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March 13, 2007

Video-Biz Mayhem

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Does the advent of on-demand, online video spell the end of traditional audiovisual-through-time entertainment-providers? We can certainly hope. But we wouldn't expect the likes of Viacom to go down without putting up a fight, would we?



posted by Michael at March 13, 2007


on-demand, online video

I for one think that’s going to be much slower to replace current video than it’s modish esp. in techno geek circles to expect.

Reason? Quality / download time / pipe capacity limitations.

U-tube shorts are one thing. Watching full length movies or even well done serials at under VCR quality (or at the cost of hours of download time) is another. (And how fast to you think the owners of those fat cable hi speed internet pipes are going to dedicate current cable channel capacity to faster net service?)

That is when DVR of serials and netflixing of movies is such a ready alternative.

And if you’re inclined to somewhat geekify those modalities, just get a good DVD copy program (google AnyDVD plus CloneDVD-need both), a spindle or several of cheap DVD blanks from NewEgg, and make copies of all your Netflix arrivals so that you can time shift them as the mood strikes, and also get rapid turn around to maximize your Netflix benefits. Whenever you’re surfing the web you can be background copying netfix stuff and it doesn’t take long per disk anyway (12-20 mins all in usually). Again the point is time shifting and ok getting a few more movies available per netflix subscription level, via faster turnaround and the inventory of copied disks.

Posted by: dougjnn on March 13, 2007 5:52 PM

The most amazing part about the Viacom suit is how completely they just don't get it. A snippet of one of their shows on Youtube is an unpaid commercial. Until I'd seen a few clips on the site, I'd only occasionally watched shows like "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report". But, having seen how funny they are on Youtube, I watch them regularly now. You'd think the corporate bigwigs at Viacom would at least have as much common sense as your typical drug dealer....

Posted by: Upstate Guy on March 14, 2007 8:54 AM

We'll see how Joost fares. If it can deliver what it promises, which is on-demand programming with high-quality resolution on computer screens, and with all kinds of features common to internet usage (search, user reviews, real-time chat), then companies like Viacom better get on board or die.

Posted by: the patriarch on March 14, 2007 10:37 AM

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