digitalaudiorock at gmail.com
Fri Feb 20 01:18:24 UTC 2009
On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM, Mitch Gore <mitchell.gore at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> What I don't understand is what Hulu is hoping will happen instead. Do
>>> they really think the wave of the future is people huddled around computer
>>> monitors, with a keyboard and mouse, to watch content? Or are they hoping
>>> to spin off their own STB, to get another revenue stream?
> Well, NBC made Hulu to compliment TV. They found a way to take
> material they already own/produced and get some more revenue with it
> on a different screen (computer). What they don't want is this new
> method cutting into the primary revenue stream. Digital
> Downloads/Streams will not take over the standard method of Moves/TV
> (DVD, Blu Ray, Cable, Sat, OTA) for some time because the studios are
> not comfortable with the technology yet. They dont want the "new
> thing" taking people out of what they are comfortable with. Instead
> they are experimenting. Boxee puts this content on the TV. So many
> people may stop cable and just use Boxee...
> Its really not that big of a deal. 90% of the material on Boxee can
> be recorded on a PC with a $20 Tuner and antenna + 100 times better
> quality...HEY this is the MythTV mailing list for goodness sake!
What they really want is to have people use Hulu ONLY for their
computers and mobile devices etc and NOT for their TVs. What they're
really doing however is taking a cue from the record companies by
shooting themselves in the foot in an attempt to gain more "control".
Does Hulu force ads into the content? If so I'm a bit perplexed as to
why they have an issue with Boxee using it. I can't help wondering if
the close partnership of NBC and Microsoft, combined with the fact
that Boxee is strictly Mac/Linux has at least something to do with it.
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