Former federal CTO Aneesh Chopra joins the show today to talk wireless policy and what the heck happened with SOPA/PIPA; we dish on what really happened with Molly's Galaxy Nexus; and the address book uploading controversy that just won't end. Plus, Into It/Not Into It, and one angry, angry voice mail. Good to be back!
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INTO IT NOT INTO IT:
Sam in Cleveland calls in about Redbox
Chris calls with iPhone 5 rumors
Spencer from Texas calls in about Facebook
Hey Buzz Crew,
It's interesting to note that Redbox's move to purchasing DVD's upfront from distributors in order to avoid the studio-windows is exactly the opposite of what Netflix did in 2000. Netflix switched from upfront purchases through distributors to a revenue-sharing model with the major studios. The revenue sharing model allowed Netflix to grow its library cheaply and keep stock in highly-demanded movies, but the overall cost was higher with the revenue-share; furthermore, the studios have taken more of Netflix's competitive advantage by implementing windowed releases in their current deals.
I think Redbox is making a great move, because over the rental life of a DVD this represents decreased revenues for the studios, so maybe they'll start to move away from the windowed release.
Full disclosure: I own stock in Coinstar, Redbox's parent company.
Love the show, and keep up the great work!
Jon in Orlando
tpettyrox in Chat
""Talking on this phone is like holding a waffle up to your face"" - Buzz Out Loud
""It's large size is a pain to hold and you'd be better off if you have gorilla sized hands"" - Brian Tong (prize fight)
Am I talking about the Galaxy Note? Actually I am talking about the HTC HD2 when it came out. It was one of the first phones with a 4.3?" screen and I remember cnet making a little fun out of it even though today 4.3?" screens are the preferred size on android phones Now the Galaxy Note is coming and again cnet seems to have size issues from I have seen and read. In your podcast, please do not knock non-iPhone phones for delivering what Apple refuses to do, which is choice.
You guys (and many others) have complained a lot about Android fragmentation over the past two or so years. However, I think the real problem lies not in the software, but with how people think of Android. That's right - you're thinking about it wrong! (RIP Steve.) Right now, people think about all phones running Android as Android phones. That sounds like it makes sense, but then people start to complain about Android phones being too different, phones not getting updates, etc. Instead, if people start calling Samsung phones running Android ""Samsung phones"", Motorola phones running Android ""Motorola phones"", and HTC phones running Android ""HTC phones"", the fragmentation will seem less existent. To me, the only ""Android phones"" are Nexus devices. This way, custom user interfaces seem less intrusive, because you're not using a Google device, but rather an HTC, Samsung, or Motorola device. For example, whenever I look at an LG phone running Android, I would be infuriated if I thought of an Android phone ruined by LG's custom skin. However, if I just think of it as an LG phone with Android just as the underlying software, I can accept it. I still won't buy it, but I won't be as angered if it never gets updated past Gingerbread, because it's not actually an ""Android phone"". Doesn't Android seem nicer now?
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