tdgeek: Shipping reels and tapes is not a significant cost.
Broadcasting via sattelite or UHF requires a hefty piece of gear - and often set top boxes. Certainly not as cheap watching a global stream. Likewise broadcasting has a host of other issues that streaming doesn't eg, bandwidth, owning rights to a limited range of frequencies and more. That physically meant that a catalogue the size of netflix's couldn't be shown without massive amounts of additional expenditure.
So the TV ep has no value? Make it once and duplicate it 20 million times for free? Like a Stihl, is has a cost to produce. It therefore needs to be sold. I cant sell my Stihl twice. If I sold my GOT to your network in NZ, on the basis of a good price for me, exclusivity for you (more audience, higher priced ads, you get more subscribers) I cant then sell to Joe's ChCh TV as well.
Here is a fancy and obviously foreign term... cost. The cost of producing and distributing an episode of GOT for one person to watch is almost the same as it would cost to distribute to a million people. The production costs change little after the initial show is produced. That Chainsaw you buy will cost the manufacture approximately $200 to make, and if you buy two it will cost $400. There is a cost to each sale of a piece of hardware that manufacturers incur. And if someone steels that chainsaw, then that manufacturer is $200 out of pocket as someone else would have bought that chainsaw. Obviously piracy is usually wrong, but it isn't theft, One pirated movie does not equate to one lost sale. And it is a means to meet demand for something of which there is often no practical supply. And that is where things are heading with the geo-blocking thats goes on.
And if Reebok was to sell exclusive rights at a huge price to sell their shoes to Rebel Sport who would only sell them in boxes of ten with a fishing rod, rugby ball and expensive jacket, all whilst they provide you with a three course five star meal whilst you have your shoes fitted. That would make Rebel Sport complete schmucks given people don't want to pay such rediculous prices for a large bundle. Instead they would parallel import them where they can be bought as the consumer wants it at a price point that is far more reasonable to them.
To compare US and NZ ignore the exchange rate, compare an average job and prices. As if you lived there. Ok, Sky has a monopoly, every network therefore has a monopoly.
So 95% of content is a monopoly, as invariably, you want be able to watch hardly any of what is on Sky, TVNZ, TV3, or anyone else at the same time. Going by the other comments, you favour piracy, free content and ungeoblocking. The key is actually free, as stated. Like some, not all posts, it comes only don to money, I want it free and I want it now.
Nope, as stated earlier, I'm happy to pay for it - hell I spend about 18 bucks NZ on US netflix and another $19 for a vpn provider every month - on top of that I spend about $50 every other month to see movies at the cinema. With the exception of moments when I'm in bed sick and want to binge watch a tv show, I watch more on youtube (and I support the youtubers I like with Patreon) than I do on netflix. For that price I can watch four concurrent HD streams of nearly everything I want to watch - however if I was to not use US netflix and to get the content I currently get I would have to spend more than twice that and the service I would get would still be inferior - and on top of that I'd have to deal with joining fees and\or contracted terms. If the only option I'm left with is to spend $100 (bearing in mind its $20 overseas) a month to one or two NZ providers with monopolies on the shows I want forced in with a bundle of shows I have no desire to see then I see nothing wrong with piracy.
They are stuck in the mindset that having shows transmitted o ver the internet means they don't cost much to make. In actual fact they probably cost more as their is so much content competition
Well thats a first - I've never heard that argument thrown about before - actually wait, Sky seems to follow that model, increase prices as a response to increased competition. Pretty successful business practice to keep clients I hear. Prices may increase on some shows where production values, CGI and salaries increase - but that is nothing to do with competition. In fact with the online age and ease of availability, audiences are far more vast and smaller producers can become profitable whereas under the old model of limited broadcasting bandwidth they wouldn't be.
Huge variety? Well, flat arte streaming is the one main option. Music is say $12 per month, similar to NF. You don't get everything too, as some wont sell rights to NF, same as content, and seem don't as they, the creators get ripped off.
- Google Play store
- Xbox music
- 8 tracks
- Band\singers website
I can legally get music from any one of those digital content providers - I can buy bundles if I wish or I can buy a single song if I wish to. I can play the music in my car, on my phone, on the tv or on a stereo. Imagine if TV and movies were so flexible - imagine if people could buy only the digital content that they want, and options existed to use the content in whatever fashion they wanted to?
Before I read your long post, I appreciate the effort.
So now I shall digest.
1. Bandwidth. On the surface, why pay for satellite and STB's when streaming is next to no cost? That incorrect. Neil aka Talkiet knows, ask him. Spark and I feel many other RSP's provide NF CDN capability. Thats just NF. To allow a good if not great NF to RSP to user experience. Thats a cost. Its not cheap.
2. Rebel sport? And BTW learn to spell ridiculous. The cost once a content is made is done. Agree. The distribute to 1 or 10 million is more or less not relevant, agree. BUT, GOT is sold to me at 10 million, I can obtain new subscribers, get prestige, demand higher advertising. So, you cannot watch it, unless you subscribe to me in NZ. I might not air it in NZ right now, why? Its too freaking expensive, so I own the NZ rights for later. Or it conflicts with another really cool series, so I will air later so as not to dilute it. And NF cannot play it as I OWN IT. I paid for it. You have NF NZ geo unblocked and watch it, for free, but i paid for it. IF NF US wish to won it they can buy it, but they cannot buy eberyting for everyone for free, and if they did and the monthly fee rose, the world will end.
3. Do you subscribe too all those 8 or more music providers?
Please clarify the two pints before the list of music providers you've lost me. You've gone off on a tangent