Television Is No Longer The Electronic Pied Piper

I had the occasion, recently, to relate the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamlin to a young audience who had never heard it before. It’s actually one of my favorite childhood tales; I was always amazed by the Piper’s power over the children, that they would follow him unquestioningly, and scornful of townsfolks’ blatant […]

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July 13, 2015

More Streaming, More OTT Are In Your Future, As Viewer or Distributor

Without question, audiences are increasingly turning to streaming options when it comes to video-based entertainment. More than a few studies have been reported, recently, which deliver supporting data: Study: Connected TV Owners Streaming More Video Than A Year Ago — From a study reported at StreamDaily.com: 19% of adults over 18 are watching less traditional TV, […]

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April 29, 2015

“…[O]n the cusp of the next major evolutionary growth phase…”

If you draw a circle which contains all things entertainment and a second which contains all things technology, the area where those things overlap (the venerable and oft-used Venn diagram) would be the NAB Show, just now wrapping up in Las Vegas. Reports from the Giants who attended this annual Las Vegas event tell of […]

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April 16, 2015

Three Trends Which Will Remake Entertainment

I had a history professor back in my collegiate days who encouraged the class, every time his lecture included the word “change”, to respond with an immediate question”: “Pace and degree?” The idea was that change, throughout history, is a constant, but the pace of that change, and the degree of that change, can make […]

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March 13, 2015

#TVe Was ON at the 2015 Media Summit New York

How does one encapsulate the entirety of the 2015 Media Summit NY…the stuff of multiple panels featuring some of the most impressive leaders of web, TV, VOD and technology, each offering their experience and expertise on the present and future of media and entertainment? With a tweet, of course. The assembled executives from every possible […]

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March 10, 2015

Streaming Video Will Transform Home Entertainment. Are You Ready?

There’s no doubt about it. Streaming video will transform the way that Americans…nay, the world…will consume video content. And we won’t have long to wait for the transformation (ahem…revolution) to occur (remember pace & degree?). Even the biggest media companies are getting into the game so that they don’t miss out the audience (and revenue […]

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February 5, 2015

Have tablets taken over the living room?

It’s an interesting conceit: Have tablets taken over the living room and become the first screen while traditional large screens have become ‘companion devices’? It’s not such a strange idea. With my small focus group here at home, I’ve noticed that the living room TV is getting much less of a workout that it did […]

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December 17, 2013

Have Tablets Become the First Screen?

It’s an interesting conceit: Have tablets taken over the living room and become the first screen while traditional large screens have become ‘companion devices’? It’s not such a strange idea. With my small focus group here at home, I’ve noticed that the living room TV is getting much less of a workout that it did […]

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November 19, 2013

Netflix Continues to Surprise

Not long ago, perhaps a little over a year, it seemed like Netflix was a bit lost, disconnected from consumers and beaten up by major content providers like WB and HBO. It was tough times for the best-known name in streaming video. (Read about it here and here.) But that was then. This is now. […]

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October 15, 2013

Giant Happenings at the EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline

We’ll post more about this in a future blog, but we wanted to share a glimpse into the Entertainment Merchants Association’s Digital Media Pipeline 2013, held Tuesday, September 24 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles. Reported attendance topped 500 industry executives from every part of the mediascape including technology partners (like Giant), studios, digital […]

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September 25, 2013