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It’s almost comical. Watching executives from both networks and MCNs up on stage gloating about how no one really watches the other ones commercials. “Viewability” vs “Skippability” and statistics about how much branding you can sneak into a 3 second glance...
As the media struggles to interpret the significance of the Verizon/AOL deal (Is it about tech? Ad revenue? Content?), one thing is clear: the way the viewer thinks about video content has changed forever. Today we can enjoy both short-form and long-form co...
Originally published at Digiday on May 13, 2015 Verizon’s recent posturing around the need for smaller, slightly less expensive bundles is a classic case of treating the symptoms not the cause. Because the real threat that Big TV is facing is the disconnect...
Wedged between the newfronts and the upfronts, it’s easy to forget about the Cable Show, (newly rechristened INTX — Internet and Television Expo.) But some of what went down in Chicago last week bears analyzing as it’s indicative of greater trends in the i...
Co-written with Jesse Redniss and originally published at www.braveventures.com . The media has been doing a lot of snickering about Verizon’s purchase of AOL today, because, after all, who actually admits to watching something on AOL or even knowing wha...
It’s all about the headline folks, but here’s the real punchline: if you logged onto Periscope or Meerkat during the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight this weekend, you were greeted by the sight of dozens of live streams of a fight many people paid $100 to watch. T...
Hulu has always been the Jon Snow of streaming services: the bastard child of three of the four biggest networks that always had a lot of potential if it could ever figure out just what it wanted to be. And like the erstwhile commander of Game of Thrones Kn...
Originally published at tvrev.com on May 22, 2015 Not a great week for Apple as far as their involvement with the television industry goes. First there was this article in the Wall Street Journal, wherein billionaire investor Carl Icahn claimed that Apple w...
If there was one common theme from this month’s Upfront and Newfront presentations, it is that the other guys have no idea what they’re doing. That was particularly true when it came to advertising, the raison d’etre of both events. The MCNs and other onlin...
Originally published at BRaVe Ventures Buzzfeed has long been the bane of the traditional media world. The web upstart is, after all, the creator of the dreaded listicle and other slights against Western civilization. But just as Buzzfeed surprised the worl...
Originally published at BRaVe Ventures Meet the Newfronts. They’re the same as the Upfronts. And maybe that’s the way it should be. The division between network television, over the top television and online video is an artificial one, based on fifty year o...
The Right Stuff: Is Original Content Still A Smart Move? - TDG Research
An extremely positive earnings call from Netflix last week reignited the industry’s love affair with original content. The company’s success
Alan Wolk Named Chairman of the 2nd Screen Society - Lost Remote
Alan Wolk Named Chairman of the 2nd Screen Society
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: The Internet Isn’t Beating Television, It’s...
A number of articles this week trumpeted that fact that US cable companies now make more money off broadband subscriptions than they do off
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: In Defense Of Authenticity
I've been helping a friend tune up a social media profile this past month and I often find myself reciting things the social media pros call
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: Video: Still Not Dead? Debating The Future ...
I've been neglectful about uploading this to the Toad Stool. It's a really well shot video of a debate we had in June at the always wonderfu
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: Talking Head: Commenting On The Aereo Case ...
I was interviewed by Aaron Saltzman from CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) about why today's U.S. Supreme Court decision about Aereo c
Ron Howard, Brian Grazer to Launch Digital Studio with Discovery Communi...
Discovery Communications is teaming with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to launch a digital studio, dubbed New Form. True to its name, New Form
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: Short Video Clips From Digital Hollywood Panel
I was on a panel this week at Digital Hollywood on 2nd Screen, and Sirpa Aggarwal from Arktan was kind enough to supply me with two nicely e
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: Backdoor Saviors: Why Virtual MVPDs May Be ...
To no one's great surprise, Intel's attempt at creating their version of the mythical Apple TV didn't pan out. The OnCue service - a streami
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: Slaves of the Internet, Here's Your Problem
I hate the word "content" and strive to use it as infrequently as possible. I find it to be emblematic of the way stories, photos, movies an
Why the Chromecast's future could be brighter than the Apple TV's
The launch of the Chromecast marks Google’s latest attempt to enter the consumer TV market—an attempt that, while still in its early stages,
Madison Avenue is No Silicon Valley - DIGIDAY:DAILY
Running down the checklist of things that make Silicon Valley a success makes clear that few of the characteristics apply to the ad world. P
Russell Razzaque: How Religion Can Inoculate Against Radicalism
In The Wall Street Journal, British psychiatrist Russell Razzaque recounts the lesson of his retreat from a London university's Islamic Soci
Seamless Wi-Fi on your smartphone could quickly become reality
The Wi-Fi Alliance won’t accept its first devices for Passpoint certification until late June, but once the doors to its labs swing wide the