(LINK) Stream On 🍿 | No Mercy / No Malice

Good take on streaming but somehow I feel like Netflix will find a way to stay very relevant.

Just got Disney+ working and of course it’s awesome to find so much Disney back content and since I don’t have cable it will be nice to see some of the NatGeo stuff for once.

My NYU colleague professor Adam Alter has conducted research confirming that the most end…
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Waiting for Disney

I have kids and I like old Disney movies so I am excited to try Disney+ but I can’t.

The way they have launched shows you the technical prowess that Netflix has over all these guys. It’s silly to me that Disney can’t go global from day 1 and even their 3 country launch was plagued by scale issues. 

Regardless, people want that product. I know I do.

Right now I use Netflix and Prime Video but will add Disney and maybe, but not sure – HBO.

What I am loving about Prime Video is that all the subtitles are always available regardless of my region. I absolutely hate how Netflix bounds subs to the region – which is silly given people live all around the world in countries they are not from. I wish they would fix this.

Good times if you love to watch stuff – I am digging the new Carnival Row show on Prime for example.

Functionality Vs Content – AVC

Functionality Vs Content – AVC

The crux of this post is this part right here:

And most importantly, it is the frustrations of the prior model, as I mentioned above, that creates the opening for the new model.

So if you are working on a new model, for anything (it could be crypto, health care, education, finance, etc, etc), you should look very closely at what are the most annoying and frustrating aspects of the current model and focus on leading with features that remove them.

 

Mostly very real but sometimes I see people working on something because they discovered an annoyance but the market isn’t big enough, or there is not a willingness to pay. I want to caveat that part – the annoying better cross with some revenue potential. That being said I agree that there are things to fix in the world that people will pay for.

On to the streaming part, I admit that the announcement of a service I am even closely tempted to pay for without batting an eye is a Disney streaming service. I have kids, so it is a no brainer. All the back catalog Disney content is the best, and if you add in Star Wars, Marvel and anything else they have that is safe family content then for sure this is a must-have.

I defer on the tech and user experience till we can use it, but I doubt it functions as well as Netflix. I still find HBO lame as an app, and in Singapore, with the excellent internet it still sucks where Netflix is a flawless experience day in and day out. I mention HBO since it is built on Bamtech which is the company Disney mostly owns that started as MLB Tech. I want to guess that Warner sucks in building stuff so hopefully, Disney can do a better job, but all of them have a long ways to go tech wise to catch up to Netflix.

The other piece of this to watch is how this plays out globally, Netflix lite up the whole globe and that means you can get it practically anywhere and I am hoping Disney does the same. I wonder where these leaves the HOOQs, iFlixs, and Hotstars of the world over time. I think it comes down to Netflix, Prime Video and Disney forming the global lion’s share but will be interesting to watch how India fairs. China is China and all walled off so hard to say, but I bet Disney goes hard on it.

 

Montage Sequence #2 – bubbles, loonshots and the OA

Some great stuff in this issue.

This I think about a lot especially in the context of SEAsia:

4/ Finally, I was struck by how all the companies mentioned in the “bubble” pieces – often in reaction to the sticker shock of what seemed like a large valuation back then – went on to bigger and bigger valuations as time went on, often many times over. Which leads me to wonder:
a) why did so many commentators miss the growth that was going to happen to these companies?
b) is the same mistake being made now in the narrative around valuations?

Now I want this book :: Loonshots.

I am still struggling to like OA. 😉

Montage Sequence #2 – bubbles, loonshots and the OA

There is Netflix – and then everyone else

Was listening to this on one of my long walks, https://overcast.fm/+F-0WRB7Pc, and you get the feeling that the tide is slowly turning towards Netflix. Now some of the most respected people in film absolutely love working with Netflix and the stuff they are excited about shows you how much the game has changed.

They way they market, they way they work with the film makers and the appetite they have to try new things.

With all the stuff going on with Disney and Fox – it is clear what their worry is – it is Netflix. Obviously Disney has more than just movies and shows with the theme parks and all that but the battles for streaming must be the biggest fight they have.

As a user of all these services – HBO, Netflix and some of the local ones, I tend to look at the tech or just how well they all work and bar none – Netflix has no competitor. Right now I am stuck in upcountry Thailand using an LTE wifi hotspot to get connectivity for my laptop, my son’s laptop, and 3 or 4 phones. Guess what streaming service works everytime and even supports both of us using it at the same time? Netflix.

Many times it even works better than videos on FB or YT. Add to that the amount of great original content on it and the local subtitles and there is just no comparison. Of course there is the other battle being fought with all the regional players and the telcos. iFlix so far is easily taking the lead but it is still in another class compared to the depth of content and the technical acquity of Netflix but that makes sense given how long Netflix has been around and how much they have invested.

It will be interesting to see how they giants take the battle to Netflix – that is even if they can find the battlefield.