Rogers + Netflix = old media

Unless I’m missing something here, this content deal between Rogers and Netflix might as well be delivered on. Region encoded DVD. Restricting access by country for internet
streaming is remarkably traditional.

Perhaps the other deals that have been struck for Orange is the New Black and Arrested Development might also be region blocked as well actually … Are we making progress or just rebuilding the matrix again?

Standardizing the Second Screen Experience


I love hearing that there’s a new industry standard being sorted by YouTube and Netflix to promote a more open second screen experience. Right now it’s a bit of a mess and you either go all in with Apple (AppleTV + Airplay + iOS) which only works in certain instances – though absolutely works, or you’ve got a set of considerably more limited options. The DIAL Protocol could really offer a very new opportunity for enhanced viewing and app utilization in the living room which is very exciting.

But there are other areas where DIAL actually goes beyond AirPlay’s capabilities. First, the obvious: AirPlay can’t launch any apps on your Apple TV. DIAL will also be able to detect whether an app is installed, and redirect a user to a smart TV’s app store in case it’s missing. Also cool: DIAL will be able to launch web apps on your TV, if the device supports it, which should add a whole lot of new functionality to connected devices.via GigaOm.

Even more interesting is that it’s apparently already out in market, though quietly and waiting to be awakened … I’m surprised there wasn’t more (or any) noise at CES this year … Sony, Samsung, GoogleTV, YouTube and Netflix are a strong start.

HBO’s new deal, means more of the same

Speaking of TV … In what’s being seen as a very strategic maneuver, HBO has re-upped it’s contract with Universal to ensure it maintains exclusive access to the content – through 2022!

So what does this likely mean for us, the consumer? I’d say more of the same. No way to access HBO beyond extending your MSO relationship. Our household isn’t quite ready to cut the cord, though we certainly find plenty “over the top.”

I suppose things would be radically different if we didn’t have to authenticate first on things like the XBox where Cablevision has yet to cut a deal. We can connect the ESPN application which is quite solid, but there’s no way to add in additional content really beyond the usual sources like Netflix etc and that’s not replacing even the moderately poor TV the family enjoys. Without being able to watch Bravo, I’m never convincing the wife there are alternatives.

Netflix looking to become the dial tone for on demand

it is going to take (more than) a few years to replace existing TV’s but as we eventually purchase connected sets, this could be quite a big deal. Way to think big, Netflix! This could make earning default status quite a bit more challenging for anyone else …

Netflix just announced partnerships with most of the major TV makers to add a Netflix button to TV remote controls.
Now instead of messing around with a tv, hitting “input” and trying to find Netflix, you can just hit the Netflix button and it will pop up for select internet connected televisions.
We don’t know how many TV’s will be getting this, but it’s pretty huge for Netflix. Every time someone uses the remote for their new TV they’ll see a little advertisement for Netflix.Business Insiders.

Is online streaming worth the same as you’d pay for cable?

I don’t think so but it looks like HBO and Neflix do according to a survey that’s being sent around to some Netflix streaming customers.  According to the survey, you’d get access to watch HBO original series and movies streamed to your computer or TV (via netflix set top box).

I’ve yet to see a an interent stream come through at the same quality level as my HD signal which would be the bar for me if the price was the same.  Sure there’s a bit of additional flexibility to use many more devices, but you’d also be sacrificing the ability to use your DVR.  On demand somewhat offsets that need, but the playback controls you get with a recorded program are considerbly greater than with the typical tv show streamed – using hulu as an example.  It’s possible that there would be some different rules to apply here, though given the parallel pricing proposed, I’m betting not.