(Tue December 9/2014)
HBO Going Digital Without Their Own Product, or CTO

By outsourcing further development of their digital channel efforts to Major League Baseball's own digital services arm HBO seems to have done a deal with the devil - they had an internal team working on something yet couldn't stand to push past an April 2015 marketing campaign date... End result: CTO Otto Berkes, who had been at HBO since 2012, has left.

(Thu November 6/2014)
A Presentation on Scale + Cloud

Adrian Crockcroft, who helped Netflix create its cloud infrastructure, details some aspects of how working with cloud technologies in the right way can result in fast scaling systems and opportunity.

(Thu October 16/2014)
US Growth Slows for Netflix

Even though Netflix added 2 international subscribers for every new US subscriber to their service in Q3 the story that not many people are analysing is why their growth in foreign markets just isn't very fast. 

As of now, reported stats show international growth speeding up slightly but in no way curving exponentially - international uptake for Netflix doesn't at all compare with the service demand at home. 

I'm going to look for some proper analysis of this discrepancy over coming months - for some reason Netflix seems to be chasing faster adoption through new potential markets in countries like Japan over say India or China (possibly due to a high proliferance of tech literacy/familiarity there and easier political manouvering.)

(Thu October 16/2014)
CBS Enters the Fray with CBS All Access

American cable network CBS has just launched a beefed up digital offering - its a subscription service which expands on their existing next-day tv offering with ad-free content, live programming and greater platform access (mobile isn't on offer for basic cable subscribers wanting to watch online.)

This is definitely a trend we'll see growing as cable tv networks seek to monetize their existing userbases further with digital OTT offerings globally.

*Oh, and for those of you in Canada or Austrailia - CBS All Access is available to you plus everyone States-side!

(Tue October 14/2014)
Netflix Gets into Bed withh Imax, the Weinstein Co & Adam Sandler

Netflix is not Hollywood's proverbial Big Bad Wolf - positioning these deals as a threat to conventional enterprise in the film industry seems shallow to me as they aim for customer retention and continue to position Netflix as a competitor to say iTunes.

In the long-term Netflix will only prove strong profit for their shareholders by claiming their own niche and owning it - they are a bargain-bin single source for tons of content.  The more they promote core hollywood content the more they disenfranchise themselves from the magic early customers felt when logging into their initial digital service.

(Mon July 28/2014)
10% of the Canadian population is on Netflix

Netflix has approximately 3 million subscribers in Canada (the country's population is ~34 million; ~80% of which live in urban areas), which makes it the 3rd largest market in the world for the service outside of the US (~36M) and UK (~4.5M.)

(Thu July 17/2014)
1/3 of Canadian Netflix users access the US service

Of course, pollsters seem not to have audited the numbers for too many countries around the world - from informal chats with people I'm sure the numbers are pretty high globally.  Of course, this begs the question of how Netflix will ultimately change the way territorial licensing is done in order to offer their members global or multi-country access to content (say for an upsell) in the near future and sidestep all the IP masking/routing tool people are currently using like Unblock-US.

(Thu July 10/2014)
On Google's Lack of Ad Share Transparency

With so many new tech companies seeking fortunes on YouTube and far more conventional media firms looking to exploit YouTube's massive user base to generate buzz around their releases plus revenue through digital exhibition, its funny to note that no one really has any guarentee from Google that the dues paid to them are accurate.

Google's lack of audit trails on their rev share accounting has already seen some exhibitors moving away from their platform - like Jason Njoku's IrokoTV, who switched to Ooyala in 2012 despite reportedly generating $1M in revenue from YouTube to seek better control over how the channel earned revenue on their customer-facing Nollywood catalog and secure the delivery pipeline (his content apparently got flagged and taken offline by Google because of its Nigerian origin.)

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