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Old September 9 2013, 12:41 AM   #61
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Re: #FreeBabylon5 Campaign

Jan wrote: View Post
For those who are wanting Babylon 5 streaming...I think this is interesting and kind of makes my point for me:

It turns out that B5 is available to buy and download from and also Seasons 2-4 are available to buy and download via YouTube as of last week (Coincidence? Who knows....). And yet nobody on any site where I've been talking about this campaign ever mentioned either even though many people jumped on the 'make it available to stream' bandwagon. So my point about potential viewers having to know to go look for Babylon 5 stands.
Only for these a la carte sites. Being part of a subscription service is totally different. Netflix especially, because they invest a tremendous amount into their recommendation antilogarithm, even offering a million dollar prize to anyone who could develop something better. Directing viewers to content they might like is a huge part of their service.

They're also in the zeitgiest for delivering new, original shows. As their chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, "The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us." And again, I can't stress enough the importance of JMS' Sense 8 on Netflix next year.

Babylon 5 is also available for purchase on Best Buy/Walmart's CinemaNow. And Seasons 1 - 4 are on, which is where I watch them because they are in the original 4:3 aspect ratio there. But to group sites like this into the same category as Netflix is folly. Not all streaming services are equal.

Again, I'll support this movement in any form, sign any petition, etc. But my two cents, which I offer as constructive criticism because I want this to work, is that Netflix specifically (not streaming in general) should be our #1 priority.

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