There’s so much to read each week I find I, even with the help of various blogs and websites, can’t keep up. I’ve decided to start a weekly digest of interesting headlines and topics, both for my own use but also for industry practitioners and interested fans. This week (10/21 – 10/28):
Web Video Market:
• Comcast Making a Serious Play in Streaming (NewTeeVee; Broadcasting and Cable): NewTeeVee‘s take on Comcast’s Xfinity TV is the must-read article of the week. For me, XfinityTV still doesn’t have the usability and features of Netflix, nor the seamlessness of Hulu, but what it does have it HBO and a library of newer films. With more content, it could be a real player.
• Mobile Advertising to Reach $24B by 2015 (ReadWriteWeb): Mobile’s big, we get one of these a week.
• In Fox vs. Cablevision Wars, a Winner: Antenna Sales. (Multichannel News): I kid you not. With the weakening economy, is over-the-air not yet dead? See Comcast’s latest quarterly report for proof it’s not. Meanwhile: the losers? Fox and Cablevision, one of whom is being sued by customers.
• StumbleUpon: The Web Video Pandora? (NewTeeVee).
• Pay-per-view now available on UStream (Web Series Network)
• Battlestar Galactica Web Series Getting TV Treatment (Crave): SyFy in general and Battlestar specifically have done quite well with web series, so this makes sense, especially given the abysmal performance of the now-canceled Caprica — which I actually thought had improved slightly in the second half of its first season.
• The LXD Returns (Televisual; Tubefilter): Follow-up news from last week’s update. Also, check out Tubefilter’s interview with the series’ ‘robot’ character, who’s been doing the Robot in films and commercials like crazy.
• Showtime Continues Web Series Streak with Dexter (TVbytheNumbers)
• Visible Measures and Mashable’s Top Webisode Chart (Visible Measures): Just a reminder to check this out each month! The latest was posted yesterday. Also: see my summary of the key trends from the chart.
Research and Policy:
• The Increasing Importance of Physical Space (Harvard Business Review): Optimists (who champion a flatter world) and pessimists (nostalgic for physical connection) take note: where you live and work still matters.
• Half of Americans Believe Traditional Media Will Be Gone in 10 Years (Harris Interactive): It’s not just pundits I guess.
Hollywood and Tech:
• Networks Blocking Google TV for Now; NewTeeVee Sums Up What’s Available (Wall Street Journal; NewTeeVee): Is content still king? Yes. Google’s relying on YouTube to get premium content: good luck! Wired says the device is good on its own, but will probably need the networks in the future.
• The Value of TV, by Mark Cuban (Mark Cuban): Mark Cuban says TV is still valuable because it fits more manageably within the time constraints of the older.
• Universal dives into online gaming (Hollywood Reporter): Social gaming rules the land.
• Zynga worth more than Electronic Arts? (Bloomberg BusinessWeek): Social gaming rules the land.
• Shows Getting Some DVR Help, Including The Event and 30 Rock (New York Times): Question is: do advertisers care yet?