I think we are in agreement. I was basically saying it is wrong to pay several times more for less content and a lesser service because NZ rights holders are bidding up prices to get exclusive access to providing a specific show based on an arbitrary factor such as where you live.
The whole concept of exclusive rights to show content is anti-competitive in the internet age. It is literally about creating little monopolies.
I don't follow. NZ is small, US is big, its not a fair comparison. Economies of Scale.
Exclusive content is anti-competitive? But you just said NZ rights holders are bidding up prices, that signs competition for the content.
You cannot have monopolies. Mono = one.
The internet age isn't relevant, the competition, marketing, this is all old stuff, its economics, supply and demand.
"Exclusive content is anti-competitive? But you just said NZ rights holders are bidding up prices, that signs competition for the content." - How many companies in NZ are allowed to show Game of thrones? Thats right, only sky tv has the rights to show that so if you want to watch it you have to sign up with sky tv. Its your only choice ie, a monopoly. There is competition between rights holders to shaft the consumer, there isn't competition between rights holders to provide the best service. They compete between each other to prevent the competition from providing a service. Competition is meant to provide better services cheaper, not the other way around.
And how many companies are allowed to show Game of Thrones in the US? I think you'll find that you'll need an HBONow subscription at another USD15/mth. Its not a Sky issue its the content providers choice whether to sell the property exclusively or non-exclusively. Are you saying they should be forced to sell it to all? And would you like to set the price too?
And Showtime content? Or Starz content? Or Amazon Prime content? They all do it. Exclusive content to attract and retain subscribers?
And how many companies have the rights to show Daredevil in NZ? Oh, wait. That'd be one. It's your only choice. Its a monopoly. Netflix. Why should a Lightbox subscriber be forced to subscribe to Netflix to watch Daredevil or other Netflix exclusive content ? Hardly sounds fair.