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Will a Free, Ad-Supported Model Work For Netflix?

2016 - 01 - 05

The main ideas of the following article suggest Netflix to adopt a free, ad-supported tier into their model. We think it makes no sense at all.

Netflix Should Create A Free Tier In 2016

此篇文章建議Netflix今年開始採取「廣告支持的免費模式」(a free, ad-supported tier),認為可以帶來收益、降低獲取使用者成本,並建立商業壁壘。

對這些建議,我們並不同意。

首先,作者並沒有想到Neflix若真要走廣告模式,憑其仰人鼻息的IT基礎建設和居高不下的內容取得成本,如何能在網路廣告強敵環伺下突圍而出?

上有 Amazon,下有 Google & YouTube;前者在 video metadata 之深度和完整度、又整合電商、倉儲物流、和 Prime 會員,後者原本就是廣告聯播網的大頭目,內容由使用者產生,半毛授權金都不用付,Netflix應一併跟進?

Netflix 對於其使用者的瞭解,恐怕連 Amazon 的千分之一都不到,廣告主或 4A 在選擇時,一旦有了 Amazon 作對比的話,誰要往 Netflix 那兒下廣告?

此文不僅在商業面的考量上,未清楚思辨對手的強項,也更忽略了授權的難度。在傳統電視領域裡,最有影響力的電影頻道商是 HBO,而 HBO 向來都是走訂閱制的,而非免費/廣告模式,這和內容提供者的授權有直接關係啊。因此,在 on-demand 的 OTT 世界中,絕對不是 Netflix 可以說了算的。

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