Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 14th Mar 2012 07:06 UTC
Multimedia, AV By reading various media news in the last year or so, a very disturbing pattern appeared. When media providers like Amazon, Apple, Google, Netfix, Microsoft tried to license content off of Hollywood, they were either given extremely high prices, or they were being rejected altogether. Microsoft even canceled a finished XBoX360-related video product recently because they couldn't license content easily, Netflix is given harder and harder time as time goes by (notice how only a few good movies were added to their streaming service in the last few months), and even the almighty Apple had the door shut on its face numerous times.
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just buy them!
by puenktchen on Wed 14th Mar 2012 10:12 UTC
puenktchen
Member since:
2007-07-27

Why don't they just buy the major studios? Apple alone is worth more than all major studios and their parent companies combined:

market cap:

Time Warner 35.4B
Viacom 29.3B
Walt Disney 80.9B
News Corp 49.3B
Sony 21.2B
NBCU ca 30B (not public, owners 49% GE 207.3B, 51% Comcast 81.3B)

Apple 529.7B
Microsoft 274.1B
Google 200.9B
Amazon 80B
Netflix 5.9B

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RE: just buy them!
by arpan on Wed 14th Mar 2012 10:22 in reply to "just buy them!"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Why would they? Do you really expect them to spend billions to buy the media companies and then make a few meager millions out of them?

It makes a lot more sense to spend a little money sponsoring/buying independent studios.

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RE: just buy them!
by lucas_maximus on Wed 14th Mar 2012 10:24 in reply to "just buy them!"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Because Apple, Google etc are the middle men, that is where the money is.

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RE: just buy them!
by Soulbender on Wed 14th Mar 2012 10:26 in reply to "just buy them!"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Because making movies and music is not their core business competence.

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RE[2]: just buy them!
by Vanders on Wed 14th Mar 2012 11:37 in reply to "RE: just buy them!"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Running a music store wasn't one of Apples core competences until they opened iTMS.

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RE[2]: just buy them!
by fran on Wed 14th Mar 2012 13:12 in reply to "RE: just buy them!"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Because making movies and music is not their core business competence.


Should not be a problem. Just hire competence.

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RE: just buy them!
by westlake on Wed 14th Mar 2012 11:02 in reply to "just buy them!"
westlake Member since:
2010-01-07

Why don't they just buy the major studios? Apple alone is worth more than all major studios and their parent companies combined[/q

In its prime MGM was owned by the Loews theater chain.

Each makor studio had its own fully integrated production and distrubution system. All that ended with the 1948 anti-trust decision in United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc.

Why the geek would choose to slit his own throat by surrendering professional content production to the developers of mass market hardware and software I will never know.
















market cap:

Time Warner 35.4B
Viacom 29.3B
Walt Disney 80.9B
News Corp 49.3B
Sony 21.2B
NBCU ca 30B (not public, owners 49% GE 207.3B, 51% Comcast 81.3B)

Apple 529.7B
Microsoft 274.1B
Google 200.9B
Amazon 80B
Netflix 5.9B

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RE: just buy them!
by MOS6510 on Wed 14th Mar 2012 11:48 in reply to "just buy them!"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Why don't they just buy the major studios? Apple alone is worth more than all major studios and their parent companies combined:


It's just how much their stock is worth, it's not like they have this amount of money in the bank because that's what they are worth.

For this same reason Bill Gates' fortune goes up and down, because a lot of his wealth is made up by stock and stock options.

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RE: just buy them!
by BluenoseJake on Wed 14th Mar 2012 12:40 in reply to "just buy them!"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Sony used to be a tech company, and then they bought a media company, and now they are a media company. If MS or Apple were to buy a media company, they would become a media company, and the world would be no better off.

It's much better to rebuild the industry from the ground up, I think

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shawnhcorey Member since:
2009-11-05

The industry is being rebuilt...in India. Bollywood produces more movies and makes more money than Hollywood. Hollywood has too many vested interests trying to protect their dying business rather than exploiting the new world of the internet. When they offer a movie on the internet, they do so at the same price as a DVD, despite the fact that they don't have to pay for any material or for distribution. If they changed their pricing so that the made the same profit, they won't be a dying industry.

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RE[2]: just buy them!
by orestes on Wed 14th Mar 2012 13:42 in reply to "RE: just buy them!"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

That'd work, for a while, then collective profit motives would get in the way of delivering content efficiently again and we'd be right back where we started with new faces on the same old beast.

The best hope would most likely be for the artists and producers themselves to find a way to connect directly with the consumer to secure funding, similar to the path Kickstart is exploring for the video game world.

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RE: just buy them!
by Laurence on Wed 14th Mar 2012 13:15 in reply to "just buy them!"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Why don't they just buy the major studios? Apple alone is worth more than all major studios and their parent companies combined:

Owning the studios doesn't mean you have control over regional distribution.

Sony have recently raised complaints against the German equivalent of RIAA for blocking youtube videos and thus costing Sony millions in lost sales:
http://torrentfreak.com/sony-music-boss-censored-youtube-videos-cos...

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