Can This Man Help Hulu Gain Technical Parity With Netflix?

The streaming upstart hires Tian Lim as its new chief technology officer.

Feb 20, 2014 at 4:30PM

Hulu's hiring of Tian Lim as chief technology officer is long overdue, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Not so much that Lim, specifically, should have been on the payroll, but that someone of his caliber has been needed in-house for a while, Tim argues. Former CTO Richard Tom left the company, along with founding CEO Jason Kilar, about a year ago. Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) been on a tear since, funding new originals and opening new territories.

Part of what makes the Netflix story appealing -- or at least more appealing than Hulu's -- is that the service works seamlessly on a huge range of devices. Remember the Wii U? Netflix was so fast to support the device that Nintendo was still working on its own "TVii" service when the streamer went live on the console.

Moreover, Tim says, the company's technology includes a built-in content delivery network, or CDN, for accelerating streams to customers in certain high-traffic regions. The service should also help to protect against Internet Service Providers who choose to take advantage of the more lax net neutrality regulations and throttle Netflix's streams. Hulu doesn't appear to enjoy similar safeguards.

Lim, whose experience at Sony includes bringing Hulu Plus to PlayStation consoles, is now responsible for remedying that. It's about time someone was.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What new services do you want to see Hulu offer? How would you differentiate from Netflix? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, then leave a comment to let us know what you think, and whether you would buy, sell, or short Netflix stock at current prices.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

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