Got into a twitter “fight” this morning with someone who tweeted that it was time to start binge watching netflix because of this piece:
The CEO of Netflix warned consumers that the popular video-streaming service plans to expand services—and raise prices—in coming years. “We want to take it very slow,” Reed Hastings said. “Over the next decade, I think we’ll be able to add more content and have more value and then price that appropriately.” One of the initial crackdowns may be on password sharing. The announcement came as Netflix topped 65 million subscribers this quarter. The cost of third-party content, however, still outpaces its net revenue.
I noted that alternately, people could stop stealing and instead pay the massive seven bucks a month, and was informed I was stingy, didn’t know how to share, needed a metamucil, needed to mind my own business, etc. A couple thoughts:
1.) If massive theft of services i going to cause my price of netflix to increase, it is my business.
2.) If massive theft of services also means that my product is inferior, again, also my business.
3.) I have no doubt lots of people think they are doing nothing wrong when they share, and let’s be clear- people in your household all using the same account to watch tv isn’t what they are talking about. They’re talking about someone paying, then giving their info to others in different locations to use.
4.) The only way artists and actors and writers and directors and gaffers and cameramen and the people who serve them lunch and build the sets get paid is if you pay for their product. We’ll not get way too far into the economic model of netflix and how much actually trickles down to them, but suffice it to say, if everyone is watching netflix for “free” those people are not going to get paid.
5.) The only way artists, musicians, game developers, etc. know you like something is if you pay for it. Then they know to make more of it.
6.) It’s only seven fucking dollars, people.