Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius XM
Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius XM
We've already seen a good example of how remote access can be successful with the acceptance of Pandora, the streaming service that tries to personalize channels of music streams based on your personal interests. Another good example is the approach taken by RealNetworks for their Rhapsody service provided through Yahoo. And, of course, another great of streaming remote access rental is Sirius XM, which is slowly migrating out of satellite-to-car radio to being a full-fledged subscription service on many devices-including notebooks, handhelds and tablets.
While remote access via streaming works, there are still limitations in what you can access. While Apple provides access to recently broadcast shows (for example, access to "Modern Family" the next day), there is still not a generic way to access recently broadcast content from the previous night.
In the end, I suspect users will desire to always own some of their favorite rich media content such as their favorite TV show, music or movie. But, for much of the time, users will use remote access content rental to get what they want when they want it, via streaming from one or more services.
J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D. is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC. As a nationally recognized industry authority, Dr. Purdy focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in the mobile computing and wireless data communications industry in North America. Dr. Purdy is an "edge of network" analyst looking at devices, applications and services, as well as wireless connectivity to those devices. Dr. Purdy provides critical insights regarding mobile and wireless devices, wireless data communications and connection to the infrastructure that powers the data in the wireless handheld. He is author of the column Inside Mobile & Wireless that provides industry insights and is read by over 100,000 people a month.
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