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A boutique firm with unparalleled expertise in business and technology. We have good command of industrial ecology and legal practice, and have undertaken highly regarded cases. Because the small business scope, we pay more emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency, and choose clients with deliberation. The managing partner not only has extensive experiences in various legal issues more over than 20 years, but invests and manages several technology companies. In addition, he always checks each case rigorously. Clients’ business objectives are our primary focus. To achieve the same in the most cost-effective fashion trumps all seemingly sophisticated legal discussions.

Subscription Based OTT Services: Cancel Anytime

2018 - 02 - 01

“Kevin Clarkson subscribed to CBS’s All Access streaming TV service shortly before the network’s “Star Trek” reboot premiered in September. He plans to cancel it soon after the season finale.” – WSJ

Streaming service providers not only provide quality video content for their users but also impeccable customer service experiences, of which the freedom to cancel the subscriptions at any time becomes an essential part of their services.

This flexibility, unfortunately, leads to a higher level of cancellation rate than in traditional TV, of which usually requires an annual contract with a deposit of sort. Therefore, streaming service providers, especially subscription based like Netflix, need to spend more on customer retention and development, in the expectation many customers will leave anytime.

According to WSJ, Netflix loses about 7% of its subscribers each year, which is pretty low comparing to many other smaller service providers who can lose more than 50% per year. Although most streaming services are relatively inexpensive comparing to traditional cable, many subscribers still try to “gaming the system a bit”, such as password sharing and unsubscribing regularly.

We think that the core value of OTT services shall be bridging the supply and demand, not simply boosting paid members with negative cash flow. An OTT service provider should attract users with sufficient metadata and content,  and collects user behavior and data for advertisers to place more effective ads, the ad revenue shall then be shared with the original content provider. Because in essence, Google and Facebook make money from ads, not original content.

Source:  Streaming TV’s Problem: Subscribers Cancel Service When Their Favorite Shows Are Over – WSJ Business 

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