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Written by Joe Tetreault | 26 January 2011

THE FUTURE OF HOME VIDEO First we have Leo Grin's assessment that streaming is Hollywood's fitful future:

Once physical DVDs become a non-issue, studios will buckle one by one and offer their new releases to the major streaming companies, just as the record companies all eventually conceded to Apple’s 99 cents per individual song plan. The day new movies are able to be streamed directly to your TV via Netflix on the same day they are available at Redbox kiosks, that’s the end of that brick-and-mortar (metal-and-plastic?) business model.

Grin's betting on Netflix as the king of that digital world, but Investor's Business Daily reminds us no model is guaranteed success and that today's Netflix earnings represent a crucial moment for the presumptive leader.

Investors have been big believers. Netflix’s Oct. 20 earnings report came up a penny short. Shares still jumped 13% the next day. Shares also shot up a month later as Netflix announced a streaming-only service.

But some on Wall Street worry that Netflix may be overhyped. The $7.99 streaming-only subscription price will attract lots of customers, but Netflix is paying more for content. It may also ultimately face higher fees from ISPs to stream movies and TV shows.

Netflix is blazing a trail, but the road ahead remains rocky.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 21 January 2011

JEFF PEARLMAN MAKES A CLASSIC BLUNDER. Third on the list following "never get into a land war in Asia" and "never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line," Jeff Pearlman feeds the trolls. Expect many more tweets like this over the next forever, Jeff.

RELATED: Why one should never feed the trolls.

ALSO RELATED: Always punch up "[One] should ignore the specific attack and respond with a reaffirmation of their actual value. And shooting the messenger just looks petty! Keep this in mind the next time you see an angry response to a blogger or analyst!"

UPDATE: Craig Calcaterra explains how to cultivate a positive environment in the comments section:

[A] responsible blogger has to take responsibility for the stuff above the page break and below it, and not cultivate an an environment where the readers feel there’s a distance between themselves and the writer. A distance which provides the commenter cover, he thinks, to leave all sense of civility at the door.

How do you do it?  By commenting yourself.  By responding to reader criticisms in the thread.  By acknowledging when you’re wrong and making edits to the original post showing that your product and logic is as transparent as can be and that you’re listening.  When someone comes into a comment thread with sharp elbows, you make a point to engage them. Positively if possible, but by arguing back if necessary. And of course, you do so by making it crystal clear that your comment threads have standards. Mine: no racial, misogynistic, homophobic or otherwise bigoted baloney. Fight hard for your points but don’t attack others.  No spamming.  That’s about it.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 20 January 2011

MIKE AXISA FINDS THE RAFAEL SORIANO SILVER LINING That Yankee bullpen is mighty good.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 20 January 2011

FURTHER PROOF STAR WARS NERDS UNDERSTAND THE SERIES BETTER THAN LUCAS As JVL notes, "this is Silmarillion-levels of awesome."

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 20 January 2011

IGNORED FOR 39 YEARS the recommendation made to President Nixon nearly four decades ago seems closer than ever to being enacted. "The modern debate over the decriminalization of drugs in the United States can be traced to the spring of 1972. That March, a commission appointed by President Nixon to review America’s drug policy and led by former Pennsylvania governor Richard P. Shafer made a shocking recommendation: Marijuana should be decriminalized. Simple possession, Shafer’s commission recommended, should no longer be an offense and the “casual distribution” of small amounts of pot for no, or little, remuneration should be decriminalized as well. Nixon was livid. Even before the report was published, the president vowed not to loosen penalties for pot possession." Nixon, easily the most reviled politician of the last half sentury, set the tone for a flawed and failed drug policy that has destroyed more lives than it has saved. It's time to decriminalize marijuana.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 20 January 2011

HOW TO WASTE $100 GRAND Lot's of fun in the comments. no comments

Written by Joe Tetreault | 20 January 2011

THE FRUSTRATING INSISTENCE THAT JOBA CHAMBERLAIN IS BROKEN Bob Ryan got into the act today (H/T - Craig Calcaterra). 

Has any team, anywhere, at any time in history, ever messed up a valued prospect as badly as the Yankees have Joba Chamberlain?

But that assumes he's messed up. Here's what I wrote at Hardball Talk:

Small sample size caveats apply. In August and September, Chamberlain made 28 appearances, had a 2.36 ERA and held opponents to a .200/.245/.350 batting line, facing 106 batters. Does that say he’s fine? Of course not. But the notion that Chamberlain is a busted commodity overstates things by a damn sight. Small samples size caveats off. He’s 25 years old, has pitched 353.1 innings in the major leagues and owns an ERA of 3.77 and a K/9 of 9.2. Exactly how is it that we regard him as being messed up badly?

The only way the Yankees will truly mess up with regards to Chamberlain is if they listen to their fans and media types who insist he can't make it in the Bronx and sell him off for fifty cents on the dollar.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 18 January 2011

BUSY WEEKEND It's Salary Arbitration season, which means I'm busy with round ups at BizofBaseball. I also accepted an invitation to share some thoughts on the Rays upcoming rule 4 draft at It's About The Money (Stupid) today. I'm hoping to get back to regular posting tomorrow. no comments

Written by Joe Tetreault | 14 January 2011

LET NOT YOUR HEAT BE TROUBLED RED SOX FANS Bill at The Platoon Advantage breaks down why the Herald's John Tomase selected bad comparisons for Josh Beckett and that the outlook for Boston's righty is hardly bleak.

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Written by Joe Tetreault | 14 January 2011

MAKING GREAT STRIDES IN NOM DE BLOGGAGE

Thanks, Mike Axisa

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