Whoever gets my organs…

I will perhaps be an organ donor some day. For now, it’s on my driver’s license that I’m willing. If you’ve read much of my blog, you know why, and frankly, it is the very least I can do to give back. But lately I’ve wondered what would happen to my organ recipient, since SO has expressed an interest in foods he never liked before, and lo and behold his organ donor loved those same foods.

Then I see this:

I hope whoever gets my organs is prepared to be a complete nut about talk, dark Englishmen who have fantastic voices and who look like this:

rich

Dear Rich,

I would say this whether The Crucible gets a download in the U.S. or not; however, someone’s head is going to roll if we don’t. Metaphorically speaking that is. :D

Realistically speaking it means there will be those who watch the download whether it occurs in the U.S. or not. And the sad truth is that most of them will do it for free.

Signed,
A crazy fan who would prefer to pay for the privilege

P.S. Can you pitch a fit to ensure we get a download in the U.S.? *trying to think of some appropriate American slang for this*

P.P.S. Just so you know, I do very much appreciate what you’ve done so far for the fans. Maybe just a little fit? :D

note: I got the image from this Pinterest board. I would dearly love to know where it is from originally. Someone please, please tell me.

Zombie Apocalypse Overcomes Regional Restrictions, Or I Want My TV Now!

A pivotal event is about to happen, and it comes none too soon. In fact, it’s several years late, but I’ll take it and hopefully it will lead to some relief of the frustration I vented earlier about the slow distribution of shows to other countries than their origin, and how this facilitated piracy, but it didn’t have to be that way. The Walking Dead wil be making global distribution of the new season within 24 hours of its release in the U.S.

“The Walking Dead” wakes up and fights piracy by releasing global versions earlier

jason-profileBy Jason Lynch

Jason Lynch is the former television editor at People magazine.

In the coming days, zombies are going to take over the world. Again.

On Sunday, the horror series The Walking Dead kicks off its fourth season on AMC, and its premiere episode is packed with stomach-churning gore, nail-biting suspense and of course, zombies galore. It’s a brutal, bloody show that is seemingly not for everyone—except that everyone seems to be watching. In March, the third season finale drew its largest audience ever, with 12.4 million viewers tuning in, and if the show’s viewing trends continue, Sunday’s ratings should be even higher.

But US audiences won’t be the only ones getting their zombie fix. Within 24 hours of its US premiere, international viewers in more than 125 different countries will be able to watch as well... read the rest here

Yippee! No, I’m not a watcher of The Walking Dead, but this is huge! May other producers be so overcome that they follow suit like lemmings. Are you hearing this, BBC?

Some of you may be thinking, “What’s the big deal? For years we’ve been watching shows from other countries shortly after their release.” Yeah, I know, but you weren’t accessing them through legal means, and if you were, it was usually with quite a delay in watching, and many shows were not dubbed into other languages. So this is new, and more important a sign that the networks are waking up to the fact that not only do viewers not want to wait for their tv, but they won’t!*

*Last year a new show called Touch had a simultaneous global release, so The Walking Dead is not breaking entirely new ground but rather will receive more attention for this phenomenon, and that’s a good thing!

Note: I’m debating about putting the Richard Armitage tag on this one. I’m not entirely sure that he’s going back to tv, but he’s the one who got me interested in watching tv again, and I have wondered why HBO Game of Thrones is following me when I have never written about that show. Interesting. Yeah, this is getting the tag. :D

On a related note: if you’re smart, and I assume all of you who read this blog are smart :D, and you like to invest in the stock market, I hope you are doing research on the revolution about to happen with Google TV and Apple TV. Many of you folks in Kansas City know what I’m talkin’ about.

Okay, I feel another tangent coming on, so I’ll stop that line of thought.

Tangent — If Media Producers Would Just Listen to Me

I knew I was right. Of course I was right. I always am — in my dreams. But I am right about something this time. Media producers need to get it. People don’t want to watch shows through nefarious means. Well, at least most people don’t. Of course there will always be some people who just want to steal. But most people just get frustrated at the difficulty of accessibility. It’s only due to this frustration that most resort to viewing shows through YouTube, P2P sites, etc.

I hope someone who can effect a change is reading this:

When asked if they would pay for a service which provided an advertising and DRM-free TV show, movies and music experience, an impressive 66.4% of respondents said they would be prepared to pay for that.

The prices they would generally be prepared to offer are $1 per TV episode, $2 for a movie and 50c per music track. ($1 AUD = $0.91 USD)

edit: The problem, my friends, is that media producers are trying to create a scarcity where there is none. This is done to keep the price point artificially inflated. It’s not going to happen. Now that average Joe Schmuck (which is how I think media producers, and I’m mostly thinking of Hollywood, think of us) has the means to manipulate the technology, it’s not going to go away. Once people got a taste of that, they’re not going to give it up easily. About the only way this could be controlled, and even then I don’t think it really can be, is if we have an international group that has the ability to exact punishment. We are moving toward that, but we’re never going to get there, and do we want to go? I know I don’t, and it’s not because I’m a law breaker but because that kind of control is not necessary. The short of it is media producers need to catch up. They are lagging far behind, and it shows and it’s going to keep showing unless they learn to deal with the competition. Okay, I’ll stop now because I feel a serious diatribe coming on about copyright and all sorts of related subjects that this blog SHOULD NOT be conducive to.

But before I drop this, I love the last paragraph of this piece.

Here’s my gratuitous pic, so this post is not entirely me bitching, and it’s the tricep this time:

Screencap courtesy of my stash.