Suicides are always sad. Not many of us like to commit one, and most of us would prefer life to stay the way it is. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be how LoveFilms work.
That's how the opening of Paul Thompson's blog will read to a GNU/Linux user.
LoveFilms, an Amazon company, is ditching the dying Flash technology for already dead Microsoft's Silverlight. The move gives indications that Flash will soon lose its significance on the PC as well. Adobe recently announced killing Flash on mobile platforms.
The bad news is the insecure Hollywood studios are going with Microsoft's non-standard technology Silverlight. I wonder if Microsoft pushed for Silverlight as it sees Adobe killing Flash fo good.
Silverlight was not an innovation out of need. Microsoft created Silverlight just to compete with Flash. While Paul mentions security
Paul writes, "We've been asked to make this change by the Studios who provide us with the films in the first place, because they’re insisting – understandably – that we use robust security to protect their films from piracy, and they see the Silverlight software as more secure than Flash."
This is yet another example of short sight of greedy Hollywood studios. Instead of going for the open-source and open standard HTML 5, they are choosing a yet another non-standard, incompatible, platform-locked crappy technology called Silverlight, just so they can 'protect' their films from 'piracy.
|Hollywood asking the alien what do they want Hollywood to do!|
It's bad news for GNU/Linux user as Silverlight is not available for GNU/Linux and Moonlight is extremely crappy to run on anything but Windows. So, Amazon is pretty much shooting in its foot by catering to Microsoft customers.
Google, come on, start steaming movies through YouTube using HTML5. Let's teach Hollywood a lesson.