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Posted: October 30, 2014 by David Curry
Rupert Murdoch appeared on the WSJ.D conference earlier this week, with a host of other guests from the technology and business world.
One of the biggest things Murdoch said was the need for a Netflix competitor. He said media giants should work together to create this competitor, to stop Netflix from growing to the point where it has more influence than cable networks.
Cable networks are already feeling the sting of Netflix, with around 40 million subscribers, it has already surpassed one of the most popular paid cable TV broadcasters, HBO, in monthly subscribers.
Hulu Plus has been the streaming service most programmers backed, until it started to fail against Netflix. Comcast, Fox and Disney all had 33 percent share in the streaming provider, but have been actively looking for a buyer for months.
Rupert Murdoch might claim the cable industry needs a Netflix competitor, but to compete against Netflix they need a service which actually provides quality content, not washed up shows from the three companies.
In order to do that, the cable industry needs to cannibalize their own market. They need to give subscribers the option of either cable TV or Internet TV; similar to what HBO are willing to do with the new streaming service coming in 2015.
This might hurt the company in the short term, but imagine all of the great content coming on cable TV, on the Internet. The only problem would be making the Internet customers pay the same amount as regular cable TV buyers.
Al-a-carte systems might be put in place on cable in the new few years, lowering the price for customers - this might open more cable companies to Internet TV, but right now, it would hurt their own market too much to create a genuine competitor to Netflix.
Posted: October 27, 2014 by David Curry
How much does fast Internet speeds mean to you? In the U.K, one-in-five Britons would pay more for a house, if it had fast Internet. In the same survey, a fourth of all people questioned would negotiate for less, if the house had slower Internet speeds.
In 2014, Internet is a big deal breaker. It is part of why urban areas are becoming incredibly popular in developing countries, because of the large amount of jobs and higher Internet speeds, when compared to rural areas.
In the U.K, Internet is not as big of a deal as in the U.S., but people still want the best speeds. The three major broadband providers, BT, Virgin Media and Sky, all provide packages from 5Mbps to 150Mbps.
What exactly is "fast broadband", well, according to most, it is fast enough to stream Netflix and play YouTube videos at 720p. It is fast enough to scroll down Facebook without seeing the loading sign, and fast enough to open more than two tabs at once.
This would come to about 30Mbps - the favorite package on Virgin Media is 50Mbps. On Sky and BT it is a little lower. On some other ISPs it is much lower, like Talk Talk, PlusNet, and EE.
In rural areas, it is hard to even obtain a quarter of that speed - and the U.K has a lot of rural land. This is one of the big pushes in the next ten years, to get broadband across 99 percent of the U.K and into all homes.