The consumer space is leading the move to stateless data, this time in the case of movie rentals. Remember, the core idea of stateless is that the product--the movie--and the means of delivery/consumption--the DVD--are decoupled. Streaming movies from the cloud can be consumed on a smartphone, a laptop, or a home TV; they are no longer connected to a physical DVD.
Note these first quarter numbers from the New York Times report:
- Revenue from digital streaming, up 545%
- DVD rentals from stores, down more than 39%
- DVD rentals from services like Netflix, down 48%
For perspective, the last physical Blockbuster location in my area closed last week, while we rented two HD movies from Amazon.com online last week, the exact winner/loser pattern predicted in "The stateless revolution comes to the world of content and media."
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