Friday, January 23, 2015

Google’s New Satellites — Or — The Continuing Demise Of Theatrical Distribution Of Motions Pictures — Or — Remember When They Laughed At HBO?

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Two articles in yesterday’s NYT caught my eye. The first one, by Conor Dougherty, is about Google’s planned satellite delivery of internet service to people living in parts of the world where there is none, and the other is about the changing nature of the movie business, especially at the Sundance Festival.

Re: those Google birds. The search engine is investing $1 billion in SpaceX to get satellites launched so that an estimated 3 billion people in certain parts of the world can access the internet. (That’s billion, not million). They spent $500 million last year acquiring Skybox Imaging, which also makes satellites, so they’re pretty serious, and I’m betting this will happen sooner rather than later. If Google can make something nobody needs which can’t be utilized — a driverless car — then they certainly can make something as useful as a network of satellites that bring internet service to folks who otherwise would have no chance of logging on.

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