Originally Posted by akhomerun
i.e., big media needs to stop thinking in the past, but inspiration from the past can be helpful. if all media were available in all stores, just like the record stores of the past, it would only aid the big media companies.
FAR easier said than done...
Don't believe me? Just ask the music and the publishing companies...
1 - Those 'media contracts', regional exclusives, etc aren't year to year... They are all/mostly 5 or more year deals and can't simply be torn up and thrown away.
2 - Those companies have built up an enormous amount of 'fiefdoms' that all have their own specific agendas (aside from the official corporate one).
For example it shouldn't come as any surprise that the 'optical media sales' division of any of those companies has far more clout than the 'digital media sales' arm. This is sad but usually pretty accurate.
- Is it any wonder that 'bluray quality' downloads aren't available AT ANY PRICE PERIOD?
- Is it any wonder the cost of low quality digital content
is often at/near the blu-ray sale price?
The head of optical divisions don't wanna see sales plummet! What if YOUR job was head of the optical sales division... WOULD YOU do anything and everything you could to protect that position or let that SNOT NOSED KID over in Digital Sales systematically steal the food out of YOUR families mouth? It sucks but this is how things work. Finally, you can certainly look to the corporate management for changing direction... that management is usually given guidance by its most profitable divisions and tend to err on the side of caution AKA keep doing the same ole thing.
Hows that saying go? Better the devil you know than the devil you don't