Wednesday, February 06, 2002

All your *movie* bits are belong to us Over a year ago I did some webwork for Madstone, a company in New York looking to digitize cinema projection. They also were into supporting indie directors, a pointless distraction in my opinion, which seems to be born out by the fact they've yet to produce any product or any service.

Microsoft's now offering the technology behind such distribution, the main goal being to convince Hollywood to move all its bits onto Microsoft DRM networks. Although the paucity of bandwidth (which will not get better ANY time soon) protects movies from being Napsterized, MPAA's gonna hook up with Microsoft anyway. This will reduce their profits, but effect customers little. All the bottlenecks in movie distribution have to do with cinema consolidation (and economics), not network infrastructure.


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