HBO, CBS and net neutrality

Underlying much of the debate of interconnection fees and paid prioritization is an unspoken and largely unexamined assumption that the current power dynamic between ISPs and content providers is both inevitable and immutable. It isn't.…

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Creeping a la carte

Consumers increasingly are willing and able to assemble their own, a la carte TV bundles, through a mixture of traditional and OTT channels, while eschewing pre-packaged bundles dictated by the networks.…

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Netflix and the non-event movie

Unlike the traditional movie paradigm, the value of the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel to Netflix will not decline over time and has no particular time "window." It is not a depreciating asset but a long term investment in audience building, which makes it a very different animal from most movies.…

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Crouching hype, hidden master

What makes the Weinstein Company's strategy for the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel truly unusual is that the film is bypassing all transactional windows -- from theaters to DVD sales and rentals to pay-per-view -- and going straight into a subscription window.…

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How Apple and Amazon learned to share

The timing of the announcements of Apple's and Amazon's family sharing plans is not likely a coincidence. In fact, both companies have been working on the idea in parallel for several years, and the first public hints of the plans surfaced within a month of each other in early 2013.…

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