A Fool Looks Back

Let's take a look back at the news that made waves.

Mar 8, 2014 at 7:00AM

A lot of big companies have tried to roll out Web-based TV services, only to fall flat on their faces. DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) appears to have succeeded, striking a groundbreaking deal with Disney (NYSE:DIS) that will allow the country's second largest satellite television provider to stream live and on-demand shows from Disney's ABC, ESPN, and its namesake cable channel. 

This is the first deal of its kind. Broadcasters and premium cable networks have been hesitant to offer up their content as truly mobile streams, fearing that folks will cherry-pick the channels they watch. 

How did a satellite-TV giant get the family-entertainment giant to hop on? Money played a factor, but DISH also promised that it would disable its customers' ability to skip through ads while a show is still relatively new. In other words, the difference between DISH and everybody else that's flopped in trying to put together an "over-the-top" streaming service is that it had a disruptive technology -- the ad-zapping Hopper DVR -- that it could use as a negotiating chip. 

It's about time. Future generations may laugh when they hear that you used to pay ridiculous bills for access to hundreds of channels when all your really watched was a dozen at best.

Briefly in the news
And now let's look at some of the other stories that shaped our week.

  • Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) is banking on new endeavors. China's leading search engine revealed on Friday that it has formed a partnership to apply for a private banking license. Remember when Baidu was just an Internet search company? Its CEO sees finance as the next industry the Internet will topple.
  • Jamba (NASDAQ:JMBA) posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly deficit on Thursday. This is a seasonally sleepy quarter for the smoothie chain, but it still managed to post positive comps, making it three straight years of growing comps for the Jamba Juice parent. 
  • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is investing in European growth. The electric-car maker announced that it will open more than 30 sales and service centers through Europe as well as beef up its network of Supercharger stations that provide complimentary recharges for Tesla owners. 

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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. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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