Most music fans are lean-back and lazy, and don’t like difficult experiences (even if they’re free). All of which raises the question: what if searching for legal content online was a lot easier, and more importantly, searching for illegal content a lot harder?
Enter Beodee, a search engine that has just emerged in piracy-ravaged Spain. This is a nation where free downloading and streaming isn’t just an expectation, it’s an entitlement.
Beodee, the brainchild of film producer Carles Pastor, offers comparison shopping on movie, TV, and documentary downloads while aiming to deliver the lowest, most reasonable pricing. “You can’t say that the film industry is dying, while at the same time more movies are being made than ever before,” Pastor told El Confidencial.
“So we need to maximally conform to consumer needs.”
Right now, the beginnings are humble: Beodee currently features 6,700 films, TV shows and documentaries. That number could greatly expand, and this may eventually include free content, for those rights owners that structure their models that way. The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in collaboration with the CulturArts-IVAC (Valencian Institute of Film).