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Veronica Mars, as a tv show and as a set of characters within a set of plot tropes and conventions, is pretty fucking great. Seriously, I enjoyed the hell out of that show and the famous Kickstarter for it has given me a chance to share it with my son. There are so many things that I really liked that bores the shit out of him (any kind of fantasy, anything I write, Buffy, stuff with spaceship battles, whatever) that it’s a real pleasure to see him latch onto something cool.

So, when the opportunity to download the movie came (which is today, because today is the movie premiere) I took it.

I’m not what you call a movie-buyer. I own a few DVDs (maybe a dozen or so, most bought at yard sales) and I watch Netflix, but I’ve never bought and downloaded a full movie before. Still, I know it’s a thing people do. iTunes, right? Or Amazon? I’ve definitely seem Amazon purchases in my affiliate link reports.

But the Veronica Mars Kickstarter did not direct me to either of those options, nor did they stick a file on a server and send me a link to go fetch it. Instead, I had to sign up for Ultraviolet and Flixster.

Apparently, Ultraviolet is a service created by the studios that lets people download films without the worry of omg piracy, and why am I being forced to turn over my name and email to some third-party service just to get the thing I already paid for?

Because I am a commodity. I’m being turned over to these two companies so they can market to me, and they can add my account to their user numbers when they go hunting for new clients.

It’s disappointing. I’d rather watch the DVD, but that’s two months away, apparently. To get the movie now I had to become someone’s marketing opportunity, and I pledged a Kickstarter for the privilege.

The endless flood of updates into my inbox was bad enough, but this tears it. Not more big media corporate Kickstarters for me.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here but not there.



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Mar. 14th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I didn't contribute to it, because it was funded and out of the stuff I thought interesting by the time I heard about it, so I was unaware of the status. (Oh. Looks like it is on iTunes, so I guess I'll be renting it this weekend.)

You should certainly let them know your feelings on this; I assume you have. I would have been very annoyed at this, had it happened to me.

There was one Kickstarter thing I did -- it was for the reprinting of the Hogben stories -- where I got spam from a bookseller because of it. I was, and still am, extremely angry about this. The backers never responded to my complaint.
Mar. 15th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
They have tens of thousands of backers and this issue is being written about online all over the place, so I suspect my voice would be lost. Besides, individual backer complaints won't reach the people making the decisions. It's not worth it.
Mar. 15th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2014 04:23 am (UTC)
That's a fair cop.

But come May I'm going to post of picture of the DVD and you'll be all jealous.
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
All part of the non-physical media "revolution" *sigh*. The studios keep the work, but could pull it or alter it at any time. And of course they use and can sell your personal info, and who knows how secure your info is. More and more people seem to be joining the non-physical bandwagon though, so it is what it is and I buy DVD's, books, etc. while I still can.

I learned my lesson with the Star Wars laserdiscs, which had the original films before Lucas kept "improving" them. If I want the "upgrade" then it's always there, but who knows how long the original will be there, especially as some works lose popularity, or a more popular actor might decide that they don't want a lackluster earlier work to be available any longer, etc.

I do wish I had supported this though. It literally was announced two days after I made a major purchase and I just didn't contribute. I'll buy the DVD or Blu though (once I see if there are differences in the special features).
Mar. 16th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
Yeah. I can't get too worked up because I'll be getting the DVD eventually, but bleh on those guys.

Weirdly, DVDs seem to be going out like LPs. My new computer can't play them.
Mar. 16th, 2014 04:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's by design. They're doing their best to convince as many people as possible to give up DVD'S. I'm sure it won't be too many years before new computers are unable to accept Blu's either. But the audience is fragmented, some don't notice and many others have ditched either physical media or owning media or paying for media and that's where we seem to be headed.
Mar. 17th, 2014 03:01 am (UTC)
It was available via iTunes (and Amazon, too) so I don't know why they didn't mention that on the kickstarter. I only got to see it because a friend gifted it to me via itunes on Friday.
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