Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 3, 2012 09:47 AM
As the grandfather of streaming video, Netflix has suffered the slings and arrows of being out front, exacerbated by hubris and internal missteps.
The video rental company's announcement of separate fees for DVD and streaming services a year ago was a disaster, one that was exacerbated by CEO Reed Hastings’ foot-in-mouth comment regarding subscriber outrage, "It's something we'll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed."
“Despite shrinking margins, a weakening balance sheet and increased competition, the stock was bullet-proof. Netflix was the great Achilles that vanquished Blockbuster Video with a little assistance from Coinstar's Redbox. But like Achilles, Netflix was not invulnerable,” notes Seeking Alpha.
Enter Amazon and its move to free video streaming with Amazon Prime in February 2011, membership priced at $79/year, including free Super Saver Shipping, free book rentals via Kindle and the add-on to rent or buy digital movies and TV shows for an additional fee providing newer content overall than on Netflix.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 23, 2012 11:32 AM
Who said the little guys lack imagination and moxie? Hiscox insurance services target small businesses — direct, online, and in real-time. But how to get that message out and stand out from the crowd? Scripted web video programming — with a sense of humor, and some heavy-hitting talent.
This summer the brand is launching season two of original "entrepreneurial comedy series" Leap Year, the story of five friends who lose their jobs, follow their dreams and start their own business.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2012 09:01 AM
AT&T slashes price of Lumia smartphone.
Aereo online-TV service expands in U.S.
Bank of England chief denies New York Fed chief gave warning on rate-rigging.
Richard Branson considers bid for Virgin Records.
Coca-Cola beats estimates with international sales up 5%.
Famous Dave's expands beyond U.S..
GM likely to retain Opel brand despite brand's woes.
Gap eyes Lululemon's Athletica stores with its own Athleta store openings.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 9, 2012 09:01 AM
PepsiCo expands into yogurt sales in the U.S. under Muller brand.
Marks & Spencer CEO's lack of fashion cred criticized as retailer overtaken by rival Next.
Valentino luxury brand in talks to be sold.
AT&T cuts ad spending.
Amazon sparks fears with "robo-pricing."
Billabong hits choppy waters.
Boeing expands new-orders lead over Airbus.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 6, 2012 09:01 AM
Jeremy Lin signs free agent deal with Houston Rockets, ending "Linsanity" in NYC if the Knicks don't make him a better offer.
Yahoo considers CEO of Hulu for top job.
Porsche tries to adjust to Volkswagen embrace.
Anheuser-Busch encourages responsible drinking.
Bausch & Lomb could go public by year-end.
Chevrolet plans to show off vehicles at MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City next week.
Chuck E. Cheese burns long-time voice with new mascot.
Dynegy files for bankruptcy.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 14, 2012 03:01 PM
As social check-ins and chat are now driving TV tune-in and engagement, the long-anticipated disintermediation of the entertainment-to-home ecosystem has arrived.
A new study by Frank N. Magid Associates, reveals that one of every five consumers are using video game consoles, Blu-ray players or other devices to bring the Web into their living rooms on their television screens. The seachange has led to a flood of social TV partnerships in what Ad Age calls the "Exploding Social-TV Ecosystem."
"Connected TVs will bring the Internet to the large screen, in contrast to how the smartphone has brought the Internet to the small screen. Consumers will be able to watch and browse what they want, when they want, on a big screen through connected TVs," commented Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors, a unit of Frank N. Magid Associates, to the Los Angeles Times.
The research, part of the Magid Media Futures 2012 study, found that:Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 13, 2012 08:50 AM
CNBC joins with Yahoo to bolster web reach via content, programming and distribution alliance.
Comcast and fellow U.S. cable operators face DOJ inquiry over treatment of Netflix and Hulu.
New York's proposed big soda ban goes to public comment as former Coca-Cola exec switches sides.
American Express sponsors Kenny Chesney concert for live-streaming on YouTube.
Apple is likely killing Ping.
Burger King's summer BBQ menu rolls out with sweet potato fries and bacon sundae.
Citi partners with USAID to foster mobile commerce in developing nations.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 23, 2012 08:50 AM
Facebook I.P.O. raises regulatory concerns, as regulators review Morgan Stanley's pre-Facebook IPO actions and the social network's share price drops 18% below IPO price and shareholders worry. NASDAQ is also being sued by an irate investor, while Facebook, its bankers and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are also being sued. One hot commodity: Zuckerberg's post-IPO secret wedding to Priscilla Chan sees Claire Pettibone-designed wedding dress "go viral."
Apple's iPad played a key role in the largest debt restructuring in history, with 100 iPads saving Greece $140 billion. European banks were less prepared for the Greek economic crisis.
SAP to acquire Ariba for $4.3 billion in push into cloud.
Alcatel-Lucent technology made the Internet five times faster.
Amazon's massive cloud business raises questions.
FOX's American Idol lost nearly a quarter of its still-huge audience this season.Continue reading...