Netflix has been hard at work getting its content on as many platforms as possible. This week, they're starting to stream early seasons of ABC shows like "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives." There are also rumors of a Netflix app that will soon stream video content to the iPhone.
This is all great news for Netflix. But is it a winning situation for the networks? Yes.
The free online ad supported video segment may be growing, but new research shows that people are willing to pay for their online video.
According to a report by Boston-based Strategy Analytics, paid-for video is expected to grow faster than free ad-supported video over the next several years, at a rate of 39% annually, compared to 37% for free video.
That's good money if you can get it. But it will be a hard sell to get people to pay for things they get now for free.
The gaming industry is often referred to as recession proof, but the general inclination of people to purchase goods that can
entertain them at home in tough times is not enough to fuel the gaming
sector right now. The $1.83 billion console industry fell 18% in March and 8% in
However, those numbers have less to do with the flailing economy than
the state of the gaming console business right now. All three of the
leaders in the space — Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and
the Nintendo Wii — have not launched new consoles in about three years.
Rather than start selling new products, they're looking to marketing tactics and repositioning what they already have on the shelf to increase sales.
Adobe Flash, the rich media technology that's pretty much ubiquitous on the internet, will soon have a second home: your television set.
Thanks to deals that will include the Flash software in the chips that go into televisions and set-top boxes, in the near future you may start coming across Flash while watching and using your TV.
I've been critical of Chris Anderson's long tail 'theory', which argued that "the future of business is selling less of more".
The quantitative evidence suggests that Anderson's thesis was a bit too aggressive. In most industries, from retail to music, the 'head' is
still as important as it was decades ago.
CES, the world's largest consumer technology trade show, started yesterday.
Despite the economy and speculation about the economy's impact on CES
this year, CES seems to be doing alright this year and is still one of
the most important technology trade shows in the world; the place where
hot new consumer gadgets are launched and big announcements made.