A couple months ago I wrote a post showing how some TV shows make it difficult to watch new episodes, either by not releasing it in all markets or in delaying the release. The point I was trying to make is that they made piracy the more attractive option and that i think it might be worthwhile to pursue the lost customers.
I’ve come across another example of a show driving fans to commit piracy. This time it’s Doctor Who.
I really didn’t expect to have to write this post about DW because they were supposed to have come to their senses with this series. As a concession to the reality of piracy, episodes are no longer delayed 2 weeks in the US. Instead they are broadcast on the same day as in the UK.
Just not this week. The US broadcast of episode 6 has been delayed a week because of the Memorial day weekend in the US.
Fine by me. I’m a rabid fan and I pirated the episode Sunday morning. If they don’t want me as an audience, it’s their loss.
As it turns out, DW haven’t really come to their senses on piracy. Did you know that all 6 episodes from the current series are available online? At least, I assume they’re online; I can’t see them because I’m outside the UK.
Do you see the problem here? The people who follow the rules are hurt by them and the pirates are not. How is that a good idea?
Everyone loses when piracy is the better experience for the fan. We’re not being counted as an audience and we actually have to work to bypass ridiculous restrictions. Plus the restrictions don’t actually stop the pirates.