Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Bitcoin’s 8.7% Decline Pales in Comparison to Record Run

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Central banks are manipulating gold prices

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

8:31 PM ET Wed, 13 Aug 2014
Chris Powell, Secretary of Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, says the rigging of gold markets by the U.S. and international central banks has worsened over the years.

GATA: Central banks are manipulating gold prices from CNBC.

Netflix commits $500M to Canadian content

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Netflix to commit $500M over 5 years on new Canadian productions: sources

Questions remain about how Canadian producers will be able to access funding to create programming

By Catherine Cullen, CBC News Posted: Sep 27, 2017 5:43 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 27, 2017 8:37 PM ET

Blogger says Bitcoin needs to be worth $1,000,000 to be a legitimate currency

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Mark Decabre talks about Satoshis and the value of Bitcoin at MarketWatch.com

“A single bitcoin was worth about $3,900 in recent trade on Monday, off lows of the past few days, according to data site Coindesk.com, amid regulatory headwinds in China and critical comments from Wall Street pros like J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s CEO Jamie Dimon.

“Still, a bitcoin would need to be worth a stunning $1,000,000 to be a bona fide monetary unit, says Iqbal Gandham, U.K managing director at eToro, a trading platform.

Image courtesy MarketWatch and Getty Images

A new streaming service by Discovery, Viacom, A+E Networks, AMC Networks, and Scripps

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
 In the United States…
People who are tired of paying for TV sports channels they don’t watch will soon have a new option.

Cable channels owned by Discovery Communications, Viacom Inc., AMC Networks, A+E Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive will be part of a new streaming service expected to have a “soft launch” in coming weeks, people familiar with the situation say.

Subscriptions will cost less than $20 a month.

Spotify and Hulu create a bundle for $5 a month in the U.S.

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Purchasing these services separately would cost at least $13 a month.

Excerpt from Recode article, “U.S. college students can now buy a Spotify/Hulu bundle for $5 a month“:

streaming media

Buy a Spotify subscription, get a Hulu subscription for free.

That’s the offer from Hulu and Spotify, who are teaming up on a promotion where some U.S. college students can now get monthly subscriptions to both services for a total of $5 a month.

That’s a significant discount, as Spotify’s “Premium for Students” service normally costs $5, and Hulu’s basic ad-supported service costs $8 a month.

Both services have worked with other companies to bundle their offerings before: Hulu, for instance, will sell you a subscription to Showtime, and the New York Times will give new digital subscribers a year of Spotify for free.

Subscription video giveaways aren’t new, either: Yesterday, T-Mobile said it would give away Netflix subscriptions to wireless customers who paid it at least $80 a month.

Source: Recode

Apple wrangles with Hollywood over price of 4K movies that it plans to re-sell.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Apple

Image courtesy Stephen Lam / Getty

“But the bigger story for Apple is that this used to be a fight that Apple would ultimately win, because Apple was the dominant player in digital media. That’s not true anymore.

Apple is pushing for 4K movies because it is adding 4K support — the ability to watch stuff in super-high definition — to its revamped Apple TV box it will roll out next month. Apple hopes the new capability will help it reclaim market share from cheaper video boxes and dongles sold by Amazon, Google and Roku.

You can argue whether 4K TVs are a niche product that will ultimately go mainstream — or just a niche product. But adding 4K support alone certainly won’t help Apple leapfrog the competition right now, and Apple doesn’t have anything else on tap to help Apple TV stand out.

This isn’t where Apple thought it would be in 2017.

For years, Apple had very ambitious ambitions in TV: Steve Jobs wanted to build an integrated TV set/pay TV service, but he never got close to the terms he would have needed from TV programmers to make it work.

After his death, Apple execs kept trying to get the TV service set up, but couldn’t get the deals they wanted, either — even though competitors, including Dish, AT&T and Google, did. Instead, Apple rolled out a souped-up version of its old Apple TV box in 2015, and announced that the future of TV would be apps — built by other people.

There are indeed lots of TV apps out there, and a handful of them — like ESPN’s new app that lets you watch four screens at once — take advantage of Apple’s hardware. But that hasn’t been enough to get everyone to buy the box.

In fact, for the last couple of years, you could argue that Apple TV owners were at a disadvantage, because Amazon didn’t have a native app for Apple TV, because Apple and Amazon couldn’t come to terms.

Apple seems to have agreed: It has worked out a deal with Amazon and will bring an Amazon video app to the box sometime this year*. Again: That will simply bring Apple’s box back to parity with the competition.

The flip side: Just because TV isn’t working out for Apple right now doesn’t mean it won’t be important someday. The company’s next big run at TV should start to show up in the next year or so, as it begins to deploy the $1 billion budget it has earmarked for original shows, produced by a team imported from Sony this summer. Maybe some of those will help move the needle.

* Though sources say the app may not be live in time for next month’s product launch.”

Source: Recode

 

Facebook paid to have first-rights to series

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Two companies said they were paid between $10,000 to $25,000 per episode for their shows. They’ll also receive 55 percent of the ad revenue while Facebook takes the rest.

In a move that could be seen as a direct competitive move to YouTube, paid series have to debut episodes on Facebook, according to the publishers. However, they are allowed to move episodes off-platform to their own owned-and-operated players or YouTube after a certain period of time. Though Facebook was encouraging publishers to use their player off-site, the goal is to get as many people watching Facebook shows on Facebook itself, multiple sources said.

Facebook has just made a case to increase the cost of advertising on the Internet. In a brazen move the corporate behemoth started paying content creators for a limited time license to their content. In a statement

If Facebook succeeds in getting more people to watch its original series on its platform, it could help the company solve a major issue they are facing: Having too many ads. The company has acknowledged its NewsFeed is growing overstuffed with ads. If people watch shows, they’ll be spending more time on Facebook. That would allow the company to charge more for ads because users are more engaged, without having to increase the number of ads on the platform.

The Internet moves quickly.

It’s time to position.

Too many options for big brand creators, not enough for small to medium sized creators

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

This is pulled from the Spotify website:

 

podcast distribution challenge

not.TV solves this challenge!

(as a side note, this webpage describes how to get your content on Spotify)

Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Google invest in Blockchain

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
Image Courtesy: virgin.com

Image Courtesy: virgin.com

Excerpt from Virgin.com:

What we like is that the Blockchain team, run by co-founders Peter Smith and Nic Cary, have built a platform that will allow them to be the custodian of any digital assets should alternate use cases of blockchain technology reach critical mass.

Read the full article: https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/investing-blockchain

Excerpt from CNBC:

The investment comes at a time of rising interest in cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin, which recently hit a record high and has seen a massive rally since the start of the year.

Read the full CNBC News Article: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/22/bitcoin-wallet-startup-blockchain-raises-40-million-from-google-richard-branson.html

 


%d bloggers like this: