The Internet offers great opportunities for content creators.
Technically, everyone in the world could get access to the same content at once.
That’s kind of what piracy does.
Sounds great, but it also scares the heck out of industries such as the TV-business, as less exclusivity generally means less revenue.
A good example of this broadcast anxiety just came out in an article on Netflix’ library gaps.
No matter how much Netflix Inc. is willing to pay for the rights, some online video remains off-limits.
Major movie studios are refusing to license the rights to most of their latest movies at the same time they’re released on DVDs. Premium cable channels such as HBO and Showtime also are withholding their most popular series, including “Game of Thrones” and “Dexter,” because they are worried about losing subscribers if the content is available on Netflix’s less expensive Internet service.
In other words, HBO and Showtime are more worried about losing money through Netflix than decreasing piracy.