Netflix has been doing some great things as of late. On top of them already hitting the
$2 billion mark and adding an exclusive deal with Disney, they've been getting help indirectly from their main competitor, Hulu, who has seen some serious troubles in recent weeks.
This week Netflix hooked up with CBS to stream some of the shows on its network, though none seem to be current on-air episodes. This two-year deal will include shows like
Medium, Flashpoint, Frasier, Cheers and Hawaii Five-O and includes a two-year extension option for CBS when the deal nears its completion. CBS seems to be excited about this deal, which could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the company.
At a time where the next deal could be the make-or-break for either company, it seems like Netflix keeps going up and Hulu is just down in the dumps at this point. Things could turn around in the blink of an eye, especially in this new market with lots of potential. Good streaks can either come to an end abruptly or see a ton of success for a very long time. I hope Netflix can keep doing what's got them to the dance and I wish Hulu would get back on the ball and start making some better moves forward.
It seems like every week I have Spotify updates for everyone. Starting in January, I mentioned
Spotify would make its way from Europe to the US very soon. So far, the streaming music company has finalized a deal with Sony and EMI and has even hinted at arriving the the US sooner than we think. The only problem holding them back was the ability to land a significant deal with another big record label, which would force analysts to consider Spotify as a serious competitor. That is, until now.
Want to know who Spotify scooped up this week? Hit the break.
Mobile Apps started to become advertised around 2007 along with the iPhone and the concept was adopted very quickly resulting in mobile apps spreading to almost every mobile OS imaginable. Today iOS has over 350,000, Android has
around 270,000, BlackBerry boasts over 65,000 and let's not forget about WebOS or Windows Phone 7 who are continuously climbing the ladder. According to Forrester Research, revenue generated by customers purchasing apps will hit $38 billion in 4 years. The current revenue generated is around $5.5 billion, meaning that Forrester expects a 7 fold increase by 2015. They also attribute part of the mobile apps future success to a new category of apps that will store information via the cloud making the information easily accessible on many devices. There are already some Apps utilizing the cloud such as Evernote, but the trend is just beginning.
Hit the break to get the 411 on the future of mobile apps.
We've talked in the past about
the benefits and issues from Android's lack of approval process for apps. This week, the fears we had about the process came true when Google was forced to remove 50+ apps from the Android Marketplace for containing malware. Yes, there are now distributed viruses and bots for Android.
While other OS developers have known that anytime data can be installed to a device from outside the developer's direct control there can and will be malware, Google seemed to think that they were above it. Microsoft doesn't include a web browser on their Xbox 360 console just for this reason. Google, however, was brought kicking and screaming into the real world when as many as 200,000 devices became infected with DroidDream, a rootkit malware, installed through these apps.
To find out what happened and how Google responded, hit the break.
Here's a story for the crazy bin - according to sources inside RIM, the company is planning on launching its BlackBerry Messenger service on Android and iOS devices in the near future. My first thought in hearing this news was that it seemed like nonsense. BBM is what keeps BlackBerry handsets in customers' hands at this point. It's certainly not handset design, minus the Torch, or OS design.
So, what would BBM on Android or iOS mean for RIM? It would certainly mean they would have the ability to completely own the messaging space on 3 of the top 5 mobile platforms. Companies like WhatsApp and Kik wouldn't stand a chance against the powerful features that BBM brings to the table. Their success, however, is entirely based on how well they market the product.
Wait, that seems to be all they are advertising lately. Every time I turn around I am seeing a commercial on television touting the benefits of BBM in the real world. Could this be an indication that they are going to be expanding the application's reach? How about the disastrous
hiring portal that RIM created only 2 months ago? Are they expecting to hire a lot of new people to develop these apps?
How could RIM fail at this? Hit the break to find out.
Sometimes in wandering the Interwebz, I encounter things I just need to share. This week, I encountered a video where a man with WAY too much time on his hands decided to create a virtual machine in VMWare and try to install every version of Microsoft Windows, in order, straight through and see what happened.
He started with an installation of MS-DOS 5.0, which was required for most of the early Windows installations to work. He then installed Windows 1.0 over top, since Windows was merely a GUI shell until Windows 2000. From there, it was upgrade after upgrade; never a clean installation.
At Windows 2.0 he set a desktop and titlebar color scheme that was definitely unique, and that scheme was carried through right up until Windows XP. In Windows 3.0, he created a program group from some DOS applications he had installed, like
Monkey Island and Doom II, which were surprisingly carried through the modern Windows 7. That's over 25 years of software compatibility. You can't say that for all computers.
If you're a big Windows fan and have 10 minutes to watch the process, hit the break and see the compatibility wonderment.