Friday, August 24, 2012

Apple's $1 Billion Patent Mega-Win -- What Does It Mean?

Yeah, right -- like Apple needs another $1 billion ....

What does this ridiculously large verdict mean?  It means that this federal jury -- which clearly was in a hurry to reach a verdict prior to the weekend -- has just emboldened patent plaintiffs everywhere to keep marching forward on their litigious and generally wasteful ways.

Does this verdict foster creativity, or does it stifle it?

What do YOU think?

Couldn't that $1 billion be put to better -- more productive -- pursuits?  Like jobs?  Creative jobs?  Is this what Jobs has wrought?

No iTV This Year -- Apple, Buy DISH Networks!

Cues (Eddy Cue, SVP Internet Software & Services, that is) hint to there being no revolutionary Apple "iTV" launch this year after all.  This apparently is not for a lack of trying.

Apple/Cue continues to believe that unbundling programming packages -- i.e., offering ESPN individually to consumers, as one example -- is a key part of any revolutionary new television "experience."  And, Apple does not enter markets unless it can disrupt experiences.

As I wrote recently, perhaps it's time for Apple to "Think Different" about how it goes about solving its continuing content woes?  Perhaps Apple should use its cash hoards to buy-out DISH Networks (here is the link to that detailed post)?

Maybe some stealth move already is in process and Cue's cues to analysts are a good-old Apple mis-direction play -- one of its oldest tricks in the book ....

NPD STUDY: 25% of Consumers View Online Content on TVs Weekly

Fascinating new research study published by the good folks at NPD DisplaySearch -- 25% of consumers now say they watch online content on their connected TVs at least weekly (and a whopping 18% daily)!  Most viewed content is what you would expect -- premium professionally-produced video in the form of movies.

Since we are still extremely early in the online video market opportunity, this portends well for enablers in the premium video eco-system, including transcoding-focused companies like Sorenson Media.  Multi-screen is fundamentally dependent upon transcoding technology -- at the absolute core.