Netflix and the non-event movie

Unlike the traditional movie paradigm, the value of the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel to Netflix will not decline over time and has no particular time "window." It is not a depreciating asset but a long term investment in audience building, which makes it a very different animal from most movies.…

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Crouching hype, hidden master

What makes the Weinstein Company's strategy for the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel truly unusual is that the film is bypassing all transactional windows -- from theaters to DVD sales and rentals to pay-per-view -- and going straight into a subscription window.…

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How Apple and Amazon learned to share

The timing of the announcements of Apple's and Amazon's family sharing plans is not likely a coincidence. In fact, both companies have been working on the idea in parallel for several years, and the first public hints of the plans surfaced within a month of each other in early 2013.…

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Chasing cord-nevers

While Intel was never able to get its ambitious OnCue OTT service off the ground, Verizon, which acquired the OnCue assets in January, may be closer to succeeding by refocusing the service on mobile devices.…

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Apple pays on time

Contrary to its popular image, Apple's successes have more often come from fixing what's broken than from building anew. And that puts today's credit card payment system right in Apple's wheelhouse.…

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4K confusion

With the industry now preparing to make the leap from HD to 4K Ultra-HD a pair of announcements this week at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin suggested we could be in for more DRM drama.…

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