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June 10, 2005

Akimbo Gets Agressive

I'm not sure how long this deal has been going on, but Akimbo has slashed their prices to $99 for the hardware, including 3 free months of service or a reduced rate for a lifetime subscription ($169).

The key to Akimbo's success is getting a critical mass of viewers such that they can entice more content providers from using their service, and this pricing model seams well suited to getting more users.

It's too bad there isn't functionality for streaming your own movie, music, or photo library to the Akimbo; that sort of functionality would enhance the offering and at the lower price for Akimbo, shift sales from other Media Servers to Akimbo. Add in support for streaming friends and family media libraries, and you've got a great community device where family members can watch family home movies, view photos, etc. and help increase sales.

Posted on June 10, 2005

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The biggest problem that I have with Akimbo is that it took 8 years and hundreds of millions of dollars for TiVo to reach 3 million customers with (arguably) a much greater value proposition. How Akimbo plans to achieve the same when there are other platforms that can deliver the same service with a decentralized network to any device, I can only guess...

Posted by: Alex Rowland at June 10, 2005 05:04 PM

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