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Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39
reply to pfsmith

Re: What's to debate?

Hollywood content licensing is an obnoxious minefield, and I'd assume some at Microsoft wonder why get into that business when you can layer someone else's Internet video services on top (Hulu, Netflix).


pfsmith

join:2006-11-16
Lafayette, IN
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said by Karl Bode:

Hollywood content licensing is an obnoxious minefield, and I'd assume some at Microsoft wonder why get into that business when you can layer someone else's Internet video services on top (Hulu, Netflix).

Sure, every business model has it's cost... but surely there's profit in it... even if it's a slight loss-leader the extra marketing leverage from such a feature would be HUGE, right?

I just don't understand why the debate... MS has obscene amounts of cash just laying around - it's not like they had to pick and chose where to put their scarce capital... they could have EASILY owned the cable cos and the entire TV space if they'd just used the full potential of the _original_ XBOX. Somebody REALLY dropped the ball at MS on this, IMO.


Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

Having watched Hollywood act like anti-innovation boobs for so long, I'm simply saying why there's probably hesitation by some.

I agree with you. I've always thought the game console vendors were in the best position to take over the Internet video market since the appliances are already in the home -- and are clearly evolving into "do it all" devices.


rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Isn't the fierce debate obvious? Per the article they already make IPTV solutions for carriers. If they do their own TV thing, aren't they now competing with them?

If I was using an IPTV solution in my plant and suddenly all my XBox user's cut the video cord, I'd be pissed when I discovered my bed partner had a concubine in an apartment that I funded.

From a consumer perspective they should absolutely do it but the conflict within seems obvious. However, this wouldn't have stopped Microsoft in the past. Perhaps years in the FTC/DOJ woodshed has finally taken its toll.



Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

they already make IPTV solutions for carriers. If they do their own TV thing, aren't they now competing with them?

Right -- that too..