Phase 3 isn't going to happen, and we can see this because of the constant "disputes" between cable operators and content providers, who squabble over a few shows no one watches but people end up paying for.
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the latest surge of people leaving cable was due to this very issue.
Since broadcasters think their ads are why people are tuning in, let them increase the number of ads. This will only ensure their demise, which can't come sooner.
Unfortunately, what's left is the crap like Hulu, which not only infuses ads into their streaming services, but charges people for the privilege.
It will be this that is truly phase three: make people pay for both the service and the ads, just like it was in the "good old days", where choice never existed.
[quote]On mobile, where they’re working to “find the right balance between design and imagery and text,”[/quote]
I think he meant to say "find the right balance between paid advertising and less content, forcing readers to scroll more than they should have to. Hot damn, do I love controlled apps giving users no ability to customize."
As for the article, I've noticed the trend all over the place. To be honest, I don't know how I feel about it. I'm torn.
Because the bottom line is, I absolutely love the idea of comments disallowing "The author is a liberal. Why else would he write this crap!" bullshit plaguing the internet.
On the other hand, well, it shuts everyone up.
Could be worse. They could have enacted a system that allows readers to hide comments they don't like. *snickers*
Sorry. Had to say it. >:P
I can count on one hand the number of sites I post comments to.
I feel commenting on most sites is pointless, lost in a shuffle of opinions that aren't worth reading.
Hey, speaking of comments not worth reading, what in the hell happened with out_of_the_blue? Did he get banned? Heh.
Maybe I'm misreading something in the last paragraph, but to think theaters have control over the MPAA is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read.
The MPAA is already pissing theater owners off, and it doesn't take much to see why. Garnering over 92% of ticket sales, now two weeks out from the former first (and originally only the 3 day weekend after release), as well as forcing them to spend extra money for being copyright police, the theaters are losing ground to retain customers.
Serves them right, frankly. If I walk into a theater, having paid for my ticket, and are then treated like a criminal, that's not a place I want to be.
So please, allow the MPAA to continue shooting off its mouth and punching the horse that makes its revenues.
The sooner the revenue streams stop, the faster the MPAA goes away.