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Wal*Mart Vacates Online Video?

August 24, 2007

David Porter is was Wal*Mart’s veep on the high tech video front. Guess he’s working for Dreamworks now.

I get the distinct feeling NetFlix, Blockbuster and Apple are going to get a massive run for their money from someone we haven’t yet met. The space is just too wide open and the market way too young (and ripe) for someone to come in and just plow a lot of fertile field. Tivo? Some network group like Akamai or Bittorrent? Cuban? Wish it’d hurry the hell up! I’d like HD on demand (with some ownership options on the file residing with me personally). Kulabyte could pull this off nicely!

Not a good sign for Wal*Mart’s immediate prospects in the equation anyway. 

Akamai Catches a Red Swoosh

April 12, 2007

Now, who was it just talking up Akamai? Hmm… that would be ME!

I’m still not certain Apple has the equity position they once did in Akamai. Whether they do or not doesn’t really matter. They use the snot out of the service. That’s for sure!

Akamai got one helluva deal on this one. I don’t think congrats are due Red Swoosh as much as Akamai and team.

(Still hoping this means some kind of really good forboding for Apple and iTunes Movies in there somewhere.)

Apple, NAB, This Weekend…

April 12, 2007

So, what’s in store for us this weekend?

The AppleTV’s announced/shipping.
The 8 core bad boy is announced/shipping.
MGM’s in the iTunes store.

What does that leave?

HD content at iTunes Store
Rental of movies at iTunes Store
Final Cut upgrades
Leopard reveals of the “secret” stuff
Possibly some iPhone goodies (like 3G video, etc)

All but the last are really naturals for the show. The only real shock and awe would be if Apple unleashed BitTorrent inside of Leopard. ie. Part and parcel of the operating system. See, we still haven’t figured out why Apple bought that massive hosting facility last year. In fact, all eyes and ears have been deflected from that one. So, it’s classic Apple to misdirect attention away from key activity and then pull a rabbit out of the hat at an opportune moment.

I’m thinking THAT is going to be the mothership for all the iTunes hosting (that coupled with Akamai’s edge hosting).

NAB2007 could wind up being a watershed event for content creation and content delivery. Well, we won’t have to wait long to find out…


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