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clrmoney
clrmoney
1/30/2017 10:55:27 AM
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Over the Top did not disrupt
I don't think it is a problem because the video industry have made it easier in a way and I don't think that it made the Pay TV lose something etc.

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afwriter
afwriter
1/30/2017 12:58:45 PM
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Innovators
<the name that was most cited was Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), comfortably ahead of second-placed Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX). Sky (NYSE, London: SKY), YouTube Inc. and the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) finished off the top five. Apple Inc.>

I am surprised that Sony did not make the list over Apple with their own OS as well as original content on Crackle.

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Ariella
Ariella
1/30/2017 1:34:51 PM
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@di I was a bit surprised to see BBC finish off in the top 5. Is all its content accessible to people all over the globe now? 

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Adi
Adi
1/31/2017 5:15:19 AM
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Ariella - The BBC's international arm, BBC Worldwide, is run as a commercial channel or production house outside of the UK. So you can see a lot of BBC content worldwide. Sometimes it's through partnerships and co-productions (as with PBS in the US) for specific shows but it also has a dedicated channel and negotiates carriage with pay-TV providers in several countries.

Also, keep in mind this is a survey of industry executives, not consumers. So there's greater awareness of some of the work the BBC has done, particularly with iPlayer which was well ahead of anyone else in the OTT space. Many technology companies and programmers have hired ex-BBC people, or worked with them as vendors or partners, or just seen case-studies and presentations at events, for example. 

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Ariella
Ariella
2/1/2017 8:55:27 AM
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@Adi thanks for the explanation. One more question on British TV for you. There's iTV, which I know is distinct from BBC and the name behind major hits like "Downton Abbey." Is that a private co that is not included on standard British TV and that any viewers have to subscribe to in order to watch in the UK?

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Adi
Adi
2/2/2017 9:03:44 AM
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Ariella - ITV is the largest commercial broadcast channel in the UK. It is the equivalent of ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX in the US, just as the BBC is like PBS (but with a much, much higher share of TV viewership). 

Of course the way it works in the UK, when you buy a TV or sign up to pay-TV it is assumed that you will watch BBC and therefore you are liable for a TV license fee. You could, in theory, never watch BBC programs, and just watch ITV and other channels, but the TV license folks don't buy that. 

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Ariella
Ariella
2/2/2017 12:03:27 PM
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@Adi I see, so when you watch ITV, you'd see commercials but not when you watch BBC, as the latter is funded? That's the difference between network television and PBS here. 

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Adi
Adi
2/2/2017 12:37:37 PM
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Ariella - yes, that's correct.

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dcawrey
dcawrey
2/5/2017 3:24:10 PM
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Why pay TV certainly has lots of opportunity in the developing world, I think it's a different animal in places like the US. People have many devices they can watch on these days, so it's all about choice. TV service providers have to recognize that. 

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batye
batye
2/5/2017 11:29:44 PM
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@dcawrey good point... I stop watching regular tv long time ago... I prefer to watch my shows online or buy them on DVD from Amazon :) saves a lot of time as I do not have to watch add's

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batye
batye
2/5/2017 11:27:43 PM
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@Ariella interesting point my wife always prefer watching PBS over regular programing as she could not sstand commercials interaptions...

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Ariella
Ariella
2/6/2017 8:43:32 AM
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@batye I can understnad that. Even though people actually look forward to seeing the Super Bowl commercials because a lot of effort goes into those expensive slots, eeryday commercials do tend to be repetitive and dull. That's another reason why people prefer to stream their programs.

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batye
batye
2/6/2017 9:06:32 AM
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@Ariella for me I just value my time and I prefer to pay for DVD's for the shows I want to avoid spending time on watching commercials... 

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Ariella
Ariella
2/6/2017 9:10:01 AM
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@batye there's that option, too. And for the really thrifty, it's possible to wait for their local libraries to acquire the discs and check them out from there at no charge. I noticed my library keeps expanding its collection of things beyhond books, and that may just signal a general shift in expectations that redefine what a library is to be. 

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batye
batye
2/6/2017 9:26:02 AM
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@Ariella  good idea, thank you... I buy my DVD's on Amazon during sales and in the trift shop... as library is too far in my area...

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Ariella
Ariella
2/6/2017 9:43:27 AM
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@batye I've grown very spoiled with my library. It's within walking distance. But I don't really check out DVDs any more. The past couple of times I've tried, they proved to be damaged and didn't play. So we still use the library primarily the old-fashioned way, checking out books. Stil, I can't help noticing the differences in offerings, including e-books and tablets preloaded with popular books. Perhaps there will be a new IoT category opening up specifically for libraries that encompasses the various forms and media that now pass through a system that once was synonomous with paper books. 

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batye
batye
2/6/2017 11:21:17 AM
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@Ariella I think you are right :) but in my are technology is not here yet to share e-books via library... I do hope with time it will get better...

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/31/2017 10:01:29 PM
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Yes, that is an interesting question. Would love to know the answer.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/31/2017 10:03:55 PM
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Amazon and Netflix topping the list is no surprise as we are able to see that already.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/30/2017 7:13:20 PM
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OTT - Providers
I have to wonder if the giants are dominating the OTT market because they have the content and the power to do so, and the littler guys will just always struggle. I think CBS All Access might be struggling with their version of OTT. Since I had previously tried it and then canceled my subscription (the show I really care about I can watch for free from their website) and now they just emailed me and asked if I wanted to try another month free. Not sure if they changed something and now think another month free might persuade me to keep them or what. Either way, I wasn't that easily convinced. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
1/30/2017 9:02:28 PM
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Elizabeth,

I think that's pretty much a safe bet. In nearly every other field of entertainment, the "big guys" turn out to be big in large measure because they're willing to do what it takes to be popular -- and vice versa, because a big entertainment company can't make a living on niche products.  So it makes sense that what people want to watch via OTT is pretty much what they want to watch via any other economic delivery system, and unsurprisingly, having ready access to what's already popular is a crushing advantage for OTT systems that have hooks to the already-big.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
1/31/2017 3:34:13 PM
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@JohnBarnes - You're right, the other smaller OTT services are much more niche oriented than all-encompassing avenues for entertainment. CBS ALL ACCESS for instance, really only shows CBS shows, old and new. Which sounds great, but my dedication to CBS isn't exactly hours worth of endless entertainment. Sure, I enjoy some shows. And back in the day (when I was like 14 and a massive nerd) I would watch Dr. Quinn and Touched by An Angel and Walker, Texas Ranger and Early Edition, but I don't even know which of those shows made the CBS OTT line-up, and I do know Dr. Quinn is available on Amazon Prime. So is it worth me paying a monthly fee so I can have that access? Not even close. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
1/31/2017 9:28:20 PM
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Elizabeth,

Not only are most people not all that radical in their tastes or desires to explore, but one of the major components of entertainment for many people is talking about/sharing it with others (though of course there's the indie/hipster game of sharing it with a small group rather than everyone). So in entertainment, always, the big get bigger, both absolutely and relatively (until they get replaced, but even then the really big things have longer afterlives; consider how many fans there are for shows that have been off the air for decades, book series whose authors are long dead, etc.) So OTT may provide many niche opportunities but ultimately and overall it's goig to fatten the already fat. The long tails of the chain bookstores, and then of Amazon, revived the backlists of hundreds of thousands of writers, some long dead -- but they lifted bestsellers to heights never before seen.

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