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Author Topic: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options  (Read 1556 times)

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Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:46:11 AM »
This is pretty interesting. Seems to raise questions about distribution methods and how they matter.

http://torrentfreak....egal-options-131014/

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The start of the fourth season of “The Walking Dead” has resulted in a worldwide piracy craze. More than half a million people downloaded a copy of the show during the first few hours following its premiere, despite efforts to minimize the release lag to 24 hours in 125 countries. Fox had hopes that the global release would curb online piracy but thus far there is little evidence that this is the case, not even in the U.S. where AMC streams the show for free.

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In part this might be because some prefer the unauthorized download option simply out of habit. This is especially true for U.S. file-sharers. As we reported earlier this year, many people who pay for a Netflix subscription downloaded Netflix’s exclusive Arrested Development release, preferring the download experience over online streaming.

There is also another group, one that simply doesn’t want to pay for a subscription, which is required in Australia for example. It’s also possible that they are just unhappy with the viewing options currently on offer. In many countries viewers still have to tune in at a fixed time slot while many prefer to program their own viewing schedule.

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Re: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 07:00:54 AM »
So why not just use the delivery system people seem to rather obviously prefer instead of trying to handle the traffic spicks and bandwidth hits themselves?

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Re: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2013, 09:23:41 AM »
So why not just use the delivery system people seem to rather obviously prefer instead of trying to handle the traffic spicks and bandwidth hits themselves?

Even if they did, they wouldn't use open torrents.  So, the effect wouldn't be the same.

If the habit is to go to Pirate Bay or to use a torrent aggregator, then the fact that its available elsewhere won't change that habit.

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Re: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2013, 12:55:29 PM »
So why not just use the delivery system people seem to rather obviously prefer instead of trying to handle the traffic spicks and bandwidth hits themselves?

Even if they did, they wouldn't use open torrents.  So, the effect wouldn't be the same.

If the habit is to go to Pirate Bay or to use a torrent aggregator, then the fact that its available elsewhere won't change that habit.

Yes asking the MSM to use a little sense and release their free stuff on Pirate Bay would be a bit too much to ask. However if they just put the stuff on one of the more reputable torrent sites...or (Gasp!) started their own ... then the aggregators would have a chance to pickup the feeds and people could end up switching with out even realizing it. Whoever's got the best stuff wins Ya know? ;)

But no they just want to rap it in more layers of even more silly assed commercials advertising and nonsense instead. Much like the DVDs that don't let you skip the 15 minute previews to get on with watching the movie you already friggin paid for.

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Re: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2013, 02:14:15 PM »
If they released their stuff on TPB, it would sort of legitimize TPB... so I think that expecting them to do that would be a bit much... :)

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Re: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2013, 06:04:17 PM »
So why not just use the delivery system people seem to rather obviously prefer instead of trying to handle the traffic spicks and bandwidth hits themselves?

Exactly. "Legal options" is more than a little misleading. My legal option is to subscribe to a pay TV service which isn't going to happen. Not that I care about The Walking Dead but I'm a huge NFL fan and I won't subscribe even knowing it's guaranteed I'll miss out on at least 1 Chicago Bears game - usually more like 2-3.

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Re: Pirates Jump on “The Walking Dead” Despite Legal Options
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2013, 09:31:20 PM »
It is about monetization.  The Legal methods are, like everything else in the US, inundated with advertising.  Pirated recordings don't have the ever present pervasive advertising.
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