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sfsmiley
April 1st, 2009, 08:49 PM
well quite obviously they couldnt think of this on their own.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2344262,00.asp?kc=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530
so after giving boxee permission to stream hulu programming through its interface, they revoke permission "because of their content providers" lol, what a joke. why didnt you just say " uh..... i cant think of ideas on my own..... so .... hey.. social networking looks like a nice idea that we didnt think of, lets tell boxee to hit the road, and then we'll do it too!

PHermas
April 2nd, 2009, 05:06 PM
as much as i'd like to slam hulu on this boxee didn't really invent social networking either.

rgreen
April 6th, 2009, 11:03 AM
As much as we all want our content today (not tomorrow), Hulu is not where we will be getting it in the long run. They've just done the best job of creating a great interface (easy and free) and aggregating content. If I was a betting man, my horse (longterm) would be Boxee and not Hulu.

While the "Boxee Hulu episode" has many layers and reasons, it's pretty obvious that the key point of dispute is in the revenue that the networks make from the ad revenue- bottom line. And if too many hands are reaching in that ad pie, the value proposition of putting your content online and syndicating that content online is less appealing for the networks. Because Hulu takes a big chunk of that revenue, the Hulu model becomes less appealing for the network/studio chiefs if they can reach the consumer directly.

I think when the networks funded Hulu, they had no idea how successful it would become so they didn't think it would cannibalize their core broadcast revenues. now that they see that their little "100 million dollar test" has the potential to really have long term damage on their balance sheets, they are in "damage control mode." And Boxee is a casualty of that (but seems like it may be resolved with the new version nontheless)

But if the networks were getting 100% of that revenue by directly reaching the boxee community through establishing their own app/ feed (versus going through Hulu), it would be a different story. Obviously CBS has come to the same conclusion as evidence by their boxee feed.

So in the end all the networks and studios would be foolish not to create Boxee apps and collect 100% of ad revenue and would be foolish to go through hulu to get to Boxee community with only 40-50%. Boxee will succeed in the longterm and Hulu will not because of the pure economics. Why would you cut your revenue in half if you don't need to.

So I say "Thank you Hulu for proving the model" Randall

AlexNC
April 6th, 2009, 12:28 PM
I think when the studios funded Hulu, they had no idea how successful it would become so they didn't think it would cannibalize their core broadcast revenues. now that they see that their little "100 million dollar test" has the potential to really have long term damage on their balance sheets, they are in "damage control mode." And Boxee is a casualty of that (but seems like it may be resolved with the new version nontheless)

But if the networks were getting 100% of that revenue (versus going through Hulu and then the end consumer/ boxee), it would be a different story. Obviously CBS has come to the same conclusion as evidence by their boxee feed.

So in the end all the networks and studios would be foolish not to create Boxee apps and collect 100% of ad revenue and would be foolish to go through hulu to get to Boxee community with only 40-50%. Boxee will succeed in the longterm and Hulu will not because of the pure economics. Why would you cut your revenue in half if you don't need to.

just my opinion, no insider info...I agree 100%. Starting Hulu was like opening pandoras box. There is no going back now without looking like greedy slumlords.

fashionsteel
October 10th, 2009, 11:50 PM
I wouldn't call it robbing ideas, taking a good idea and improving it is part of the natural internet evolution that brings us better content and products.