"LoveFilms, an Amazon company, is ditching the dying Flash technology for already dead Microsoft's Silverlight. The move gives indications that Flash will soon lose its significance on the PC as well. Adobe recently announced killing Flash on mobile platforms.
The bad news is the insecure Hollywood studios are going with Microsoft's non-standard technology Silverlight. I wonder if Microsoft pushed for Silverlight as it sees Adobe killing Flash fo good."
So which is it? Is the rumor of Silverlight's death grossly exaggerated or does LoveFilms know something we don't?
It's obvious that the MPAA has their greasy hands all over this decision, and there is probably little doubt that any licensing agreement between LoveFilms and the content owners was contingent upon them switching over to Silverlight.
Duh....I figured that all out on my own.
Let me 'splain something to those that demanded this change-over.
The people that are "stealing" from you are going to do it regardless of whatever bullpoot DRM you put up as an obstacle. Fact is, there are streaming websites that locate themselves WAYYYY out of the legal reach of the "AA's" and US law. Some of the servers are physically located in places like Tonga, The Bahamas and Sweden. They show stuff literally minutes after its first premiere or showing.
I can usually watch a television show that aired PST just minutes after it airs in my time zone...without the bloody commercials. You have no idea how much that in itself is of value to me. I despise television commercials, almost as much as the ones they now want me to watch in a movie theater.
The particular site I use does not actually host any files but acts as a link page for those that do....and there are a lot of them. One movie or TV series episode might be listed under 10 or more servers showing the same program. Recently this "linkpage" was taken down by British authorities and the site operator was arrested. No sooner did he make bail, he purchased new servers, registered his website under a .ms domain and they were back in business. Downtime?
About 4 days.
At this moment. I have 11-11-11 paused as I write this entry.
Yeah, it might be a cam or a screener but as one who boycotts the movie houses anyway, I get to watch it in the comfort of my home, and with the aid of a certain Firefox extension, I can slide the burned disk of said infringement into my "playsanyformat" box and watch it on a 42 inch TV screen.
These devices were, at one time, considered illegal via the DMCA for import into the US but said laws were challenged and they are available in some stores and most places online. I payed 45.00 for mine but prices range extensively so shop cautiously.
So what good does this move to Silverlight do....I mean outside of the Microsoft Counting Rooms?
Again, DRM hobbles the legitimate user and provides a few giggles for everyone else. See, I never "pirated" a thing until 2000. That's the year Metallica and Dr. Dre sued Napster and the whole filesharing thing got dragged kicking and screaming into US awareness.
I made it a point to download every single song I could possibly consider enjoying that same day. My entire music collection consists of 419 illegally downloaded songs...songs that I still play on a weekly basis. I would no sooner purchase a major recording company CD or a movie DVD than I would girl-slap Mike Tyson.
When the artist gets a more proportionate share of the sale, then, I will re-examine my stand. But while the RIAA siphons off the real money percentage-wise...well, I personally cannot condemn the practice regardless of how wrong it might be. My last foray into the seedy world (sorry) of music downloading?
Nickleback. That gives you an idea of what I think of most commercialized music since then.
Case on point, I've bought The Who - Who's Next album/CD six times in my life. It either gets scratched, lost or just plain worn out. Since the year 2000, I haven't purchased a replacement copy once. My opposition to a heavy-handed RIAA saw to that. So instead of discouraging pirate behavior, you've encouraged it? How many other customers have done the same thing worldwide? I would guess a bunch.
As soon as I get some clarification on certain statute of limitation laws, I will tell you a story about something I was involved in between 2001 and 2003. I am proud to have been a part of this "project", although I've never talked about it publicly.
But I will if I can. I think you will like it. Stay Tuned.
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