cross-posted from: https://kbin.social/m/movies/t/694926

Warner Bros. Discovery, NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures join forces with StudioCanal, soccer’s English Premier League and the MPA to oppose new legislation that would end geo-blocking of film and TV content across the European Union.

Via neme@lemm.ee

  • @shalafi@lemmy.world
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    466 months ago

    Fuck the entertainment world. As if they’re not rich as Croesus.

    And if they want to whine that selection would go down and prices up? Fuck 'em. There’s more media than a human can reasonably intake, no matter one’s likes.

    And if they hike the price? Well, I’m already stealing their shit due to pricing. Only thing I pay for is Spotify. Cheap enough, convenient enough, all that. Jack the price. Test me.

    Got Amazon Prime for the shipping, but I still steal the shit they have on there. I want that data on my drives, not theirs.

    • Maeve
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      76 months ago

      Plus most of everything produced is garbage, anyway.

  • LazaroFilm
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    346 months ago

    It really needs to end. Studios and producers are really turning evil all the way. Opposing workers and forcing them to year long strikes, this, raising subscription prices.

  • Zellith
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    6 months ago

    Geoblock all you want. The second I notice it impact me is the second I switch to piracy options.

  • @EddoWagt@feddit.nl
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    136 months ago

    I don’t know why the EU has been making all of these massive W laws recently, but its awesome. They’ve also shown they don’t give a fuck about what the companies think about it, then joining together to oppose the law probably only makes them want it more

  • Veraxus
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    Cope harder, Hollywood. Your business models are parasitic and predatory, and it’s nice that at least one governing body on this planet is looking out for consumers.

  • AutoTL;DRB
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    36 months ago

    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    Media companies have long argued that territorial exclusivity is key to their business models and that getting rid of it would jeopardize the creative and economic sustainability of the film and TV sectors in Europe.

    Discovery, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, and Paramount joined forces with European giants Canal+, RTL, TF1, Sky, ProSiebenSat.1, Wildbunch and Leonine, representatives of major sports leagues, including England’s Premier League of soccer, Germany’s DFL and Italy’s Serie A, and distributors and exhibitor groups, including the MPA and European exhibitors organization UNIC, in a joint letter calling for the EU to reject the proposal and keep territorial exclusivity in place.

    The companies argue the result of a geo-blocking ban would be a “significant reduction of choice in content, distribution, and access options as well as a surge in prices” for consumers.

    But Europe is still largely a patchwork market of individual nation states or linguistic regions with small and mid-sized companies accounting for the vast majority of employment in the sector.

    Licensing contracts for exclusive regional or linguistic rights — for a French film in Belgium, say, or an English Premier League match in Norway — form the basis of the industry, with pricing differing according to demand.

    Companies use geo-blocking technology to prevent cross-border comparison shopping, which they fear will lead to price dumping, with the lowest-value territory dictating the licensing fee for the entire EU.


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  • @Petter1@lemm.ee
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    -26 months ago

    With all those VPN ads everywhere, everybody should be able to prevent getting geo-blocked… not?