Originally Posted By Tallest Skil
The content creators getting their collective heads out of their collective rears and doing something intelligent for once in their existence.
And I'm not just talking about intelligent content (seeing as a percentage of television that is within the margin of error below 0% is actually intelligent and worthwhile today, and not a "reality" pile of zarkin' nonsense). I'm talking about an intelligent system for monetizing streaming.
See, there's a huge difference in broadcast and streaming media. Broadcast is just that, broadcast. It's out there, buy an antenna, tune it right, and boom, content. Streaming demands a hard connection between the two ends. It's called bandwidth, and that's limited. It's a lie, but it's "limited". And so they treat it as though it's a non-renewable resource. The content creators need to help the content providers pay for increasing that to the point at which it doesn't matter. It's their responsibility as much as it is the ISPs'.
Anyway, it's more expensive, so they don't want to do it. But streaming can be monetized incredibly easily, in one of two ways. Either treat it exactly like broadcast content in payment, allowing users to record shows as they play, storing them safely in the provider's proprietary hardware (which is lame like my leg after it has been crossed for too long) or disallow live consumer recording but offer a "Would you like to buy this episode/game/movie?" option right after it has aired."
That was a great football game! I wanna see it again. Hey, $2.99 for an HEVC-encoded, ad-free, DRM-free, watermark-free, full-length (with pre- and post-game commentary), chapterized file of the game? I think yes!"
Wow. Look at that. Not only have I captured the impulse buying demographic at a price they'll love ($3-7 for sports games, $2 for TV show episodes, $5-10 for movies), I've earned these idiots a tidy little profit on EVERY UNIT OF WHAT THEY SELL. And after that, all they have to do is build out the fiber needed to take 'bandwidth' from a "non-renewable" to an irrelevant factor and they'll have even more money.
Now, for live stuff, it couldn't be an immediate download. Say within 24 hours, giving them time to package the stuff, edit it, and add chapters (for example, sports games would be chaptered pre-commentary, quarter, quarter, quarter, quarter, post commentary, minimum; with other—and differing—chapters as necessary).