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The big problem is: In order to have death penalty you need a trial, and I suppose that the people that actually should sit in the accused chairs won't ever see the inside of the court.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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I never subscribed to any streaming service, so I ask out of curiosity / lack of knowledge:
Are streaming services of today easy to rip for downloading, so that you can transfer and save ten movies in the time it takes to play one of them? Or are they so well protected against ripping that most people do not sufficiently easy-to-use ripping tools that it has any impact? Or doesn't anyone at all care to download movies nowadays?
If this opening up cause half a million people to use the opportunity to dump the entire HBO movie base to their private disks at the maximum speed their fiber connection allows, then it would of course have a dramatic impact. And disk vendors would have golden days.
If we are talking about watch-as-it-is-being-streamed: Each person (/screen) streams only one movie at a time! Although some picture-in-picture systems allow you to simultaneously watch a second movie in parallel, but I would think that not too many make use of that option. So the worry about this HBO opening significantly increased network load would be caused by users spending significantly more time watching streamed movies, rather than other activities that are not as heavy load on the network.
My impression is that people today, especially young people, stream movies all the time. Say "video disk", or "TV broadcast", and they will start looking for moss growing on your head and mold behind your ears. Physical media and "linear media" (a rather mocking term nowadays) is something that grandparents, or rather great-grandparents, were using; it belongs in the same group as 78 rpm records.
There is no significant difference between streaming an HBO movie or a movie from some other streaming service.
Then I would say that I am quite impressed by how well the backbone network has handled the significantly increased traffic. I was prepared for a total breakdown; that certainly didn't happen. My employer last Monday evening announced a fifteen minute break in remote login services to install new hardware to support more home offices; it went smoothly through. The network provider had no problems handling it. Neither my local ISP nor other ISPs seem to have had any problems handling it.
I will not rule out that Norway is far ahead in Internet deployment - we recently had a discussion whether 100 Mbps connections could be considered "broadband connection" or not. As long as 40 years ago, the Norwegian parliament ruled that all new trunk lines should be based on optical fiber. (That was not realized: For a few more years, vendors could not provide terminating equipment, and fiber technology was in the transition from multimode to singlemode fiber, but it signals the ambition level.) For the 1994 Winter Olympics, people were pointing out that the fiber bundles laid down for communication between Lillehammer and Oslo were sufficient to take exponential traffic growth (disregarding the Olympics) for sixty years!
Also, the public broadcaster, NRK, has provided web access to all radio and TV channels for at least ten years. They have built up a distribution network with several nodes spread out over the country, so that both direct view and streaming users get the contents from a local redistributor, significantly reducing the load on long haul lines. I believe commercial broadcasters use similar distribution strategies.
So maybe Norway has a more capable backbone network than many other countries. Yet, it takes switches and routers to handle it. I cannot deny that I am impressed by how few problems we have seen.
Mostly from experience with books. I go the bookstore to buy another copy of one of my favorite books, as a gift for someone, and I am told: Which author are you talking about? Doesn't exist in our catalogs!Or if the author exits: the title is not available.
Same with music: I bought several records used, because they were not available through ordinary channels.
When I am on vacation, I am rarely within the reach of streaming services.
A few years back, lists were published of new movies provided on this and that streaming service - and movies that would no longer be available. I used to enjoy looking through the lists, remarking: But that one I still have available on my shelf! And that one as well! (Usually, the availability was in the form of video disks, DVDs and BDs).
Maybe every streaming service today will give you a guarantee in writing that whatever happens, every single one of all the movies they ever have given you access to will forever be accessible to you, come rain or come shine. Sorry, I do not trust that.
The Norwegian national broadcasting service provides a lot of their programs for online viewing, marking them as "Always available". That is true only as long as they have a valid agreement with the rights holders: Last year, we were about to loose access to several thousand programs due to contract renewal conflicts. For lots of other programs, there is no surprise: They are available for viewing for a short period (maybe days, maybe weeks, maybe even a year), but no longer. Your only opportunity to watch them later is if you download them and save them for yourself.
Then there is of course the monitoring aspect. I want noone to keep track of how many times I have watched one specific movie, at which scenes I have stopped it an rolled back, watched it in slow motion, and so on. It might be "sensitive" information, but in any case: It is nobody's business what I do!
Finally: Every three months or so, I review all my regular expenses, looking for those that can be shaved off. Although I never had any subscription to a streaming service, those would most certainly be among the first to fall: My shelves are full of movies that I haven't yet watched, or would like to watch again. My music shelves have lots of music I haven't heard for years, and it is a pleasure rediscovering it. What to I need streaming services for?