Frame Rate 122
Topic: Amazon set-top box, Netflix long term predictions, Yahoo snags SNL archives, YouTube Comedy Week, and more.
Recorded: April 29, 2013
Frame Rate 122:
The Big Story
- Amazon reportedly working on video streaming set-top box to compete with Apple TV, Roku, Xbox
- Kindle TV: why does Amazon need a set-top box?
Another Big Story
- Netflix's 'Long Term View' lays out predictions for internet vs. traditional TV delivery
- Netflix Spends $2B Per Year On Content, Primarily On Licensing Movies And TV Shows
- How Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Sees the Future: Netflix Wins, Apps Win and So Do HBO, ESPN and the Cable Guys
- Netflix manifesto posted on investor relations site:
- APPS: actively curating, apps replace channels, commends HBO, ESPN, BBC for getting it.
- FOCUS: NOT interested in topical (Daily Show), reality or sports.
- We have to be a focused passion brand. Starbucks, not 7-Eleven. Southwest, not United. HBO, not Dish.
- HBO biggest competitor.
- Believes they'll triple HBO subscribers, but "it will be several years before we are peers with them in terms of Original programming, Emmy awards, and international members."
- Dismisses cord-cutting as not an issue. Says "services like Netflix, MLB.tv, iTunes and YouTube are not currently a material strategic problem for companies that are both an ISP and an MVPD."
- 4K streaming will proliferate "long before" linear TV makes the shift.
- Yahoo snags exclusive rights to Saturday Night Live's archives (update: clips only) starting September 1st
- YouTube to get its funny on with Comedy Week
- YouTube now offers more MLB highlights and full archived games
- New York Times lifts paywall for video, plans ‘franchises’
- DirecTV adding voice search to smartphone app this summer
- Aereo Brings Free Over-The-Air TV And Cloud DVR To Boston May 15
- Boxee Cloud DVR reaches the San Francisco Bay Area in beta
- The CW app brings full episodes streaming to Xbox 360 a day after they air
- Starting today, new episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live are airing online
- EVE Online' getting a TV show based on real player stories
- Watch this: Kevin Spacey becomes a real-life political puppet master in 'House of Nerds'
- Zach Braff's new film hits Kickstarter goal as director attempts to retain creative control
What We're Watching
- Brian Brushwood: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Rango
- Tom Merritt: Hemlock Grove, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Orphan Black, The Americans, Arrow
I'm one of the people that (may have) gamed Netflix for the free subscription. I had intended for a while to sign up for Netflix's disc service (I can't stand the quality of their streams) to get Blu-ray delivery. I finally bit the bullet when House of Cards came out (I used the /twit URL just for you guys), watched the show and immediately canceled after finishing (and greatly enjoying) it. I also re-watched a couple episodes of Arrested Development with friends and did a few other things, but overall I only wanted to watch House of Cards.
That said, I now give Netflix approx. $10/month to get discs delivered to me, so I don't know if I count as a system-gamer or not.
Brian from Trona
I love the FrameRate podcast and think you guys totally rock that ish. There are two things, I’ve noticed, that Brian has been actively avoiding outright naming in an attempt (I presume) to prevent spoiling upcoming events for those who haven't read the books. I question the logic behind this. Anyone who has a clue who [NAME REDACTED] is has already been spoiled; anyone else wouldn’t know anything about [GENDER INSPECIFIC], therefore the name itself cannot be a spoiler. The same can be said for the [EVENT TITLE REDACTED] (calling it a [NOUN DELETED] may give something away, but it would “tease” more than “spoil”, IMHO). I hope this logic is sound and true so it will allow Brian to speak, unencumbered, about these exciting events that he seems to be anxious to speak about.
Thanks for the great podcast!
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