Why is Streaming Dramas Bad?Published on May 30th, 2009.
Continuing on the previous post where I asked you all if you watched Japanese dramas using a streaming service or by downloading the fansubs. This time I’m going to ask you what you think about streaming and of course I’ll start with my own thoughts on the matter.
First off, uploading fansubs without permission to sites like MySoju and DramaCrazy is considered a very bad thing by the subbing groups, and uploading their works might cause a drama to be abandoned indefinitely. So for those who rely on streaming at the moment, you are the ones making everyone pissed off. I do understand why you want to stream dramas, there are many reasons to do so, and hell even I prefer streaming. For me none of the existing streaming services are good enough though.
So why is streaming fansubs bad? Well, actually I’m not sure of that myself. I don’t see why streaming would make the fansubbing groups suffer in any way, except maybe for a decreasing downloads count on D-Addicts. But hopefully that’s not why they make the subtitles. Uploading the fansubs so that people can stream them gives the groups more exposure and appreciation. And it can’t be a legal issue as what they’re doing isn’t legal from the beginning.
Streaming is the future, it’s so old fashioned to rely on downloads in my opinion. The only good reason I can come up with for downloading the actual files is if you’re going on a trip where you don’t have internet, if you want to watch stuff on a handheld device or if you want to edit and make clips. And of course that’s why the files should be available as downloads as well. I used to archive everything and kept on buying new hard drives until I found out that it’s totally pointless.
So really, is there a GOOD reason why streaming shouldn’t be allowed? I really don’t get it… Let’s continue the discussion in the comments section as I’m not sure where to continue from here! :)
POLL CLOSED. Results:
- Streaming is NOW – 51%
- Definitely – 35%
- Definitely NOT – 14%