Oatmeal and Game of Thrones

So The Oatmeal posted a comic about Game of Thrones the other day that completely described my current feelings, with two exceptions. (If you haven’t read the comic yet, go check it out, I’ll be here when you get back.)

  1. My family does subscribe to cable, and I did attempt to subscribe to HBO, but the shows were not airing durring the few weeks I had the service (I was a bit late to the game) and HBO Go doesn’t work with my cable company. (They aren’t even considering it as an option, because apparently, it costs them money.)
  2. I have not, and will not, pirate the content. Partly because of our slow internet connection, but mostly because it’s not legal and when I watch it, I want to see it in the best quality on the biggest screen possible. (Probably blu-ray.)

Also, Andy Ihnatko made an excellent point in a blogpost which was, to quote John Gruber, who Ihnatko credited with linking to the original comic “Infuriatingly spot-on.”

As much as I like to think that I am entitled to watch a particular show when and where I want to, I’m not. If I want content, I need to play by the content providers rules. I may not like their rules, I may hope that they change their rules, but they are creating the content and they get to say how it goes.

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  1. I agree with pretty much everything but I still say “meh” to the media companies and their problems with piracy. While I don’t pirate (and don’t really watch much TV), this is what I see from the media companies:

    “LA LA LA! LA LA LA! I CANNOT HEAR YOU!” Basically over and over again with their eyes closed and their fingers in their ears.

    The world has changed and they wish it hadn’t because “back then” distribution was hard and expensive and inherently gave them control. Keeping control is both hard now and could also push away the people who want to give them money.

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