The Outwardly Expanding Sports Universe

Good news for college football fans! The new SEC Network launched last week, a new pay-TV network dedicated entirely to the athletic goings-on at the fourteen universities in the southeastern United States that make up the SEC conference. The venture inaugurates a new 20-year partnership between ESPN and the SEC conference. ESPN operates the network, [...]


A Fear of Commitment

Microsoft announced last month that it is shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios. Though it made the headlines for a day or two, few were able to grasp why Microsoft would make such a move. Even in the context of Microsoft’s massive layoffs (18,000 jobs) and cost cutting, this came as a surprise. Remember, it has [...]


Sorry, Wired, the Future of TV is Still an App

Debate is a healthy, beneficial activity. It is therefore no surprise to loyal TDG readers that I enjoyed reading Gary Myer’s recent piece in Wired in which he made a case as to why the future of TV is not an app. While I enjoyed reading it, I certainly didn’t agree with it (again, hardly [...]


Amazon Video Does Shorts! It’s Synergy! (meh…)

Amazon got a lot of buzz in the industry press for its soft launch of a new Video Shorts section as part of Amazon Prime Instant Video. TechCrunch got the nod for reporting on this first. Apparently it’s been up for a few weeks. Amazon’s Video Shorts features music videos, movie, and video game trailers, [...]


An App About Nothing: Seinfeld, Netflix, and the Future of TV

Rumors this week surfaced about Jerry Seinfeld cutting a deal with Netflix to bring his classic “show about nothing” to the popular OTT SVOD service. At first glance, this deal seems like simple generational arbitrage. After all, Seinfeld ran for nine (very successful) seasons in the 1990s, with the final episode airing on May 14, [...]


For Pay-TV Operators, Offense is the Best Defense

As summarized by Re-code on Monday, paperwork filed with the U.S. Copyright Office stated that Aereo ended 2013 with less than 78,000 subscribers dispersed across 10 cities. In NYC, where Aereo first launched its service, only 27,000 consumers had signed up – hardly the flagship success that management was expecting. No wonder they kept actual [...]

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The Brand Called Y’all: Paula Deen, Personal Brands, and the Future of TV

Combing through recent news, I came across the announcement from a few weeks back that Paula Deen – erstwhile Food Network celebrity chef known for her Southern cooking and occasional racist comments – is returning to work this September with a new subscription OTT service called “The Paula Deen Network.” Wow. Normally, most of us [...]


Netflix Continues To Show How OTT is Done, Amazon and Hulu Not So Much

Piper Jaffray released an interesting analysis last week with a quantitative look at the availability of top recent TV shows and movies on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. According to Variety, Piper Jaffray found that Netflix is leading Amazon in content licensing by a “wide margin.” (Surprise.) These metrics illustrate the importance of architecting a quality [...]


The End of the Beginning: Google’s ‘Android TV’ and the Future of Television

This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. (Winston Churchill) There was much discussion last week about Google’s Android TV, the company’s latest attempt to address the TV-as-an-app space, which is as interesting for what it isn’t as for what [...]


There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Aereo, Free-to-Air, and the Future of TV

The SCOTUS ruled against Aereo last week, sounding the death knell for the service and sending the technology industry into a tizzy. By a 6-3 vote in an opinion written by Justice Stephen Breyer, the court found that the Aereo service does indeed infringe the copyrights of TV broadcasters. Shocking? Not really. The end of [...]


All’s Fair in Love and War: T-Mobile, Amazon, and the Future of Net Neutrality

Happy summer! Two recent announcements caught my eye, both from companies based in the Seattle area, where I happen to live. First, Amazon announced that a purchase of its new Fire Phone will incorporate one year of Amazon Prime (which includes its Amazon Prime Instant View subscription video service), plus unlimited cloud photo storage, all [...]


Qplay Dumps Proprietary Hardware, Embraces App-only Video Service Strategy

Qplay – a company originally involved in an over-the-top TV and mobile video hardware/service offering – issued a June 17 press release highlighting the fact that its new iPad app could now “sling” or “cast” online video services to a TV using Google’s Chromecast stick. As well, it introduced several new personalization and social recommendation [...]

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