Take Me To The Pilot: New TV Shows and New Games are Risky Ventures, But Winners Accomplish Three Key Goals

Take Me To The Pilot: New TV Shows and New Games are Risky Ventures, But Winners Accomplish Three Key Goals

The pilot of NBC’s hit This Is Us is an all-time great. It packs relate-ability, sentiment, and a mind blowing twist. It delivered with poignancy that drenched viewers in tears. And those tears have generated a flood of social sharing….

Podcast: Videonuze top Video Stories of 2016

Podcast: Videonuze top Video Stories of 2016

The VideoNuze Podcast is created by Will Richmond of VideoNuze and Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia. It is always interesting and covers the major issues. Below are their top 10 online video stories of 2016, along with a The Podcast link…

Don't Eat the Wish Sandwich

Don’t Eat the Wish Sandwich

“Have you ever heard of a wish sandwich? A wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you, hee hee hee, wish you had some meat…” (The Blues Brothers, Rubber Biscuit) In…

VideoNotes #2 (10/31)

VideoNotes #2 (10/31)

Happy Halloween! This week: Video product closings, Comcast, Amazon, Alphabet earnings, AT&T+Time Warner, skinny bundles video+commerce at Twitch, and more below! STORIES The category is “once Hyped Video Services that begin with letter ‘V’ Closing”: Twitter is shutting down looping…

VideoNotes #1 (10/25)

VideoNotes #1 (10/25)

Videonotes.TV = a place to record and share my notes on the most recent and important video/TV news. I’ll keep playing around with format — trying to be useful. Links go to major news source articles for more depth and the source…

Podcast Mondays:  "KCRW's The Business" talks to Louis C.K.

Podcast Mondays: “KCRW’s The Business” talks to Louis C.K.

I listen to an eclectic mix of podcasts – from business, to entertainment, to sports, to culture, science, and politics.  When I hear a great episode, I will recommend it on a Monday.  Catchy, huh? This week’s recommended episode is from KCRW’s…

Amazon Wins the Media/Tech Earnings Week

Amazon Wins the Media/Tech Earnings Week

A pack of media and tech companies announced first quarter earnings this week.The group included Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable. The big winner was Amazon which blew out its quarter and partied like it was 1999 by…

Media and Tech Earnings on Tap

Media and Tech Earnings on Tap

This is a big week for media and tech quarterly earnings.  Upcoming: Tuesday April 26:  Apple, Twitter Wednesday April 27:  Facebook, Comcast Thursday April 28: LinkedIn, Amazon, Time Warner Cable Along with revenue and earnings we’ll get data and details that further…

Viacom's Dish Dispute Reveals Cable Economics and the Market's View on Leverage

Viacom’s Dish Dispute Reveals Cable Economics and the Market’s View on Leverage

Viacom is in a carriage dispute with Dish.  While these disputes are common, they are more charged than ever, and more likely to reveal and create ever larger cracks in the TV ecosystem. Update 4/25 – Viacom and Dish settled within…

Viacom and The State of TV in 2016

Viacom and The State of TV in 2016

Key Take-aways Viacom’s focus on a youth audience and narrow set of assets (cable channels and a movie studio) provide an unobstructed view into the evolution of the TV ecosystem; Many of Viacom’s challenges are company specific, but, its struggles…