Companies that suck: Netflix & Warner Bros.

You can find more about this terrible decision by following the link below.
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/06/netflix-bends-over-agrees-to-delay-renting-warner-dvds/
The short of this situation is that Warner Brothers wants people to purchase their movies instead of renting them through services such as Netflix so they will now be delaying their rental availability through Netflix by 28 days.
This is not about this isolated incident. There is a much larger problem occuring today and that is a series of abuses toward the backbone of the movie industry, the customers. All American school children are taught that the reason why Capitalism and the Free Market is superior to Communism is that in Capitalism the consumer votes with their dollar; if the company sucks (to use my term) they will instead “Vote” for another company. Unfortunately if every company has a total disregard for their consumers, then the consumer can’t exactly decide to live without the product. This situation is what consumers are facing when dealing with the music and movie industries. Consumers are faced with no legal options to vote against these greedy companies. They can either pursue the legal option and get shafted by the media industry or they can pursue the illegal option by bittorenting and go to jail (there’s a joke in their somewhere). Consumers must demand that companies return to the ideals of a free market and to accept the idea that they cannot live without their consumers. If companies do not change their ideas then consumers will change them for them.

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A new LOST internet feature is coming out but will you participate?

The latest and perhaps last internet feature (not to be confused with Lost’s previous ARGs) for the show LOST will be starting on December 8th to coincide with the release of Season 5 on DVD and Blu-ray, but you would be surprised to know that some people may not be able to participate.    The upcoming internet feature is called Lost University, which will allow students to study several aspects of the show much the same as if LU were a real school.  If you are interested in enrolling and getting a student picture ID, you can do that now by going to lostuniversity.org.  Some of the classes that will be offered at LU include Introductory Physics of Time Travel, Jungle Survival Basics, a seminar on New Physics with Jeremy Davies, and an Art seminar with Jack Bender along with several other classes.  I am definitely excited and I can’t wait to start my first day at LU and be a Fightin’ Islish… I’m sorry for the lame joke I couldn’t resist.  Unfortunately while I and several other LOST fans will be able to participate in this awesome new internet feature, many people who cannot afford Blu-ray players will not be able to participate.  According to to school website Lost University will run as a Bd-Live feature utilizing the internet connectivity of the PS3 and other Blu-ray players to integrate the website into the Blu-ray versions of season 5.  Upon hearing the news many people were outraged that after going through free internet features in the past suddenly they will be left out because they don’t want to purchase a Blu-ray player.  I want to ask the readers now what do you guys think?  Is it wrong to force people to purchase a new expensive device and to alienate those who do not have this special device? Or, are you on the side that says that new technology should be embraced by the media, and if some people are left out in the cold because they need to purchase something new then so be it, if they had it there way season 5 would be coming out on VHS?  What do you think of this?  I’ll leave my opinions in the comments section.