Intel is in discussions to launch an internet-based pay TV service that would compete directly with traditional cable providers. The Wall Street Journal reported today that Intel intends to sell a set-top box which would access a mix of live and on-demand channels, similar to current cable bundles. On the surface this [...]
2011 was the worst year for US box office attendance since 1995. Some will write this off as a poor crop of blockbusters that otherwise would have dragged people to the theater. A closer look at the numbers shows that, in fact, less and less people go to the movies each year.
There are dedicated over-the-top device makers (Roku, Boxee, Apple TV),“Smart” TVs and DVD players (Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Vizio), connected game consoles (Xbox, Sony Playstation), non-entertainment devices (iPads, HTPCs, PCs), user interfaces (GoogleTV), content aggregators (Hulu, Crackle), a billion content specific apps (Netflix, MLBTV, TedTalks, AmazonVOD, Pandora)…and infinite [...]
A friend sent over this great podcast from Scriptnotes covering the basics of film finance. If you’re interested at all in studios it’s a great primer, although like the music industry (and really any other media verticle), this revenue model (based largely on theatricals and distribution fees) is changing rapidly and may be [...]
I helped a colleague of mine write a keynote speech at the Hollywood IT Summit this winter. The basis of the presentation is that we now live in the world of the “connected consumer”. Consumers are plugged in at all times, and as a result have the ability to buy and consume [...]