distribution models

In my other life as a forensic computer specialist for the GCSB, I get to see that the majority of people now download movies and TV programmes from the Internet.  It shows there is a growing need for audiences to watch what they want to watch and when they want to watch it.

And although this doesn’t have national security implications, it does indicate the growing pressure on traditional broadcast channels to adapt.

In the US, House of Cards is having a tilt at a new distribution model:  The whole show is released at the same time.  Viewers can choose to watch one episode at a time, or gorge themselves with back to back marathons.

Its main star, Kevin Spacey, explains their journey

Double Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey has challenged TV channels to give “control” to their audiences or risk losing them at his address at the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival.

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