News reports last month of Apple’s latest attempt to launch an online video service prompted Wall Street firm Nomura Research to publish two research reports. One said any new Apple service wouldn’t be attractive to current “core pay TV customers.” The other implied that Apple’s new service could sign up at least 18.5 million consumers by 2017, and maybe millions more.
The difference? One came from Nomura’s media analyst and the other from a Nomura technology analyst. Each looked at the service from the perspective of the industry they cover. And they presented somewhat contradictory conclusions.