Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. has an interesting column in Sunday's Wall Street Journal in which he snickers at the notion that the cable industry is being innovative in their iPad apps and other recent developments. He wraps things up by paralleling the struggles film and TV are having with piracy with those the music industry has had for more than a decade. If it takes the film industry as long to develop a legitimate "whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want it" product (close to a decade), piracy sites like MobileVids.org are going to be the only places giving the people want they want (and reaping the benefits).
Meanwhile, a YouTube video posted by analyst Richard Greenfield of BTIG Research has become a horror hit among executives in the TV business. It shows just how rapidly pirates are beating the existing TV players to the business model consumers really crave--to watch whatever they want to watch, whenever and wherever. If the TV industry imagines it has dodged its Napster moment, it should think again.