Cord cutting isn't just a consumer topic. Business models can fall victim to the trend, as well. Google recently announced that it will be shutting down its marketplace for traditional television advertising to focus on digital video solutions. It is clear that even the largest advertising platforms can no longer invest in trying to better the 'old' system, and must move full-steam ahead with digital video to stay competitive.
On Monday, January 4th 1954 the New York Times ran a story entitled "Television In Review: NBC Color." It was a review of one of the very first color television live broadcasts - that of the Tournament of Roses Parade held on New Year's Day.
One of the most fun and fascinating things about that article is that how the reviewer laments the limitations of the new technology. In one passage, he says "another difficulty is...the size of the picture... roughly 12 1/2 inches. Since it is necessary to sit much farther away than from a black and white set, one wonders how big a color tube will need to be to be practical..."
Wouldn't that reviewer be amazed by the 150 inch flat screen plasma that sit in homes today.
It's sometimes hard to remember that there, indeed, was a day when there was a difference between "color television" and "television". Today, it's just Television.
Three seemingly unrelated things happened this week that I think move us into a similar phase with content related to television and the Internet.
Let's look at each quickly:
Oprah announced the retirement of her show
Yes, Oprah is leaving... Read more