If the rumors are true, YouTube is looking to enter the online video distribution market for professional content. From the Wall Street Journal:
YouTube is trying to become a next-generation cable provider overseeing dozens of free online “channels” with professional-grade shows, people familiar with the matter have said.
I wonder how existing cable companies—many who also offer broadband internet—will react to YouTube’s rumored venture. It also has me wondering how this will work for users already restricted with bandwidth caps, such as Comcast and AT&T.
You may have heard about the fire at a Foxconn plant today. What I was happy to see is how the report over on Reuters addressed the issue:
No casualties or impact on operations from fire - spokesman
My first concern was the impact to those individuals on site, not if production was negatively impacted. As you can see from the quote, Reuters’ first sentence answered that question, and then continued on with the business details. It makes me happy that this was the first question they answered, not how production was impacted.
I just read the following quote by The Angry Drunk via a link from Daring Fireball:
While the Netflix changes are certainly annoying, and the messaging was less than stellar, we need to make sure to remember where the blame ultimately lies — with the content providers. Until they decide to get with the program content distributors like Netflix and Apple will always be at their mercy and customers will continue to suffer.
Let me just fix that last sentence real-quick:
Until they decide to get with the program content distributors like Netflix and Apple will always be at their mercy and honest, paying customers will continue to suffer.
Everytime I see a Disney commercial advertising how a movie will only be available for a limited time before going into the vault, I have to wonder how much longer that trick will work. I doubt even honest customers will continue to wait for the next timed vault release instead of simply finding a torrent and downloading it.
Note: I do not condone piracy, but in situations like this, I understand why some choose to do so.