The Coming Fall of the Movie Business

Bill Wyman's recent article on Slate, Groundhog Decade, predicts that the video content industry is going to get smashed up in the coming decade as badly or worse than the music industry was in the last. As he says,

The trouble facing the movie industry right now is the same one the music industry had to confront 10 years ago. This is the summing-up sentence I referred to above:

The easiest and most convenient way to see the movies or TV shows you want is to get them illegally.

This is particularly notable because it's clear from his article that Wyman is not an especially technologically literate guy. (He doesn't seem to entirely understand the interaction of PnP media servers and his PlayStation 3, for example.) When the non-geeks start to find DVDs annoying because they've found something better, you've got a real problem on your hands.

The article's worth a read.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, that hit the nail on the head. Pirating things will likely always be easier unfortunately...Especially for things that are hard to import.