Is TV Taking over the Internet?

The internet is not going to take over TV, says Jeff  Bewkes, Time Warner CEO. “TV [is] disintermediating the internet, taking over the internet, not the other way round.” TV Everywhere, not Internet Everywhere? Bewkes makes several important points in his presentation at the FT Digital Conference in London on April 25, 2013. Bewkes claims,…

Will YouTube Be Competitive with “Regular TV”?

YouTube’s expansion of professionally produced video offerings worries the traditional television industry. Will YouTube provide an advertising-supported alternative that encourages more “cord cutting” to pay TV? According to Todd Spangler, blogger at Multichannel.com, the number of views on YouTube’s original channels are low:  One million viewers per month? That’s perhaps a halfway decent showing for…

Is Netflix Becoming Cable?

Speculation that Netflix is looking to be carried by cable operators has been stirring up the interwebs. Perhaps I am a romantic in believing that Netflix is NOT trying to become the cable industry, but I am skeptical about this story. Reed Hastings has compared Netflix to HBO. I believe he was pointing out that Netflix…

Netflix and Its Lack of Interrupting Commercials

I started looking at Netflix as an alternative to linear television, which is structured for commercial interruptions. Perhaps viewers, desperate for ad-free programming, would prefer Netflix over services like Hulu. Of course, there are hitches. Netflix only offers “old” programming, past seasons, the “long tail” of content, not current, recent, or even “hit” programming. But…

Hulu vs. Netflix

Tracking the battles over online video business models: will advertising support matter? What will users migrate toward: subscription ad-free models (Netflix) or free ad-supported models (Hulu) or both? Far more, of course, will shape the evolution of these online video models than whether or not they are ad-supported. However, how much will user preferences regarding…