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Will the convenience of seamless content consumption across any device save the studio business model? Tim Dodd, VP & GM of Neustar Media, along with the major studios (sans Disney) believe their solution, called Ultra Violet, will deliver on that prospect.
Actually, not only do they need it to be successful, so too do we as consumers. Why? Because making content that consumers want to watch and share costs a lot of money to develop, produce, market, and distribute. And piracy - particularly in Eastern Europe and Asia (Russia, China, etc.) - is rampant and siphons aways billions of dollars from the industry.
I’m not suggesting that this latest move is the last straw hail mary savior for the industry. Nor am I advocating this particular solution and price point (both of which need some refinement) as the means by which we should all embrace, but it is a step in the right direction - licensed content available anywhere, anytime, on any device. If the studios can find a way to deliver on that promise and not trade analog dollars for digital pennies (or fractions of a penny) then we can all enjoy a future with great content that is reasonably priced and easily accessible. Who wouldn’t want that on offer?
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RT @Wired #CIQ #CarrierIQ secretly monitoring (& w/o opt out) all your #Android Mobile activities - http://bit.ly/t8qVsW #privacy @nprnews
Facebook was just nailed today for its continued lack of respect for a user’s PII and “promises” yet again to be more forthright. Of course there are far more nefarious activities going on and Trevor Eckhart reveals some chilling insights about what activities are tracked when you use your Android mobile device. Thanks for your technical prowess and your courage Trevor - and thanks to you too Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Where’s the oversight? Where’s the transparency? Where’s the outcry? Where’s the litigious nature of CA over this latest transgression of a user’s privacy?
If Reaganomics is the ideal, whereby income & capital gains were taxed @28% (1986), but capital gains cuts (1997 and 2003) lead by Republicans fostered investment speculation and bubbles, while creating more income inequality, what’s next? Where are the jobs? Where’s the shame?
Who was the President to cut taxes from 90% to 70%? A Republican? No, a Democrat! JFK. Why were taxes so high? Because this nation used to pay its debts (WWII and Korean War debt). Previously, Republicans were the stewards of fiscal responsibility. Today they (and their Democratic counterparts) practice crony capitalism.
What’s more shameful to me as a Veteran of the Armed Forces, is how many members of Congress and the wealthy can wear a US flag on their lapel or wave a US flag outside of their home or business and claim that they “support our troops” yet these same individuals are unwilling to put their money where their mouth is! How is that not shameful?
OK, so you don’t like Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, blah, blah, blah, but you support our troops. Alright then, if you’re not going to volunteer to go into harms way, then at least pay for the blanket of security that you portend to support. Encourage the passage of legislation on the wealthiest of Americans, those earning more than $1MM annually, that raises taxes to pay for our nation’s security.
Because in the end, who stands to lose the most if this nation goes into decline at best or anarchy at worst? Historically, it is the privileged class. They will lose land, assets, security, freedoms, etc. Sure, they can relocate, but hey, that’s a hassle. So step up and pay up.
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"Current Home Entertainment market pricing is too high," Mike Lang, CEO Miramax. Mike Lang and Ted Sarandos, CCO Netflix discuss a range of topics at Mipcom. The full video is above; select highlights are below:
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Real men (and women)
riding real waves, riding monster waves. 27 August 2011. Heavy.
Summer time shenanigans. A bit more than a month ago a group of groms decided to have a little fun by organizing a take-over of one of Southern California’s premier surfing destinations. This is their story…
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Future of mobile advertising far different from the banner ads of the web - driven by the promise of closing the redemption loop (via TC Disrupt).
The question may be, “At what point in time will media buyers and brands cross the 'psychological' adoption chasm, thereby driving a change in their media buying behavior from impression focused to redemption focused?” Answer: I have no idea. Theoretically - and in practice on a limited scale - this would be accelerated by the overwhelming ROI of the latter, causing a paradigm shift in media buying.
Unilever, Coke, and many other brands have experimented with various forms of performance based advertising, from the ad products deployed to the execution of the media agency itself, but ”reach and frequency” still dominates media agency buying behavior - and dollars. The CMO Council (bar chart) recently reported that marketers intend to increase spending in “acquisition focused” areas - lead generation, direct response, etc. - which would suggest that raising “awareness” alone will not deliver the full promise of mobile advertising - and the dollars to boot.
There is tremendous opportunity for companies like ShareSquare, Groupon, FourSquare, and many others to disintermediate the traditional - and extremely costly - business approach to CRM. These companies could be the new POS terminal, enabling the collection, processing, analysis, and presentation of this data to business customers, coupled with automation of targeted loyalty programs based on this information - much in the way that companies like Best Buy, Target, and others do today; albeit with significant IT and human capital investment. This in turn could change advertising from the push model that has remained in place for decades, to one that actually adds incremental value to the end user and the business via targeted redemption based advertising.
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Finally! A Global Business Leader Speaks Up! While Jeff Immelt stopped short of calling the political maneuvering cowardly as purely a move by many politicians to cater to their respective base rather than solve problems, it’s clear we’re staring down the barrel of a gun here.
Now look, I don’t generally comment on politics on my blog, but this really isn’t about politics as far as I’m concerned, this is about finding a pragmatic solution. Is Eric Cantor correct to suggest that historically raising taxes during high unemployment is a bad idea? Sure. But Reagan did it and we had a period of significant economic growth thereafter. But isn’t it also true that this is the first time in history where we have not one, not two, but three wars on-going and we’re not raising taxes? Well, at least as far as recent history goes, yes, this is true.
So, the Democrats are offering $3 Trillion in spending cuts - even from entitlement programs - while suggesting closing tax loopholes for the wealthiest of Americans and subsidies for corporations that don’t need the assistance. But this is far from the ultimate destination we’ll need to arrive at if we want to continue to enjoy the quality of life, services, financing, and security that we as Americans have come to enjoy and now “expect” in our daily lives.
'Look, Americans are pretty reasonable people when it comes down to it. We're prosperous in part because we have a stable society, stable markets, established infrastructure, and a military second to none that provides the security for our society, markets, and infrastructure to survive, thrive, and grow. Now, you may not like the politics of Obama or Cantor or Pelosi or Boehner, but you know what, I think we all enjoy the security, infrastructure, and stability that this nation has enjoyed. And right now, that's at risk.
That’s at risk because we are taking short cuts to provide for that security. I’m a veteran and I consider myself as patriotic as the next man or woman. So, when I hear or read that our political leaders are using parliamentary tactics to side-step the responsibility to lead and make tough decisions, it makes me sick to my stomach. It makes me question their patriotism. After all, what could be more patriotic than ensuring our way of life continues by taking the necessary, the difficult and perhaps politically damaging step to ensure our way of life continues?
This is the kind of bravery and moral courage that Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry illustrated when he forsake his own life to save that of his fellow soldiers. Politicians could stand to learn a thing or two from Sgt. Petry, sometimes a personal sacrifice is necessary for the common and greater good of the many.
We need more leadership in this country starting with a willingness to demonstrate personal and professional sacrifice to do what is in the best long-term interests of this nation and our way of life. We need that same leadership from business professionals from our top Fortune 500 companies based in the US. They should be on a PR blitz to press the politicians to make the best long-term decisions for this country. And, so I would urge you too, to call your politician, to re-tweet this post, to do whatever you can to get our nation’s leaders to grow some moral courage to do what’s right for a change, rather than what is politically expedient and narrowly focused on their re-election efforts.
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Reality Check! You won’t read about this on Tech Crunch, et al., but, oh so true!
Surfer? Yep. Drive Porsches? Yep. F18 Pilot? Negative Ghostrider! Creative license? YES, but a blast to film! Thx SPEED!
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