So I was watching Kingdom on Netflix, a lovely show from the BBC staring Stephen Fry as a small town lawyer. It’s just as charming as it sounds.
It just disappeared from Netflix, marking one of the main things I hate about streaming and digital media. I never really feel like I own it. I can’t watch it any time. And, more importantly, any time they feel like removing it, it’s just gone. No warning, no nothing.
I hate to complain about this but I’m really uncomfortable with the way absolutely everything is moving to digital distribution, wrestling even more control away from the customer that is parting with their hard earned money. A couple of weeks ago our computer crashed and wouldn’t turn back on and we were completely without music. Timely things I don’t mind, because it would be unreasonable to expect hard media for things like podcasts, or twitter which is to communication what a fart is to a good meal. And I do like how digital distribution has allowed small time outfits to subvert the system and not need the approval of a distributor to get there work to the people (I wouldn’t have access to MC Frontalot or Greydon Square otherwise). But with that ease of access comes giving up some control, which is fine when it is voluntary. I’m just worried the option will disappear. I’m fine paying a couple bucks more because it is more expensive to make a CD and ship it than it is to just download it, because when my computer crashes I still own a working CD player.
Just, Dammit, I was only a few episodes away from finishing Kingdom and I just started watching it again!!!!!!