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Originally published at TVREV.com on November 20, 2015 It’s been a relatively slow week in TV-land, meaning nothing over a 7 on the Richter scale. Still, plenty going on to talk about. 1. LOTS MORE CATERING TO PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY’RE CUTTING THE CORD In th...
#3 in the TV Week In Review series at TV[R]EV. Where you get the best insights into the [r]evolution in the television industry from people who actually work in it. This has got to be a most excellent week if you’re a TV executive. There’s been a slew of go...
It seemed, for a while anyway, that the Great Cord-Cutting Scare of Q2 2015 was an anomaly, and that the MVPDs had managed to successfully stem the number of defectors. But then Dish released its Q3 figures and a prominent analyst examined those figures and...
This week we saw the first sign of what the post-advertising era might look like when Hulu announced that they would start running interactive ads using technology from recent Fox acquisition TrueX. Viewers would have the option of watching a 30-second inte...
Originally published at TDG Research on October 15, 2015 News reports this week indicate that Facebook is beta testing a new Video tab on its mobile app. That’s not surprising, given Facebook’s emphasis on video over the past year – a push that has seen the...
Originally published at TVREV.com on October 16, 2015 Roku rolled out its new OS 7 operating system the other week without a whole lot of fanfare. But the features they did roll out should be the cause for much celebration for Roku users. And much fear in C...
Co--written with Jesse Redniss and originally published at TVREV.com It’s funny how cord cutting, the industry’s biggest bogeyman can seemingly disappear as a threat overnight. Not because of any sudden victory or clever strategy play by the TV Industrial C...
Co-written with Jesse Redniss . Originally published at tvrev.com on November 9, 2015. Nielsen finally revealed details and a launch date for its OTT measurement system, dubbed “Total Audience Measurement” and the industry may never be the same. We’re (most...
Welcome to Edition 2 of the new Friday Week In Review edition of TVREV . Where we’ll be examining the top stories of the week in detail, looking at why they matter and what you should do about them. CORD CUTTING. STILL NOT HAPPENING. Much to the dismay of t...
Twitter announced its latest earnings this week, and the one thing that stood out during the call was the lack of any significant user growth. In addition to sending Twitter’s stock prices downwards, the revelation served to highlight the social platform’s ...
Originally published at TDG Research on October 22, 2015 After almost two years of waiting, Nielsen has finally delivered on the OTT measurement system for which the industry has been waiting. Called “Total Audience Management” it promises to be a real game...
Originally published at TVREV.com on October 22, 2015 YouTube rolled out it’s new subscription service Red yesterday in an announcement that was full of surprises. To begin with, the $9.99 service includes both Google’s gaming and music applications, along ...
Streaming Services Should Be a Part of Pay TV (Guest Column) | Variety
The rapid growth of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon has created a two-tier system of content. It’s also created a two-tier
Apple's Original Content Play: Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measur...
Apple might not be launching their own internet-based pay-TV service any time soon, but if the rumor mill is correct, they may be getting re
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: USA Hacks Into Netflix's Formula With Mr. R...
A clandestine group of hackers takes on an evil corporation, breaking into emails and rooting through their files. That's not the latest hea
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: Newfronts and Upfronts Have One Thing In Co...
Originally published at TDG Research on May 21, 2015. If there was one common theme from this month's Upfront and Newfront presentations, it
The Toad Stool by Alan Wolk: A View by Any Other Name
So just how long is a video view? For YouTube, it's 30 seconds. For Facebook, it's three seconds; which may well be why the social network w
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,