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elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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reply to 88615298

Re: TV Brick wall

said by 88615298:

said by elray:

Those comfortable with the existing distribution model aren't going to bite the hands that feed them by starting a race to the bottom, and most are smart enough not to attempt to do distribution themselves.

The same stupid mindset thought it was genus idea to kill off the VCR. How would their businesses be today if they had actually won their case?

I wasn't complimenting their business acumen, only explaining it.

Companies are willing to take risks, but they do so with the intent of making greater profits, not exposing themselves to headaches for less money, which is the outlook for anything that resembles the ala-carte fantasy model that forum members pine for.

There are a few ways to do new distribution that are win-win for all the players and the consumer, but that would require a buy-in from all stakeholders, and that's like herding cats to take a swim. Ain't gonna happen.


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join:2004-07-28
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They thought home video wasn't going to make money either. Now they wouldn't even exist without it. It took then over a decade to embrace it. I remember even into the mid 80's you could really only rent VHS tapes as buying them cost $100 or more. That was to prevent people from buying. And people complain about a $25 blu-ray. As soon as they lowered the price to where people would buy these companies made BILLIONS. They could have made BILLION for over the previous decade if they hadn't been so bull headed. Now surely those guys are dead or retired and you'd think this next generation of media CEOs would get it. I guess we'll have to wait until these media companies are run by guys who are currently in their teens or 20's.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
said by 88615298:

They thought home video wasn't going to make money either. Now they wouldn't even exist without it. It took then over a decade to embrace it. I remember even into the mid 80's you could really only rent VHS tapes as buying them cost $100 or more. That was to prevent people from buying. And people complain about a $25 blu-ray. As soon as they lowered the price to where people would buy these companies made BILLIONS. They could have made BILLION for over the previous decade if they hadn't been so bull headed. Now surely those guys are dead or retired and you'd think this next generation of media CEOs would get it. I guess we'll have to wait until these media companies are run by guys who are currently in their teens or 20's.

Again, I concur. There are a couple ways to change the model, such that all parties concerned win - consumers get what they want, and all the players make more money.

But neither the customers, nor the industry are going to agree to such a move, as each has their own exclusive vision of the future.

It isn't a question of the age of the management.