Media convergence getting into higher gear

Media convergence getting into higher gear

Summary: A few pieces of news indicate how convergence is taking shape between the video and film content providers and the Web. UPN is running a four-day exclusive screening of the first episode of its new show "Everybody Hates Chris" on Google Video.

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A few pieces of news indicate how convergence is taking shape between the video and film content providers and the Web. UPN is running a four-day exclusive screening of the first episode of its new show "Everybody Hates Chris" on Google Video. How long before it runs simultaneously on the Web (IPTV) and on traditional broadcast outlets...and then only as a stream over the Net? The New York Times has a story about Yahoo's efforts to become more of a content provider, and Yahoo Finance is hiring a posse of financial writers. In this context the AOL/Time Warner mash up has a brighter future than most recently thought. In this converging media funnel, the Web aggregators (Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, IAC, AOL, etc.) will increasingly get in bed with the mega (Disney, Viacom, GE, NewsCorp, TimeWarner) and minor moving picture content providers...and eventually convergence in the form of massive mergers will take place among the content aggregators and providers. The long tail will be very long, but concentrated at the head of the tail the few and mighty could dominate even more as the next phase of convergence in the Internet era occurs. Follow the money...

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  • Follow the money

    Hmmm ...

    The economic record strongly suggests that total spending on entertainment is nearly constant, driven almost entirely by the overall health of the economy. "Total spending" includes content, consumer electronics, live performances, recreational activities, etc.

    What the current trends indicate is that the electronics content of that budget is due to increase as Intel and Microsoft move in to suck up their usual share of the margins in the chain and forced obsolescence requires replacement of existing equipment.

    Whether they drain off the margin from other players or not, the dilution effect of more players is the same in kind: smaller pieces of pie for the current entertainment providers.

    It'll be interesting to see how companies like Disney and Viacom fare over the next few years.
    Yagotta B. Kidding