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MikeP688
MikeP688
10/1/2014 | 1:48:34 PM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
I am seriously considering replacing my current card since I just bought something at Albertsons yesterday.     WHat is unfortunate is how companies play the "blame game" without truly appreciating and recognizing their own culpability.    I can't help but wonder whether going for and vying for a "post-digital world" will be a solution.   But what is happening now is pure insanity.   
MikeP688
MikeP688
10/1/2014 | 1:45:34 PM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
Looking foward to your periodic thoughts on it Sir--Part of the "lure" of the traditional Cable Companies is convienence.  For me, as an End User, I have been a bit "leary" as I continue to assess my ROKU player and see if it makes sense.  I was gratified, though, to see some of the more regional players pulling the plug on the expensive TV providers that the Wall Street Journal Reported on.   Maybe that's why Comcast is so keen to expand its' "reach" so that it will have an end to end way to distribute its' content.    I also wonder the "bravado" that CBS' Chief had recently in his conversations on Bloomberg may prove to be hollow if they're too aggressive.   

Truly interesting times..as we begin a new month..and a new quarter :-) 
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
10/1/2014 | 11:18:54 AM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
With the razor-thin margins that you mention, there is no way for Verizon to run this profitably if there's even a hint of fraud. Target has blamed much of its poor business late last year and early this year at the fraud there. And who knows what will happen to the grocery chains that use the Supervalu system that's been hacked twice in the last few months.
brooks7
brooks7
10/1/2014 | 10:13:56 AM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
Brian,

I think you will find that the margins on broadcast video are razor thin.  They pass almost all the dollars along to the content companies.  Which is why I find this notion that the content companies are going to pay to be distributed humorous.  Imagine this scenario, Comcast does something and Google cuts off service to all Comcast customers.  No search, no Youtube, no Gmail, etc.  Before you laugh, think about the arguments between various channels and cable/satellite.  Who caves?

seven

 
Michelle
Michelle
10/1/2014 | 10:04:19 AM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
@Brian excellent point not often made in this argument.
KBode
KBode
10/1/2014 | 7:59:31 AM
Incompetence and apathy
It seems like the failure here is a combination of both incompetence and apathy. I'd seen numerous users note that Verizon wasn't really advertising this service at all -- and after the credit card security issue popped up many people noted they just sort of gave up. This was on top of a "me too" service that really wasn't very good to begin with.
KBode
KBode
10/1/2014 | 7:57:53 AM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
Their symmetrical 1 Gbps tier is $70, bundled with TV services it's $120, and the "free" tier (after $300 installation fee) is around 5 Mbps.
Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
10/1/2014 | 2:37:52 AM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
Brian, 

It's wonderful you signed up for Google Fiber. :) 

"The Internet is free, except you have to pay for the install (about $300). Or, we're signing up for a plan that is about $120 with faster Internet and cable, no install fee."

How fast would that Internet be? 

The television networks are going to suffer even more changes and will have to adapt, or tranform into something else. 

-Susan

 
briandnewby
briandnewby
9/30/2014 | 10:36:43 PM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
Just signed up for Google Fiber in KC. We need about 130 more homes to be able to get it. The Internet is free, except you have to pay for the install (about $300). Or, we're signing up for a plan that is about $120 with faster Internet and cable, no install fee. Many thoughts, though--mostly, more power to the television networks for continuing to charge more per show for advertising while viewership has dropped dramatically.
MikeP688
MikeP688
9/30/2014 | 10:21:15 PM
Re: Netflix is fascinating (Brief Thoughts)
The tragedy of the times we live in..that's why I am routing for Google Fiber. :-)
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