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How would you fix the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic streaming video dilemma?

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Hasbro has a bit of a dilemma on their hands. Obviously, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on The Hub is a runaway hit and a big part of that success was the fact that episodes were so easy for anyone to watch online on sites like YouTube. Originally, Hasbro’s stance seemed to be that they didn’t care that episodes were being streamed on the web… they only cared about sales of the toys itself. But once they started selling individual episodes on iTunes the situation got a little more complicated.

Having worked with a variety of toy companies, let me just take a second to tell you that Hasbro is AMAZING to their fans. If you knew how often other toy companies were suing the heck out of their fans for the slightest things, you’d have a renewed appreciation for just how fantastic and fan friendly Hasbro is with their properties. They let us all happily run amuck with their characters when it comes to fan art, fiction, customs, websites and more.

But the streaming video issues is more complex. It’s hard to fault them for wanting to profit on their own content… they have every right to! But they don’t want to give up the ease of viewing that got them this huge fan base in the first place.

You can make the case that fans are just being lazy when they complain that they need the episodes streaming, especially when legal downloads of the show are just a quick visit to iTunes away. I can’t help but feel like a proper DVD release of each season would go a long way to help this situation and I believe that’s on the radar… eventually.

But the question a lot of people are asking, and rightly so, is why doesn’t Hasbro just stream the episodes themselves? Either directly through a partnership with YouTube or on The Hub website, they should be able to run advertising on the streaming videos and still profit off the content… without limiting its availability. Is the issue with this the advertising itself? Is it because they wouldn’t know what sort of ads to run, ie would they target parents and little girls who are the target demographic or us adult fans? It’s left a lot of people wondering why they aren’t doing this and I can only assume it’s because of a very good reason… that we just haven’t thought of yet!

What do you think is the biggest problem with Hasbro doing their own MLP: FiM ad supported streaming? How do you think Hasbro should handle this situation?

Two Awesome My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Video Mash-ups

MLP: FiM has become a real fan favorite for pony enthusiasts but is also reaching a wider audience beyond pony fandom. In what I’m hoping is a new trend or meme, there have been two fantastic video mash-ups recently taking footage from Friendship is Magic but combining it with much more hardcore audio. Give them both a watch, you won’t regret it. ;-)

First up, is The Elder Scrolls VI: Equestria which has the audio from the Skyrim trailer.

(Thanks to The Escapist for the heads up on this one!)

Next up is one called PonyCraft which mashes the audio from StarCraft II’s cinematic launch trailer and clips from 17 different episodes of FiM. But what makes it even more epic is that they took the time to actual sync all the audio up with the clips so the ponies’ mouths actually match the lines they’ve been given to say. Some really amazing work on this one.

(Thanks to GamrFeed for letting us know about this video.)

So, now that you’ve watched them both, I have to ask… which one was your favorite?