Tag Archive: TV

The cable guys win again

Aug. 16, ‘12: Good summary by Peter Kafka why Apple isn’t going to change the TV business anytime soon. (Context: A WSJ article reporting that Apple is talking with the cable companies about some sort of Apple TV “box”.) If you want to … Continue reading →

Sorry Cheapskates, But HBO Doesn’t Want Your Money

Jun. 6, ‘12: Perhaps you’ve seen TakeMyMoneyHBO.com, a website/Twitter campaign trying to convince HBO to offer direct subscriptions to HBO GO, its excellent streaming TV service. (Today — and for the foreseeable future — you need a cable or satellite subscription to access … Continue reading →

If You’re Expecting The TV Industry To Just ‘Collapse’, Keep Dreaming

Jun. 4, ‘12: The Internet has already changed the television industry significantly, and will continue to do so. But the idea that the web will cause the TV business to “collapse” is fantasy. Henry Blodget has just written a wildly popular post called … Continue reading →

Netflix explains why it’s good for TV networks (PDF)

Apr. 23, ‘12: From Netflix’s quarterly letter to shareholders PDF: In the past, we have said that our licensing of complete back seasons of on-air TV series is not only a great experience for Netflix members, but can help build the audience for … Continue reading →

HBO Go For Xbox A No-Go For Comcast, Time Warner Cable Customers

Mar. 27, ‘12: HBO Go — plus MLB.TV and Comcast’s Xfinity app — launched today for Microsoft’s Xbox 360, adding more entertainment utility to tens of millions of Xboxes. As Microsoft tries to expand the Xbox beyond gaming — an important showdown on the horizon … Continue reading →

Glenn Beck’s web TV network now has more than 300,000 subscribers

Mar. 15, ‘12: Christopher Stewart for the WSJ: (behind paywall) On Fox News, Mr. Beck averaged 2.2 million daily viewers and was paid $2.5 million a year. GBTV, which jumped on the scene in September, is expected to bring in at least $40 … Continue reading →

Why Netflix is prioritizing exclusive and original video content

Feb. 21, ‘12: The streaming-movies-and-TV-episodes market is quickly becoming a commodity: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, Comcast’s new “Xfinity Streampix,” etc. Soon, everyone will be able to stream you every episode of “The Office” ever aired. In that reality, Netflix’s opportunities to stand out … Continue reading →

‘Linsanity’ Is Money For MSG, And: Why Grownups Steal

Feb. 13, ‘12: It has been a particularly memorable week living in New York, as unexpected Knicks star Jeremy Lin has taken over the city. (Good intro/explainer here by Peter Kafka.) I am a lifelong Chicago Bulls fan and have hated the Knicks … Continue reading →

Why Apple Would Dare Partner With Those Evil Cable/Telco TV Providers

Feb. 7, ‘12: At GigaOm, Ryan Lawler walks through the latest reports and speculation about Apple’s TV set, including supposed partnerships in the works with cable and telco TV providers. Why would Apple want to partner with these horrible monopolies when it is … Continue reading →

Why today’s ‘Smart TVs’ aren’t

Feb. 6, ‘12: Amol Sarva: Apparently people actually have these. The product is really bad though. Nobody, nobody deserves to say “oh why does Apple get all the credit; we have had these for years” Apple obviously won’t be the first company to … Continue reading →