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clrmoney
clrmoney
11/29/2016 4:11:39 PM
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OTT challenges big companies
I think that over the top may have a chance with the big companies like Amazon that is for retail shopping and netflix is for online videos etc.  It may be a challenge but we'll see and keep a look out on that.

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afwriter
afwriter
11/29/2016 5:43:44 PM
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Cost and Population
I would still guess that Amazon and Netflix are in some trouble because of the sheer population of the continent, more people leads to more competition, and if they are offering the same kind of content at $3 - $5 less than Netflix people are going to flock to the cheaper option. 

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dlr5288
dlr5288
11/29/2016 10:11:59 PM
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Re: Cost and Population
I agree. I think a big portion of people will lean towards the side of cheaper prices than familiarity.

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afwriter
afwriter
11/29/2016 11:09:10 PM
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Re: Cost and Population
The only issue would be content.  Cheaper packages are worth nothing if they are not delivering at least close to the same kind of content as Netflix. 

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dlr5288
dlr5288
11/30/2016 12:17:31 AM
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Re: Cost and Population
Very true. As long as the content is somewhat of the same the consumers will lean more towards the cheaper prices!

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faryl
faryl
11/30/2016 12:19:55 AM
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Re: Cost and Population
I agree. Even "free" doesn't have much value if there isn't content worth watching.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
11/30/2016 3:18:46 AM
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Re: Cost and Population
@afwriter - do you know if Netflix adjusts its content at all for region specific cultures? While there is no doubt some overlap, I am sure Asian cultures are pretty interested in watching content that was created in Asia - though to be fair I don't look for those types of titles in my Netflix, maybe they already exist there? Another aspect to consider is quality and speed, I think I'd rather watch a B movie with a good quality picture and not a lot of lag than an A movie that sits and buffers for 5 minutes every 5 minutes because the website can't handle the traffic. 

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Adi
Adi
11/30/2016 6:20:14 AM
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Re: Cost and Population
@elizabethtv - Yes, all providers have to, because most content is licensed per territory. So US rights are different - sometimes even from Canadian rights, much less Indonesia or Thailand.

Obviously that doesn't apply for original content, which is part of the reason Netflix is spendng so much on their own content -- they can sell anything anywhere without endless bureaucracy and negotiations. 

But also, providers try to get content that would be more appealing to the terriroty, with local content, or even content that has more local relevance, like a Hollywood film which features a local star. 

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Adi
Adi
11/30/2016 6:24:55 AM
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Re: Cost and Population
@elizabethtv - yes, in previous Heavy Reading research buffering and rebuffering were rated as the most frustrating aspects of online video by consumers. I suspect Netflix will do better than others, particularly when it comes to higher resolutions formats -- HD and eventually 4K.

But how much will that matter -- if the resolution is decent enough, and buffering is minimal, I'm not sure video quality will trump content quality/relevance. And lets keep in mind, these are well-backed organizations - Sky, a significant investor in iflix, runs Sky Go and Now TV, which are both high-quality subscription based multiscreen services in fairly discerning markets like UK, Italy and Germany. And Singtel and PCCW both have their own multiscreen services running in their markets for many years, and as telecom incumbents, have plenty of network expertise.

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afwriter
afwriter
11/30/2016 11:20:20 AM
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Re: Cost and Population
@Adi to your point on Canada, I remember reading something about how they are going to be getting some of the bigger Disney films (Star Wars) before the U.S. because of licensing. 

@elizabethv I think Adi explained it quite well (like he always does) but something that is quite interesting that you can see on Netflix is that South Korean dramas are becoming a big thing in the States and I am fairly sure that Netflix has even commisioned a few of their own. 

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