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A system set up in the 80s to stop different media cannibalising each other is forcing honest viewers into piracy

Television and the whole media industry are stuck in a wasteful rearguard fight for the preservation of an analog era relic: the release windows system. Designed to avoid destructive competition among media, it ends up boosting piracy while frustrating honest viewers willing to pay.

A couple of months ago, I purchased the first season of the TV series Homeland from the iTunes Store. I paid $32 for 12 episodes that all landed seamlessly in my iPad. I gulped them in a few days and was left in a state of withdrawal. Then, on 30 September, when season 2 started over, I would have had no alternative but to download free but illegal torrent files. Hundreds of thousands of people anxious to find out the whereabouts of the Marine turncoat pursued by the bi-polar CIA »

- Frédéric Filloux

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