Time-Warner and CBS Lead the Charge…in the Wrong Direction

It seems counterintuitive that Time-Warner cable and CBS haven’t made peace and returned the cable universe and America’s primetime viewing back to normal. It’s the last thing you’d think that a cable company would want to do: Give viewers the glimmer of what entertainment delights are available elsewhere. Worried talk of ‘cord cutters’, those viewers […]

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August 21, 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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July 23, 2013

Is Cord Cutting Real?

With the explosion of entertainment options available to the internet savvy in the last couple years, there’s been a great deal of discussion and a fair amount of reporting about a trend, including debate on whether it is imagined or real. Are internet-savvy households abandoning their cable/satellite providers, substituting over-the-air (OTA) TV reception and VOD […]

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July 10, 2013

A Report Back from the Digital Front Lines

A week ago, Giant Interactive participated as a co-sponsor (with OVGuide) in the Entertainment Merchants Association‘s June Digital Salon. The topic of the evening: How do content providers attract consumers ‘where they are, when they are’ in a marketplace which is filled with numerous digital offerings and seems to be adding more choices every day? […]

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June 18, 2013

The Model of a Modern Major Network

I was a little frustrated when I discovered that Hulu only had season 4 of Parks & Recreation. Though I’m a little late to the party for this smart comedy, I had dreams of binge-viewing the entire run…and now those hopes were dashed. Thinking that I’d have to start at Season 1 on disc, I […]

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June 4, 2013

How Precarious Is Netflix’s Lead in VOD?

Netflix has been the lightning rod of the VOD revolution for a long time, whether for good or ill. As a subscriber since 2000, I’ve followed the company’s evolution from DVD distributor to VOD leader and for this entire period, Netflix has had the privilege of being the name mentioned first and most often when […]

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January 22, 2013

How Will Cord Cutters Impact Home Entertainment?

I chatted recently with a tech-savvy friend about his sizeable and seemingly eternally-growing cable bill (Hello, Comcast.) My friend mused that he might just drop his cable and rely on Google TV, Hulu and various free sites on-line. His rationale was simple: He never watched live TV anymore, choosing instead to depend on several VOD […]

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January 10, 2013

Good News for Home Entertainment as 2012 Draws To A Close

It’s been a tough couple of years for the home entertainment industry. Spending by consumers has dropped significantly since 2009 and there’s been more than a little hand wringing about the future of the business. Yet, as 2013 draws to a close, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. As TheWrap […]

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December 11, 2012

The Tech That Ate Hollywood: VOD On The Rise

Despite the promising disc sales numbers recently reported (and discussed here), the VOD marketplace segment shows no sign of halting its growth lessening its assumption of an increasing share of the home entertainment ecosystem. For studios and major distributors, this has a direct effect on the bottom line, with fewer discs being sold and/or rented […]

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September 18, 2012

Good News in the Home Entertainment Business and Blu-ray

Via the M & E Daily, the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance’s daily newsletter, we heard some news which everyone in the home entertainment industry has been hoping for. After several years of decline, consumer spending on discs and digital in the first half of 2012 grew 1.43% compared to the first half of 2011. […]

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July 31, 2012

A Second Golden Age of Television…Delivered Digitally

Fast on the tail of the WSJ article about Binge TV viewing comes another TV-viewing-related news item in which Neilsen reports that Netflix customers are increasingly likely to be using the service to watch television series rather than movies. “Nineteen percent of survey respondents said they prefer to use Netflix for TV programming, an 8% […]

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July 18, 2012

Beginning of the end for Netflix…or the end of the beginning?

From a position of seeming-dominance in the home entertainment market not so long ago, Netflix has taken a beating in recent months through a series of missteps and some surprisingly sharp competition. Who would have guessed that this would be such an area of contention in the age of spiking VOD demand and emerging digital […]

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February 8, 2012