FCC chair magically discovers the AT&T T Mobile really is anti free market after the public outcry becomes deafening. With his unpopular boss’s re-election prospects dimming, this is one crony deal that may not make the cut.
High debt and the promise of more new competition inspires Wall Street to lose it’s enthusiasm for Netflix. The short term winners to watch for are big media companies that own large content libraries as demand for their product grows.
Penguin nixes library lending of eBooks. On self inflicted bullet to this publishers right foot, with five more to go.
Protect IP filibuster planned by Senator Wyden. It will include the reading the names of citizens who oppose it. Is your name on the list? If not you can add it here.
Core wars: 144 CPU chip goes into production.
Control freaks! Hollywood fears Netflix more than file sharing.
What’s the value of blue sky and vapor? $200 million according to the GSA.
The convenience of time shifting radio programs online is no more. DAR FM ordered to cease and desist.
Top potentially disruptive technology announcement of the week. Wifi Roaming – presumably not just for the big carriers.
Newscorp wants Yahoo? Smells a bit like a Myspace deal to me.
Departure at age 56 was way to soon. Happy trails to you, Mr. Jobs.
AOL admits Huffington Post killed it. If Ms. Huffington really believes in her product, she could use the pile of cash AOL paid her to buy it.
More proof the big label suits are clueless: Streaming music service Spotify is bringing in loads of cash and paying royalties.
Streaming services are a red hot play with fund managers. No surprise: Facebook wants in too, but don’t expect Spotify’s level of success with its service.
Google Apps engine coming out of beta. Other changes mean most users will probably end up paying for the service if they continue to use it.
Netflix could be losing Starz content. An that’s a huge chunk of the current streaming catalog…. so I expect a deal will be made before the plug gets pulled in February.
Hipocracy from fruit cult? Apple cries foul over competitors’ acquisition of Moto patents.
Techcrunch founder starts venture fund. Potential conflict of interest if he continues blogging?
Social network for interweb hackers opens. Refuge for Anonymous members booted from Google + or a honeypot for law enforcement?
Lawsuit madness makes app developers exit US market.
Tech economy booming ….. in Montreal.
Netflix PR decides to explain its price hike after members flee.
Microsoft social network details not so carefully leaked. More late to the game mee-too-ism or Google envy?
The fat lady’s latest swooning finale is for the Netflix 1 DVD plus stream for $10 a month.
The company’s abandoning its $9.99 a month plan that enabled subscribers to watch unlimited video streams and also have one DVD out at a time sent via mail. The price for that combo service will jump to $15.98 as Netflix requires consumers to separately order unlimited streaming for $7.99 a month or 1-at-a-time DVD rentals for $7.99. The new pricing begins immediately for new customers, and on Sept. 1 for existing ones. (Deadline)
You can blame Netflix for wanting to continue being in business. Or you can the big media companies who have more than doubled the fees Netflix pays them for the rights to content. The increase only comes as a shock because Netflix has been an unusually good deal up to now. The studio suits don’t like leaving more than loose change in their distribution channel’s pockets. As long as the retail channel for entertainment continues to cave into Hollywood, look for more increases at every outlet. Movie theaters usually break even on tickets and rely on $10 popcorn for profits. Cable guys take channels they don’t want and force subscribers to take the same in order to get the most wanted ones at ever increasing cost. The take it all business model has created failures too. Even if DVD sales were still booming, few retailers could continue to devote so much space to $10 items they make less than $1 on.
Expect this trend to continue until indie producers start getting more high production value product into the channel. Technology has made it possible to be on parity with the big studios at very low cost. The high cost of ‘name’ talent and the incredible big media overhead are where the difference lies. When the Indies start to get traction, look for the Hollywood to start strong arming any distribution outlet that handles Indie work, and worse. It will be an interesting fight. How regulators and lawmakers respond could be telling in terms of how much freedom upstarts will have to compete in a fair market going forward.