John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss HomePod’s lack of growth in the smart speaker market, plus they look at Netflix’s plan to cut off Apple from in-app subscription purchases.
Netflix is Testing a Way to Avoid iTunes Billing
App Store guidelines say that developers can’t “directly or indirectly target iOS users to use a purchasing method other than in-app purchase.”
Soon You Might See Emergency Alerts on Netflix
Two Senators, one from Hawaii and one from South Dakota, introduced a bill called the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI).
Apple Interface Consistency, Storage Permutations, Walmart Streaming Video - ACM 471
In this age of different devices and platforms, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the lack of consistency in Apple’s interfaces compared to the days when “Apple” meant “Mac.” They also go over some listener feedback (read criticism) about their rant last week on Apple’s storage pricing for new MacBook Pro models. Lastly, they discuss whether not Walmart can make a go in the streaming video market, and how that might actually work.
Deciphering Netflix's Ultra Subscription Tier - TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-05
Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what could be behind Netflix’s test program for a new high end subscription tier.
Check Out Matt Groening's New Series: Disenchantment
Matt Goening gave us The Simpsons, then Futurama, and now Disenchantment. His new animated series is coming to Netflix on August 17th and it takes us back in time to a medieval fantasy world Netflix describes as “the misadventures of a hard-drinking princess, her feisty elf companion and her personal demon.” Good thing I already have a Netflix subscription because I’m in for anything Groening does.
DOJ Approves Disney Acquisition of Fox, Requires Regional Sports Channel Sale
The U.S. Department of Justice approved more media consolidation on Wednesday, as it signed off on Disney acquiring most of Fox Entertainment.
Apple Hires Development Exec Layne Eskridge from Netflix
Ms. Eskridge joins Apple with the title Creative Executive reporting to Matt Cherniss, Head of Development for Worldwide Video.
Netflix Just Signed on the Obama Family for Original Content
Further details are unknown at this time, like when we’ll see this new content.
Amazon's 100M Prime Subscribers are Big for Streaming Content
Amazon has over 100 million Prime subscribers, which means now we know how big a competitor the company really is in the streaming video and music market.