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The upshot is that entertainment industries have, in the last half-century, gone from simple merchants—buy a ticket in this physical store; buy an album in this physical store—to digital cephalopods, sticking their tentacles into a multitude of diverse businesses and adapting surprisingly quickly to consumer habits as we fall in and out of love with different ways of watching video and listening to music.

The Future of Media Will Be Streamed - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic

4,608 people ages 4 to 50 from 10 European countries were surveyed. Nearly all — 97 percent — say they watch movies at least occasionally. 68 percent of them say they download or stream movies for free, and about half of that group (34 percent of respondents overall) do so weekly.

That’s a lot of pirating: 68% of Europeans download or stream movies for free — Tech News and Analysis

Using the “Netflix-like” service, borrowers will be able to watch videos and movies on any tablet, computer, or device with an Internet connection, according to an OverDrive statement. Streaming content can be sent to any device via email, QR code, or text message. Patrons have the option of browsing and sampling videos on the Overdrive Media Station, a user introduction to the service, and in-library ebook kiosks. The videos will be hosted on the same platform OverDrive supplies for ebook, audio, and music titles.

OverDrive Rolls Out “Netflix-like” Streaming Video Pilot for Libraries and Schools - The Digital Shift

BitTorrent, the report notes, now accounts for only 7.4 percent of traffic during peak period, while file-sharing in general hovers below 10 percent. And that’s a sharp drop—only five years ago, BitTorrent managed to draw 31 percent of daily streaming traffic and even twice that 10 years ago.

Netflix Has Taken a Huge Bite Out of File Sharing - Zach Schonfeld - The Atlantic Wire

Blockbuster passed on the chance to buy [Netflix] for $50 million in 2000. That year Blockbuster collected $800 million in late fees, which was 16 percent of the company’s total revenue. Netflix sold its one millionth subscription three years later. It’s currently worth about $20 billion, and Hastings himself is worth around $280 million.

Alex Pappademas, in his Grandland Blockbuster obituary (via dbreunig)

(via dbreunig)

Ad-skipping is still legal, despite Fox’s best effort

Fox Broadcasting lawyers made an all-out push earlier this year to knock the newest version of Dish’s ad-skipping Hopper DVR off the market, but they have failed.

A Los Angeles federal judge has weighed the competing briefs of both companies and decided the product can remain on the market while litigation proceeds, according to a Dish statement. The actual order remains under seal, so the legal reasoning remains opaque, for now. A redacted order will likely be published soon.

Fox had argued that what Dish calls “place-shifting” of content is actually just piracy. Dish violated copyright law by grabbing Fox’s signal and re-transmitting it over the Internet. The judge overseeing the case apparently thinks the issue is more nuanced than that.

» via ars technica

The broadcast networks adapted to the expansion of cable networks very well,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last week. “And that’s what we’ll see with cable networks: They’ll all become internet networks.

Netflix is doing to TV what steam-powered printing did to books - Quartz

Meet the newest cord cutters: college campuses

TV isn’t coming back to school at Northwestern University this fall: The college decided earlier this year that it was going to turn off its campus-wide television service over the summer. “The decision to discontinue NUTV was the result of many factors including demonstrated non-use by our students,” said Northwestern University Information Technology Director Wendy Woodward when asked about the end of the program.

Northwestern University isn’t the only school questioning whether it should keep spending money on TV services, considering that students prefer to stream their shows from online services instead. The growing popularity of Netflix and other streaming services on campus also has system administrators looking for better ways to manage all that traffic. But with cable TV being not cool enough for school, are colleges accelerating cord cutting trends? Or can new campus-focused services get students excited about TV again?

» via GigaOm

“With the purchase of series, we look at what does well on piracy sites,” Merryman told Tweakers. One of the shows that Netflix acquired the rights to in the Netherlands is Prison Break, since it is heavily pirated locally. “Prison Break is exceptionally popular on piracy sites,” Merryman says.

Netflix Uses Pirate Sites to Determine What Shows to Buy | TorrentFreak