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4. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 20, 2011, 16:17 avianflu
 
totally agree Beamer: HBO may care about torrents but it cares much more about distributing its valuable digital content on Netflix and getting pennies back for that content. There's tons of pressure on netflix from various corporate angles, not just HBO, since Netflix is now mainstream and widely used. They all want Netflix to raise the price and they want more of those $$.  
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3. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 20, 2011, 09:56 Beamer
 
Let's see HBO... so you can make a little profit by letting Netflix stream your content or you can make no profit when Netflix users go to torrents/newsgroups/friends DVR recordings/VHS tapes/DVD Rentals/???? to watch their HBO shows.

HBO doesn't give a shit about that. They're a premium channel. And they tend to have the best selling DVD sets even though they're often 2-4 times more expensive than any others.


This is what HBO wants to protect. If you're going to go pirate their shows they don't much care. You're not a customer. They care about customers looking at the $20 per month they're paying for 18 HBOs plus HBO On-Demand and the $200 a year they're spending to buy Entourage DVDs. They don't want these people deciding they can get it all for $7.99 a month on Netflix, only a fraction of which goes to HBO.

For basic channels it's pretty clearly a win. They get a wider audience without really losing much in revenues. What they lose they hopefully gain with people tuning in to new shows. For HBO the loss is significantly more. They would be sacrificing their primary revenue stream.

It makes absolutely zero sense for HBO to allow this. None at all. They'll instead keep moving to create their own On-Demand that gives full access to all shows to all customers. Want to stream HBO? Gotta subscribe.
 
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2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 20, 2011, 08:43 avianflu
 
Google is using strongarm tactics like Apple in this instance. H.264 is giantly popular at the grassroots level and for lots of good reasons. But Google stripped it out of Chrome anyway per Google's agenda.

All this _really_ does is push consumers of digital content to use a different browser.

 
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1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 20, 2011, 02:54 WyldKat
 
Let's see HBO... so you can make a little profit by letting Netflix stream your content or you can make no profit when Netflix users go to torrents/newsgroups/friends DVR recordings/VHS tapes/DVD Rentals/???? to watch their HBO shows.  
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