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Today’s Crime: Watching Top Chef On My iPhone

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Um, Bravo?

I have to shake my head in utter bewilderment when it comes to how the networks are fighting to come to grips with distribution in the digital age.

While sites like Hulu and apps like Boxee are great steps, they still make it impossible to watch shows outside of a stable WiFi hotspot.  What is this great fear of portability all about?  Why can I watch the show on my computer but not my iPhone. Why can I watch it in my apartment but not on the subway.

Obviously, there is a pretty simple way for me to solve this problem: if I want to take a show with me I download it from a BitTorrent site like PirateBay.  There I can get the complete episode in an open format that I can covert easily and move to my iPhone.  I also get the episode completely commercial-free.

What leaves me baffled is why the networks don’t simply offer a downloadable version with embedded ads.  Sure, I like ad-free but I’d rather get my entertainment through approved channels if possible.  Just like I, and many others, are happy to put up with ads on Hulu in exchange for free content, the same would go for content I download.

Instead, in some vain attempt to, um, protect their DVD sales(?) they force me to go get content from a “pirate” site and lose the potential ad revenue, too.

Silly networks…

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Virgin Spies Invade British Homes

Richard Branson and  Dita Von-Teese launches Virgin Media at Convent Garden Market on February 8, 2007 in London, England. Branson will spend the day in a perspex box being visited by celebrities and with only virgin media to entertain him. At its launch today Virgin Media will become the largest Virgin branded company in the world as well as a new force in British media, entertainment and communications.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dita Von-Teese;Richard Branson

Over on BoingBoing there is word on the ever-increasing invasions of privacy being perpetrated on the now guilty-until-constantly-proven-innocent UK internet users:

Virgin Media — the UK’s largest cable-modem provider — has decided that it will spy on its users to protect the record industry. It is sending out letters to thousands of customers warning them that infringement has been detected on their network connections (Virgin customers who leave their WiFi open — as I did, when I had their cable-modem service — will be collateral damage in this fight).”

As Cory points out, this is not something they are doing because the government says they have to – although their are elements lobbying the government to take this step – they’re doing it to appease large music labels.

Hey, wait, isn’t Virgin Media also a large music label…?

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