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Paying to stream: Pandora’s free-rider problem

Not a single respondent giving a definitive answer who uses Pandora said they pay for the service’s premium version, which cuts out ads, allows for offline listening through a Desktop app, and ostensibly provides higher-quality audio.

On the flip side, among Spotify users, more said they pay for the premium version — which allows you to listen offline, on any device, and without ads — than said they stay with the free version.

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And some color:

“I no longer buy music . Spotify has everything I need, and I’m just fine ‘renting’ it all for $10 per month.”

“Today, I think Spotify makes sense, but I’m too cheap to pay for it on my phone. I like iTunes Match because it’s all of my music on my phone. If I want to test something out, I use free Spotify on desktop and if I love it, I buy it.”

I stream, mostly using Spotify. I pay the $10 a month for the premium, so I can listen on the computer at work and iPad/phone at home. ”

“I’m using premium most of the time these days. I stream exclusively. You Tube is a close-second.”


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Friday, August 16th, 2013 news No Comments

Online Video Piracy Is Fading Away, Thanks To Netflix (NFLX, AMZN)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-bittorrent-sandvine-report-2012-11

Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Remember the threat of digital video piracy, the scourge of Hollywood?

A new report suggests that it’s dropping fast, thanks to licensed streaming services, chiefly Netflix.

Netflix utterly dominates online-video traffic, according to a new study by Sandvine, accounting for 33 percent of peak traffic in North America. Amazon, its closest rival, has only 1.8 percent, and Hulu has 1.4 percent.

The real alternative to Netflix is BitTorrent, a popular file-sharing protocol through which users upload and download copies of movies and TV shows. Because it’s a technology for file sharing rather than a centralized service or piece of software, BitTorrent has proven very hard for movie studios to shut down.

But BitTorrent is down to 12 percent of all traffic in North America. It’s easy to see why: With Netflix’s wide selection, relatively low monthly price compared to cable-TV subscriptions, and speed of delivery, few people opt to wrestle with the complexity and delay of file downloads.

In Europe, BitTorrent is at 16 percent of traffic, and in Asia, where video services are less available, it’s 36 percent.

By 2015, Sandvine CEO Dave Caputo forecasts that peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic will drop below 10 percent of network use.

It’s not a given that BitTorrent use indicates illegal downloading of a video file—some game developers use it to distribute legal copies of their software, for example—but it is heavily used for video downloads.

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Amazon Studios expands into TV series, looks to load up on content for streaming

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/05/02/amazon-studios-expands-into-tv-series-looks-to-load-up-on-conte/

Amazon Studios expands into TV series, looks to load up on content for streaming

Amazon has had a content development division for some time but today it’s announced plans to expand from just movies to developing (and distributing, via its Instant Video service) original comedy and children’s series. The new focus follows the competition like Netflix and Hulu which have both dived headlong into developing original TV show-style content that mirrors the content consumers seem to gravitate towards on streaming services. According to the press release Amazon Studios is willing to option one “promising project” per month for $10k and pay $55k to a creator if their series is selected for distribution. Submissions of 22-minute pilot scripts for comedies and 11-minute pilot scripts for children’s shows are being accepted, which Amazon will either option within 45 days or the creator can choose between pulling it back and leaving it up for community feedback. There’s more info at the site or in the press release after the break, but just remember: if we see any series picked up about dashingly handsome tech bloggers and the fast-paced lives they lead, we’re coming for our cut.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Study shows more people watch TV on tablets than computers, still nothing on

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/21/study-shows-more-people-watch-tv-on-tablets-than-computers/

Study shows more people watch TV on tablets than computers, still nothing on

Is your notebook still your preferred second TV? Well, it seems you’re now in the minority. The hip new way of consuming the drug of the nation — after the ‘ole tube itself — is on a tablet, according to a recent Viacom study. Over 2,500 people were polled nationwide, and the results show a shift away from computers and smartphones to slates. Tabs made up 15 percent of full-length TV show viewings, with the increase of streaming services and companion apps being cited as contributing factors to the trend. We don’t know what the fuss is about, we watch all our telly on a tablet.

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Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5902583/how-hulu-grew-into-a-network-tv-challenger

How Hulu Grew Into a Network TV ChallengerCompared to many TV streaming services, Hulu is a mature technology, created five years ago by some of TV’s biggest players. Now, the New York Times suggests it’s coming of age—and that events this week will see it truly become a network TV challenger.

The Times reports that, this Thursday, Hulu will pitch advertisers on its new, original programming. That might not sound like a big deal, but it is in fact an annual ritual called “upfronts”—usually reserved for cable channels and network broadcasters.

The fact that Hulu is sidling up alongside the big players of the TV world is a huge milestone for online TV. In the same week, Hulu will also announce that it now has more than two million subscribers for its $8-a-month Hulu Plus service.

So, Hulu’s first piece of original programming, Battleground, wasn’t great. And, sure, the firm has to put up with its parental companies feuding most of the time. But that doesn’t seem to matter too much when Hulu is pitching at the same meetings as the biggest national TV providers. [New York Times]

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

MGM delivers 600 movies to YouTube and Google Play, gives you one more place to watch Robocop

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/16/mgm-delivers-600-movies-to-youtube-and-google-play/

MGM delivers 600 movies to YouTube and Google Play

With Robocop currently in rotation on both Netflix and HBO Go, you’re probably wondering, “where else can I get my daily dose of media and cultural criticism delivered by a trigger happy law enforcement cyborg?” Well, YouTube and Google Play apparently. MGM has struck a deal with the folks in Mountain View to bring 600 of its titles to the streaming services, including the aforementioned dystopian-Detroit sci-fi classic. Of course, plenty of other top shelf titles will also be available to rent and purchase in the coming weeks — including Terminator, Rocky and Rain Man. Unfortunately for those not in the northern portion of the western hemisphere the deal is only applicable to the US and Canada. This also means that, regardless of whatever struggles Google has had in the content distribution market, it now has four of the five major studios on board. Though, we wouldn’t hold your breath for Fox.

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