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  • May 7th, 2021 @ 10:02am

    Re: you wanna really lose sleep?

    I've been tracking the sports industry and how it's going to transition from dying cable/broadcast to streaming and I'm getting more and more convinced that they're going to "solve" the problem of overly greedy sports leagues (the reason Netflix won't touch sports) by adding a new revenue stream of gambling.

  • May 7th, 2021 @ 10:00am

    there's no free lunch

    Of course free is a great business model, just look at YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google. But of course these aren't really "free." They're ad-based which makes the user the product, not the customer. The customer is the advertiser.

    I've played free to play games, and still do, but it's obvious now being free kinda screws things up when some people will pay real world money for enhancements to give them an edge. I refuse to do this on principal. Any fool can buy their way thru a game. I beat their asses anyway hah. I can tell who they are because they have items that are unobtainable through gameplay.

    In the end, I only really trust products that ask me to pay them and don't show me ads. It's nice to have the payment upfront and not hidden.

  • May 5th, 2021 @ 10:37am

    Re: Not surprised

    Yeah, all these corporations are corporations. They can't be expected to fight governments that can just boot them. Look at how China won't let streaming companies like Netflix and Disney+ in, to begin with. They can block any company that gets out of line. India could do likewise, assuming the Indian population puts up with it. What if the Indian government decided to boot Facebook and Twitter? Its up to people to fight back.

  • May 5th, 2021 @ 10:35am

    Re: How to hold the middle ground?

    Government censorship will be an eternal drag on global platforms. This also happens to companies like Netflix. Content producers in India are self-censoring the content they make in anticipation of the Indian government censoring it if they show something out of line like a Muslim and a Hindu falling in love and kissing, oh horrors.

    This censorship might only apply to Indian Netflix but it applies to everyone since content that might have been made and shown to the world will now never exist and what does exist will be silly soapy sitcoms and other uninteresting fodder.

  • May 5th, 2021 @ 10:31am

    the best way to think about Twitter and Facebook

    How about if everyone starts thinking about Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc this way: they are in effect magazines, with infinite numbers of pages to fill, and a very wide-ranging editorial stance that takes articles, videos and other contributions from millions of contributors. And in general they don't pay their writers/video makers.

    But that doesn't mean they can't have an editorial stance and decide that they don't like this or that specific contribution, even when it is being offered for free. They are private publications, regardless of how many contributors they accept or how little they pay for contributions.

    If I write a article and submit it to the New Yorker magazine, I don't expect that they must publish this article and decide my free speech is being infringed if they reject it. Same goes for social media, all of which are profit-motivated corporations just like the New Yorker.

  • May 5th, 2021 @ 10:24am

    I got a name for Trumpbook...

    He should call it the Echo Chamber. And it would be hilarious if he only allows himself to post.

    This silly site will keep Cheetolini busy and give the FBI a single place where they can keep track of his demented followers. Win/win.

  • May 3rd, 2021 @ 11:13am

    Re: Re:

    It may be doable but people are getting used to streaming being like TV: you point the remote at the big screen in the living room and click to get your shows.

    Having to hook up your laptop to the TV or watch shows on your teeny phone screen is not really a good alternative to point-and-click convenience. Which gives Roku leverage. Is it really worth all the bother to find another way to watch YouTubeTV (and why does that even have customers at $65/month when for that price you could sign up for 5 or so streaming platforms with no ads and have way too much content to get around to).

  • May 3rd, 2021 @ 11:09am

    Re: Re: Roku getting cockier...

    Roku is definitely testing to see what they can get away with. They have the customers that all these streaming competitors are desperate to get to.

  • May 3rd, 2021 @ 11:08am

    Re: planning for the future...

    I think my next TV will be a dumb TV that can hook up to whatever gizmo isn't having a pissing match with my favorite apps at any given time.

  • May 3rd, 2021 @ 11:06am

    brace for more like this

    When the AT&T-Roku feud broke out, I knew the writing was on the wall. Little Roku has realized that, with 50M users, they are a powerful gatekeeper between HBO Max etc and the customers, and they are seeing what they can get away with. AT&T, Google etc aren't used to being kicked around by a minnow but I think in this case, the minnow has some serious shark teeth.

    Roku would never try this with Netflix or Disney+, because those are too popular and there would be hell to pay. I guess I'll keep my Roku TV as long as these feuds don't interrupt my streaming preferences but when they do, I'll look around for a better option, if one exists. It may be something of a nuisance to swap out hardware but it's far from impossible and my Roku TV is getting pretty old by now anyway.

  • May 1st, 2021 @ 10:04am

    clueless governments again sigh

    Netflix et al are global platforms. They have to be. You can't spend billions and charge peanuts without huge efficiencies of scale that you can only get from tapping into a global audience.

    So that means Netflix needs content to serve the world, not just this or that country. If every country wants to carve out their chunk, and why wouldn't they all do this, then Netflix will have quotas far in excess of 100% when they're all added up.

    So then Netflix responds by eliminating content that it otherwise would have the rights to, based on national quotas. And there goes the chance to get rid of everybody's favorite thing, geoblocking.

    And imagine when Disney+ becomes a serious force (they're catching up with Netflix fast). How is that going to work? Is Canada going to demand a Disney princess movie about a lumberjack or something? Princess Hoser, here we come.

  • Apr 12th, 2021 @ 3:37pm

    dead copyright walking

    Theodore Geisel has been dead for 30 years and nobody else has the right to keep profiting from his works. If Dr. Seuss' works were in the public domain, then the "racist content" problem would be solved. People could publish their own versions, with the racism removed. Other people could be smartasses and make them even more racist.

    Whatever, it doesn't matter, people will do what they do. The problem is copyright law squelches all of this and in doing so definitely squelches free speech.

  • Apr 7th, 2021 @ 10:45am

    poor TSA

    But how will they afford their new gold-plated toilets in the TSA break room?

  • Apr 1st, 2021 @ 3:25pm

    Re: the internet is a utility

    You can't live a modern lifestyle without the internet, which puts it in the same class as water and power. Hey you could live without water and power if you wanted to be a caveman.

    So the internet should be regulated as a utility. And there's more justification for it vs water and power because the US government invented the internet. Why has private enterprise been allowed to hijack it at all? Why shouldn't every American get free internet considering that our (well our parents and grandparents) taxes were used to invent it?

  • Apr 1st, 2021 @ 3:21pm

    why does live TV still exist?

    Other than sports and news, there's no good reason for TV to be "live" anyway. Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, HBO Max etc are taking over what used to be called live TV. It's live when you want to watch it.

    As for sports, I think that's taking shape on streaming now. Fubo or maybe Amazon will figure out the right approach.

    News? Not sure what role it plays in streaming. Nobody seems willing to pay for news, unless it's some kind of wingnut/moonbat conspiracy nonsense. Trumps' "news" streaming platform should do very well. There's one born every minute...

  • Mar 19th, 2021 @ 10:18am

    this is priceless

    Cue world's smallest violin.

  • Mar 17th, 2021 @ 10:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: So, okay if I share "Bloof's" or &

    I'll bet Netflix has that situation covered in their TOS so go read it and don't ask us.

  • Mar 17th, 2021 @ 10:26am

    Re: Re: To paraphrase Harvey Dent…

    If you define being greedy and profit-driven as "corrupt," then I hate to break it to ya: all corporations are corrupt. Stop giving them money if this bothers you. Make your own clothes, grow your own crops. You want "corrupt," the clothing and agriculture industries are two of the most abusive around. Netflix is a fluffy bunny compared with them. And don't get me started on big pharma. Better make your own medicines too.

  • Mar 17th, 2021 @ 10:23am

    Re: this has nothing to do with the MPAA

    I know why this happened. Some minion at Netflix thought "hey I can look good to the boss by squeezing a little more profit out of subscribers." Netflix runs tests like this all the time. They tested their shuffle feature, found that it was successful and rolled it out to the whole subscriber base. Now they're cracking down on pw sharing as a test.

    They can see if they are making more or less money with the test group compared with the control group. Depending on the results, they will roll it out or cancel it entirely. I bet it works and they roll it out to the whole population, and the person who thought of it gets a raise or maybe just to keep their job. Netflix is notorious for being rough on employees who don't perform.

    "It's because if there was no piracy, they wouldn't consume the content at all."

    Nope. It's been well documented that pirates are heavier-than-average media consumers, including paying for Netflix, Disney etc. If they couldn't pirate media, they wouldn't stop paying for what they already pay for (why would they?) and possibly pay for more. Why not crack down and see if you can get them to pay for more?

  • Mar 17th, 2021 @ 10:18am

    Re: Re: pw sharing is trivial

    Compared with the bigger issues Netflix faces, I don't see pw sharing as being a very important factor. More of a side experiment Netflix is running to see if they can squeeze a little more profit out of subscribers.

    But the big issues revolve around competition and expansion. Disney can wield big brands like Star Wars and Marvel while Netflix doesn't have that option, how big of a problem is that for them in the future? What about markets like India where ARPU is rock bottom, how do they deal with markets like that?

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