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Picking up “House of Cards” would be a major move by Netflix, which is gradually changing from a DVD-by-mail service to an online library of films and TV programs. The company has been seeking new sources of content to promote to the customers who pay every month for access to that library.
“We got away from this carrier-dominated Soviet model,” he explained – before the App Store, the carriers were responsible for figuring out what software would run on their phones. “Other people decided on our behalf what was a good game and what was a bad game,” Vesterbacka said.
Services like iTunes, Pandora and Spotify have shown that with the right product and the right business model, you can effectively monetize digital music, which is kind of new,” said Doug Barry of Selby Ventures, an early Pandora investor. “The last time around it was mostly about file-sharing and limited monetization.