Archive for the ‘Google’ Category

The Mobile TV future

November 13, 2006

Imagine a future where you can watch TV whenever and wherever you are without paying for anything except perhaps the TV enabled phone? That future may not be very far away. Recently Google launch a Gmail Application that you can download and install onto your cellphone. Using my Nokia N73 and 3G connection, I was able to download the application in seconds. I uninstalled it because I had 3G connectivity on my cellphone which allow me to connect directly to Gmail using the Mobile Web Browser. However, I thought to myself, what’s stopping Google from letting me download an application that lets me download YouTube videos?

Mobile TV

Personally I would not mind viewing a 30 sec commercial if I can download an entire episode of say South Park. Hopefully my Nokia JAN ’09 LEAPS Options will benefit from this trend. Nokia’s multimedia computer series of cellphones are great devices for viewing mobile TV.


Google + YouTube = Cable TV on the net?

November 5, 2006

While having a discussion with some friends over how Google has overtaken Microsoft as king of the tech world, the question on why Google paid $1.6 billion for YouTube surfaced. Like many of Google’s major initiatives, there must be a grand masterplan behind it all.

I’ve spent some time mulling over it and the conclusion I am getting is that Google may soon be partnering with content programmers to offer free Video content online and share a cut of the advertising revenue with them – similar to their current Adsense program. The only difference from traditional Adsense program is that the content is video instead of webpages. Users may for example watch Southpark on YouTube and be ‘forced’ to watch some commercials halfway through the video. Unlike cable TV where the same ad is shown to everyone watching the show, the advertising can be more targeted since each individual viewer can be show different ads based on the user’s age, gender, profession etc.

It’s a win-win situation for all because firstly, the user benefits because they don’t have to pay for Cable TV anymore. The content programmers can earn from advertising and thirdly, the advertisers benefit because their ads are now more targeted since YouTube will be using Google’s renowned contextual targeting technology to show the video ads.

Ultimately, they aiming for a slice of the $70 billion TV ad market. Not a bad move I suppose… maybe I should buy some GOOG LEAPS Options soon… 

Oh my God! They deleted Kenny!

October 30, 2006

YouTube, the video sharing site purchased by Google, is removing Comedy Central clips. No more Southpark and no more Colbert Reports! There goes my reason for visiting YouTube.

Seems like Google is buying YouTube just to destroy it as it cannot stand YouTube overtaking Google Video. Can’t be though… Google is too smart to do anything dumb. Something smells here but what is Google cooking?

 I just realised this post has nothing to do with options trading… but heck! This is my blog! I can do what I want! 😛

Riding Google to $540 the risk-free way using options!

October 29, 2006

Think Google (NASD: GOOG) stock may go up to $540 soon? Perhaps in one year’s time? Pretty good likelihood considering the manner in which they beat earnings estimates.

With Google currently trading at $470 a share, you can purchase an at-the-money $470 JAN ’08 put for $52 and simultaneously sell out-of-the-money $540 JAN ’08 covered call for $53.

This is a risk-free method of placing this bet and its known as a costless collar. Learn more about this strategy here.