Yahoo tried to provide the regular consumer the YouTube user generated content model several years ago. I even worked on the automated UGC filtering for spam, adult content, and copyrighted materials for Yahoo at the time. Amazon will likely fair better here than Yahoo did, because they are pursuing the monetized content model and they know that model well from Kindle Direct Publishing and the Amazon Market Place. YouTube is driving further into this model with YouTube Red, so the market as a whole is going to grow exponentially.
It will be a tough road, but if anyone could compete directly with Google/YouTube it’s Amazon.
GarageBand has always been a platform that has a good deal of appeal to serious musicians. Though some may favor a more “serious” audio production software like Logic when they’re looking to really finesse professional tracks, the 11-year-old music program has held its own among artists and casual creatives for quite a while.
I have often thought how much fun it would be to have a slow-mo camera. I never really thought about what having one would cause me to do to get a good shot. I probably never would have thought of most of these. My favorite is the flour + candle. “Hey, where are your eyebrows?”
Bob Anderson, the sword master behind such movie greats as Errol Flynn and great movies like Star Wars and Princess Bride has passed away at age 89. He even did the actual sword work for Darth Vader’s fight scenes in the first 3 Star Wars movies. He was 60 at the time. I never knew it was him, but I’ll always remember his work. RIP Bob Anderson.
I guess the thing I notice most here is the fact that it was a big surprise that Netflix made such a bone headed maneuver. This just demonstrates that we are all vulnerable to making mistakes. So often I see people in the tech industry and business in general mistake luck for competence. In isolation or without wise counsel, we all make mistakes and sometimes they are huge.
You could have asked almost any Netflix subscriber if it was a good idea to split the services, increase the fee by 100%, and change the web site and brand name. Any of them would have told you it was a terrible idea, but on a spreadsheet and marketing presentation it probably sounded brilliant.
Dedicated to the not so serious side of technology