Let’s see, I slept for 7 hours; it’s a new day and an announcement of yet another start up in the internet video space. This seems like a daily ritual.
The newest is Sync TV, a spin off from consumer electronics company Pioneer, which launched a beta download service.
The audio and video quality of the TV shows is comparable or superior to the same show on DVD. SyncTV will provide HD programming across some of the different channels and will also have programming available in discreet 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus, giving you the “home theater” experience. They allow you a great deal of flexibility in how you play back the TV shows you download. You can play back shows on up to five ‘home’ devices which mean PCs/Macs now and other home entertainment devices in the future (read portable players).
That’s the good news. The bad news is yet another DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology for the consumer to try and get their head around. Sync TV is using an open-standard DRM called Marlin. Yet another group of top electronics manufacturers joining forces to develop a standard for content management and protection. Marlin is also referred to as “OMArlin” because it supposedly bridges between the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) DRM v.2.0 and the Marlin DRM standards. Does anyone care, outside the companies involved? Not really. Consumers might agree that content protection is a good idea but, they just want to play their stuff on all their devices. And they want everything to be cheaper, too.
It’s another set of companies trying to protect what they see as their intellectual property and make money. You could make the claim as the same motive as Microsoft, Apple, RealNetworks and others in the DRM struggle. The marketing spin tries to convince us that DRM is intended to make it easy for us to buy content and share it, without being encumbered by content protection schemes. But, adding Marlin to this mix will be yet another failed attempt to create a DRM “standard”.
What I do find interesting with Sync TV and all the regulatory noise about bundled programming, is the fact that users can subscribe a-la-carte for a variety of programs they want to watch. Each channel costs about $2 each per month, and currently there are four subscription channels available. Showtime is the foundation partner with promise of more.
The Sync TV launch underscores the two worlds that now exist–the heavily regulated telecoms and broadcasting sectors and the almost entirely unregulated internet channel.
Where do you think most of the innovation is?
Posted in Apple, Content Redistribution, Copyright, DRM, DVD, Films, IPTV, microsoft, Mobile TV, Movie Download, Piracy, Sony, Technology, Video | Tagged Streaming Video, TV, Video |
I’m following up on a previous post about David Oringulph (Legend Homes) doing an interview in the Oregonian where he states: “There’s really nothing wrong with the housing market from the standpoint of economics….”.
I really took an exception to his line of thinking and was in complete disagreement of his “feel sorry for me” attitude. And as if helping prove my point…
Fast forward 45 days and now the “big-box” builder Roger Pollock (Buena Vista Homes – pictured right) is sending out letters to past clients who bought a home from his company about the MEGA house auction planned for December 15-16th, to the likes the Portland Metro area has never seen. Sure this type of action is the norm in Las Vegas or the burbs of Phoenix, but here in River City?
This may well be the largest riches-to-rags story on the planet. In the Fall of 2006 Buena Vista Homes was hailed (largely self-promotion) as the largest home builder in Oregon having “pulled down” 303 permits in the first 10months. In addition, “Builder Magazine” named Buena Vista the fastest growing builder in the United States with an amazing growth rate of 162.47 percent. Now we’re seeing the “signs” of over building and developers are panicked to sell anything maybe David Oringulph would like to retract his “the media is the problem” statement?
Then came “THE LETTER”… Imagine getting a letter from Roger Pollock telling you they have decided to auction the remaining homes in your cul-d-sac and the starting bid is going to be $189k less than what you just paid 6 months ago. WTF?!!
Is there no shame from these predatory builders? How do they ignore customer service, relationships with past clients, further driving prices down and exacerbate the home bubble mentality in an already bleeding market? This is going to be fascinating to watch.
UPDATE (DEC 17th): Auction sold 141 homes at a total of $65 million in sales over the 2-day period. Average per home is nearly $461K. None of the Bend homes were auctioned. So, is Pollock a Marketing Genius or were people drawn-to-the-light?
And does he really know how to party like a “Rock Star”?
Posted in Follow the Profit, Oregonian, Real Estate, Rescue | Tagged Buena Vista, House Auctions, Roger Pollock | 7 Comments »
I don’t know about you, but I’m bummed over the end of the Starbucks and iTunes music promotion which ended last month. The promotion ran October 2nd and ended November 7th to be exact, but every time I go to Starbucks I can’t help but look for the little “redeem-me-now” credit sized cards. Maybe I’m in a need deprivation state of mind?
I remember first learning about the promotion where I get a free, new song every day in Starbucks. It made my morning stop so much more pleasant. The first artist was Dylan and included other greats such as Gloria Estefan, Dave Matthews, John Mayer and many more. Personally, I thought this was a great combination of two awesome products, coffee and music, brought to me by folks who know how to pamper my whims and do it so well, “Bucks” and “Mac”. I don’t have an exact count on the total number of artists, but I collected 31 of those little redeemable cards and punched in 100’s of alpha-numerical characters to obtain the music goods. How many did you collect?
But, don’t worry about my Apple/Starbuck-withdrawal-syndrome (ASWS). I continue to frequent the place and now find myself trying to resist the urge to buy a CD every time I get a latte! Maybe that was the intent…everytime I sip a latte I think of a song?!
Hey don’t forget — you have until the end of December to redeem all those Song-of-the-Day cards.
Posted in Apple, Coffee, iPod/iTunes, MPAA, starbucks, Technology | Tagged Apple, Dave Matthews, itunes, Music, redeem, starbucks, withdrawal |
November is an important month in the global mobile business. First off, Apple launched its iPhone in the UK, Germany and France, after a successful launch in the US. Google put a line in the sand on the mobile space with the release of Android and the formation of the Open Handset Alliance.
According to a report from Informa Telecoms & Media , worldwide mobile penetration hit 50 percent. The report states there are 3.3 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide. At the end of September there were mobile networks operating in 224 countries, which is up from 192 countries in 1997 and 35 in 1987. Even though there are now an estimated 3.3 billion mobile subscriptions activated currently, its important to note that some countries have a mobile penetration rate of more than 100 percent, meaning some users have more than one subscription.
And in related mobile news, Apple plans to release a developer kit for the iPhone in February. That is notable since they have routinely controlled access to many of their products, but now will welcome software written by outside programmers.
Posted in Apple, Google, iPhone, Technology | Tagged Android, Apple, cell, Google, Informa, iPhone, mobile, Telecom |
Odds are that as a developer you went to college, earned a degree to specialize in something and avoid a career serving up burgers and fries at the local grill. But now day’s developers are spending most of their week developing mobile applications for the fast-food giants. That’s ironic!
According to Adweek, consumers are facing mobile advertising saturation and a growing number of brands are turning to mobile developers to create interactive wireless services and tools in lieu of conventional mobile media buys. Advertisers are investing in “branded utility”–i.e., services they believe enable their customers to perform tasks, rather than interrupt the mobile experience.
And speaking of branded utility, AppleInsider reports that Apple filed a series of patents for sensor layouts, mobile sensors and compliant conductors, together indicating they are working on a multi-touch device that recognizes more intricate gestures–e.g., grabbing or swiping motions with one or more fingers–and selectively disables input depending on context. In the patent, Apple explained that pressure-sensitive technology could recognize rolling, tilting, or twisting motions for manipulating content in 3D. And because the touch controls need not be flat, the technology would enable more unique and ergonomic device designs.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the day where I can twirl and whirling my iPhone to buy a burger and then roll that perfect 300 bowling game!
Posted in Apple, iPhone, Nintendo®, Technology | Tagged Adweek, Apple, iPhone, Remote, Wand |