View Finder: Stomping out piracy

Brodie Fogg 6 October 2017 NEWS


Village Roadshow is rolling out a new antipiracy solution beginning with Stan's Romper Stomper.

Despite it not being the Libertarian piracy capital it's often purported to be, Australians still don't mind plundering out of reach digital content from the depths of the internet if they feel like they've been given a bum deal.

In the ongoing battle to sink the unsinkable, Roadshow Films (a division of Village Roadshow) is trialling new antipiracy software, courtesy of Linius Tech. Roadshow's 12-month deal with Linius will begin with the release of Stan's upcoming TV sequel/adaptation of Romper Stomper (1991).

Linius' technology, known as the Video Virtualisation Engine (VVE), allows digital rights holders like Roadshow to manipulate video files with security features, like viewing rights and payment gateways.

Traditionally, video files are totally self-contained. When you click play on Netflix or Stan, a code is sent to the server to request the impenetrable video file in its entirety. VVE busts the video data free from its rigid prison, exposing and indexing the data from the video file. When the video is requested from the streaming platform, the data is deconstructed in transit and put back together when it arrives in the verified player (e.g. Stan).

IBM is helping integrate the technology which is already being implemented in pre-production.

The idea is that pirates won't actually have anything to steal as the video file won't be constructed until it reaches its destination.

Blow me down. What does that mean for me, an honest, God-fearing Stan subscriber? Well, it won't impact you in any way whatsoever. You'll still hit play and have Romper Stomper instantaneously streamed to your television.

Romper Stomper will air this Summer and it looks like a doozy.

Thrones filming won't wrap until next Winter

When Game of Thrones Season 7 came to a close, rumours about the next season's prolonged release window began circling almost immediately. The wait between season 6 and season 7 was hard enough for most fans; the thought we'd have to endure an entire year without a Game of Thrones season was almost too much to bear.

In a recent TV Guide interview with Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth, bless his cotton socks), Flea Bottom's finest stated that the crew were filming "right up until Summer" (our Winter in Australia), thanks to this season's longer episodes and consolidated cast and crew (now that everyone important is rubbing shoulders in Westeros).


If filming runs to June/July/August, you can almost guarantee we won't be seeing it released in 2018. Even if by some slim chance the final footage managed to make it through the post in record timing, there's no chance HBO would drop the final season of its most popular show in the tail end of the year.

Of course, the silver lining here is that each episode will be (hopefully) as meaty as Season 7's 79-minute The Dragon and The Wolf.

Then again, it also begs the question: why make a shorter season if you're just going to make each episode significantly longer?

Noteworthy trailers

A small selection of noteworthy trailers from the week in streaming.

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Funny or Die and CBS are adapting the Stan original for the US with Aussie original Patrick Brammal along for the ride. The brilliant Tim Meadows will star alongside Brammal, assumedly taking over Darren Gilshenan's role.

The US trailer recycles the same joke from the original teaser and Brammal's American accent is... well, it's something.

And for comparison, here's the original Australian trailer.

Future Man

This Josh Hutcherson-led sci-fi/comedy comes from the comedic minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The salt and pepper teenage hijinks, the Vegemite and avo of stoner comedies.

We're not sure where or when this one will air in Australia. Hulu's original programming isn't tied to any one service in Australia. It just kind of pops up where it pleases. James Franco's 11.22.63 premiered on Stan, and Elizabeth Moss's The Handmaid's Tale debuted on SBS ON DEMAND.

Other trailers

Looking for something to stream this weekend? Check out what's new on Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime.

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