Hollywood Narrow-Mindedly Sees Google Fiber As A Threat, Not A World Of New Opportunities
from the glass-half-full dept
Most reasonable people and businesses are excited about how Google Fiber is shaking up the uncompetitive broadband industry, and bringing new opportunities to a select few cities. That doesn’t include Hollywood (with its deep love of Google in tow), which apparently thinks Google Fiber is a bad thing because it might spike piracy rates. Leaked data suggests that Warner Brothers and Sony Pictures Entertainment launched a survey back in 2012 to track piracy rates before and after Google Fiber deployment in Kansas City. About 2,000 individuals between the ages of 13 and 54 were asked about Google Fiber, piracy, and their media consumption habits.
Unsurprisingly, more than half of those surveyed said they were interested in signing up for $70, 1 Gbps connections (or Google’s 5 Mbps connection, which is free after a $300 installation fee). Of those survey participants who said they pirated content, roughly a third stated that they’d likely pirate more often with a connection of that speed. In traditional entertainment industry logic, each instance of infringement is counted as a sale loss, and therefore the survey magically concludes that Google Fiber would be responsible for $1 billion in additional piracy losses annually:
It’s yet another example of the entertainment industry’s ridiculously narrow thinking when it comes to, well, everything. A reasonable businessman (or woman) would look at those ultra-fast speeds and see opportunity. The entertainment industry looks at these same connections and can only see menace and bogeymen.