yes im well aware why you thanked me, it was quite obvious
and to bring up HMV omg.... OMG..... hmv didnt die because of pirates... god....
why would people go into hmv to write down names of movies.... instead of browse amazon or something... lol god.... (you must be confusing people who are smart shoppers, who come in to compare prices and they're writing down how much you want for them so they dont forget when they're inside Futureshop)
HMV was mainly a music store their downfall came because people wanted MP3s instead of CDs
HMV turned to movies... unfortunately they can't compete with the competition and their prices...
They still exist but have downsized because in their format medium market + competition that's all they could do
They're still breathing though
Sectors like Itunes, NetFlix, Appstores etc WOULDNT BE GROWING/Flourishing... if people would rather Download for Free than pay... (And they're not even getting a Physical item now so there's less of an advantage but still Paying2Download is growing)
That's why people were initially doubting Blu-Ray (Apple still does) because they say the world is headed to downloading their content (not for free... but for pay) because people don't want Clutter
Its the same thing the Music Industry noticed... people just wanted their Music as MP3s rather than physical CDs and that launched the billion dollar industry of MP3 players and files
here read this too the Movie industry has actually grown in the face of "piracy" http://www.ime.edu/Portals/41606/doc...ieindustry.pdf
(even the mpaa only pegged piracy to take up 14% of its sales worldwide and that's through their biased analysis, a far cry from 80%)
Not from higher prices but from more people buying/watching films
by the Institute of Media and Entertainment in conjunction with the IESE Business school (top 10 business school of the world)