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The Flip Side of the ‘Permission Culture’ Argument

By Joanna Cabot
April 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has put up a great piece about what they are calling the ‘permission culture’ problem. They are referring to the difficulties of a business model such as Netflix, which has moved from distributing physical goods to distributing streaming digital ones: “The problem is [...]

Specialty programming: good news for TV, bad news for books

By Joanna Cabot
March 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

My friend David Rothman posted this NY Times article on Facebook this morning, with the comment ‘good news for TV, bad news for books.’ The article talks about this golden age of cord-cutting, specialty programming (like on Netflix) and high-end cable series, with the following aside: [...]

FAA failure to keep up with commercial drone use could prevent innovation

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

At the risk of droning on, it seems like there has been a lot of news involving drones lately. We covered Amazon’s announcement of package delivery (someday) via drones, and some responses to it. Clearly, drone services could fill the middle range between snail-mail delivery and electronic [...]

Marvel, Netflix titles vanished because of impermanence of contracts, not digital media

By Chris Meadows
January 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

Because I’m sure sooner or later someone’s going to bring this up as an example of the impermanence of digital media, and how you should never buy anything from a digital store because they can always take it away from you, I figured I’d better cover it first. The big news that broke in the [...]

Review: Google Chromecast

By libertyc
December 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve had my Google Chromecast for a couple of days now. I’ve unboxed it for YouTube, and I’ve written up a lengthy review for Answers.com. To summarize, by and large, it’s a great little device. In some ways not as useful as the Roku yet (in particular, no Amazon Prime or local media [...]

Blockbuster closes its last stores – is this the future for Barnes & Noble?

By libertyc
November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Big news all over the net today: Blockbuster Video (now a sub-brand of Dish Network) is closing its last 300 corporate-owned stores, and shutting down its DVD-rental-by-mail program. 50 franchised stores will remain open for the time being, but the writing is probably on the wall for them too. [...]

Amazon data mining to find customer tastes

By libertyc
November 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece on Amazon’s original television programming pilot selection process, in which it winnowed down a long list of pilots using user ratings and feedback to pick the ones that were most likely to succeed to base series on. The WSJ compares this approach [...]

Is the 'Download' Model For Technology Going to Become Obsolete?

By libertyc
October 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

The Beloved and I have had many an amusing conversation about how we would explain the technology of our youths to the children in our lives. I think they will find the computer mouse hilariously quaint, and the notion that if you wanted to phone somebody and they were not home, that was it will I [...]

The Debate Over Paying for News

By libertyc
September 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

Matthew Ingram has a great write-up on the question of paying for news. Will people do it? Do paywalls actually generate revenue for traditional newspapers? The sobering answer is, not really—unless you are the New York Times. From the article: “Take Gannett, for example. The [...]

Cord cutting snips the reality-TV noose

By libertyc
August 10, 2013 // 6 Comments

From Techdirt comes yet another bulletin about the phenomenon of cord cutters—this rising demographic is, well, continuing to rise. From the article: The pool of potential customers has risen with no correlative rise in subscribers. That’s an indication that more households are foregoing [...]

Netflix Finally Adding Profiles

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

Oh happy day! We’ve been cord cutters relying on Netflix for years, and yes, our son in college is one of those “digital moochers” that Joanna wrote about earlier this year. Unfortunately, my son, husband and I all have different tastes in movies, and Netflix offers me up some [...]

Tablets and mobile just took a generational leap forward

By libertyc
July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

With the blogs and newswires buzzing over Google’s update of its hugely popular Nexus 7 tablet, as well as Google’s release of the new ChromeCast HDMI dongle, it’s not hard to conclude that quite a lot is happening in the world of Android. The Nexus 7 tablet, after all, was [...]

The 'Future' of Entertainment Looks a Lot Like 1995

By libertyc
July 21, 2013 // 4 Comments

This weekend, we hit a milestone in my household: the Beloved finally got sick enough of the limited selection on flat-rate Netflix to venture into the pay-per-movie world of the iTunes Store, which we can access on the bedroom television via the spiffy little Apple TV box. And … color us [...]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: 'Cord Cutters' Survey Makes Wrong Point

By libertyc
July 12, 2013 // 7 Comments

GigaOM has a report about a comScore survey showing that 16 percent of Canadians “stream all of their TV from on-line sources.” The survey also has an additional 35 percent of Canadians watching both traditional television and a further 35 percent only watching traditional television. [...]

Does Amazon Have an Acquisition Hit List?

By libertyc
July 10, 2013 // 4 Comments

There’s been a lot of speculation lately around Amazon’s long-term strategic intentions and its overall modus operandi. David Streitfeld’s New York Times blog opined that, “it has made the future of bookselling seem as if it will inevitably be owned by Amazon.” Others [...]

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