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Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.

Investors these days want to see not only growth, but also a path to profitability — and it isn’t always easy for venture-backed startups to suddenly correct course. But their bootstrapped peers have a leg up, a recent report shows. Let’s explore. — Anna

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In 2021, Alex and I wondered out loud if startups eschewing venture capital could have it all. The answer this year seems to be yes.

Indeed, Capchase’s recent Pulse of SaaS report contains an interesting finding: In 2022, bootstrapped SaaS companies are doing better than VC-backed startups in many respects.

“Despite the war chest of funding that VC-backed firms raised last year, bootstrapped companies are doing better than VC-backed companies across nearly every metric we analyzed,” the SaaS-focused fintech wrote.


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Exclusive: My Favorite 4K Blu-ray Player Is $100 Off for Cyber Monday – CNET – TalkOfNews.com

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We’ve said goodbye to the Black Friday week, but we’re not quite done with the deals just yet. Cyber Monday is only a few days away, and the vast majority of discounts are still available, with a ton of new ones coming every day. One of my personal favourite deals is this price drop on the fantastic Panasonic UB820 4K Blu-ray player. It’s only $398 for Cyber Monday, down from its regular price of $500. If you’re someone who loves movies, both new and old, then you owe it to yourself to get the best possible movie-watching experience, something this 4K Blu-ray player can offer.

The Panasonic UB820 isn’t the most expensive player out there, but it is considered by the majority of enthusiasts as the Holy Grail of 4K Blu-ray players. Along with my LG C-series OLED TV (which is also on sale for Cyber Monday), it’s my favourite way to watch movies thanks to its support for gorgeous Dolby Vision HDR and immersive Dolby Atmos sound.

4K Blu-rays are capable of offering the best quality image, audio, and HDR for any movie that’s available on the format. 4K streaming on Netflix is only transmitted at 25Mbps, while a 4K Blu-ray transmits it four times faster. This results in a superior experience when it comes to every aspect of movie watching.

Another great thing about 4K Blu-rays is that old movies that were shot on 35mm film can be shown at their highest quality since first being projected in theatres. That’s because 35mm films can roughly be equated to 8K resolution, allowing them to be blown up to a huge size without losing image detail in the theatre. So if the original 35mm film negatives have been preserved and taken care of, studios can have the work done to make magnificent presentations on 4K Blu-ray. Some of my favourite 4K Blu-rays that exemplify this are Heat, Raging Bull and Casino — yes, I’m quite the De Niro fan.

Many companies and boutique outlets may also work with the director and/or cinematographer to create a presentation that matches their original intent, giving you an experience that’s as close to seeing it in the theatre as actually being there in the past. 

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Something to look forward to: Airline passengers have become accustomed to either completely cutting themselves off from the outside world or paying additional charges for in-flight Wi-Fi access. But thanks to new legislation passed by the European Commission, passengers aboard European Union-based flights may soon be able to use all of their device’s standard mobile features while in flight.

On Thursday, the European Commission announced that EU-based airlines will now be allowed to provide in-flight wireless 4G and 5G access for all passengers. Once implemented, passengers can use their mobile devices in the same ways as any ground-based mobile network while in flight. Goodbye airplane mode; we can’t say it’s been fun.

An onboard “small cell” network established using picocells will provide the in-flight service. Small cells function as miniature, low-power cell towers that augment typical cell towers by filling in coverage gaps and offloading cellular traffic. The result is a broader, more reliable cellular network that delivers high data rates and easier deployments using simple, cost-effective cellular solutions.

Picocells are a specific type of small, low-cost small-cell technology that can support between 32 and 64 individual users while providing up to 250m in-network coverage. Their size and ease of deployment indoors or outdoors make them ideal for augmenting and improving the range within facilities and structures such as schools, shopping centers, and other small businesses. Once deployed to participating aircraft, the cells will route calls, texts, and other mobile data between the plane and ground-based mobile networks.

The European Commission’s Thierry Breton, a commissioner for Internal Market, sees the new legislation as a potential catalyst to drive new EU-based services and business growth.

“The sky is no longer a limit when it comes to possibilities offered by super-fast, high-capacity connectivity,” Breton said.

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The push to expand 4G and 5G access will likely extend beyond air travel. The Commission also amended a decision on 5GHz, making the bands available for use in cars, buses, and other forms of transportation. The amendment to the implementing decision says that Member States shall make the 5GHz frequency bands available for use aboard road vehicles no later than June 2023.

Image credit: Airplane mode by Sten Ritterfeld, small cell diagram from rfpage.com


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