David Kirkpatrick

November 5, 2009

Selectable Output Control — Hollywood v. the consumer

These battles are growing very, very old. You’d think Hollywood would’ve gotten the message from the RIAA’s brainless battles against the digital world that this is going to solve very little to nothing, but the blowback can and will be significant. Just another entertainment dinosaur howling and thrashing at the changing world of smaller, nimbler and smarter competitors.

From the boing boing link:

Alex sez,

The battle over your home entertainment equipment is heating up again and the time to make your voice heard is now. Hollywood wants the FCC to grant the studios permission to engage in so-called “”Selectable Output Control.” SOC is a tech mandate that would allow movie studios to shut off video outputs on the back of your cable box and DVR during the screening of certain movies over cable.

Also from the link:

Yes, you read that right. The studios want the right to randomly switch off parts of your home theater depending on which program you’re watching. And the FCC is taking this batshit proposal seriously.

So do something.

Tell the FCC to Say “No” to the Cable Kill Switch (Thanks, Alex!)

September 2, 2009

Monetizing YouTube …

through streaming movie rental. Interesting idea since YouTube is currently something of a monetary black hole with massive bandwidth costs.

From the WSJ link:

Google Inc.’s YouTube is in discussions with major movie studios about allowing users to stream movies on a rental basis, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, marking one of the video giant’s first moves toward charging for content instead of making it available free with advertising.

While some studios already make full-length movies available on YouTube, they tend to be older, lesser-known titles. Now YouTube is talking to Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.,Sony Corp. and Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. about integrating newer titles into the existing YouTube site.

Most newer titles would carry a rental charge. In some cases, these titles might be available the same day they come out on DVD. It is unclear to what extent older movies or television shows will be part of the new agreements.

A YouTube spokesman said the company is always working to expand on “its great relationships with movie studios and on the selection and types of videos we offer our community.”

While details vary from studio to studio, generally speaking the agreements would allow consumers to stream movies for a fee. However, in some cases, the movies would be available the same way that they have been previously on YouTube — free, with advertising.

Negotiations are continuing and there are no guarantees a deal will be struck. Many details remain in flux, including whether users also will eventually be able to download movies.