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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Fudging it on Aereo

To argue now that Cablevision's "first instance" retransmission licenses somehow conferred immunity from liability on its second-instance RS-DVR service that is not available to Aereo, as the deputy solicitor general tried to is, is to assume facts not in evidence.…

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Movies without borders

With the shift to streaming, the movie studios have attempted to sustain the old territorial exclusivity system by requiring the use of geo-blocking technology to restrict unlicensed access to their content.…

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Netflix is not a part of the internet

Netflix uses the internet as one of its platforms for delivering that content (the U.S. Postal Service is another), but moving bits around on the internet is merely a necessary step to engaging in its main business of getting content in front of consumers.…

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The right to disrupt

Unlike in the music industry, digital technology has not yet changed how the money flows in the TV business or (for the most part) who gets it. If and when it does, the TV industry, too, will experience its moment of disruption.…

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Hulu Agonistes

About the only immediately leveragable asset Hulu has apart from content rights is its embedded presence on a large number of connected devices, giving it a solid addressable base on which to build a distribution business.…

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More questions than answers on Intel TV plans

The OTT video service being planned by Intel sure sounds like it meets the legal definition of a "multichannel video program distributor," which means it will likely have to comply with the terms of the Communications Act and be subject to regulation and oversight by the FCC.…

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Will HBO Go offer universal access to Universal movies?

Currently, HBO streams movies via HBO Go, but access remains restricted to authenticated subscribers to HBO via cable or satellite. If Netflix ends up redefining the standard for subscription access to movies in what used to be the pay-TV window, HBO may have no choice but to drop the authentication wall for HBO Go.…

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Disney’s first-mover advantage

Disney struck at the moment when landing a major studio deal in the pay-TV window probably has the greatest strategic value to Netflix. It's unlikely Netflix will be willing or able to make many more such deals with other studios, however.…

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