Pirated Movies Will Become Perfect Substitutes for the Movie Theater Experience




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Pirated Movies Will Become Perfect Substitutes for the Movie Theater Experience

Even though pirated movies are not perfect substitutes for the “movie theater” experience yet, they are heading in that direction. One deficiency that hinders the demand for pirated movies on the Internet is quality.28 Most pirated movies available online, prior to their DVD release, are bootleg versions recorded in a theater from personal camcorders that have poor sound and video quality.29 For big blockbuster action movies with elaborate special effects it may take users multiple downloads before finding a version of acceptable quality. Also, the selection of movies available online is not impressive.30 Even though many new blockbuster hits become available quickly on pirate sites, lower budget films may be harder to find, if they can be found at all.31 And the database of older movies is sparse at best.32 These current inefficiencies of pirated movies are reminiscent of when pirated music first hit the Internet. The progress of technology, however, helped improve the sound quality of downloaded music files. Also, as more people participated in music piracy, the library of music online became enormous. Technology, therefore, will inevitably progress to a point where both quality and quantity will become less of an issue for movie downloaders. Additionally, once a DVD version of a movie is released, the pirated version of the DVD can be of identical quality,33 leaving a user with an identical DVD experience and a compelling reason to become a free rider.


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