Why break the cable/satellite model? It's profitable for the content providers and, while there are disputes over fees, the carriers aren't such a competitive threat.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 11, 2012 4:16PM

thestreet logoThe Netflix logo on a television screen © Paul Sakuma/AP PhotoBy Rocco Pendola, TheStreet

 

Even though last week's deal giving Netflix (NFLX) exclusive U.S. rights to movies from Walt Disney (DIS) Studios doesn't begin until 2016, it's a groundbreaking development.


Of course, we don't know what shape Netflix will be in three years from now, but this is big: Disney will provide first-run motion pictures to Netflix, an online streaming company, rather than the traditional premium pay-cable services like HBO or Showtime. 

 

As AT&T announces an ambitious plan to expand its wireless and fixed broadband networks, smaller rivals see little reason to engage in a spending war.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 10, 2012 4:00PM

Smartphone user © Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy Antoine Gara,  TheStreetthestreet logo

 

Continued consolidation in the wireless communications sector presents investors with a changed landscape heading into 2013. Investors need to understand how mobile carriers are assessing their investment strategies and what each is doing to address the vexing question of how to serve high-data-load users of smartphones and tablet devices.

 

Recent announcements from the largest carriers in the United States indicate that competing theories are emerging over how to handle -- and profit from -- soaring demand from users of Web-enabled devices.

 

Here's a speculative look at a handful of events that may capture the imaginations of technology consumers, investors and innovators over the coming 12 months.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 6, 2012 4:15PM

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By Chris Ciaccia, TheStreetthestreet LOGO

 

After revisiting my 2012 predictions, it's time to speculate on what 2013 might bring in the highly charged realm of technological innovation.

 

2012 has been a year in which everything mobile has moved to the forefront. Mobile hardware was at the heart of everything, led by Apple (AAPL) but also prominently featured in efforts by Google (GOOG) and Amazon.com (AMZN).


Square made noise with its advancements in mobile payments, a space in which it competes primarily with eBay's (EBAY) PayPal


Mobile shopping on a variety of flash sites and daily-deal shopping were two manifestations of a trend that will remain a preoccupation in 2013, though there may be fewer products and more services, software and games.

 

Here is a speculative look at a handful of events and trends that may capture the imaginations of technology consumers, investors and innovators over the coming 12 months.

 

The media mogul's News Corp. is tweaking its e-news business model, combining a subscription to one of its daily newspapers with a subsidized tablet computer.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 4, 2012 7:21PM

A man reads The Daily in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 3, 2012 © NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Gary Krakow, TheStreetthestree logo

 

Rupert Murdoch and his far-flung News Corp. (NWSA) media empire aren't quite finished trying to distribute electronic versions of the company's newspapers on tablet computers.

 

Despite this week's announcement that The Daily, the first-of-its-kind iPad newspaper Murdoch launched nearly two years ago,  is going blank on Dec. 15, News Corp is offering readers of The Times of London a deal that combines access to the electronic version of that daily newspaper with a subsidized Google (GOOG) Nexus 7 Android tablet.

 

The latest version of the iMac went on sale Friday, and it appears Apple may be moving some manufacturing of the device to the United States.

By TheStreet Staff Dec 3, 2012 2:30PM

Apple customer Shayan Hooshmand, 11, uses a 21.5-inch iMac at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. on July 19, 2012 © Paul Sakuma/AP PhotoBy Chris CTheStreet logoiaccia, TheStreet

 

Apple (AAPL) has long received criticism for manufacturing products in China, as the United States struggles for jobs and economic growth. It appears that may be changing somewhat, though, with the company's new iMac computers apparently being made in the U.S.A.

 

Gadget website iFixit's teardown of the 21.5-inch iMac, which went on sale on Friday, revealed the words "Assembled in USA" inside the device.

 

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