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  • ESPN letting go of top personality Simmons [View news story]
    Simmons should go independent, but one of these places will overpay for him to make a splash. Simmons' is one of the most popular media members in the business, but that doesn't translate to profits. Yahoo! Sports, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, SB Nation, Deadspin, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports all do more traffic than Grantland. His Grantland Basketball Hour just aired Thursday May 7th and it was the 8th highest rated show on ESPN that day; Pardon the Interruption (930K viewers), 30 For 30: Bad Boys repeat (773K), SportsCenter, (5 editions of SC had higher ratings than GBH, 11 Eastern, 12AM, 6PM, 1 AM and 2AM, they all averaged 581K viewers), Around the Horn (579K), SEC Storied Shaq & Dale repeat (579K), NFL Live (470K) First Take (443K and this aired on ESPN2), Highly Questionable (435K) and finally GBH (431K). GBH had the benefit of a 6PM SC lead-in which had 615K viewers, GBH lost 184K eyeballs. On FS1 what would the ratings of Simmons' special look like 300K-400K at most? Not to mention Fox doesn't have the rights to the NBA, Simmons' favorite sport and the one he's the most knowledgeable on, so that's a weird fit. Bill should go independent and start his own site where he owns everything, have content up for free and charge like $3-5 dollars a month for extra videos and stuff. He won't have corporate money backing him, but he also will be free corporate politics.

    The Simmons' & ESPN partnership was mutually beneficial, Simmons' brought a fresh young voice to ESPN and ESPN gave a lot of money and resources to develop those ideas he had. People will continue to watch the NFL, NBA and MLB on ESPN with Simmons' gone, but how will Simmons' work/creativity suffer without Mickey Mouse's wallet? It will be interesting to find out.

    *Traffic stats from Alexa, Ratings data from
    May 9, 2015. 05:34 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google: Why YouTube Needs Ads-Free Premium Subscription [View article]
    I don't think enough people will pay for a service that eliminates YouTube ads, especially when you can skip YouTube ads if you wait 5 seconds.
    Apr 18, 2015. 10:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • I Guess Netflix Trades Exclusively On Subscriber Numbers [View article]
    How are subs. like you hurting Netflix? you pay them for nothing.
    Apr 16, 2015. 10:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix jumps 12.7% on strong subscription growth [View news story]
    Crazy jump for this quarter, but long term NFLX will be fine. People are pointing out HBO as the new threat to kill NFLX, they did the same with Amazon, Blockbuster, and Hulu etc., but NFLX and HBO can both survive people go to HBO for different things. Currently people go to HBO for the channel's original content people go to NFLX for NFLX's original content AND the ability to catch up with on shows on other networks. Because HBO is now over the top they aren't going to suddenly buy the digital rights to The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Scandal, or the Blacklist, all four of these shows are currently on Netflix. Both companies will do fine and be able to live together in this space, like they have been ever since NFLX started streaming.
    Apr 15, 2015. 04:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix: The Real House Of Cards [View article]
    Also a good chunk of Netflix's viewing comes from people catching up on TV shows, HBO isn't going to pay to license Better Call Saul, Scandal, The Walking Dead etc. I see these two being more complementary than competitive.
    Apr 12, 2015. 11:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Zynga CEO Mattrick leaving; Pincus taking over [View news story]
    These Farmville, Candy Crush, Angry Bird games are fads none of them can have a steady stream of hits. And it's bad to invest in a company that needs hit after hit after hit each year to survive. I think an established video game company like Nintendo could kill in this market, but they don't want to be in it.
    Apr 9, 2015. 09:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix: The Real House Of Cards [View article]
    I may be wrong but I don't see HBO and Netflix being competitors, the author pointed out earlier that NFLX and HBO both currently have a healthy subscriber base. Are people suddenly going to start canceling NFLX when HBO goes over the top? I don't think one service will end up replacing cable, a bunch of services will. I think consumers will sign up for 3-5 of these over the top services at a time, it won't be Netflix or HBO it will be Netflix and HBO and Sling.
    Apr 4, 2015. 10:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix content: Renewed 'House of Cards,' rebooted 'Full House'? [View news story]
    TV Guide says Spacey was making 500K an episode (13 total episodes), the NY Post said he made 9 million
    Apr 2, 2015. 08:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dish asks cord-cutters how does $20 per month sound? [View news story]
    ESPN alone costs about $7 a month
    Jan 5, 2015. 06:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon reportedly working on ad-supported streaming service [View news story]
    Better is a subjective word, Hulu had 57% of the top 75 tv series (organized by ratings) last year, Netflix had 20% while Amazon had 9%. Comparing movies:
    "Netflix provides more recent titles — with 10 of the 50 box-office leaders from 2013, versus three for Amazon — while Amazon’s library includes more top movies that are two years old, according to the report. Of the top 50 movies for each of the last three years, Netflix has 12%, Redbox Instant by Verizon has 7%, Amazon Prime has 6% and Hulu Plus has 1%"

    While you may think Netflix or Amazon have better content, they have the most popular content (when it comes to tv).
    Nov 22, 2014. 06:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon reportedly working on ad-supported streaming service [View news story]
    no Hulu hasn't it, Netflix does 20x more traffic than Hulu, iTunes is paid another service that does traffic than Hulu, even Amazon's service currently does more traffic than Hulu. Not to mention NFLX earns more revenue than Hulu, Hulu says they earned 1 Billion in revenue last year, Netflix did 1.18 Billion in the 4th Q of 2013.
    Nov 21, 2014. 10:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nielsen's Decision To Measure Ratings Could Impact Netflix, Amazon Stock [View article]
    It's worth noting that these ratings won't count mobile viewing at first.
    Nov 21, 2014. 12:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix a big part of a new Verizon promotion in NYC [View news story]
    And they are offering the $150 gift card to see how money works? I don't see your logic, wouldn't it make more sense for them to create a service and offer that for free? And VZ was just in a venture with Redbox for an online service so it's not a foreign thing for them.

    Also it seems like you can still order Directv through Verizon
    Oct 27, 2014. 01:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon launches $39 Fire TV Stick [View news story]
    They should stop with these devices
    Oct 27, 2014. 12:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bad News Continues To Pile Up At Amazon [View article]
    I don't see how AMZN's long term plan can hold up, they are trying to undercut the competition and build good-will through things like Prime. But that good-will isn't buying them anything, as of now people are not buying Fire Phones or Fire TVs because Amazon gave them a nice discount on a laptop and included free 2 day shipping. And if they raise prices competition is a click away, it's hard to create this monopoly they ultimately need to be successful on the Internet.
    Oct 24, 2014. 02:22 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment