Will TV Succumb to the Internet?
Case Study 1
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Managing Information Systems
Important Case Facts
Widespread use and ease of access to high-speed internet connections, powerful computers, and portable software devices have changed the way people obtain songs, videos, TV shows, and books. File-sharing and DVR service have increased the ease at which TV shows and music can be uploaded to the internet and shared with other for free. Although these TV shows and music files are illegal to share it the current laws against those who supply and download these digital files have almost no effect on users because of the scarcity in frequency in which these laws are enforced.
YouTube, which was started in 2005, is the most popular video-sharing website. Over 150,000 unauthorized video clips of copyright material show up on YouTube every year. YouTube is working with the copyright owners to remove unauthorized material, but that doesn’t keep users from uploading their copyright files.
To help combat this problem ABC and NBC broadcasting companies, formed Hulu.com, a website that offers TV shows a week after cable broadcasting free-of-charge; the only catch is that you have to watch a few commercials. Even with Hulu.com trying to help quell the overflow of copyrighted material on the internet, many households are cutting their services to cable and satellite companies for Netflix and Hulu.com.
Cable and satellite TV show providers are losing revenue from service payments and fees to those household that are dumping their service. Hulu.com is suffering from corporate growth and last one of its major sponsors. Key Issues
Ease of access to copyright material on the internet – File sharing and websites in different countries means U.S. law cannot be enforced and files taken down. This problem comes from new technology and new threats and inefficient external...
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