There are a number of new streaming content providers on the block such as YouTube TV, ESPN+ and the forthcoming Disney+. In addition, legacy content providers such as the New York Times and CBS have caught subscription fever. (free article) Subscription fatigue? Time will tell. We provide subscriber metrics including number of paid subscribers and … Continue reading Streaming Services Unbound
Apple will have a new CEO within 5 years. You may thank Apple CEO Tim Cook and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft shares flat-lined from 2001 to 2013 during a series of flubs including being late to the Internet, late to mobile, late to the cloud, late to AI, slow to capitalize on the … Continue reading Apple Will Have A New CEO Within 5 YearsPremium
When speaking or writing about Apple we have spent much of the past 18 months beating up on the iPhone. Yesterday's "Apple Event" didn't engender confidence in the firm's content strategy. Anchored by a curated, walled garden approach, Apple's strategy seems mired in the early 2000's at a time when young people have migrated to … Continue reading Apple’s Strategy – The Good, The Bad & The RetroPremium
Not Apples to Apples but the Below Tells A Story.. YouTube (GOOG): More than 1.9 billion logged-in YouTubers each month. 200 million+ logged-in users watch people play games on YouTube each day. (YouTube/Stadia has one foot in today and one in tomorrow with traditional content and video games on the platform). Netflix (NFLX): 139 million … Continue reading Content Wars & Investing for Tomorrow
FIS to Acquire Worldpay for approximately $43 Billion (enterprise value). This deal comes on the heels of the recently announced Fiserv acquisition of First Data. The FinTech M&A spree is approximately two years old at this juncture. So what gives? We went through this exercise a couple of weeks ago with a buyside friend. While … Continue reading The FinTech Consolidation Wave Continues. Incumbents Fear the Mobile Wallet.
Will we subscribe to Apple’s forthcoming subscription video on demand (“SVOD”) service simply because it’s Apple? Apple plans to release various service bundles later this year that will contain video and news content. For purposes of this discussion let's focus on video content where the name of the SVOD game is "content quality". At launch, … Continue reading Apple’s New Video Service – How Many Subscription Services Can We Eat?
FinTech market disruption has led to a bifurcation of FinTech providers - Lions and Lambs. See our "Lions & Lambs" company list with commentary at the end of this note. The FinTech space - whether it be the Capital Markets flavor or the Payments variety - is undergoing rapid change. Within Capital Markets - alternative … Continue reading Acquire or Be Acquired: FinTech Lions and LambsPremium
JPM has the largest technology budget of any FI having invested approximately $11 billion in technology during 2018 with approximately $5 billion allocated toward new technology investments. This investment level is substantially larger than the new product development/ R&D investment levels of certain well known Fintech players. However, the numbers do not tell a complete … Continue reading JP Morgan vs. Fintech ThreatsPremium
Today’s announcement that Fiserv plans to acquire First Data in a $22 billion all stock deal continues the string of payments-related deals. More importantly it stresses what many know – that the incumbent payment companies are not innovation factories. Acquire in the absence of innovation – although I believe all companies should have an active … Continue reading Fiserv & First Data: Acquire in the Absence of InnovationPremium
The iPhone Is A High-Priced Commodity The iPhone is little more than a high-priced commodity at this juncture. There is little differentiation between it and lower cost alternatives (OnePlus for example) both from a design and feature functionality standpoint. However, with 2 billion-plus devices in circulation, Apple's future does not rest exclusively with new device … Continue reading Apple Should Double Down on Apple Health NowPremium