I think it also helped Netflix that hardware vendors that make DVD players or video recording hardware like Tivo, advertise their ability to stream Netflix content to any TV.
But personally I don't watch that many movies (or other video for that matter) on my large screen TV. And I find that when I do my local Redbox kiosks are a convenient and cheap way to go. So I hope physical media doesn't become completely obsolete any time soon. Maybe the Redbox DVD kiosks will get replaced by kiosks stocked with USB thumb drives instead.
I think the battle will continue and other players will come in the market, then I am wondering what is the future for other segment as CableTV broadcasting movies for example. Heard for several provider movie providers by cable, revenues are really reducing...
Nemos, The simple answer to your question is that the models are different and Apple's offering in this market isn't as robust as the Netflix option. Consider this: Netflix movies can be watched on the big TV screen and subscribers have the option of getting more than a single movie with one flat fee. In the case of Apple, the movies are often downloaded on other devices like the iPod, the iPad or the iPhone and then hooked up to the big screen. Too many processes, right? Plus, you pay for one movie at a time.
I was surprised to read this because Netflix had so badly handled its transition and I pretty much wrote them off. Of all the companies to out-earn Apple, Netflix wasn't at the top of the list. But even with their rate hike, Netflix is still a bargain. I took toll of how I use these services, and new movies are definitely rental or on-demand, whereas if I am going to purchase a classic, I'll download from iTunes.
By moving to the core of the industry and offerings services that keep the system humming, a group within the electronics market has rendered irrelevant the question of ownership and control of the supply chain.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.