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Comment Re:No you don't (Score 1) 107

How many mainstream PCs do you know of running Xeon or Opteron CPUs? How many have more than eight physical CPUs in them? How many have more than 32GB of RAM? How many have Tesla, Quadro or Titan X GPUs in them?

That's what I thought.

How many mainstream PC users do you know of needing Xeon or Opteron CPUs? Or more than eight physical CPUs in this? Or more than 32GB of RAM? Or Tesla, Quadro or Titan X GPUs in them? That's what *I* thought.

Seriously, nobody said high end workstations and servers should go away. Just that for most consumers and business users, a laptop on the desk with an external monitor is pretty much covering their needs.

Same way nobody said DSLRs and medium format cameras will ever go away. But the iPhone or Android in most people's pockets suits their needs.

Comment Re:Got a better deal (Score 1) 198

Meanwhile, I watch about 97% of what I download.


"OMG, you're a filthy pirate for downloading our show," wail the production companies' pitbulls.

Here's an idea: make the programs available legitimately at a reasonable price. No DRM and decent quality, same as the "pirate" sites offer. At a reasonable price. Ad-free, same as the "pirate" sites offer. Sweeten things with higher quality video & audio, 5.1 audio and subtitles to encourage payment as an alternative the free "pirate" offerings. And make it available right away. Withhold the DVDs and/or encumber what limited download options you do offer with DRM and you're just pissing in our corn flakes. Nobody likes piss-soaked corn flakes.

Reasonable price + ad free = don't go together. Sorry, but the ads are keeping prices down. I get that you think prices are too high, but they'd be higher still if everything worked the way HBO did. Or your programming wouldn't have ads, but would have sponsors, and would be interrupted from time to time for fund raising, if it worked the way PBS did.

For us, stealing everything just doesn't feel right. Yet we have TV's in places where cable jacks aren't, don't like the bulky cable boxes anyway, etc, and went with Playstation Vue (no Playstation required, you can go with a $40 Roku or Fire TV Stick as a one time per TV purchase). We pay $45, get all the locals (because we're in one of select markets), get just about every channel other than BBC America and CW we care about, the CW now offers their shows free via an app, and have a 30 day cloud DVR so yes, we skip commercials.

Someone will inevitably say but what if I want to watch it 40 days later??? Yup, that's a trade off we made. If it ever did happen, maybe it eventually shows up on Netflix. Maybe I drop $2 on Amazon to watch it. Maybe it just wasn't a life altering all important thing that I couldn't live without.

My concern with pirating, besides the ethical and legal issues, is that if it becomes popular enough, there won't be anything to pirate. If nobody paid for anything, they'd stop making it.

Comment Re:Funny thing is (Score 1) 120

Amazon is simply handling the money portion of the transaction, the seller is the vendor, I'm aware of that when I make the purchase. It is typically shipped directly from the vendor. Often, the vendor is the actual manufacturer.

So, you have a business relationship with Amazon.

Amazon has a business relationship with the vendor.

If I walk into a business that hosts several other merchants (think a jewelry store where 100 vendors pay a small rent and set up shop), or a flea market, and I buy from one of these vendors, my relationship is with them. The fact that one uses Square for payment doesn't change that, any more than I'm a customer of Hulu, even if I downloaded it from the app store and used an in app payment system to subscribe.

Same reason if you walk into a Best Buy, they will price match against Amazon.com after verifying that the seller in question is Amazon itself and not a third party merchant.

At best, one could say I have a relationship with BOTH parties in this scenario.

Comment Re:Network stations (Score 1) 24

Same with PS Vue. Not sure 100% on the count of 8, but it's around there. My understanding is it was relatively easy for these guys to cut a deal with the networks. Which is why you get On Demand the next day wherever in the States you live. It's been torture to cut deals with the Affiliates. So if you live in an area where the network owns the local affiliate, you're good. For example, in Miami, on Vue, we get live NBC, CBS and FOX. ABC is an actual affiliate, so we get OnDemand only. This actually works perfect for us, since there's enough news between the half a dozen or more cable news networks, plus the nightly and Sunday morning news shows on NBC, CBS and FOX to tide us over. And ABC sporting events tend to be live streamed on WatchESPN, so we can even watch basketball, college football, etc.

I suspect in the next year or two you'll see affiliates start to cut deals with guys like Sling, Vue, Apple, Hulu, SFN, etc... as the quality and quantity of programming of originals on Hulu, Prime and Netflix continues to explode, people are going to be more and more willing to live without traditional network shows. My children already don't really have a concept of TV as something different than Netflix. And we travel with a Roku stick when we go to hotels, because they really don't understand why they HAVE to watch commercials anymore. If the affiliates want to survive in their present form, they better license their stations, and quick. Because the monopolies are slowly ending. (And yes, I understand we're still stuck with one or two options for Internet service, but the television monopolies are coming to an end rapidly).

Comment Re:Uh, no. (Score 3, Insightful) 153

Because I routinely buy stuff from Amazon. As an Amazon customer, this offer makes no sense.

To you. To others, however (you realize this isn't creimer.com but slashdot.org) it might. Not looking for either of those phones presently (a little on the low end for me), but I've spent years with ads on my Kindle lock screen, which saved me maybe all of $20 on a Kindle purchase. Never bothered me once, and even bought a couple of things when they were good deals. Discovered a good book to read, and got a great deal on a SanDisk SSD that was advertised with special pricing for Kindle with Ads customers. Personally, I've never used a third party lock screen, nor do I use the lock screen all that much, so yeah, I would consider it if the phone was right.

Comment Re:Limited (Score 1) 83

Streaming really only works today because a majority of video watchers are not using streaming.

Where do you get that figure from? My understanding is that a huge percentage of people watching videos online are doing so via Netflix, Prime, Hulu, YouTube, etc. And with the exception of SOME Prime users (who can download for offline use), that's ALL, 100% streaming. Heck, we already know that Netflix has the single largest share of Internet bandwidth usage at 37%.

In the US we have a very large percentage of internet subscriber that can't download a two hour movie in two hours or less.

??? 4 megabits per second speed translates to roughly 1.8 gigabytes per hour, and it would seem that covers 80% of Americans. Seems like most Americans can download or stream 2 hour movies relatively easily.

It's just practical sense to download during off-peak hours and then watch whenever you want. Helps too if lots of people are downloading the same thing because then you can cache it on a local server, use multicast for a neighborhood, things like that.

Sure, unless you don't always know what you feel like watching ahead of time. Streaming services are popular because if I want to watch House of Cards tonight, but then actually change my mind tonight and want to watch Daredevil, well, no big deal. Offline playback capability is nice, but not the main feature for a lot of us.

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