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Old May 18th 18, 21:05   #21
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: UK
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Re: Streaming B5 - Legally - USA

Originally Posted by Looney View Post
Originally Posted by KoshFan View Post
My only problem with this is that I really dislike Amazon.
I would ask why you dislike Amazon, but I don't want to know because I love Amazon and I don't want that to change. I am a big Blu-Ray and DVD collector and that is a great place to buy Blu-Rays and DVDs. What I buy is a niche market and Amazon isn't the only place I shop, but they are one of the few places that carry what I would be looking for. One might try to argue that the reason I have to turn to them is because they put the stores I could have gone to for what I want out of business, but that isn't true. Basically the only physical stores that carry what I look for are Best Buy or Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble has always been ridiculous about their media prices and Best Buy can't keep their shelves stocked with obscure movies only a handful of people might be looking for. And I do shop at Best Buy a lot, but I usually have to go to their website to find what I want or just buy the most mainstream stuff I am looking for in their stores.

I also stream a lot of music through Amazon as well. I mean seriously, if you buy a CD through them they are usually able to give you a digital version. I say usually because I did buy some of the B5 soundtrack CDs there and digital copies isn't an option with them. Anyway, I love Amazon for media buys, but that is pretty much all I do there. I can't remember the last thing I bought from Amazon that wasn't a Blu-Ray or DVD.

For the customer, Amazon are great - low prices and wide selection, especially if you are purveyor of niche products that can be hard to find. But those cheap prices can come at a cost. For example, suppose you're a novelist - not someone like Stephen King or JK Rowling, but someone less well known. The money you earn off your book is a percentage of the sale price of each copy of that book. So when Amazon come along and knock big amounts off the RRP, undercutting brick and mortar stores and forcing them to lower prices, it just harms the author's earnings, and the publisher's earnings. And of course they're able to reduce prices so much because they don't have the overheads of brick and mortar stores, they can use the discounts as loss leaders and so on. It's harming the book industry. I'm not sure what the effect is for music and films, as they have their own issues with piracy.

Oh, and Amazon find every loophole they can to avoid paying tax. In Europe in 2016 they paid 15 million in tax on gross earnings of over 20 billion.

All that said, I've used Amazon plenty of times, so I'm a hypocrite. And if subscribing to Amazon Prime will help convince Amazon to take up JMS' offer of uprezzing the film negatives to HD, I'll be sending them my money.

Is B5 only going to be on Amazon Prime in the USA, or worldwide?
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