[mythtv-users] The Boxee Box

Johnny Walker johnnyjboss at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 17:19:43 UTC 2009

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM, Nick F <nikos.f at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
>> On Wednesday 09 December 2009 09:57:30 am Johnny Walker wrote:
>>> Another good example is Sony Digital Software - or formerly Sonic
>>> Foundry Software - I used to use these products Sound Forge, Acid Pro
>>> and Vegas Video - They weren't cheap - like hundreds of dollars each.
>>> They would routinely de-register themselves and start encoding
>>> watermarks and audio watermarks into rendered files until I could get
>>> tech support on the line to correct the license issues.
>>> Finally even though I had valid licenses I downloaded crack programs
>>> to remove the license checking software so I could use my otherwise
>>> legally purchased software.
>>> What a pain.
>> Just confirms what we all know, DRM just annoys legitimate customers, and
>> does nothing to stop piracy.
>> One place I used to work instituted a policy of never buying any software
>> "protected" by a dongle of any sort. We were finally able to get a copy of
>> Autocad that didn't require a dongle, after we told them we would NOT
>> purchase anything that did.
>> More of that sort of thing might get the message across, once they realize it
>> is costing sales.
> Another issue is pricing something appropriately.  Apple charged only
> $30 for the Snow Leopard upgrade for their OS - which makes it a
> 'no-brainer' upgrade for almost everyone and almost completely takes
> away the incentive to pirate the software.
> M$ on the other hand wants somewhere between $70 and $200 for their OS
> upgrade

to be fair all that marketing costs a lot of money.

making me choose up front which feature sets I may or may not
> want.  The temptation to pirate goes up dramatically.
> It's the same thing with videos.  I find Netflix's pricing model of
> somewhere between $15 and $20 a month for an all you can eat model
> very compelling. I don't bother with the streaming for all the reasons
> mentioned above - but love the 3-at a time DVD/Blu-rays I get from
> them.  I think it's great value, and has taken away the temptation to
> d/load movies over p2p.
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