[opendtv] Re: Analysis: Should Apple Buy Hollywood?

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 16:36:28 -0600

Craig wrote:

"Why don't independent producers just create their own content portals and 
stream their content, either for a fee, or 'free' with embedded ads?"

Dan wrote:

"And of course, they do.  We have been doing it for years (UNLV.TV).  And our 
statistics are dismal.  One could argue it is the programming.  I would say we 
have a couple of decent programs but no one can find them."

That's the nature of the beast. Imagine what local theater actors felt like, 
when movies became big time. The few biggest stars were now available to all 
theaters in the world. The local actors lost out, having become for the most 
part redundant.

When the Internet is used as the transmission medium, this same potential 
exists for local broadcasters and also for MVPDs that don't also provide ISP 

Did you notice how the article Craig just posted "redefined" (to put it kindly) 
the concept of "net neutrality"? In essence, the article explained different 
ways of abolishing that idea tout de suite. Did you notice how they even 
mentioned "agreements" made with ISPs? I don't know about you, but that article 
did not paint a pretty picture to me at all.

I'm not sure what their online ratings are, but it does seem that our local 
broadcasters have set up web sites with news and video content. In the case of 
WJLA, even a live stream of News Channel 8 cable channel, it looks like. If you 
have a favorite local produced show, chances are it's available online, direct 
from the broadcaster's site.

Seems to me that small productions would benefit from getting on sites like 
Hulu, where they would get noticed by more people.

Or take a look at this site:


You can get live TV streams from all over the world.

One of my questions is, how come these "smart" or "connected" TVs don't give me 
that site (or a host of others)? Is it because they are trying hard to 
neutralize net neutrality? And we are supposed to think this is a Good Thing?

I heard Vint Cerf give a talk recently. He's one of the true creators of the 
Internet. He made the point that as the Internet is improved to carry new 
applications, for example mail, radio, and telephony, it soon becomes the 
dominant means of transport for these services. So I agree with the article to 
that point. Of course, I disagree with the notion that all the collusion 
mentioned in there should be allowed to take place unhindered. It's all up to 
the consumer.


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