At least one major cable operator will institute so-called usage-based billing next year, predicts Craig Moffett, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York. He said Cox Communications Inc.,Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) or Time Warner Cable may be first to charge Web-access customers for the amount of data they consume, not just transmission speed.
“As more video shifts to the Web, the cable operators will inevitably align their pricing models,” Moffett said in an interview. “With the right usage-based pricing plan, they can embrace the transition instead of resisting it.”
Hollywood is trying to figure out how to get people to buy more movies instead of renting them. Sony might have an answer: Sell the flicks on iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets before viewers can buy or rent them anywhere else.
Sony tried doing this with “Bad Teacher” last month, and the results sound encouraging for the studio. It says its “windowing” experiment boosted digital unit sales by 60 percent, and overall digital revenue by 24 percent.
Broadcast in more than 180 countries, the $12 million made-for-TV-event attracts the world’s top models and features A-list musical guests. And it’s all designed to burnish a brand that peddles fantasies to everyone from teenagers to suburban housewives of America.
"It’s the only one-hour network show dedicated to a single brand," says Mitro. "It puts our brand in front of millions of people around the world during the crucial holiday period."
CBS licenses the show from Victoria’s Secret for slightly more than $1 million, well below the $20 million it pays for the Grammys. The show is not exactly a ratings blockbuster — 9 million viewers tuned in last year, compared with nearly 27 million who watched the Grammys this year — but it does bring younger viewers to CBS; more than half of the 2010 audience was in the 18-49 demo.
Buoyed by good reviews, “Margin Call” has been rented online 250,000 times, noted Jon Feltheimer, co-chairman and CEO of Roadside stakeholder Lionsgate, during a conference call with media and analysts following the studio’s recent earnings announcement. “Margin Call” has made nearly $4 million at the domestic box office, and Feltheimer said he expects the movie to make as much, if not more, on VOD as in theaters.
“Melancholia” has been a more modest performer theatrically, but it is on pace to rack up $2 million on video on demand.
Magnolia has had a number of even bigger VOD performers this year, such as the Sean Bean medieval horror film “Black Death” and the Japanese action film “13 Assassins,” both of which have grossed roughly $4 million through VOD.
These films have built on the success of “All Good Things,” the Magnolia film that garnered so-so reviews when it was released last winter, but also made $4 million in VOD revenue.
Apple is designing a television that you can shout and gesticulate at – and it will understand you.
Having revolutionised the music and mobile phone industries with its iPod and iPhone, the company is planning an “iTV” to turn couch surfing into a hi-tech experience.
The Japanese firm Sharp has been asked to begin commercial production of Apple TV screens in February, with the sets available in the second half of 2012, according to analyst Peter Misek at the American bank Jefferies.
With Connected TVs Expected to Boom, Marketers Look to the Future
We’ve been hearing a lot about the convergence of television and the Web this year. From second screen apps and Twitter chatter about TV to set-top boxes and Internet-connected HDTVs, the two worlds are colliding in a big way. Apple is even rumored to be planning to get in on the game, launching an HDTV set of its own next year and possibly making a ..read more..
In mid-September, Viacom executives found what executives later called an “inexplicable” glitch in viewership for the company’s popular child-oriented cable network Nickelodeon: Nielsen posted a ratings decline ranging from 15% to 20%. “Children’s overall media use has actually increased but is split between TV, video games, computers, social networking, DVDs, music and other types of formats,” said T. Makana Chock, associate professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School. “They are also multitasking more frequently.”
Indeed, a January 2010 study from the Kaiser Family Foundation determined that viewership of regularly scheduled TV programming by children ages 8 to 18 had declined by 25 minutes a day—the time such usage had fallen since Kaiser first started studying those media habits in 1999. While the younger set continues to watch TV, more “is either prerecorded or watched on other platforms,” the report found.
“It’s a big deal when an analyst as respected as Credit Suisse’s Stefan Anninger slashes his pay TV subscription forecast for 2012 to a 200,000 loss from a 250,000 gain, which is what he did this morning. But the rationale behind his decision is even more noteworthy: He cites a Credit Suisse-commissioned survey that found evidence of a youthful revolt against the pricey video packages. Lots of young adults aren’t cutting the cord; they never subscribe in the first place. Anninger says that while the evidence is still mostly anecdotal, “we are confident that a relationship exists” between high pay TV prices and declining subscriptions. And the growing group of “cord nevers” (as opposed to “cord cutters”) is “the biggest challenge pay TV will face over the next 10 years” after piracy and soaring programming costs — although “it does not feel like the industry is yet willing to admit that reality.””—
When it comes to sheer revenue, YouTube is blowing the doors off of Hulu. Analysts peg YouTube’s 2011 haul at anywhere between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion, while Hulu has said it expects to pull in $500 million this year — a number that includes revenue from its subscription service Hulu Plus.
In the late 1990s, high-end outer suburbs contained most of the expensive housing in the United States, as measured by price per square foot, according to data I analyzed from the Zillow real estate database. Today, the most expensive housing is in the high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods of the center city and inner suburbs. Some of the most expensive neighborhoods in their metropolitan areas are Capitol Hill in Seattle; Virginia Highland in Atlanta; German Village in Columbus, Ohio, and Logan Circle in Washington. Considered slums as recently as 30 years ago, they have been transformed by gentrification.
Simply put, there has been a profound structural shift — a reversal of what took place in the 1950s, when drivable suburbs boomed and flourished as center cities emptied and withered.
The shift is durable and lasting because of a major demographic event: the convergence of the two largest generations in American history, the baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and the millennials (born between 1979 and 1996), which today represent half of the total population.
Many boomers are now empty nesters and approaching retirement. Generally this means that they will downsize their housing in the near future. Boomers want to live in a walkable urban downtown, a suburban town center or a small town, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors.
The millennials are just now beginning to emerge from the nest — at least those who can afford to live on their own. This coming-of-age cohort also favors urban downtowns and suburban town centers — for lifestyle reasons and the convenience of not having to own cars.
Over all, only 12 percent of future homebuyers want the drivable suburban-fringe houses that are in such oversupply, according to the Realtors survey. This lack of demand all but guarantees continued price declines. Boomers selling their fringe housing will only add to the glut. Nothing the federal government can do will reverse this.
Many drivable-fringe house prices are now below replacement value, meaning the land under the house has no value and the sticks and bricks are worth less than they would cost to replace. This means there is no financial incentive to maintain the house; the next dollar invested will not be recouped upon resale. Many of these houses will be converted to rentals, which are rarely as well maintained as owner-occupied housing. Add the fact that the houses were built with cheap materials and methods to begin with, and you see why many fringe suburbs are turning into slums, with abandoned housing and rising crime.
Original branded video content has highest consumer recall rates, says Specific report
Original branded video content ranks highest for brand favourability and recall rates compared with other forms of video ad formats, according to Specific Media’s Video Testing and Measurement Insights (Vitamin) report.
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The Industrial Age Has Finally Run Out of Gas: An Interview With Don Tapscott
“Throughout the 20th century, we created wealth through vertically integrated corporations. Now, we create wealth through networks. We are at a turning point in human history, where the industrial age has finally run out of gas.” – Don Tapscott
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personal manufacturing is currently going through much the same phase as personal computing did in the 1970s. In many ways, that makes MakerBot the MITS of today. It has sold over 5,000 of its Thing-O-Matic 3D printers, which retail for $2,500 fully assembled or $1,299 in kit-form. Meanwhile, a newcomer from the Netherlands called Ultimaker, which costs $1,700 as a kit, is winning fans for its raw speed and ability to handle larger jobs. Some wonder whether the Ultimaker could be personal manufacturing’s Apple II.
Over the past week, Brook Drumm, an internet entrepreneur and workshop tinkerer in Lincoln, California, raised more than $155,000 in “kickstarter” funding on the internet from people who pledged money in exchange for one of his clever little Printrbot machines. Mr Drumm offers everything needed to assemble his basic 3D-printer for $500. Could that be today’s equivalent of the Sinclair ZX81, the world’s most popular PC in the early 1980s?
“Because Starz is also going into competition with Netflix by partnering with the streaming service’s competitors, especially Amazon and their incredible Fire hardware. By establishing themselves as a hybrid between streaming and cable aggregation, they have potentially just enough juice together with the second-line streamers to entice the studios to give them access to iPad and Fire rights in return for cutting Netflix down to size. Once that happens, Netflix could extract the same rights to keep the new competitors at bay. Or even more disruptive, join the coalition.”—House of Cards - TechCrunch
“But when Netflix snaps up an original program, it solidifies its “frenemy” status. Yes, the company is writing a check to the studio component of a conglom’s business. But such a move raises the question whether Netflix improves its standing among consumers as a purchase option that comes at the expense of existing multichannel services — a prospect even Netflix itself dismisses, perhaps to maintain its fragile detente with its buyers.”—Netflix gets back in the game
If someone were to have told you a few years ago that New York’s Metropolitan Opera would become a model for digital innovation, you would probably have laughed. Yet, that is what it has become. You might say that the Met is now laughing a bit itself—all the way to the bank.
Several years ago, the Met decided to distribute some of its live performances in HD to movie theaters equipped to handle digital transmission and exhibition. For the first time, an opera lover did not have to be physically present at the Metropolitan Opera’s own facility to experience a live performance.
The Met essentially decided to blow up its business model and endanger its core product.
If someone could see the performance in a movie theater at much lower cost, why would they ever bother to come see it at the Met itself? It was a gutsy move.
As a recent article in The New York Times reported, “The Met’s televised broadcasts now reach 1,600 theaters in 54 countries. The HD audience is nearly 3 million a season, compared with 800,000 at the opera house.”
The Met generated “$11 million in profits last year from its HD movie theater transmissions, which had been operating for only five years.” And the number of theaters continues to expand. There is no upward limit as more theaters become equipped to serve up HD performances all over the world.
As Steven Johnson says, in his excellent Where Good Ideas Come From, the Metropolitan Opera found the “adjacent possible.″ Johnson refers to the “adjacent possible” as “a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.
“The rogues’ gallery of Wall Street crooks, such as Lloyd Blankfein at Goldman Sachs, Howard Milstein at New York Private Bank & Trust, the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, the Koch brothers and Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan Chase & Co., no doubt think it’s over. They think it is back to the business of harvesting what is left of America to swell their personal and corporate fortunes. But they no longer have any concept of what is happening around them. They are as mystified and clueless about these uprisings as the courtiers at Versailles or in the Forbidden City who never understood until the very end that their world was collapsing. The billionaire mayor of New York, enriched by a deregulated Wall Street, is unable to grasp why people would spend two months sleeping in an open park and marching on banks. He says he understands that the Occupy protests are “cathartic” and “entertaining,” as if demonstrating against the pain of being homeless and unemployed is a form of therapy or diversion, but that it is time to let the adults handle the affairs of state. Democratic and Republican mayors, along with their parties, have sold us out. But for them this is the beginning of the end.”—Chris Hedges (via azspot)
“We are at decades-high inequality and declining social mobility - two major threats to the social order conservatives want to maintain. The tax code, as Tom Coburn has pointed out, is riddled with loopholes for the perquisites of the very rich, and for their income. Some groups of citizens have become rentier classes, using their expertise and mastery to enrich themselves at the expense of others. The top two categories of these sectors are doctors (vastly overpaid alongside every aspect of US healthcare) and bankers (bordering on criminal in the imbalance between what they contribute to society and what they get out of it). Globalization has accelerated income inequality even beyond our worst fears in the 1990s. And the rich have essentially bought the Congress, which is why healthcare reform and banking reform have become so tough.”—Facing Inequality - The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - The Daily Beast
“There’s more to Sony’s problems than acts of God and currency traders. The maker of the Walkman and the Trinitron hasn’t driven pop culture for years. Sony thrived in an era of stand-alone electronics. When the Internet arose and digital began to mean connected, iPods became the center of people’s entertainment lives, then smartphones and tablets—which Sony was late to produce. Even the quintessential Sony product—the TV set—has become a millstone. Sony has lost nearly $8.5 billion on TVs over eight years and expects to keep losing at least into 2013. Samsung, Vizio, and other upstarts have driven prices so low that one Sony executive says the company charges less for some TVs than it cost to ship them a few years ago. “What Is Sony Now?” — Bryan Gruley and Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg Businessweek
See also: “Jon Peters: A Book Proposal.” May 21, 2009”—Longreads
“But if data from The Guardian is to be believed, physics is becoming more popular among A-level and university students in the UK because—get this—The Big Bang Theory has made it cool again!
We suppose it should not come as a complete surprise that people’s choices in life are based on the stuff they watch on TV, but it still amazes us that a comedy show about two bumbling physicists can get students more interested in the subject.
According to the publication, there was a 10% increase in university acceptance numbers for physics courses when the show first started airing in the UK in 2008–09. And they are still increasing, with admissions this year 17% higher than in 2010. Physics, which until as recently as 2005 was considered a “vulnerable” subject, is now among the ten most popular choices among A-level students.
(via Physics More Popular Due to a TV Show)”—The Next Web
The industrial age has finally run out of gas: An interview with Don Tapscott
“Throughout the 20th century, we created wealth through vertically integrated corporations. Now, we create wealth through networks. We are at a turning point in human history, where the industrial age has finally run out of gas.” – Don Tapscott Somewhere, between the APEC CEO Summit with world leaders in Hawaii, receiving a place on the Thinke ..read more..
“iCow, a mobile-phone application that allows herders to register each individual cow, and to receive individualized text messages on their mobile phones, including advice for veterinary care and feeding schedules, a database of experts, and updated market rates on cattle prices. It’s an example of how high technology can help out even in the low-tech business of agriculture, in which 80 percent of Kenyans make a living”—iCow: Kenyans now manage their herds via mobile phone - CSMonitor.com (via interestingsnippets)
“As of this morning, “Take This Lollipop” has been liked by 9,976,146 people, making it the fastest-growing Facebook application ever — a result the video’s creator never expected. Jason Zada is also responsible for “Elf Yourself,” a viral online campaign for Office Max that has earned than 164 million views. “I’ve never seen anything grow this fast that isn’t hugely supported by something,” says Zada, who hoped around 100,000 people would enjoy his side project. He threw the script together in about 30 minutes, and with the collaborative efforts of his production company, Tool of North America, and developer Jason Nickel, completed the interactive video in four weeks. It was simply a side project for Halloween. “I just wanted to scare people. It’s kind of a horror movie that has no blood, no guts, but there’s this person that you don’t want looking at your information,” says Zada. “And that to me was the scariest of all.””—World’s Fastest-Growing Facebook App Will Scare the Crap Out of You
“We had a very big decision to make when it came time to renew the deal, because we had realized that premium…is something that the Netflix model was going to undermine” he told the Monaco audience. The company has told investors that it believes at least one video streamer will pay higher prices to license a classier collection of programs — to be offered either as a distinct service or a higher priced tier. That’s why “we need to turn Starz quickly into an identifiable brand” and “the words we use are tent pole television, entertaining, theatrical film look,” Albrecht says. The former HBO chief acknowledged, though, that his chief rival has a big advantage. “At HBO, we got to spend about $650M a year on original programming. Starz is about about $120M. I can tell you which one is more fun.”—Does John Malone Have A Big Deal In Mind For Starz? – Deadline.com
“Sony Corp. has held talks with content companies about licensing channels for a new Internet service being considered by the conglom, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The new service would establish a rival to multichannel distributors from cable operator Comcast to satcaster DirecTV, a competitive set seen as increasing vulnerable to digital alternatives like Netflix. Tough U.S. economic conditions make MSO pricing increasingly difficult to stomach for a subscriber base that is experiencing its first total year-over-year decline as an industry in 2011.”—Report: Sony mulls Internet TV service - Entertainment News, Technology News, Media - Variety
“While there’s still some debate over how many users are ditching pay TV in lieu of cheaper online options, Dish Network Charlie Ergen said on Monday’s earnings call that there’s a bigger macro trend developing, with young people choosing to forgo pay TV subscriptions altogether: “Young people who move to an apartment or get a house for the first time don’t subscribe to any MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) and they just… get their network programming from Hulu and they get Netflix… As an industry where people pay between $70 and $92 a month, that’s a lot of money to a young person today who is getting their first job when they can go out and watch Hulu for free and Netflix for $7.99. So it’s a threat.” We’ve written about this phenomenon before, as operators must convince these so-called “cord nevers” — recent college and high school grads moving into their first homes and paying their own bills for the first time — that subscribing to pay TV services is worth it. For many of these users, who likely grew up watching content online — on mobile devices and on their own time — the concept of paying close to a hundred dollars for access to linear programming might not be a winning formula.”—The children are our future, and they don’t pay for TV — Online Video News
“One of the things that makes mobile web browsing slow is the fact that the average website pulls content from 13 different places on the Internet. On a mobile device, even with a good Wi-Fi connection, each round trip is typically 100 milliseconds or more. Some of that can be done in parallel, but you typically have a whole bunch, as many as eight or more round trips that each take 100 milliseconds. That adds up. We’ve broken apart this process. If you can be clever enough to move the computation onto our cloud platform, you get these huge computational resources. Our cloud services are really fast. What takes 100 milliseconds on Wi-Fi takes less than 5 milliseconds on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud. So by moving some of the computation onto that cloud, we can accelerate a lot of what makes mobile web browsing slow.”—Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think | Magazine
As part of a large survey project, Holiday Inn gave guests a journal to record what they did in the hotel and where they spent their time. The company found that business travelers used the hotel’s high-speed Internet connections and printing to help them get work done, but did not want to leave the lobby.
“Guests are social,” said Verchele Wiggins, vice president of global brand management for Holiday Inn. “They want to be productive, but they like to be around other people.”
This spring, Holiday Inn removed the business center at its hotel in Atlanta and introduced “The Hub” to test the concept of a lobby that also acts as a business center, living room and place to eat. “Travelers are multitasking all the time,” Ms. Wiggins said. They may be checking their e-mail while they are drinking their morning cappuccino, or printing a boarding pass while waiting for a taxi to the airport.
The lobby offers free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge computers and phones, and a small row of computers and wireless printing. A so-called eBar allows business people to meet over cocktails, surrounded by library shelves.
“It’s the environment they want,” Ms. Wiggins said.
While many of the new services for business travelers are inspired by research and surveys, others are serendipitous. As part of the Hub, Holiday Inn installed a Wii game console for families to use, but it found that business travelers were using it more than leisure travelers. “We had to install another Wii for the business people,” Ms. Wiggins said.
Franchise owners around the country have seen the concept and are requesting a Hub on their property, Ms. Wiggins said, and any property that gets one will have its business center removed.
This is an odd article since it doesn’t compare or contrast these changes with what’s going on in business generally, like co-working, or flexible work arrangements. It doesn’t mention the strays that transiently use hotel lobbies for meetings without actually staying there, and it omits any mention of hotels like the Ace in NYC that have transformed their largest ground floor public area into an area that seems more like a library than a conventional lobby.
“I’d call Tumblr a sleeping giant, but it is perhaps better described as the best kept secret that everyone is starting to talk about. I recently described Tumblr this way… umblr is a unique network that is often misunderstood or underestimated by businesses. In terms of social media, Tumblr is third on the list of total minutes spent in social networks and blogs behind Facebook and Blogger according to Nielsen. Perhaps I should also point out that Twitter is in a not-so-close fourth position. Tumblr is a hybrid social network and microblog community rich with its own culture. Some businesses look at Tumblr as an opportunity to further syndicate media in a one-to-many approach. For example, a post on Facebook is often published to Twitter and also Tumblr. Yet, Tumblr demands something new, dedicated and introduced within the culture code established by its fervent user-base. As it is also a social network, Tumblr requires more than just content publishing to successfully engage: it requires bona fide engagement outside of your page to cultivate relationships and a community. Now, Mashable and @EmilyCaufield bring you this fascinating inforgraphic that tells you the rest of the story… Order The End of Business as Usual today… Posted via email from The Space Between @ & WWW | Comment »”—
“Warner Bros., Lionsgate and Universal have collectively distributed about 45 feature films through a “Social Cinema” app developed by the Facebook commerce-oriented company Milyoni. Miramax unveiled its exPerience app in August, offering 22 movies including “Good Will Hunting” and “Gangs of New York,” and Paramount created a Facebook app for renting the “Jackass” movies. The apps are located within the movies’ fan pages. Miramax rentals are available for 30 Facebook credits — the equivalent of $3, since each credit costs 10 cents — while Milyoni charges between 30 and 50, or between $3 and $5. Both apps make movies available for a 48-hour window. According to the terms of Credits, Facebook gets a 30% cut of revenues generated in the transactions.”—Movie Studios Have New Ally in Distribution Plans: Facebook | Digital - Advertising Age
“En Masse, Montreal-based collaborative art initiative, brought 35 artists into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for over a week, to fill every inch of wall space in one of the Museum’s massive halls.”—(1) EN MASSE at Montreal Museum of fine arts
“Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going forward,” to borrow the business-speak. Economists are warning that even when the economy recuperates, full employment will be lower and growth will be slower—a sad little rhyme that adds up to something decidedly unpoetic. A majority of Americans say, for the first time ever, that this generation will not be better off than its parents.
— New York Magazine Generation X is sick of your bullshit.
The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can’t even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder’s voice in its heads. Or maybe it’s Ethan Hawke’s. Possibly Bridget Fonda’s. Generation X is getting older, and can’t remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren’t very good to begin with. But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis. Generation X wasn’t surprised. Generation X kind of expected it. Generation X is a journeyman. It didn’t invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it’s pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn’t invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit. But that’s okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies—which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.
In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat. Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.
Generation X is tired.
It’s a parent now, and there’s always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.
Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?
Whatever. It’s cool. Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn’t even read the whole thing. It doesn’t want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.
Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.”—
“As Netflix works to build itself into a legitimate provider of video content, it’s headed in the right direction. Developing, producing and airing original content has helped brand and even reposition cable networks in an increasingly crowded media landscape, taking basic cable networks such as AMC and FX from runners of repeats to critically acclaimed powerhouses. The unique content has helped cable networks get more subscribers, more viewers, more revenue (from advertisers as well as increased carriage fees), more publicity and, at times, even critical acclaim. One caveat, however: producing original content is a highly expensive proposition, and any new entry into this market should take time building a portfolio, as TNT, USA, AMC and FX have done. Trying to produce too much too fast — as PaxNet (now Ion) discovered in the early 2000s — can quickly burn through resources and cause trouble. Still, offering quality original content will allow Netflix to offer subscribers something unique as competition stiffens from Amazon, Hulu, Apple, Blockbuster and others. With the dollars saved from the failed Starz renewal, revenue can be reallocated toward acquiring original content or partnering with a studio to create new programs and movies. Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, notes that TV shows now account for over half of all of the service’s viewing. As for all the rising costs it faces, perhaps Netflix should follow another cable TV model and sell ad time in these series. For years, cable networks have benefitted from two revenue streams: subscriber fees and advertising dollars. Netflix should do the same.”—Netflix Should Copy the Cable Model | MediaWorks - Advertising Age
Editor’s note: Contributor David Kirkpatrick the author of The Facebook Effect and founder of the Techonomy Conference, taking place Nov. 13-15 in Arizona.
It’s no secret to most readers at TechCrunch that technology is changing the world. Unfortunately, there are a surprising number of people who don’t get it. Many of them, even more unfortun ..read more..
Africa the newest land of mobile opportunity « OmLinks
The number of mobile phone users in Africa has increased by nearly 20 percent every year for the last five years to nearly 649 million people in Q4 2011 according to GSMA, a telecom trade body. Ninety-six per cent of subscriptions are pre-paid with voice services currently dominating. There are currently six live HSPA+ networks across Africa. The ..read more..
Spanish social network Tuenti takes advantage of Netflix's delays to launch own film rental service
Do you know many invite-only websites with millions of users? Probably not many. Yet, this is the case of the Spanish social network Tuenti. With a whopping 12 million registered users, the site accounts for 15% of Spain’s Internet traffic.
Well, it may very soon account for an even larger share, as Tuenti is launching its own film rental service. ..read more..
The Tyranny of Meritocracy - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic
I don’t care about income inequality. I care about the absolute condition of the poor—whether they are hungry, cold, and sick. But I do not care about the gap between their incomes, and those of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Nor the ratio of Gates and Buffett’s incomes to mine. And I’m not sure why anyone should. Other than pure envy, it ..read more..
Douglas Rushkoff - Blog - Occupy Reality - Transcript
People have been asking for a transcript of the little speech I gave at Occupy Wall Street on Wenesday November 9. It amounts to a one-page summary of my book Life Inc. (In other words, if you wonder how any of this could be true, read the book for the full story and documentation. I won’t argue it out here.)
My name is Douglas RushkoffI am humbled ..read more..