Online Videos & Playing Into Apple’s Hands

9 thoughts on “Online Videos & Playing Into Apple’s Hands”

  1. It seems to me there is a need for BMI or equivalent that negotiates and collects fees from You Tube and the like for the use copyrighted material. Instead of somehow thinking that they can stop piracy, the MPAA and RIAA should realize that there is a great deal of money to be made by letting the customer do what he wants and collecting pennies here and there. While some people like the thrill of the chase and will go to any lengths to get the forbidden free stuff, most will pay a little for convenience and quality — especially if the tariff comes in the form of being subjected to advertising.

  2. Apple’s iPod/iTunes dominates the market because it provides a stress free (some call it integrated) experience for the end user.

    Apple also doesn’t care if they make any money on the music store.

    They make their money by selling iPods at 60% gross margins not music tracks at 12% gross margins.

  3. Even though we have so many video sharing sites but none of them are working to provide those content on the TV as far as I know.

    To me, unless people can watch those videos on the TV it’s hard to monetize it. Here, I’m not exactly talking about the IP TV, but to buy and organize videos at home and streaming it to TV.

    Still, I can do it using Home Media Server but to average user it’s much work. Let’s hope someone will provide these integrated solution.

  4. “Apple also doesn’t care if they make any money on the music store.

    They make their money by selling iPods at 60% gross margins not music tracks at 12% gross margins.”

    I disagree: Apple cares about profits with all of its products.

    They make 20-30% net margins on iPods and a small profit on the iTMS. Apple got the iTMS profitting (even if negligible) in less than a year; no other store has done so.

    Apple knows that the device market can change and the iPod profits may not always be there. The media will. Apple can fully foresee the future where the store is more important (and profitable) than the device.

  5. It does seem like the explosion of video hosting sites helps to validate the new generation of services that can aggregate video from multiple sources, such as Dabble and DemocracyTV/VideoBomb.

    At Magnify.net, we’re building a service that combines this concept with a targeted channel model, so that anyone can create their own site that re-aggregates topical videos from various hosting sources — with so many sites hosting video clips, the best videos on any subject you’re interested in are likely to be scattered across the Internet, so Magnify provides a way to gather them together and share them with a more focused community.

  6. Well, Apple may have tried to take the online videos market share back then, but now, three years later, its basically a Youtube dominated online video market. However, to this day, Youtube has failed to profit yet and they may never do it, so, IMHO, overall, the market is still wide open.

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