DVD streaming ‘rental’ service Zediva just shut down to comply with US court order; see the attached email.  While it was clear from the beginning (to me) that their approach to licensing the rights wouldn’t work for very long, it is a pity to, once again, see innovative ideas fail because the rights-holders aren’t ready for it - or shall we say, aren’t ready to give these options to consumers.
Why would we even need something like Zediva if everyone could have access to a huge movie / TV library ‘in the cloud’ at very low prices and at very high quality, based on bundling / freemium / upselling scenarios? Why isn’t Netflix available on a global scale, based on a variety of cloud-centric business models? Would anyone bother to download a bit-torrent file if the movie would cost 50 cents (or other local equivalents) to legally obtain, at high quality?

DVD streaming ‘rental’ service Zediva just shut down to comply with US court order; see the attached email.  While it was clear from the beginning (to me) that their approach to licensing the rights wouldn’t work for very long, it is a pity to, once again, see innovative ideas fail because the rights-holders aren’t ready for it - or shall we say, aren’t ready to give these options to consumers.

Why would we even need something like Zediva if everyone could have access to a huge movie / TV library ‘in the cloud’ at very low prices and at very high quality, based on bundling / freemium / upselling scenarios? Why isn’t Netflix available on a global scale, based on a variety of cloud-centric business models? Would anyone bother to download a bit-torrent file if the movie would cost 50 cents (or other local equivalents) to legally obtain, at high quality?

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