The TV season is winding down with a lot of shows having already aired their Season Finales. Even shows like Game of Thrones is finishing. I guess that means I’ll have more time to check out shows I may have missed in the past few years and also checking out other shows going on now that just haven’t been on my radar.
Speaking of Game of Thrones, there were a couple articles on the web a few weeks back about HBO Go. I think it’s pretty obvious that I fall in the camp that believes HBO would be smart to turn this service into an exclusive subscription model without customers having to be required to pay for regular HBO service. The fact that HBO stands so smugly and makes remarks about how cord cutting is just a fad just points out how deluded they are. It’s a fact that GoT is a highly pirated show. Cord cutting and it’s actuality aside, people just don’t have money for frivolous things like adding on to their cable service for channels like HBO. Yet GoT is now a part of the cultural dialog and no one wants to miss out on it. Its a show that appeals to long time fantasy freaks like myself, but maintains appeal for the normies to develop a following as well. And, of course, we’re an instant gratification culture; why wait a year after the show has aired to get it on DVD?
Faboy.com has asked whose fault is the piracy? In their article they do mention that HBO’s president can’t very well say something like, “yes, we would be able to reach a larger audience. This streaming video thing is something we want to be on board with” as this will alienate the cable companies. I also agree with their statement that HBO needs to see the epic number of piraters as potential customers as these people will most likely pay to watch their content. I’m one of those people. I could easily pirate any show I watch through Hulu or Amazon Instant Video, but I don’t.
The fact that I don’t leads me to disagree with the flip side of the argument that creative freedom isn’t free and therefore if we want quality shows that require a large budget we should subscribe to cable and networks like HBO. Granted, I don’t know all the ins and outs of funding for TV shows and TV stations. However, I should think that opening up HBO Go to a wider audience will certainly help fund the expensive shows we like to watch. They get money and less pirating. Win-win situation, no?