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"I can’t imagine that any of you enjoy the navigation system of cable. If you do, you don’t deserve to be here", said Diller. “Cable is a great closed system where the masses, now 100 million subscribers of cable, support ESPN that is only watched by 10 percent. That’s a great little plot so long as you can keep everybody inside the closed circle,” Diller said. “We’re out to get the centricity moved to the internet."Diller was a mentor to many of Hollywood's power players today including Michael Eisner, Dawn Steel, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. From Paid Content:
"The wall that broadcasters and cable companies have built around their services is not long for this world, according to Barry Diller, chairman of IAC. It’s not clear who will tear it down, and it’s not clear when it will actually happen, but the “centricity” of the video world is going to shift from cable and satellite to the internet", he said at D11 Wednesday.
"I think that young people that don’t now subscribe to cable are maybe going to think of Aereo as an alternative because they don’t want to pay 100 bucks a month for cable."
Diller, of course, is doing all he can to help that along by investing in projects like Aereo, which has the established broadcasters running to the courtroom in an effort to get it shut down. Aereo allows people to purchase a digital antenna and receive over-the-air television shows, and as we’ve covered extensively, broadcasters are not happy that Aereo isn’t paying them for that right.
Later at the same event Disney Media co-chair and ABC head Anne Sweeney called Aereo “illegal opportunistic piracy.”
Diller’s IAC is behind Aereo, which provides antennas for users to pick up digital video broadcasts and still time shift their viewing, like on a cable-system’s DVR. The company has been sued by a collective of broadcasters including CBS , Comcast, Walt Disney and News Corp. who say the service infringes on their copyrights.