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the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2022-Aug-05 today archive
 

Alterslash picks up to the best 5 comments from each of the day’s Slashdot stories, and presents them on a single page for easy reading.

FCC Votes To Boost Manufacturing in Space

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The FCC may have just advanced the industrialization of space. Commissioners have voted in favor of an inquiry that will explore in-space servicing, assembly and manufacturing (ISAM). The move would both help officials understand the demands and risks of current in-space production technology while facilitating new projects. This could help companies build satellites and stations in orbit, for instance, while finding new ways to deal with growing volumes of space debris. From a report: The vote helps open a new "Space Innovation" docket at the FCC. It also comes two days after the regulator updated its rules to create more breathing room for satellite broadband frequencies. Expect considerably more space-related developments going forward, then. Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel saw the inquiry as vital. Existing rules were made for "another era" where space programs were exclusively government-run, she said. The support ISAM will ideally help the FCC adapt to space tourism, huge private satellite constellations and a larger general shift toward commercial spaceflight.

House Democrats Want US To Jointly Build New EV, Broadband Infrastructure

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A group of 10 U.S. House Democrats asked the Biden administration on Friday to use funding to build out broadband internet and electric vehicle charging infrastructure simultaneously. From a report: Congress as part of the $1 trillion infrastructure law approved in November 2021 set aside $42.45 billion in grants to expand broadband, including building fiber or other networks and $5 billion for EV charging. The lawmakers led by Representatives Doris Matsui and Anna Eshoo urged officials to coordinate broadband and EV charging infrastructure efforts to encourage "co-location" of EV and broadband, especially in underserved areas "This approach can address multiple national priorities simultaneously and avoid duplicative efforts," the lawmakers wrote.

Re:unhappy with EV charging

By Darinbob • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Or get a plug-in hybrid. 95% of the time I get to charge at work (and never notice the gas price rise and fall last month), but the rest of the time I can still use the gas in the tank with a very high MPG rating for longer trips. Since it has the tank, I went with a lower EV range of only 30 miles, but it's enough for my commute. The other plug-in I looked at had a larger range (Clarity) but was also a larger vehicle and I was worried about getting it into my garage (I had that problem with a loaner once where it took some careful manuevering to get it in).

I know a lot of people who have more than one car, the EV for commuting, the other for the spouse and when needed for long trips. Two cars may seem excessive to some but it's quite common and having one be an EV is a win.

Go Home Congress, You're Drunk

By Virtucon • Score: 3 • Thread

Here's an idea congress, stop taxing and spending. Go home congress, you're drunk.

Re:$5 billion for EV charging

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The same infrastructure bill has $65 billion in grid upgrades

https://www.pwc.com/us/en/serv...

The $65 billion designated for grid infrastructure and resiliency includes:

$23 billion to enhance the resiliency of the power infrastructure and investment in renewable energy
$21.5 billion to develop clean energy demonstrations and research hubs
$9 billion to enhance manufacturing facilities and projects
$5 billion to boost energy efficiency and clean energy creation

Re:unhappy with EV charging

By crow • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Nonsense.

I just drove a Tesla on a road trip, totalling 8,048 miles this summer. EV charging on the Interstates is adequate if you can use the Tesla network. The newer 250kW chargers are awesome; we were pretty much always taking longer to use the bathroom or buy food than it took to charge the car.

Where it's a problem is going off the Interstates. We had to plan carefully for going off the highway in Minnesota (I used Plugshare to find a hotel with charging available across the street). Yellowstone and Craters of the Moon were a little tricky. Going from Boise to Los Angeles meant detouring west since you can't go north-south in Nevada yet (but it made the trip better for us, fortunately).

So there's a need for a lot more EV charging on more rural highways and especially national parks.

But if you aren't in a Tesla, don't plan on public charging outside of California. Bribing Tesla to open up the network to all EVs would solve this (though there are technical issues with adding adapters and cables not being long enough for cars with charge ports in the wrong locations).

But will we actually get it?

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

We need to stop handing out money to corporations to build infrastructure without consequences if they don't actually do it.

We have literally given hundreds of billions to telcos to build out internet access and they have not done it.

If a contractor fails to build something we paid them to build, they should have to pay it back. And if they can't, they should have to go bankrupt, and We The People should get ownership of their business. This whole getting nothing and being told to like it thing is just socialism for corporations, and they in turn hand the money over to shareholders and executives.

Blood Protein Levels May Flag Risk of Diabetes and Death By Cancer, Shows Study

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Doctors have identified a protein in the blood they believe could serve as an early warning sign for patients who are at risk of diabetes and death from cancer. From a report: Researchers in Sweden and China analysed two decades of health records from more than 4,500 middle-aged adults on the Malmo diet and cancer study. They found that those with the highest levels of prostasin, a protein that circulates in the blood, were almost twice as likely to have diabetes than those with the lowest levels. Some of those enrolled on the study already had diabetes, so the scientists looked at who among those without the disease went on to be diagnosed later. People in the top quarter for prostasin levels turned out to be 76% more likely to develop diabetes than those in the bottom quarter.

Dr Xue Bao, the first author on the study at the Affiliated hospital of Nanjing University medical school in China, said prostasin was a potential new "risk marker" for diabetes, but also death from cancer, particularly in people who have high blood sugar. Prostasin plays several roles in the body, such as regulating blood pressure and blood volume, and it also suppresses the growth of tumours that are fuelled by high blood sugar. While type 2 diabetes is known to raise the risk of certain cancers, including pancreatic, liver, bowel and endometrial tumours, the biological mechanisms are far from clear.

DuckDuckGo Browser's Stricter Privacy Protection Will Also Apply To Microsoft Scripts Now

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After a revelation in May that DuckDuckGo's (DDG) privacy-focused web browser allows Microsoft tracking scripts on third-party websites, the company now says it will start blocking those too. From a report: DuckDuckGo's browser had third-party tracker loading protection by default that already blocked scripts embedded on websites from Facebook, Google, and others, but until now Microsoft's scripts from the Bing and LinkedIn domains (but not its third-party cookies) had a pass.

A security researcher named Zach Edwards pointed out the exclusion that he apparently uncovered while auditing the browser's privacy claims, and noted it is especially curious because Microsoft is the partner that delivers ads in DDG's search engine (while promising not to use that data to create a monitored profile of users to target ads, instead relying on context to decide which ones it should show). DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg said at the time that the reason for it was a search syndication agreement with Microsoft, and that more updates on third-party tracker preventions were coming. A backlash ensued, with some seizing on DuckDuckGo's own words that "tracking is tracking," a phrase the company used against Google's cookie-replacing "privacy sandbox" ad technology. Now Weinberg writes in a blog post, "I've heard from a number of users and understand that we didn't meet their expectations around one of our browser's web tracking protections." DuckDuckGo is vowing to be more transparent about what trackers its browser and extensions are protecting users from, making its tracker blocklists available and offering users more information on how its tracking protections with a new help page.

Battle won, war in doubt

By Tony Isaac • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Duck Duck Go has demonstrated that they are willing to say one thing in their promotions, calling themselves a privacy-focused browser and web site, blocking third-party tracking, while at the same time making exceptions. If they are willing to say one thing and do another in this instance, why would we think they will never try this kind of thing again?

Re:Marginal

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

No sane person uses SuckSuckNo any how.

That's a cogent, quality argument you've given there.

Re:DDG is compromised

By awwshit • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Brave is an advertising company at its heart and wants you to buy into some crypto crap - what a joke. They are in it for the money, to find ways to push more ads at you to make more money. Brave's privacy stance is smoke and mirrors.

Binance Says It Doesn't Own Indian Exchange WazirX, Years After Acquisition Announcement

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Binance, the world's largest crypto exchange by trading volume, said on Friday it doesn't own India-based platform WazirX despite disclosing the acquisition two and a half years ago. From a report: Changpeng Zhao, founder and chief executive of Binance, said in a series of tweets that the company has been "trying to conclude the deal for the past few years," but hasn't completed the transaction yet citing "a few issues" that he declined to elaborate. Binance announced the acquisition of WazirX in late 2019 in a blog post.

The official blog post, which carried a picture of Zhao and WazirX founders, also featured the Binance executive's enthusiasm about the deal. "The acquisition of WazirX shows our commitment and dedication to the Indian people and strengthen the blockchain ecosystem in India as well as another step forward in achieving the freedom of money," the 2019 post cited him as saying. WazirX also reported that it had been "successfully acquired by Binance" in a separate blog post.

yeah, and...

By jmccue • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Yeah, and we are no at war with Eurasia, we have always been at war with Oceania.

Auditors?

By Bruce66423 • Score: 3 • Thread

This is the sort of issue that auditors should make clear. If the annual accounts are claim the acquisition has completed, then the auditor needs kicking. If annual reports are obtuse, then the auditor needs kicking. And this is why the SEC is so committed to making sure US listed firms are audited properly.

Facial Recognition Smartwatches To Be Used To Monitor Foreign Offenders in UK

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Migrants who have been convicted of a criminal offence will be required to scan their faces up to five times a day using smartwatches installed with facial recognition technology under plans from the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. From a report: In May, the government awarded a contract to the British technology company Buddi Limited to deliver "non-fitted devices" to monitor "specific cohorts" as part of the Home Office Satellite Tracking Service. The scheme is due to be introduced from the autumn across the UK, at an initial cost of $7.24m.

A Home Office data protection impact assessment (DPIA) from August 2021, obtained by the charity Privacy International through a freedom of information request, assessed the impact of the smartwatch technology before contracting a supplier. In the documents, seen by the Guardian, the Home Office says the scheme will involve "daily monitoring of individuals subject to immigration control," with the requirement to wear either a fitted ankle tag or a smartwatch, carried with them at all times. Those obliged to wear the devices will need to complete periodic monitoring checks throughout the day by taking a photograph of themselves on a smartwatch, with information including their names, date of birth, nationality and photographs stored for up to six years. Locations will be tracked "24/7, allowing trail monitoring data to be recorded."

The devices are nasty.

By Frobnicator • Score: 3 • Thread

While they can sound like a good idea compared to other tech, they are psychological nightmares. At random times of the day and night they will demand you check in.

* Middle of a work meeting, it buzzes and they must immediately scan their face.

* On the toilet or in the shower, it buzzes and they must immediately scan their face.

* Enjoying an intimate night with a friend, it buzzes and they must immediately scan their face.

* Middle of the night while sleeping, it buzzes and they must immediately wake up and scan their face.

Failure to check in immediately or (your phone being dead or having no reception) and it triggers all kinds of alarms and procedures designed to exclude the person from society.

They are praised for being cheaper than other methods, but in practice cause severe emotional trauma and anxiety. If given the choice stick to the ankle bracelet.

Apple Warns Suppliers To Follow China Rules on 'Taiwan' Labeling

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Apple has asked suppliers to ensure that shipments from Taiwan to China strictly comply with Chinese customs regulations after a recent visit by senior U.S. lawmaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei stoked fears of rising trade barriers. From a report: Apple told suppliers on Friday that China has started strictly enforcing a long-standing rule that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labeled as being made either in "Taiwan, China" or "Chinese Taipei," sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia, language that indicates the island is part of China. The U.S. tech titan urged suppliers to treat the matter with urgency to avoid possible disruptions caused by goods and components being held for scrutiny, the people said.

The timing is sensitive for Apple, as its suppliers are preparing components that will go into its next iPhones and other new products set to launch this autumn. Using the phrase "Made in Taiwan" on any import declaration forms, documents or cartons could cause shipments to be held and checked by Chinese customs, the sources added. Penalties for violating such a rule is a fine of up to 4,000 yuan ($592) or, in the worst-case scenario, the shipment being rejected, one of the sources said.

Re:Boycott Apple

By MacMann • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I'll boycott Apple over this just as soon as I know where to buy cell phones and laptops that do not contain any parts from China.

A quick search of the web tells me that China controls 90% of the rare earth magnet market.
https://www.livewiremarkets.co...

Rare earth magnets are used in motors, generators, and those tiny little magnets in the speakers and microphones in every cell phone and laptop on the market today. If you don't want to put money in the pockets of China then don't buy any electronics. That includes lighting, because in every LED and CFL light are rare earth elements from China and the USA stopped making incandescent lights years ago.
https://www.treehugger.com/las...

Have fun sitting in the dark.

There's little doubt that China has been trying to get a monopoly on many vital commodities in order to use that against us in the future. That may take the form of a shooting war.

If we look back at World War Two a big reason why Japan and Germany had to surrender was due to a lack of sufficient fuel to keep fighting. China has a near monopoly on the rare earth elements needed to make windmills, a near monopoly on solar PV cells, all while they are building new nuclear power reactors at an incredible rate.
https://www.energymonitor.ai/s...

China and Russia are clearly trying to cut off the energy supply to the rest of the world. They could only do that if they could have convinced the world to stop building nuclear power plants. Since it takes about five years to build a nuclear power plant, and maybe half that in a time of war, they have set us up for a hostile takeover. We need to rectify this quickly or we will be sitting in the dark, and not because we simply chose to not buy from China but because we have no option to buy from China.

Apple is a trend setter/leader

By Spamalope • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
Calling out the most visible actor is reasonable, even if they're not the only one.
It's also reasonable to consider the larger picture when deciding what actions are reasonable or effective.

Lets add corollary labeling requirements to purchase chips from Taiwan. We need to determine the acceptable options. Products from mainland China must be labeled 'occupied China'; 'Maoist insurrectionist China' - something in that direction.
Maybe Taiwan could add a infogram about 1989 Tiananmen Square, or the Hundred Flower campaign and purge/mass murders on their labeling. You know, a little helpful history lesson for enrichment.

Let's not throw out everything.

By sjames • Score: 3 • Thread

I bought a 3D printer from China a few years ago. Not an American 3D printer made in China. It contains no useless beige plastic. It contains no one of a kind proprietary parts and no trade secrets. It's firmware is GPL (And I have upgraded it with a newer version from the Github repo). Tech drawings are available online. It has no very special bolts and screws requiring special tools. Any part that needs replacement is available from multiple vendors on Amazon or elsewhere. It works very well. I have been able to expand it's capability through 3rd party upgrade parts. It cost me $200 at the time (now available for $100 if you catch a special deal at Microcenter).

They probably save a good bit of money by not having any marble on the walls in their lobby and not having a boiler room full of "support" people who know nothing about the product but what's on the flip cards anyway.

It is absolutely possible for American companies to do that (they mostly manufacture in China anyway) but they won't.

In a sense, what I did was offshore upper management for huge savings and a much better product. It's nothing they wouldn't do. If American companies want to actually be competitive in the future, they's do well to take a few lessons from that. But I'm guessing they'll be working on raising trade barriers carefully crafted to allow them to continue outsourcing instead.

I've said it before, but it bears repeating

By Miles_O'Toole • Score: 3 • Thread

The idea that allowing giant multi-national corporations to satisfy the whims of a totalitarian government will somehow encourage that government to become less oppressive is a fantasy. As we have seen over and over again, the exact reverse happens. The corporations help normalize oppression and make it more efficient, and then they persuade the governments of free countries to create a business-first surveillance state which can become a flat-out dictatorship at the drop of a hat.

How about this?

By morgauxo • Score: 3 • Thread

Taiwan, China (capital of)

Amazon is Buying iRobot For $1.7 Billion

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Amazon this morning announced plans to acquire iRobot for an all-cash deal valued at $1.7 billion. From a report: The home robotics firm, best known for pioneering the robotic vacuum, was founded in 1990 by MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab members Colin Angle, Rodney Brooks and Helen Greiner. Twelve years after its founding, the company introduced the Roomba, a brand that has since become synonymous with the branding, selling more than 30 million units as of 2020.

Brooks and Greiner have gone on to found and lead several other companies, while Angle has remained on-board as CEO -- a position he will maintain post-acquisition. "Since we started iRobot, our team has been on a mission to create innovative, practical products that make customers' lives easier, leading to inventions like the Roomba and iRobot OS," CEO Colin Angle said in a release. "Amazon shares our passion for building thoughtful innovations that empower people to do more at home, and I cannot think of a better place for our team to continue our mission. I'm hugely excited to be a part of Amazon and to see what we can build together for customers in the years ahead."

They will add a camera and microphone to Roomba.

By Fly Swatter • Score: 4 • Thread
Then phone home exact mappings of your house. They can even see under your night table!

They sucked

By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

They basically haven't improved the Roomba much since they released it 20 years ago. Sure they made tweaks here and there and made a model for hardwood floors. .. but let's face it those are incremental BS. They haven't made any new and innovative products since the original Roomba.

Re:What are they really buying?

By LatencyKills • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I interviewed at iRobot about 10 years ago. Even then it was painfully obvious they had no follow on product ideas. They had the scooba. They had a swiffer bot. They had a home security system in development hell. They had a telepresence robot that was the most expensive in the market with the fewest features. It was a company that reeked of desperation.

What Amazon really is purchasing...

By QuietLagoon • Score: 3 • Thread
... is the ability to scan the inside of houses. For now, only the floor plan. But what data can be harvested when a cam is installed on the Roombas? Or a microphone? Or...

They deserve each other

By wonkavader • Score: 3 • Thread

iRobot for YEARS was the dominant force in the market and simply kept producing the same crappy random-walk robots while the entire industry left them in the dust with room scanning and smart patterns. During that time iRobot was working with the military to produce expensive oversized remote-controlled cars.

I bought a Roomba when they were fairly new. It stunk but it was better than vacuuming myself. Many years later I bought a new one and was shocked to find it was essentially the same product. In the first couple of days of use, it hit a chair leg placed in a way which didn't jive well with it's random pattern, and it ground out deep scratches in my floor with due to some grit on one of the wheels as it went round and round in a tight pattern. I returned it and bought another brand, which was MUCH better.

Screw iRobot. Lazy sacks squatting on a good name.

India Seeks Antitrust Scrutiny of Global Merger and Acquisition Deals

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India is a key overseas market for several global tech giants including Meta and Google. Now the South Asian nation is gearing up to have its voice heard for global M&A deals. From a report: New Delhi has proposed amendments to its Competition Act, 2002, to introduce a number of changes including requiring the permission of local watchdog (Competition Commission of India) for all overseas deals exceeding $252 million in value for firms with "substantial business operations in India."

India, the world's second largest internet market that has drawn investments of tens of billions of dollars from Meta, Google and Amazon and venture capitalists including SoftBank, Sequoia and Tiger Global, has traditionally scrutinized deals based on asset size and not the transaction value. According to law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Indian regulator approved over 700 fillings in the past decade alone. But things appear to be taking a shift and attempting to bring parity between India's position to those of China, U.S., and Europe.

Winamp, the Best MP3 Player of the 1990s, Receives Major Update

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Winamp, the premiere music player of the late 1990s and early 2000s that was acquired by Radionomy from AOL in 2014, has received a major new update for the first time in four years. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report via Ars Technica: The release notes for Winamp 5.9 RC1 Build 1999 say that the update represents four years of work across two separate development teams, delayed in between by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the work done in this build focuses on behind-the-scenes work that modernizes the codebase, which means it still looks and acts like a turn-of-the-millennium Windows app. The entire project has been migrated from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2019, a wide range of audio codecs have been updated to more modern versions, and support for Windows 11 and https streams have both been improved.

The final release will be version 5.9, with some features targeted for release in version 5.9.1 "and beyond" (version 6.0 goes unmentioned). It requires Windows 7 SP1 or newer, dropping support for Windows XP. That said, in our limited testing the "new" Winamp is still in many ways an ancient app, one not made for the age of high-resolution, high-density displays. This may cause usability problems, depending on what you're trying to run it on. But hey, for all you people out there still trying to keep hope alive, it's nice to see something on Winamp.com that isn't a weird NFT project and a promise of updates yet to come.

Re: Best MP3 player..

By kellin • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Or, ya know, just use vlc. It's clean and does exactly what's needed. Plays video and audio files without any nagging or whatever.

Don't see the point in using Winamp.

Correction:

By JustNiz • Score: 3 • Thread

"the best MP3 player of the 90's"...until one version came out where they had turned a great little standalone MP3 player into effectively an internet-driven storefront.

Given that change was made relatively near the end of Winamp's life, I'm going to guess that change is exactly what killed Winamp's popularity the first time round. The new owners makers are apparently still missing that whole point though, as just from the new website, the storefront concept has if anything been grown.

I just want a good media player, all the internet crap just gets in the way, so I'm sticking with VLC thanks.

What did WinAmp do to deserve the name calling?

By Opportunist • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

it still looks and acts like a turn-of-the-millennium Windows app

it's a program. Repeat after me: PRO-GRAM.

It doesn't deserve being lumped into the junk bin with your apps.

Re: Best MP3 player..

By Ottawa_m_31 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
20 years later, and VLC still can't handle shuffle/random with sub folders. Winamp handled it properly from day 1. Don't get me wrong, VLC is nice, but as a pure music player, despite its maturity, it can't fully match the functionality of WinAmp.

Foobar2000 is the best now (that's not a joke).

By waspleg • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Check it out. With PLEX and/or VLC as a secondary. I've run it with WINE effortlessly too.

SoundCloud Announces Layoffs of 'Up To 20%' of Global Workforce

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SoundCloud CEO Michael Weissman told employees in an email that the company "will be making reductions to our global team that will impact up to 20% of our company."

"Making changes that affect people is incredibly hard. But it is one that is necessary given the challenging economic climate and financial market headwinds," he added. "Today's change positions SoundCloud for the long run and puts us on a path to sustained profitability. We have already begun to make prudent financial decisions across the company and that now extends to a reduction to our team." Billboard reports: In a statement, a rep for SoundCloud confirmed that the company "announced an approximate 20% reduction of its global workforce due to a significant company transformation and the challenging economic and financial environment." "During this difficult time," the rep added, "we are focused on providing the support and resources to those transitioning while reinforcing our commitment to executing our mission to lead what's next in music." Back in 2017, the company cut around 40% of its workforce, which then-CEO Alex Ljung said was necessary for the company to "control" its "independent future."

Billboard notes that SoundCloud has moved towards profitability in the five years since. "The company obtained a $170 million infusion led by The Raine Group and Temasek and a $75 million investment from Pandora parent SiriusXM." This led to SoundCloud announcing its first profitable quarter in 2020. Earlier this year, the company said its annual revenue run rate was around $300 million.

I Subscribe to SoundCloudâ¦

By cormandy • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
And this is because of the type of stuff I often listen to, which is typically mixes, remixes and re-edits from DJs. There is a lot of garbage on there, but the joy is in finding the gems. Kind of like flipping through record bins back in the olden days where I hail from.

20% less people to manage ...

By 140Mandak262Jamuna • Score: 3 • Thread
That 20% ... is it across all levels? Or the most critical and important people for the survival of the company, the C Suite PHBs, are exempted from lay offs? Just asking for a friend.

Profit . . .

By indytx • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

How is a company that was founded in 2007 still not profitable? I mean, why does it still exist? How is it still getting funding from outside sources, and why are those sources still pumping in money?

HBO Max, Discovery+ To Merge Into Single Streaming Platform Starting In Summer 2023

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Warner Bros announced that HBO Max and Discovery+ will launch in the U.S. as a single service in the summer of 2023. Variety reports: "At the end of the day, putting all the content together was the only way we saw to make this a viable business," [said JB Perrette, CEO and president of global streaming and interactive for Warner Bros. Discovery, on the company's Q2 earnings call]. Bringing HBO Max and Discovery+ together is aimed at cutting churn so "there's something for everyone in the household," he said. WBD did not announce what the new brand name for the merged service will be, nor did execs discuss pricing for the unified streamer. Warner Bros. Discovery is initially focused on the ad-supported and ad-free versions of the combined HBO Max-Discovery+, Perrette said, but is also "exploring how to reach customers in the free, ad-supported space" with content that is totally different from what's on the premium VOD services.

HBO may or may not be part of the name of the unified direct-to-consumer WBD platform; Perrette said the company is doing research on consumer perception of the HBO Max name. But, HBO will continue to be a major brand: "HBO will always be the beacon and the ultimate brand that stands for television quality," he said on the call. The merged HBO Max-Discovery+ will combine the best elements of both services, said Perrette. He said HBO Max has had "performance and customer" issues but offers a rich set of features; Discovery+ has more limited features but provides a more robust underlying delivery capability.
The media company plans to take the unified HBO Max-Discovery+ platform to Latin America following the summer 2023 rollout in the United States, adds Variety. Europe will see it in early 2024; Asia Pacific in mid-2024; and additional markets in fall 2024.

Finally! A single streaming service!

By Opportunist • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

All the shows that I want, all in a single package!

Well... yes. No, well, not really.

You can have HBO Max-Discovery+ Sports which will cover most sports from badmington to curling to synchronized swimming (Baseball, Football and Basketball are extra on separate streaming addons).

You can have HBO Max-Discovery+ Classic with all the reruns of the classic shows that you loved so much in the 70s and 80s (complete with vintage advertisement in between for that authentic nostalgic feel).

You can have HBO Max-Discovery+ Primetime, which will cover all your favorite new movies (with "new" basically meaning anything that isn't still in cinemas and/or bombed like crazy, everything worth watching is available for a small extra fee).

You can have HBO Max-Discovery+ Talk, all the talkshows you ever wanted, for you to watch whenever you feel like (as long as the talkshow is basically a thinly veiled infomercial, if actual talk was going on it would be on HBO Max-Discovery+ Highbrow... but we don't offer that, too small a market).

You can have HBO Max-Discovery+ Shows&Series, where all you favorite sitcoms and serial dramas are. No later than one year after they have been aired on TV, promised.

Or of course you can have HBO Max-Discovery+ Platinum, with all those awesome packages rolled into one. And only at about thrice the price you pay now for the different streaming services from HBO Max and Discovery.

Now merge all the rest

By bradley13 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Merge them all. Or at least have all content available on all platforms.

I don't subscribe to any of these services, because the content I might want to watch is scattered over too many of them. Until they make accessing content convenient, piracy is far simpler.

Just as a footnote: remember DVDs and BluRay? I realized we hadn't watched any of ours for at least 2-3 years, maybe longer. Who wants to be forced to sit through "previews" for stuff that was released ages ago? Who wants to read FBI notices, when I don't even live in the US? So I'm finally getting around to breaking the DRM and ripping the discs to our file server.

Mergers are alliances against a common enemy: You.

By Eunomion • Score: 3 • Thread
I can't recall a single instance in my lifetime of a merger between two large entertainment companies resulting in better content.

Re:I'll pass...

By Errol backfiring • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Let's call it cable TV.

back to cable

By itzdandy • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

The slow march back to 'cable' TV.

I don't want HBO, no interest. I have Discovery+. So am I going to see my rates jump up to $25/m for my Discovery+ since it must be bundled with HBO?