House Of Cards - Netflix Begins The Future Of TV

With 'House Of Cards,' Netflix Begins The Future Of TV: "The popular video-streaming service released the political drama "House of Cards" early Friday morning. The star-studded series about the underbelly of D.C. politics -- featuring glittery names like Kevin Spacey and executive producer David Fincher -- cost Netflix $100 million to make. That's a whopping price, until you consider what Netflix is trying to buy. Sensing moneyed competition from Amazon and Google, Netflix is taking a chance on premium original content to secure its customer base, ensure its survival and become the next HBO."

The Economics of Netflix's $100 Million New Show - Technology - The Atlantic Wire: " . . . Putting together a big production with famous actors like House of Cards costs a lot of money—$100 million for two 13 episode seasons, to be exact—and Netflix CEO Reid Hastings says he plans on making five new shows like that per year, he told GQ's Nancy Hass. How can that make economic sense for a company makes all of its money off $7.99 per month subscription fees? Netflix doesn't run any ads, nor does it benefit from a relationship with a big media conglomerate like HBO and its parent company Time Warner. But while $100 million sounds jaw-dropping, a little math shows that, if the shows are good — a big if, admittedly — spending that kind of money could be good business for the company. . . ."

Google Said in Talks to Invest $50 Million in Vevo Site - Bloomberg: " . . . The investment would be part of a broader contract to keep Vevo’s music videos on YouTube, the people said. Vevo, formed in 2009 by Vivendi SA’s Universal Music and Sony Corp.’s Sony Music Entertainment, and Google last year extended their existing contract until April. “While we don’t comment on individual negotiations, we always hope to renew our relationships with valuable partners so we can continue to provide YouTube users with the best possible music experience,” Chris Dale, spokesman for Google, said in an e-mailed statement. Jennifer Press, a spokeswoman for Vevo in New York, declined to comment. Vevo, which shows videos from artists signed to labels owned by Sony Music and Universal Music, drew 51.6 million unique U.S. viewers in December, according to ComScore Inc., the Reston, Virginia-based researcher. By comparison, Google’s websites including YouTube had an audience of about 181.7 million. .  . ."

WebRTC for newbies! ® Muaz Khan: " . . . An application that wishes to enable two-way audio and video communications between peers can create four media streams: An audio stream in each direction, A video stream in each direction. Any installation needed on the server? For simple WebRTC apps; not at all! For large scale applications; to store recorded media streams (audio/video/files/text/etc.) or data; obviously you need a server and many installations! . . . "

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