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Comment: Re: Private networks, HBO and dsl (Score 1) 35 35

I've found HBO go (don't know how different it is than now, or if it's purely market segmentation) to be far inferior at scaling my video bitrate. So I usually get better picture, but more buffering.

Your statement that Netflix buffers more too though leaves me at a loss.

Comment: Re: I'll tell you how- they're turning the interne (Score 1) 192 192

Especially when the homescreen has a slider of content I'm likely to not know about (new for example) on a slider.

The video ads I think are a terrible idea, they annoy me on HBO when bingeing, they'll annoy me on Netflix too.

But the interest criticism I don't think is fair.

The know every word part, ugh.

Comment: Re: I'll tell you how- they're turning the interne (Score 1) 192 192

Fwiw, Netflix pays big money to try and make sure it does interest you.

But I agree, for a service that knows we binge watch, it is really negative to the user experiance to see the same stuff over and over.

When watching hulu +, I find the ads worse than the ads on regular television. The same ones over and over, half for hulu plus, which I already have!

Comment: Re: this model is a finite bubble. (Score 1) 141 141

Even the non curated music discovery features of Spotify were nice, but I switched to Google play (for Chromecast support), and love their quick interview for a curated list.

I think people happy with radio will stick to free Pandora (which will need to somehow make enough money on ads to support everyone), and those that like music beyond that will subscribe. The subscription services (Spotify and Google play) are worth more to me than buying CDs, and it's the new music discovery (and music I haven't thought about for a while rediscovery) that do it.

Comment: Re: That's my problem (Score 3, Informative) 141 141

The subscription services are worth about double or triple what I used to spend on music.

The "radio" (hand picked, and automatic), and the music exploration features additionally have value.

I used to spend about $5/month for music (from ages 23 -30 or so, before then it was more, since then, subscription service, also more), I happily pay $10 for the subscription.

It seems unlikely they'll go much lower, unless they cut deals with the cell phone carriers or some such, though I suspect you could be correct, the optimum price could be a little bit lower (or higher too, I'd guess).

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