How do you like it? Does it work okay? I'm considering buying one and dumping my old MythTV Server.
Some of NPPD's wholesale customers have the same deal going, check their website.
The more I think about our discussion from last night's show about Amazon's possible impending release of a set top box, the more it kind of pisses me off. And I know I said some of this last night, but...
Amazon obviously doesn't limit their video streaming to only Amazon devices. It's not a hard and fast rule. You can find amazon video access on a number of other platforms: Samsung smart TVs, iPad, Apple TV (via Airplay support that they added into their iOS app), PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, Wii U, Roku, and as they say on their site: "hundreds of TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and on the Web."
OK. So Amazon, what you are saying is that you actually DO want your content to be seen everywhere.
On top of that, Amazon does allow for anyone wishing to access their e-book content to do so from pretty much any platform: Android has an app, not limited to Kindle devices that gives you instant access. iOS of course has a Kindle app, Windows Phone as well has an app.
Anyone on Android is allowed to install and run their app store. Again, not limited to their own devices.
In both e-reader and app store, allowing anyone on Android to install and use that content puts them in direct competition with Google's own offerings of the same ilk. Yet this is still a sound strategy for Amazon: Grant access to their digital services in any way possible and let the public decide. Amazon has a rabid following of people that will still choose Amazon over Google, even when given both options.
Then you have Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime is a service that we choose to pay for, yearly. A paid service that, undoubtedly, has a lot of perks. One of those of course is access to Amazon's library of streaming video content. But in this one case, Amazon decides that you, a paying customer of this service, can only access this if you aren't running an Android device that isn't their own. iOS paying customers: sure! PS3/Xbox 360: Just install the app and use. Android, a veritable ENDLESS SEA of users, many of which are already paying customers of their Prime service and will continue to be BECAUSE of the perks that set it apart from what Google offers: No, in this case you must buy our hardware cause in this case (and this is going against their strategy with all of their other digital content offerings) it doesn't make sense to open it up to all. It somehow doesn't make sense to put us in direct competition with Google on all Android devices.
What am I missing? It's a confused brand strategy, and I just don't get why this makes more sense than opening it up and letting people decide for themselves, like they've allowed with Apps and Kindle content.
And speaking of Kindle, talk about a market that they could have easily done the same thing with if that strategy really made sense. Kindle has long been the poster-child of Ebook success. Maybe that's waning a bit nowadays, but why wasn't the lockdown approach for ebook content seen in the same light as their video content?
I pay for access to Amazon content, monthly. Don't make me also buy your damn device just to see it. And get your team on the same page. It just doesn't. make. sense.
Watch: All About Android 146: It's a Metaphor
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