Two cheers for Chromecast?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

As TeleRead readers will be well aware, Chromecast, Google’s neat HDMI-compatible AV streaming dongle and its associated programs,  has been around for a while now; but it’s only just made it to certain European markets, and courtesy of my parents, I may still be Hungary’s [ on]

That’s show biz: The value propositions of bookstores and movies

By Chris Meadows
April 12, 2014 // 1 Comment

Sometimes when I’m trawling through the news, I run across unrelated posts that form an interesting juxtaposition. Here’s one concerning the very similar way that technological change has affected two entirely different industries. First, Dan Meadows (not a close relation as far as I know) has [ on]

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 [ on]

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: [ on]

Review: Google Chromecast

By Chris Meadows
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 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 [ on]

Amazon data mining to find customer tastes

By Chris Meadows
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 [ on]

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

By Joanna Cabot
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 [ on]

The Debate Over Paying for News

By Joanna Cabot
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 [ on]

Cord cutting snips the reality-TV noose

By Joanna Cabot
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 [ on]

Netflix Finally Adding Profiles

By Juli Monroe
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 [ on]

Tablets and mobile just took a generational leap forward

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 [ on]

The 'Future' of Entertainment Looks a Lot Like 1995

By Joanna Cabot
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 [ on]

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