Archive | July 2014

I Want My Internet TV

In the near future you won’t have to buy Pay-TV packages from your cable operator if you want to watch premium content, because it’s all becoming available via the internet.

TechCrunch

Well, it’s happened. Sarah Palin has her own internet channel, free from the “lamestream media.” Palin seems to be just one more personality joining what seems to be a larger trend in our society. We’re moving on from television to watching content via the internet.

The Sarah Palin channel will cost you $9.95/month or $99.95 for a one year subscription. You can try a 30 day free trial via sign up with your Facebook, Twitter or G+ account. Of course I signed up via G+ cuz I don’t use G+ (just like everybody else). Sidenote: the sign up was for research purposes. I also don’t plan to actually watch this channel.

Along with the move (and in brighter news) you can soon watch Game of Thrones and The Leftovers purely from your ‘puter, too, no cable necessary. HBO rolled out a pricey $49/month plan that paired internet…

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EA Launches A $30 Per Year Netflix For Games On Xbox One

Good news for Xbox One users: get your EA games for $30/year instead of $70 per game. Bad news if you’re on Playstation or looking to sell cloud gaming for $10/month.

TechCrunch

I’d play a lot more games if they weren’t $70 a pop, and it looks like EA suspects that might be true of a lot of gamers. The game publisher just announced a new subscription service called ‘EA Access‘ for Xbox One users that will give subscribers all the games they can play (from a limited catalog) for $4.99 per month.

What games, you say? Well, there’s Madden 25 to start. And Fifa 14. And Battlefield 4. And Peggle 2. It’s a limited selection, but it’s a start, and it could cater especially to gamers who are interested in serial sports titles like Madden but who don’t see enough value in forking over $70 per year for generally incremental updates – a multi-title subscription service would provide more access to a wider range of games for the same amount of money or less, at $29.99 per year if you buy all…

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Exclusive Games For Amazon Fire Phone and Tablets

dsc1174jpgSince users seem to be spending more time with games than anything else on their phones/tablets, Amazon is investing into games companies to bolster their exclusive games portfolio in a differentiating move that resembles Netflix’s exclusive show strategy.

Techcrunch has more on the gaming strategy.

Go to Business Insider for the basic facts about the Fire phone.

Holding onto the triple play: How costs, caps and contracts will keep ISPs flush

ISPs will be fine despite broadband video offer competing for triple play customers.

Gigaom

The broadband business is increasingly turning into the TV business.

Sure, we predicted this, and the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is predicated on this, but the dynamic between video and broadband is a great example of watching giant companies try to balance the costs of providing new services while still keeping the margins of the previous service. Call it a pivot of sorts, or changing the engines while a jet is flying, but ISPs have been making these transitions for years.

What’s happening is that as customers find more entertainment value in broadband — either because they are spending all night on Reddit or because they are streaming movies via Netflix or Apple’s iTunes — they are increasingly questioning the value of the cable package. And while these people may not be the dreaded cord cutters or cord nevers, they may attempt to cut the costs…

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Amazon Adds Short Form Content

amazon-alamy_2060041bAmazon Instant Video competes with Netflix for subscription based VOD, while regular Amazon competes with iTunes for transaction based video on demand.

Now Amazon is targeting Youtube with their own short form video section, which features typical snack size content like trailers, music videos and how-to videos. “Other sections in Amazon’s short form video section include “Food & Drink,” “Technology” and “Literature & Books” – categories which conveniently also relate to content Amazon.com sells in its online store.”

Read more on Techcrunch.

Netflix Ante Portas

Featured Image -- 1857Bei Neunetz wird analysiert, wie 1. Streaminganbieter im Lizenzgeschäft mit TV-Sendern um amerikanische Serienlizenzen konkurrieren und 2. was wir zum Deutschlandstart von Netflix erwarten dürfen.

Zur ersten Frage: Je größer Streamingdienste international werden und je höhere Lizengebühren sie dadurch zahlen können, umso mehr werden sie sich gegen nationale TV-Sender beim Zugriff auf attraktive Serien durchsetzen können. Skaleneffekte, Transaktionskosten und Nutzerfreundlichkeit sind hierbei die drei Kernfaktoren. Wenn ein amerikanischer Pay-TV-Kanal wie AMC eine Serie auf einen Schlag über Netflix in 40 Territorien verkaufen kann, warum soll er dann mit 40 unterschiedlichen nationalen TV-Sendern verhandeln?

Zur zweiten Frage: Netflix und seine Konkurrenten von Watchever und Maxdome unterliegen den zeitlichen und regionalen Auswertungsfenstern der Rechteinhaber, können in der Regel einen Film oder eine Serie erst zur DVD-Veröffentlichung anbieten. Einzelne Angebote können gegen Aufschlag aus diesen Zyklen herausgebrochen werden. Eventuell verbessert sich die Verhandlungsposition von Netflix mittelfristig, wenn die internationale Expansion so erfolgreich läuft, dass die Marktmacht von Netflix ein Gegengewicht zur Marktmacht der großen Medienkonzerne darstellt.
Bis es so weit ist bleiben Eigenproduktionen als Differenzierungsmerkmal: Die immer attraktiver werdenden Eigenproduktionen unterliegen natürlich keinen Beschränkungen, es sei denn, man hat die Deutschlandrechte schon an SKY vergeben (wie bei House of Cards geschehen).
Ein ganz anderes und grundlegendes Problem, was SVOD-Anbietern in Deutschland gemein ist, sind die schlechten Infrastrukturbedingungen, sprich Breitbandabdeckung. Jeder, der mit einer 2000er Leitung einen HD- oder sogar 4K-Film streamen möchte, wird alsbald zornige Emails an seinen Provider schicken.

Hier sei Neunetz empfohlen zur weiteren Lektüre.

Comcast Is Happy With X1 Box

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsComcast has doubled the roll-out of its next generation STB X1 in each of the past two quarters and they like the results so far: X1 has reduced churn between 20% to 30%, produced a 25% boost in VOD usage and a 20% increase in VOD transactions versus the legacy platform.

All triple play customers are eligible for the X1 and Comcast is handing it out to double play customers who choose the video and broadband service.

Read more on multichannel.com.

X1 has reduced churn between 20% to 30%, produced a 25% boost in VOD usage and a 20% increase in VOD transactions versus the legacy platform – See more at: http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/comcast-speeds-x1-rollout/382675#sthash.fJyoWjRv.dpuf
X1 has reduced churn between 20% to 30%, produced a 25% boost in VOD usage and a 20% increase in VOD transactions versus the legacy platform – See more at: http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/comcast-speeds-x1-rollout/382675#sthash.fJyoWjRv.dpuf