Originally Posted by cookieboyeli
By that logic why would people have ever bothered to pay for Netflix? Netflix met their quality and pricing needs. Many a pirate has turned Netflix because it works for them.
You are right that some will always get it for free if possible. Some have no choice (but to abstain which they will not), others don't think it's something they should pay for (because they don't understand that many, many people doing this ACTUALLY makes a difference).
You must admit though, right now there is a gap. A HUGE gap in the system, that people like me fall through. I am not impressed with Netflix's bit rate, I am especially UNimpressed
with their players, and I absolutely abhor
having to stream! I paid for it damnit, give it to me! Get it out of your blasted player and put it on my desktop in an MKV.
I want to go to a website, search, pick the highest quality available and download
If I decide I don't want to pay your subscription anymore, I've still already bought content from you. That subscription was an all access pass, just like buying each one individually would be a single access pass. Digital or physical doesn't matter. It's the same movie that you paid for. You wouldn't expect a physical Blu-ray you bought at the store not to be under your control would you? Like suddenly someone knocks at the door and says, "Hey! You haven't paid your Blu-ray access tax, hand it over! This copy no longer belongs to you!" Hahahaha Of course not. That's insane and impractical. The reason it's done digitally is simply because it is
practical. They can do it, so they do. When you quit your "subscription" (all access pass) everything you bought disappears. Magazines don't disappear when you quit your subscription. Neither should movies! Some people like to collect or rewatch or save them for later.
Seriously, they can make this,
they just don't want
to. Many, many ragtag groups of techies all over the world have done something similar with public and private torrent sites. Why can't an official site be launched that officially sells the content in this way? Wouldn't that literally be the solution? Everybody that's going ever going to pay, will pay. Those who never will, never will. That is maximum profit. No sales are being lost because they would have never been made. It's digital. Unlike physical media digital media has no "breakage". There is no way to stop all the freeloaders, but a large portion of them can be enticed.
Maybe in 20 years.