Yeah lets not listen to our customers

October 19th, 2012 at 10:36 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Australian boss Tim Worner says the station will not be spooked into fast-tracking imported series and dramas because of internet pirates.

Yeah, stuff the viewers who want to see their favourite shows promptly. They’ll see them when we tell them they can see them.

We now live in a global market. Channels are, in my  opinion, losing relevance. People are about content, and will bypass traditional channels too get it. Evenetually I hope the future will be that people can purchase their favourite TV series directly from the producers within a day of release.

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14 Responses to “Yeah lets not listen to our customers”

  1. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    speaking as a pirate….

    we are starting to do an OK job in NZ.

    Homeland screens here about 5 days after the US (gave up on the show)

    The Ultimate Fighter screens on sky within a day! I no longer download it.

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  2. MD (62 comments) says:

    Doctor Who now screens a few days after release in the UK. While I am happy to wait till it arrives on our screens, the next generation are not. They are discussing the plots, twists and turns with friends nationally and internationally, they won’t wait till the TV station gets around to playing it unless it is a matter of days (or less).

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  3. Say Goodbye to Hollywood (562 comments) says:

    I have a US iTunes account which allows me to pick the shows I want to watch. I’ve just started watching the 3rd season of The Walking Dead which gets released the same day in the US.

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  4. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    “Homeland screens here about 5 days after the US (gave up on the show)”

    But you get to see the hooker chick from Firefly’s tits.

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  5. alloytoo (543 comments) says:

    There is also a seasonal problem. Most Northern hemisphere shows launch in time for their winter, while we’re gearing up for summer.

    I heard someone say he was downloading the series in order to save it up for our long winter nights.

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  6. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Game of Thrones anyone? Season 3 trailer – sort of.

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  7. Alan Johnstone (1,087 comments) says:

    “Doctor Who now screens a few days after release in the UK”

    It’s 13 days behind. Better than it was, but still not great. US and Canada showed same day, Australia 6 days behind.

    I tend to not stress about air dates for most shows, i’ll wait till something has finished in the US and then watch a 10 or 12 episode series back to back over a week, whilst on the road.

    TV channels are the record shops of the 21st century; just middle men that serve no purpose, crappy business model, often ad funded. They give you content on a single device, when people want portability across tablets, phones and computers.

    disintermediation is the way forward. Producers need to be bold enough to sell direct.

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  8. Colville (2,269 comments) says:

    I pref downloaded just so I can watch 3 or 4 of the same in a sitting, often while badly hungover. Watch SFA during the week.

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  9. JeffW (326 comments) says:

    “Evenetually (sic) I hope the future will be that people can purchase their favourite TV series directly from the producers within a day of release”.

    Just so long as Government continues to subsidise the pipes bringing that content to your home.

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  10. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    I heard someone say he was downloading the series in order to save it up for our long winter nights.

    Same as someone DVR’ing it off free-to-air. DL it now to get access to the bulk of the seeds, and also have it at hand for spontaneous viewing.

    Would be solved for most users if the episode was available for automatic, ultra-high speed download, and the episode never expired in your library.

    It’s 13 days behind. Better than it was, but still not great. US and Canada showed same day, Australia 6 days behind.

    One of the best things about Dr Who is its irreverent addressing of topical social issues. The additional 7 day delay means that many of the references are dated and some are even irrelevant given new information that has come to light in recent days.

    Just so(sic) long as Government continues to subsidise the pipes bringing that content to your home.

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  11. jgw739 (26 comments) says:

    Traditional methods of distribution are totally inadequate to meet todays demands and technology is rendering some forms obsolete (ie. TV ‘channels’) and this is where piracy fills the gap.

    Currently we have middlemen in many fields, and as Alan has said they serve no purpose. If anything they hinder the release of products to the market and charge far too much for thier ‘services’. In a global environment, any digital product should be released worldwide simultaneously in multiple formats but due to different distributors in different regions this doesn’t happen. Sadly, this means that the ebook I was prepared to pay money for was unavailable here legally but was available ‘elsewhere’ for free. The real loser out of this scenario is the author and the actual publisher – eventually these will be the people that will turn to alternative methods of distribution.

    The end result will probably be a global iTunes-esque system that is 99% pay-per-view, excepting that which is in the public domain or is past its copyright date. It would need to cover music, audio-visual, books, games and whatever else they come up with. Simply upload your work to some sort of uber-cloud computing system with a price tag and contract a marketing company to promote it if need be. Easy.

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  12. fishe (166 comments) says:

    I think there’s just a fundamental problem with broadcasting TV shows. Everything should be ‘on demand’, and as close to an international single release date as practically feasible.

    Put ads in there sure, before and after, especially well-targeted ads; but the whole idea of broadcasting a set of programs is becoming more and more incompatible with modern viewing habits.

    Of course I guess TV channels hate this idea though, as TV would cease to become something that can directed at consumers, so people would have to actively choose to watch something. Maybe they could do both – broadcast programmes as well as provide everything on demand – that’d work.

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  13. Alan Johnstone (1,087 comments) says:

    “One of the best things about Dr Who is its irreverent addressing of topical social issues. The additional 7 day delay means that many of the references are dated and some are even irrelevant given new information that has come to light in recent days.”

    You mock me Sir.

    13 days behind means I can’t discuss what I see with anyone on a international online forum, or even on facebook

    My enjoyment of the show isn’t hindered, but my ability to participate in a digital community is. If there was a big wall around NZ and I didn’t use social media, it’d be less of an issue.

    I’d argue that social media and the virtualisation of global society online are drivers behind downloading.

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  14. wreck1080 (3,918 comments) says:

    Sky released the Soho channel to air shows sooner after release. Bit of a rip-off though. Once you subscribe to movies/sports and basic, HD ticket, and mysky, you’d think they’d throw it in for free.

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