Bloom's Day

Completely random thoughts about a wide array of subjects

Navigate News With The Upshot - NYTimes.com

The @NYTimes kicks off an explanatory news site that will use big data to look at big trends. Here’s hoping it’s a huge hit.

My latest podcast with Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione. We talk about the just-announced lineups for the Cannes Film Festival and much else, as well as our regular weekly look at the international box office. 

Ahead of oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the legality of Aereo’s TV service, I sat down with Dominic Patten to talk about the legal issues on all sides of what could be a very big case.

It’s a brisk 8-minute audio conversation. Let us also recommend that you circle back to Deadline.com for more stories from Dominic and other Deadline writers on a case that could re-shape broadcasting, and possibly much of the business of cloud computing.

(Source: deadline.com / DBinLA)

In this week’s podcast, Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom preview what could be a very big day in the history of broadcasting and technology, as the Supreme Court hears legal arguments Monday about Aereo and its business model. The Davids talk about what’s at stake and how it might play out, where broadcasters might go if they lose and whether a win will turn the broadcasting business upside down. 
They also look over that very messy, and pricey Disney acquisition of online video powerhouse Maker Studios, and examine why ESPN, pay-TV’s most valuable brand, felt compelled to pitch investors that it’s just fine despite competition, cord-cutting and other existential challenges.
Listen to the whole thing here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/deadline-big-media-aereo-supreme-court-preview-podcast/

In this week’s podcast, Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman and host David Bloom preview what could be a very big day in the history of broadcasting and technology, as the Supreme Court hears legal arguments Monday about Aereo and its business model. The Davids talk about what’s at stake and how it might play out, where broadcasters might go if they lose and whether a win will turn the broadcasting business upside down.

They also look over that very messy, and pricey Disney acquisition of online video powerhouse Maker Studios, and examine why ESPN, pay-TV’s most valuable brand, felt compelled to pitch investors that it’s just fine despite competition, cord-cutting and other existential challenges.

Listen to the whole thing here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/deadline-big-media-aereo-supreme-court-preview-podcast/

Why is equity valuable in the Valley? Because it’s assumed that the entire point of the business is to exit or IPO. From a certain point of view, a Klout only exists in order to make a big exit for a relatively small investment, and that exit fuels any number of further investments. However if you take the exit/IPO option away then equity becomes what exactly? Shares that’ll never multiply in value. They become deadweight unless you can get percentages of revenue or profit, which is impossible for many Valley businesses. The sale is necessary, vital even, to keep the wheels turning.

But most games people don’t want to sell. Like ever, if possible. Maybe they’ll sell to retire, get bored or if business conditions change such that their studio is no longer viable. But mostly not. Instead what they value is creative freedom to make the games they want to make, opportunities to make awesome games and opportunities to make money selling games. And that’s it. Only a few really want to get into the technology business, or anything that doesn’t involve getting to make games.

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A key quote from a really smart perspective on the difference between video game creator culture and tech creator culture. Lots of tech people presume that game makers, many of them located in the Bay Area and dependent on tech platforms for distribution, are Just Like Them. Nope. As this piece suggests, they’re much closer to Hollywood (or to the indie film community) in mindset.

What Games Are: Valley People And Games People | TechCrunch

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Eels: Where I'm From - Today's (Free) Top Tune on KCRW

Happy birthday to Eels frontman Mark Everett one of my favorite quirky alt-rock musicians. Today, KCRW is giving away a song off his new album.

With $80 Million in New Capital, Quora Still Has No Business Model - Digits - WSJ

An interesting Wall Street Journal blog post on what Quora is going to do with another $80 million in just-secured funding, even as it still has shown little effort in creating an actual sustainable business model.

I quite enjoy the site, in part because some of the responders are quite notable (the actor and raconteur Stephen Fry, for instance, can’t help being both quite interesting and quite entertaining in his responses on a range of topics).

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