The Real Target of Dish’s Sling TV

In this week’s Deadline Hollywood, David Lieberman points out that, while many assume that Dish’s new Sling TV service is aimed at Millennials – and Dish has done little to counter this perception – the stations featured in the basic tier have audiences whose demographics lean heavily towards Baby Boomers. Lieberman speculates that the potential [...]


Winning the Battle, but Losing the War

I, like most of you, just returned from CES in Las Vegas. (And, like most of you, my feet need a few days to recover). This year’s technology extravaganza was bigger than ever. Having long since outgrown the Las Vegas Convention Center, there are now CES show floors spread throughout the city. Each year it [...]


Honey, I Shrunk the Cable Package

As the barrage of announcements that defines the annual Consumer Electronics Show gets underway, Dish Networks trumped the early wave of press with the launch of its new Sling TV service. Despite what you might imagine given the operator and the name, Sling TV is a broadband-only video service – that is, it requires no [...]

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Cause Célèbre

Happy New Year! Though it is the last week of 2014 with most on holiday, it is impossible to not discuss the cultural phenomenon that is The Interview. Seth Rogen’s latest vanity piece (and the real-world drama it unleashed) seemed to touch on every cultural meme of our time. International incident? Check. Fanatical response by [...]


Let’s be Friends

Happy Holidays, everyone. As many of us enjoy a cup of eggnog and some well-deserved time off, the industry is buzzing from last week’s news that, starting next year, Dish will (finally) bundle a Netflix app into its Hopper set-top boxes. While this falls a bit short of peace on earth, it does represent an [...]

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From Niche to Notable

Last week European broadband television operator Magine TV announced its app is now available on Chromecast in Sweden and Germany. For most of us in the states, this was just another in the growing list of companies using Chromecast as an app platform. Not insignificant, but not necessarily worthy of special attention. However, the announcement [...]


Make vs. Buy

Last week news leaked that HBO has decided to use major league baseball’s streaming platform, MLB Advanced Media, rather than its own in-house platform (known as ‘Project Maui’). This came as a major surprise to those within HBO and, in protest, the Company’s CTO, Otto Berkes, resigned, leaving the fate of Project Maui in question. [...]


Who Pays Whom?

As 2014 winds up, it is natural to not only take a step back – to better understand key trends of 2014 – but to look forward – to envision 2015 and beyond. In this light, it is interesting to note how many of the most important industry stories in 2014 related to the once-simple [...]


Your Move

One of the most interesting things about following today’s TV industry is seeing how different players react to one another’s moves. There is a multibillion-dollar chess match going on between the major players, which is both good for innovation and a lot of fun to watch. One move, in particular, that merits a more extended [...]


Surf City

Surf City Streaming Media West 2014 and the Future of TV I just returned from the Streaming Media West conference in Huntington Beach, California (aka Surf City, USA). Events like these tend towards the technical and are fairly well attended by the video Technorati, and have earned a well-deserved reputation as ‘the’ place to hear [...]


50 Shades of Grey

President Obama, still suffering from the mid-term election blues, came out this week with a (surprisingly) vigorous defense of net neutrality. Without pretense to political punditry, our Commander-in-Chief advanced a popular (and populist) position: a free and open Internet, a notion that ranks right up there with Mom and apple pie in terms of mass [...]


Missing the Boat

Lots of chatter last week about a proposed FCC initiative to broaden the definition of ‘MVPD’ to include online video distributors (OVDs) that deliver a linear stream of programming. Newly-defined OVDs would then have access to broadcast content under the FCC’s must-carry rules, and be required to negotiate retransmission consent with larger broadcasters that decline [...]

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