Originally Posted by Misa
Just so the anti-apple people know:
Amazon only streams video in the US
Are you talking about the new player or Amazon in general? Because Amazon does stream in Germany and the UK for example.
If you want to see the content goldmine get cracked open, it has to start by getting rid of all the middle-men involved in licencing content in the first place.
Absolutely 100% agree! I would love to make use of my Amazon Prime view the occasional movie. However, I prefer my movies in origin language, whether English, French, Spanish, Italian or German... with subtitles for those languages I don't speak so well. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't allow for that when streaming, so 99% of the titles I might be interested in are dubbed... and only available as such in the market I'm viewing from. In this case Germany. I have a host of buddies that love to watch english movies with me... especially comedies... because it is specifically this genre that can't be translated correctly.
So Apple, and Amazon need deals directly with HBO, Disney, etc to put their content on their devices with a promise never to remove the content once purchased. DRM-free would be nice, but that's not the deal-breaking mechanism, the deal breaking mechanism is when the content sold online is more expensive than the physical discs. In North America we are promised high speed internet, but it's owned by the same companies who own the content. Not the same as Japan and Korea. We should have symmetrical gigabit internet for 25$/mo not, 100$/mo for basic cable and mediocre 20Mbps internet.
So good luck getting more people on the streaming TV bandwagon until the last mile is at least capable of watching the bluray stream.
I truly love streaming TV, movies and sports, and can't imagine going back to disks, DVR or even theaters for that matter. I'm ashamed to say that I'm forced to look for "alternative viewing venues" far too often, no matter how much I would like to financially support the film-making efforts (my "Hollywood" experience says I should!).
Simply saying, "well then you have no right at all to view", is far too simplistic a statement to freely give up on participating in a very important part of culture and the arts. All because some studio executives can't get their act together at any cost, and find a way that will allow anyone on the planet, to enjoy their product when, on what device... and in what language they prefer(!)