31 posts and columns on on demand
Did the Hulu CEO just channel Jerry Maguire? Or did he think his future as a TV manifesto would sway his network owners? It may not matter.
Myspace’s time with News Corp. is coming to an end. Then again, it’s been headed that way for quite some time–it’s just that News Corp. is now being that much more forthright about it.
News Bytereports Bloomberg. The once-dominant movie rental chain faces competition from Netflix and, increasingly, from alternative video-on-demand providers. The store closures are in addition to the 1,000 locations shut down during the past two years. Next year, the company expects to emerge from bankruptcy with the help of new owners, including shareholder activist Carl Icahn.
News Bytemobile television service, Qualcomm announced Monday it is selling to AT&T the one part of the service that is truly valuable–the spectrum that it had acquired to run FloTV. AT&T will pay $1.93 billion for the wireless capacity, which is in the lower 700 MHz range and should help the carrier offer additional next-generation services, like video. Qualcomm had said it would shut down FloTV next March and would give customers their money back. It had also said it was exploring strategic options, including selling off the spectrum.
A familiar trade for Netflix: It gets more content for its Web streaming service, but agrees to wait longer to show off some of it. Want to watch TV shows that ran yesterday? Go somewhere else.
News Bytethe benefit to the company will likely be incremental, according to the collective wisdom of J.P. Morgan’s analysts. The appeal of the combo deal–which gives a DVD buyer immediate access to the movie online via Amazon Video on Demand–will be limited by Amazon’s relatively small footprint in the living room, the analysts said. And, they noted, “A single DVD purchase under the program costs, in most cases, more than a month-long Netflix subscription,” which offers thousands of titles for streaming.