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3/23/2018 | 9:41:40 AM
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Fully agree. In the 1970s, the complaint was the parties were too much like one another, with little difference between candidates. Now it's extremes with no middle.
mendyk
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3/23/2018 | 9:21:45 AM
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Unfortunately, it's hard to breathe at this point without making some sort of political statement, even if it's just about the fact that it's really hard to avoid making a statement about politics. Let's hope that someday we can regain some of the sanity we used to have.
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3/23/2018 | 9:18:49 AM
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I agree with you. I was trying to avoid being political in my comments. There are certainly different rules depending who is at bat.

 
mendyk
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3/23/2018 | 9:16:43 AM
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Sinclair is friendly to the current version of the executive branch. Time Warner (CNN) is perceived as being not, even though a case can be made that CNN played a role in installing the current version of the EB. I would be surprised if there is any "rulebook" involved here.
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3/22/2018 | 10:18:16 PM
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I don't disagree that AT&T's arguments might be weak, but the government has let plenty of other mergers in other industries (Sinclair in broadcasting, airlines) go forward, so it does seem now the governent is looking at a different rule book.
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3/22/2018 | 10:18:14 PM
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I don't disagree that AT&T's arguments might be weak, but the government has let plenty of other mergers in other industries (Sinclair in broadcasting, airlines) go forward, so it does seem now the governent is looking at a different rule book.
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3/15/2018 | 1:54:13 PM
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I'll point that out to my friend who somehow managed to get a MacArthur Foundation grant. I'm sure it will bring a smile.
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3/15/2018 | 12:59:42 PM
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You should probably point out to them instead that they have failed at making premium content and should do something else.   They are the 0 to 1 view Youtube videos.

Otherwise ask them the question:  "Why are you not paying the bar to host your show?"

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3/15/2018 | 12:27:48 PM
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Delivery mechanisms are never important -- I will point this out to my musician acquaintances who now use their vans as their main distribution channel for their content.
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3/15/2018 | 12:15:17 PM
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Delivery mechanisms are never important and never have been.  There is money to be made in those networks (oral telling, book publishing, movie theatres, Internet), but again the business model is so very different.  That is why the two make no sense together.

Content has (most of the time) a shelf life.  Extraordinary Content (the Mona Lisa for example) can have a VERY long shelf life.  But the average movie makes the vast majority of its money at or near the time of initial distribution.  This is all on a very steep curve.  Think of Youtube videos and the like 99.99% of them that have 1 or less views.  Its content and has no value.  But content can have extraordinary value.

Distribution on the other hand has a much more pedestrian ROI but it is much more certain.  In our times, if you build a network "people will come".  Network Operators can be really sure that will get an ROI for an investment.  This type of business does not have the highs or lows.

Let us use your Heavy Reading reports as examples.  I am sure that several hot topics did really well.  But what is the value of the 5 year old ones (except to read them and make fun of your errors)?  That is why restricted access to content is a bad idea.  Now the beauty is that premium content costs.  So, your Heavy Reading reports get teasers for free here.  But if people want the meat, they have to pay for it.  But you are not going to not sell a report to me because you don't like me.  It would be stupid to do so.

That is why this notion has never flown.  It doesn't mean that content doesn't get paid for and is sometime behind extra payment barriers (HBO ain't free).  But for example (as someone without Netflix), I have no idea what shows Netflix is making.  Is there a way to make a service for them (like say a teaser show) that would make me want to go behind the payment barrier?  Maybe. 

But its all about who pays who.  Content people (the NFL) don't pay Comcast for distribution.  The NFL gets paid (by NBC, ESPN, CBS and indirectly Comcast) to allow people to distribute their content.  Distribution has to find the means to pay for rights or end users do (the new Netflix model - but its the same model that say a Museum has).

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PS - The people that we study here much of the time (Comm Service Providers) are a distribution network.  They have been trying to find a way to make content pay them for years.  It has never worked in the history of man.  They drive equipment vendors and journalists crazy with these notions and it becomes "the way things are heading".  They aren't.  Companies are wasting Billions of dollars trying to make soemthing that is unmakeable.  It is why many equipment companies are out of business.
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