Google Fiber in Kansas City Makes Hollywood Nervous

Hollywood worries Google Fiber presages more piracy, competition
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Of all the media industries dragged kicking and screaming into the brave new digital world—news, music, publishing—Hollywood has held up comparatively well. Although physical sales of DVDs and Blu-ray are falling, no single Web company dominates the online video realm, and consumers mostly still get their programming via pricey cable bundles. Poky Internet speeds—the U.S. average of about 5 megabits per second ranks 26th globally—means that pirates can’t swap bulky video files with the same insouciant ease as they do MP3s.

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