Internet television was dealt a massive blow last week as the Feds executed ‘Operation in Our Sites,' taking down a total of nine streaming video sites including ninjavideo.net and TVshack.net.
First of all, let me just address the codename. Puns, guys? Really? Whatever happened to shit like Operation Urgent Fury? Now that is a badass name for an Operation. Anyway, the LA Times reports that:
Federal authorities announced that they had seized domain names from nine websites engaged in the ‘criminal theft of American movies and television.' Combined, the sites drew 6.7 million visitors a month.
Millions! Now these millions of users have been left devastated; their ability to watch cable shows and random British television completely crippled by the loss of their favorite streaming video site.
And, of course, many have taken to Twitter to express their grief especially the users of Ninja Video, which had a dedicated base of users and a pretty active forum community.
User britishgaming says goodnight to his sweet prince:
While others, such as katieholt, suggest that the loss of Ninja Video is comparable to the oil spill and apple's reception problems:
There is no doubt that Ninja Video offered a streaming video site that was unprecedented in quality and size. The sheer amount of videos that were hosted on Ninja Video was staggering, including many HD quality television episodes and movies. In hindsight perhaps Ninja Video just flew too close to the sun, offered too much, making their demise all but inevitable.
The site was especially beloved because of it dedication to rounding up weekly Science television programming and investigative journalism shows from the BBC and elsewhere. It's hard not to have a soft spot in your heart for a website that offers such diverse television with a very user-friendly design; however the question of legality remains. Ninja Video, of course, defends itself in a pseudo-revolutionary ‘Manifesto.'
What do you all think? Is this the tragic loss of a valuable internet resource or a win for the beleaguered culture industries?
Kenneth Gibson is 22 years old and currently a university student in Canada. He spent his childhood growing up on the mean streets of Belfast; a typical latchkey kid, as most of the neighborhood kids were. At 12 he moved with his parents to Hamilton, ON; spending his teenage years in that post-industrial wasteland that is (probably best known as being the butt of one of John Stewart's jokes at the Montreal comedy festival some years ago). Nowadays he spends his time being a news junkie, policy wonk and and student of archaeology.