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  • Amazon launches Prime video subscription platform; Netflix -3.4% (updated)  [View news story]
    Brilliant, where is NetFlix? Oh, they're busy developing original programming.

    I spend around $50 a month on Amazon video content. I spend $9 a month on NetFlix.

    Dec 8, 2015. 10:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Tech Was Dead Wrong About Salesforce.com  [View article]
    From a user standpoint, I can't understand their success. The platform experience reminds me of Windows 3.1.

    We have 70 employees, many using SalesForce, and of that maybe 3 really know what they're doing.

    It's a beast of a system - clunky and complicated. Alternatives like HubSpot CRM are promising and will hopefully prevail. Their interface is intuitive and easy to use for a layman or power user.
    Nov 19, 2015. 10:15 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon opens its first physical bookstore  [View news story]
    The key is "Books will be selected based on customer ratings and pre-orders on Amazon.com" - what better way to stock your store?

    It's about time online customer reviews/ratings were used to influence in-store decisions.

    Interested to see results, and how this model is adopted by others (e.g. restaurants).
    Nov 3, 2015. 10:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Discover cards now come with an on/off switch  [View news story]
    Think about using for online purchases, turning it off as soon as your purchase is complete, eliminating fraud. Even if your number was stolen, they would need to use the card the exact same time you turn it on.
    Apr 15, 2015. 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Court ruling permits Yelp to manipulate ratings  [View news story]
    I've been an avid user (reading and posting reviews) of Yelp for 3 years. There may be a small number of bogus reviews, but most of the time the overall average is spot on. Specifically with restaurants. If you're a great business, you'll get great reviews. Of course, the opposite is true. Simple concept.
    Sep 5, 2014. 10:05 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings says Europe will be a major focus of the company over the next two to three years as he sees the company's streaming service eventually landing in nearly every nation on the planet with the possible exception of the always-problematic China. He takes on the threat of Amazon head on, noting that Netflix spends 3X what Amazon does on content to the benefit of customers and calling Amazon Prime a "confusing mess" with an algorithm that isn't as clever as that of Netflix.  [View news story]
    I have a PlayStation 3, and the NetFlix app (version 2.1) only shows recommendations after the movie has finished. As I said above, Amazon also offers movie trailers with their PlatStation 3 app.

    YouTube just released a new app for the PlatStation 3 as well (back in August), which offers high-def video streaming (which wasn't available in the previous YouTube app).
    Oct 1, 2012. 12:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings says Europe will be a major focus of the company over the next two to three years as he sees the company's streaming service eventually landing in nearly every nation on the planet with the possible exception of the always-problematic China. He takes on the threat of Amazon head on, noting that Netflix spends 3X what Amazon does on content to the benefit of customers and calling Amazon Prime a "confusing mess" with an algorithm that isn't as clever as that of Netflix.  [View news story]
    Agreed-Amazon offer's new/pre-releases (at a premium) which NetFlix doesn't, and the Amazon app (on PlayStation) has a couple more features than Netflix (recommendations for content you like , and movie trailers).
    Sep 26, 2012. 11:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Netflix Is Losing Its Competitive Advantage  [View article]
    There are a few actions NetFlix can take to heighten its competitive advantage;

    - Offer additional paid-for-content – Amazon Prime offers thousands of free streaming (select) movies and TV shows ($79 year, which includes additional benefits on Amazon). For $2.99 up to $14.99 per, you can rent a streaming title. Some titles are not yet released in theaters, others, just released to DVD. The bulk however is old titles. As Prime has done, why not offer newer content at a premium?

    - Develop more original programming – YouTube is organizing its collection of user driven content, and working to make it easier to search/find engaging content, on its web based, and it’s mobile/wifi based hardware systems. YouTube released a new PlayStation 3 app (in August) which simplifies the user experience, but still lacks basic features (effective streaming, resuming, related content, etc…). Can NetFlix develop original content as quickly as YouTube? No, but they can partner with leading content developers on YouTube which expands their library, and provides additional exposure for content authors.

    - Upgrade third party apps – using NetFlix on the iphone or SonyPlaystation is extremely frustrating, while their web based user interface offers many usability features, its apps leave much to be desired. For example, its lacking; recommendations for content you like (SonyPlaystation Amazon Prime app does this well, NetFlix shows you related content after the title is over), cross-referencing/linking of actors, directors, genres, etc…, member reviews, and movie trailers to name a few. As members start upgrading their TV’s and mobile devices, fewer are going to want to develop their Instant Queue on their computer, to then watch on their TV/mobile device. Why not make it easy to do it all from the app?

    Ultimately, as a member to Amazon Prime, NetFlix, YouTube, and Hulu, I spend more of my time on NetFlix. However, I have been spending more money each month on buying new releases and pre-releases from Amazon Instant Video. YouTube offers some great content, but it’s hard to find, and the usability of their app is way behind the curve (compared to Amazon and NetFlix). Hulu, well I just don’t like the interface.

    As Amazon expands their Prime Instant Video library to include more titles, I’d be more likely to cancel my NetFlix account (Amazon has access to newer content, better features, and is at a lower price point).
    Sep 24, 2012. 11:13 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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