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Arrested Development: Win, Lose or Draw – TV changed on Memorial Day Weekend

Posted by Mike Caprio on June 20th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

A non-television, non-cable network technology company was responsible for the Arrested Development revival — something never seen before in our industry. For those who have seen the program, it was undoubtedly made for a social generation before a social platform existed, and it catered to a niche but fiercely loyal fan base. But because it didn’t resonate with the general audiences, the show met its demise — ironically one month before Twitter was born.
Then Netflix, the anti-TV network, came along and reincarnated the cult classic, releasing all episodes to be consumed at one time this past Memorial Day weekend.

Here's Why Data Impacts Everything

Posted by Jonathan Gardner on February 4th, 2013 at 9:53 am

While there are many critical reasons to reform education and job training in this country, here’s one thing we definitely need to do: start preparing a generation of data scientists, analysts and engineers who know how to work with and leverage data to build our tomorrow. I know for sure that our future depends on it. We’re all data now.

Defying the Gravity of Cable Giants: HBO Nordic AB and Its Implications

Posted by Atul Patel on October 3rd, 2012 at 5:00 am

In a system of established cable and television business models with restrictive syndication, it seems the only way to push the evolution of video forward is to approach distribution in as many angles and in as many territories as possible. HBO is finally embarking on this frontier with their recent announcement of HBO Nordic AB, a service that will provide HBO content direct to consumers for the first time in Europe. This move is a symbol of changing audience expectations and the very real opportunities that exist for video producers and publishers if they will only tap in.

Is Content Exclusivity Going Extinct? Redefining Agreements in the Current Digital Landscape

Posted by Atul Patel on September 7th, 2012 at 5:00 am

The traditional understanding of how video content exclusivity worked went something like this: producers sold exclusive content syndication rights to the content distribution network that offered the highest bid; the network in turn made millions in advertising for being the single-source of this must-watch content. But what happens when the audience no longer goes to a single source for content? We’re living in an age where audiences expect content on demand from a variety of sources (cable networks, websites, blogs, apps) and devices beyond regular television (computers, smart phones, tablets, game consoles).  Does this mean that exclusivity simply goes away, forcing the producers and aggregators to say goodbye to revenue and embrace the free exchange of content instead? The obvious answer is no. Content exclusivity will not go the way of VHS tapes. Instead, it will evolve to something much better, where everyone, including audiences, benefits.
The Exclusivity Predicament
To better understand our current predicament, let’s consider the 11-season hit television show American Idol. When it began in 2002, it was likely the content owner Fremantle Media sold American Idol to FOX for offering the highest bid. We, the consumers, then tuned in every Wednesday night, hungry to meet the next pop... Read more

Divergence Rather Than Convergence?

Posted by Jay Friedman on October 12th, 2009 at 12:00 am

There has been talk for years about the convergence of online with TV - even as far back as 1999. Certainly the notion of online video becoming one with TV has merit and makes sense.  In fact, eight moths ago Netflix CEO Reed Hastings predicted the DVD had 9 more years left to its lifespan.  Now he says it has two years left.  Why the change in timeline and so suddenly?
All of this brings about the old Web/TV convergence discussion. When is it going to happen and more importantly, what happens then?  Let me put forth a new theory - divergence - of the web itself.  Users consume online content in two ways - leaning back and leaning forward.  Reading email, articles, doing spreadsheets, all of these are lean-forward activities.  Watching online video is largely lean back, just like watching TV.  So, while online video parallels TV in this fashion, much of what we do online doesn't.  The lean-forward activities make up most of our online time andare generally not activities we want to do while taking up the family TV.
So, rather than talking about the pending convergence of of Web and TV, maybe the focus should be on... Read more