Watching the entertainment industry struggle with the brutal reality of the modern digital world is rather like watching an ultra slow motion car crash, and it also seems strangely reminiscent of the the way the original motion picture industry fought the Edison movie monopoly back in the early 1900s. Rebels fighting a dominant group of self-serving business interests. What goes around comes around as they say, eh?
We’ve commented on it before, but now it does look as though we’re heading towards some sort of inexorable momentum from the rebel alliance, judging by the recent launches which have hit the wires. It’s not just the fact that the content sharing market has shifted gears, it’s more the fact that the guerillas are popping up all over the world, which makes it so astonishing.
Take for example the recent Popcorn Time service, which delivers a Netflix type movie streaming service using BitTorrent. Predictably the service (which originally hailed from South America, note) was quickly shut down or at least thrown off the domain name, but to date still continues to fight back through Pirate Bay type tactics. It may not work that well, but it’s still around like a thorn in the paw.
Recently the Zona service from Russia has surfaced, also offering streaming movies and also TV series, but this time not open source and also not in English. But it hasn’t stopped it getting reviewed by the English speaking blogs.
And finally, we have the ultimate tool for the streaming arena, TVStreamCMS, which doesn’t just provide a streaming service, but gives anyone the power to set up their own streaming service, which will automatically add movie and TV series content as it arrives on the airwaves. Think of it like an automated multimedia blogging system, designed to be as easy to set up as WordPress and you’re getting the idea.
We’re not told where the developer team comes from, but it’s a likely bet it’s nowhere near the US or the main Western Europe countries, and a quick look at the forums featuring the people who have paid $199 to buy the system shows that the countries range from Romania, to Pakistan, Brazil, Tunisia and beyond.
The bottom line is it looks as though we’re about to see a flood of entertainment streaming sites coming in from across the world, all streaming the mainstream movies and television series for free. Now that’s what you call a major headache for the already struggling entertainment industry, which has been trying to find its feet since the days of Napster. Spotify proves something can be done, but there’s probably not a lot of time left before the whole thing collapses under the weight of a world addicted to sharing content for free.