Archive for May, 2007

Some analysts crack me up

Monday, May 14th, 2007

I see this report stating that the iTunes video model will soon peak and not be successful, which I find pretty funny. The reason I find it funny is because it seems like a wanna be self fulfilling prophecy by big media, who just doesn’t get Internet media. Sure the instant gratification is great, but most people would rather use the VOD features of their main provider if that is their main goal. The reason why people download content from the iTunes Music store is the same reason they buy DVDs; they want to own the content and they want to watch it when they want, where they want. Saying the iTunes Video model will not survive is like saying DVDs will stop continue to be successful. The other models require that you be at your computer and you can’t fast forward through the advertisements.

When will these analyst learn that it is the freedom to watch what we want, when we want that makes iTunes –and DVD for that matter– popular.


PS3 fanboys are worse than HD DVD

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

One of the best things about my role at Engadget HD is that I get to write about whatever I want. Sure sometimes Paul or Evan ask me to hit a story, but for the most part I get to write what I want. More often than not, I write Blu-ray news that I am excited about, and because of this I have been given the name “Ben ‘Blu-ray’ Drawbaugh” by some of the commenters. As a blogger the first thing I had to get used too was ridicule, some call you an idiot, or a fanboy, or even a corporate shill, but yesterday when I wrote my first post that some felt was an attack on the PS3, I learned a whole new wrath; the wrath of the PS3 fanboy. All I have to say is WOW, those HD DVD fanboys aren’t anything compared to the blind dedication that these guys have. The funny part is that I really couldn’t care less about the PS3, but I do think it is interesting that the PS3 can’t handle bit-stream audio output properly and it was worth a mention on Engadget HD.