking things off on Friday.  Quite a decent line-up, if truth be told.

All Time Low fans? Ghost is probably not your band...

To add to the headliners, we’ve got the likes of Marilyn Manson, reunited Swedish punk audio nail bomb Refused (really keen to see what they’re looking like now), Mastodon, The Darkness, French metallurgists Gojira and Swedish Occult Rock mentalists Ghost.

Tim Minchin - It's like he's looking directly at you, isn't it?

Not finished yet – not by a long chalk.  Lacuna CoilYES! – are confirmed alongside fellow European symphonic rock royalty, Within Temptation.  Occasional motivational speaker and full-tilt party metal eccentric Andrew W.K. returns to the UK, multi-million selling Evanescence, the previously confirmed Cypress Hill, flour friendly goths Fields Of The Nephilim, Boston punks Flogging Molly, Aussie RAWK! outfit Wolfmother, Swedish doomsters Katatonia and, in the Bill Bailey role of straddling music and comedy, the splendid Tim Minchin are all now confirmed to play.

Incubus. Can you feel the rock? Hmm...well...

Currently rounding out the bill are Welsh rockers The BlackoutI Killed The Prom Queen, Incubus and Switchfoot too.

That’s a decent line-up, I think – If you’re not going to Download, there’s more than enough variety and periods of rock music covered for people to not feel at all short-changed by the line-up.  I would imagine we’ll have at least a few more announcements between now and the festival proper at the beginning of July.

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