With every passing week, reports on box-office receipts come with the same anxiety as industry watchers, film companies, content owners and theater managers assess if the current year will meet or exceed the previous one. Successes like "The Hunger Games" are tempered by disappointments like "John Carter," and embedded within each lackluster debut is the hope of compensatory revenues through later release windows, including cable, streaming, VOD, DVD/Blu-ray, and now "cloud copies."
It is important not to read too much into these figures, John Barrett, managing director of Cook Associates Executive Search, told the E-Commerce Times. "The only reason the results seem so good is because our expectations were so low." The bottom line is that Groupon still ...
Though there has been some grumbling over a lack of substantive detail, it would not be fair to expect otherwise, said John Barrett, managing director of Cook Associates Executive Search "At this point, it's unlikely they really know how the future revenue strategy will play ...
The restatements appear to be manageable and could well be attributed to the company's rapid growth, John Barrett, a consumer Internet expert and managing director with Cook Associates Executive Search, told the E-Commerce Times. However, the company is clearly in a difficul...
Yelp's valuation is defensible -- especially if it is stacked up against tech companies such as Groupon, argued John Barrett, a managing director with Cook Associates Executive Search "Groupon has been charging local businesses a steep price for many deals that aren't profitab...
"The mobile phone business has always been a bit of a 'me-too' business. If anybody has a hit, their competitors always have to come up with some kind of a response," John Barrett, Parks Associates director of research, told the E-Commerce Times. "At the end of the day, you're not going to get fired for having a response to the iPad that doesn't do so well. You're going to get fired if you don't have your own iPad. You've got to do something. If it becomes a runaway hit, and it was on your watch and you don't have an answer, you're in trouble."
"I have three browsers, and I don't think I'm alone," John Barrett, director of research with Parks Associates, told LinuxInsider. "I suspect there's a lot of people who have multiple browsers." 'A Very Nice Upgrade'...
New technologies are changing the way we watch video. ...
Roughly 50 million households in Western Europe have adopted broadband services over the past three years. Regulatory reforms in the UK and France in particular have helped boost penetration by creating strongly competitive markets. As a result, a large and growing number of households can now view video online, and the door is open to alternative forms of video distribution. ...
Regulators in Europe and Washington continue to urge Internet companies to limit the length of time during which they keep identifiable user data. Yahoo's decision may not stretch to the rest of the industry, said John Barrett, director of research at Parks Associates "I don't...
"Obviously, they're looking at Microsoft as kind of the inspiration for this, and the advantages they've had with the Windows platform," Parks Associates Director of Research John Barrett told TechNewsWorld. "I just don't see that being replicated in the mobile space. Computers are fairly standardized, fairly flexible -- but there's a much greater difference between phone-to-phone than PC-to-PC," he said...
"For the consumer, at the end of the day, what really matters is what can I do with the phone," Parks Associates Director of Research John Barrett told LinuxInsider. "If Android allows you to do things you can't do otherwise and it's better, then consumers will start to say, 'I know what this is, and I want it.' That's going to be hard to get to that point," he predicted...
Anything that can make casual photographers feel like they're approaching art with their shots of kids and vacations is helpful, John Barrett, director of research at Parks Associates, told TechNewsWorld. "Photography is one of the digital activities that is really pervasive,...
"The really heavy Flickr users are going to be professional photographers or aspiring photographers, people with a fair amount of talent and ability and time to indulge it. In that sense, they are kind of opening up an avenue for their key core users to get more out of the service. I think it's a smart move on their part," John Barrett, research director at Parks Associates, told the E-Commerce Times...
"Production costs are still going to be expensive" regardless of whether it's a five-minute test pilot or a full-length episode, said John Barrett, research director at Parks Associates "If there is content that is going to be unlocked in this way, it is going to be small inde...
TDtv makes sense in a couple of ways, said Parks Associates mobile TV analyst John Barrett. "The operators have spent all this money for 3G licenses and if you're wanting to roll out service, TDtv is a good way to go about it." TDtv also has an edge in capacity, he told the E-...
Whether movies will fly on mobile TV, however, remains an open question, said John Barrett, a Parks Associates analyst for mobile TV "My word to them would be, 'good luck,'" Barrett told the E-Commerce Times. "Movies, to be honest, don't lend well to streaming technology."
Nevertheless, DVB-H was an expected selection. "The EU made it clear for a long time that DVB-H was going to be the technology of choice in Europe," John Barrett, director of research for Parks Associates, told TechNewsWorld Competition Heated Worldwide...
VooZoo will like not cause someone without a Facebook profile to join the social networking site, but it could be sticky enough to keep current members on the site longer and could lead to other movie studios, such as Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, to make their clips available as well, said John Barrett, research director at Parks Associates...
"Is anyone running for the nomination cool?" posed John Barrett, director of research at Parks Associates. "Holding these debates on MySpace is always nice, but I'm not sure how much more you're gonna get a lot of kids who are 18 and go 'Oh wow, I really feel like I'm connecting with the candidates.'"...
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