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I think almost every single paragraph of that piece is misguided.
I forgot to add my pithy comment… I mainly found the historical CES reference, where TiVo and ReplayTV launched, along with Wood’s quote interesting. But the landscape is quite different today and the television providers have been embracing iPads, Rokus, Xboxes, bringing placeshifting, etc.
“I mainly found the historical CES reference, where TiVo and ReplayTV launched, along with Wood’s quote interesting.”
Yeah. That section is tasty. Of course, to riff off the latter part of your comment, 98%+ of DVR’s are rented from their users’ MSO’s.
And it’s an interesting piece just as a perfect summation of the Silicon Valley CW wrongheaded view of the lay of the land. (I’d already read it from the half-million-dollar man’s RSS feed.)
Concerning Gruber and MSO’s, is anyone except me really fascinated and disturbed by Comcast allowing HBO Go via Apple and not Roku? I mean, that should be illegal, no? There isn’t even an “HTML required unless we really like or need you / YouTube” excuse going on there. Not to mention that Brian Roberts is the Center of the Universe and BFF with the administration.
My only hope for a non-dystopian future is that the DOJ’s proposed remedy for their iBooks win includes ongoing oversight of Apple’s video dealings…
I think there are two elements at play here… For a period of time, Roku positioned themselves solely as a cord cutting device which may have rubbed Comcast the wrong way. The second piece is that Apple aficionados were far louder in their outrage when HBO GO wasn’t originally available to Comcast users on aTV which led them to reverse course. I hoped by now it’d be behind us, but…
“I think there are two elements at play here”
There is a third element that (IMHO) outweighs those two. Eddy Cue has been wooing the MSO’s.
(Hence my hope the judge allows the DOJ’s proposed remedy.)
@Chucky – more than misguided, it sounded exactly like 95% of the tech journal articles about the TV industry that have been written over the past 2-3 years. Other than the CES reminiscence, was there anything new there?
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