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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 2018-10-16, 12:01 PM
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But they could always do this via places like Blockbuster.
Not always but for some time. VCRs didn't become popular until the 1980s and DVDs until the 1990s. Due to the lack of home theater systems, cinemas remained popular but attendance gradually declined. Revenue streams from rentals were kept high by studios charging stores more for rented products and by collecting royalties on rentals. I remember when prerecorded video tapes cost $60 and rental stores were rare. That changed as VCRs became mainstream.

The broadcast model is close to becoming obsolete. That has changed the industry in ways that has affected everyone involved but there is more going on. Even where revenue is maintained or increased, studios have used changes in revenue streams to pay creators and artists less. Studios have increased their revenue on some platforms but are not passing it on. Globalization is affecting the industry in ways similar to other industries as studios use more overseas labour and wield their financial might to weaken organizations that represent artists and workers. As a result, artists are now using their influence to influence regulators and tax consumers.
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cinemas remained popular but attendance gradually declined
Part of that is due to so many movies not being that great and customers being driven out of the theatres by excessively loud audio. I'm not deaf and I don't want to be after watching a movie.
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What does any of this have to do with cord cutting?
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Maybe nothing, but it makes for interesting reading!
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Part of that is due to so many movies not being that great
Not to mention the constant remakes and reboots. I can understand remaking a 1950 movie, but a recent example is the remake of The Mummy. There's a perfectly good version that came out in 1999. Who needs that? Hollywood is out of ideas.

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What does any of this have to do with cord cutting?
The topic is "cord cutting costing more". You can bet it will cost more in the very unlikely event the SCGC gets its wish. Every association that remotely touches any kind of media will then have its hand out.

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Another example of price inflation is the current proliferation of streaming services. I believe AMC owns both Shudder and Sundance Now. The obvious reason for that is to increase revenue. Many people might want to see programming on both. The future in the 1980s was 500 channels. That inflated TV service prices as broadcasters launched an ever increasing number of channels with less unique programming on each. The future now appears to be 500 streaming services. We will have to subscribe to most for at least a month in order to see a few shows we are interested in seeing. Others may switch to longer term subscriptions such as six months or a year. Multiply the cost of one service by as many streaming services as necessary to see very many shows and it's obvious what that will do to streaming costs. One argument is that subscribers can cancel at the end of a month but if enough programming gets stretched very thinly across a large enough number of services, it will drive up costs significantly.
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