As a Television student it seemed only natural to bring up the new online television platform that is Netflix. If you are unfamiliar, it is a subscription service that gives you access to hundreds of Films/TV series and Documentaries for your enjoyment. Subscriptions are usually around £5.99 per month. Without payment you are simply unable to access any of their content. For the amount you pay, the selection choice of content on Netflix seems to be growing rapidly, they even have shows exclusively for them. For example, recent shows such as ‘Orange Is The New Black’ is a series that is only available on Netflix. It therefore seems that the amount you pay is ‘fair’ for what you get in return.
I feel if Netflix were to suddenly come under the Creative Commons license, Netflix would be run far differently. As you may of already guessed, the website would most likely be plastered in advertisements. This would simply be because the website would not be able to operate without a revenue. Lastly and most importantly is that due to the nature of copyright law with Films and Television and the nature of the industry, the website would simply not be able to operate. When films are released you are able to watch them at the Cinema, which you of course have to pay for. When a film is then out on DVD (which you have to pay for), if Netflix were to have the film there for anyone to watch for free, this would cost the industry millions, due to the high number of people that would watch it through Netflix for free. You can think of the paying the subscription like paying for a TV license, you are paying for a service that provides a large collection of content for your enjoyment.
Many TV shows are now being developed today straight for the internet. BBC Three for example is now completely online and is also free for anyone to use. Do you think this is fair? Do you think the copyright law to putting Film and Television content on the internet will change? Or do you think it’s fair for some websites to charge you and others not too?