Thursday, June 2, 2005

Piracy Paranoia

NY Times profiles a device which downloads TV shows called Akimbo

Unfortunately, DRM and piracy paranoia sort of destroys the value of the box... don't content providers understand that humans like to collect things?

Humans collect all sorts of random things, from baseball cards to bottle caps to beer bottles. Isn't it not surprising that people hesitate to pay for things that evaporate after a month?

Given that you have to pay $3 just to download a TV show, and then... after a month or even two weeks, it disappears, well, why is it surprising that very few sign up for the service?