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In another chapter of the world has gone mad, the newest enemy of the ISPs and movie studios is Netflix. And who couldn’t understand why. They provide an exceptional service that millions of people want to use and happily pay for, thereby exposing said millions of customers to product that otherwise may have gone un-consumed. All of this while paying a monthly service fee to Netflix AND to their respective ISP. Everybody wins. Right? Read this, and you’ll discover that not everyone feels like a winner in this scenario, no, someone wants to squeeze a few more drops of $ out of this seemingly blissful ecosystem, probably to the point that it no longer can survive.
Came across this piece, over at pugjunk.com by way of Gruber at daringfireball.com. Very astute insight on the war of the fanboys. There is certainly room in the sandbox for everyone to play and there is even a place for those who chose to play outside of the sandbox. I appreciate the forward thinking Storm points out, will we even be using smartphones in future? Hard to imagine no, but 5 years ago it was hard to imagine the iPhone or Android.
Google has just announced a fantastic new product today called Google Motion, which allows users to control their gmail with the use of motion capture with a webcam. Before today I was not much of a gmail user, but this new product is a game changer for me. If you told me yesterday I would wake up this morning and completely rethink my email workflow I’d have called you a fool. Keep ’em coming Google!
The world has officially gone mad. I just read an article on Technologizer.com detailing Warner Bros. plan to join EA in forcing customers who buy their games used to also purchase a separate online pass in order to play the respective games online. All new purchases of the newest Mortal Kombat game will include a pass key that will allow playing of the game online vs other online users, however if you buy the game used, you will need to purchase a new key from Warner Bros to regain this functionality. While I understand the thinking behind this move, Warner and EA want a piece of the used sale, it is out and out ridiculous. It is as if all of companies pulling these kinds of things are just saying to the consumers, “We know our products are not that great, so instead of us spending more money and effort on making a better product, we are going to focus all of our energy on squeezing every last penny out of the crappy products we are making.” Great plan. I am sure that is what Apple and Google and Amazon are thinking when they design and release products.
This country’s economy has survived for hundreds of years with the grey market in place, consumers like being able to turn over goods, and, other less fortunate consumers who can not afford the product at it’s premium new price but are perfectly fine waiting until it is available to them at a lower cost through the grey market make it an efficient ecosystem. All of these consumers WANT to use your product, and while you may not make any money off of their grey market purchase, you are gaining a customer, one that may like your product so much that they may be willing to pay for it new next time they are able to. But do not kid yourself, these consumers that can not afford the new product aren’t just going to bite the bullet and pay for it anyway, they will find something else to do with their hard earned cash. At believe me, people like me, who can afford the product are getting turned off by your antics, so much so, that I won’t buy them either.