Obsessed with the future of TV

This is a notebook about television, internet video, and what the next living room will be. It's an outline powered by Fargo. The editor of Glass is Zach Seward; the lead developer is Sam Williams.

The name is an argument: that media are best understood as competition for attention on screens connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, laptops, monitors, television sets—it's all just glass.

Friday 8.1.14
  • The Killing's fourth and final season, out today on Netflix, gets an A- from AV Club.
  • Steven Soderbergh on TV's ascendancy over film
  • Weekend read: "Four reasons why TV Everywhere isn't ready for prime time"
  • Atheists have a new internet channel.
  • France won't let three cable channels become free-to-air because it would hurt the TV ad market.
  • Thursday 7.31.14
  • IAC wrote down its investment in Aereo, which "will probably not be able to stay in business."
  • GoPro video of the day: Enormous and gorgeous school of jellyfish off the coast of Denmark
  • The Sharknado Paradox: Old media fascination with new media phenomenon fuels old media hit.
  • The best shows on television are the worst at getting people to watch their ads.
  • Sharknado 2 had 3.9 million viewers and 188,000 people tweeting about it.
  • Hulu's Android users will get to "sample" Hulu Plus video for free.
  • Netflix talked net neutrality with the FCC this week.
  • Shazam has a new app for Macs that, like its mobile apps, recognizes TV shows in addition to music.
  • Claim: Zero rating deals to use certain services for free on mobile networks are "a wolf in sheep’s clothing."
  • Online news startup Vocativ is going to produce a series for Showtime.
  • Drone video of the day: Gorgeous tour around an island in Thailand
  • Wednesday 7.30.14
  • AMC Networks is in talks to acquire about half of BBC America.
  • David Simon's next project for HBO is a miniseries about low-income housing in Yonkers.
  • Apple TV is adding its first app specific to Brazil. It's a sports network.
  • Apple's long-rumored device for live and on-demand TV has stalled in development yet again.
  • Netflix created a choose-your-own adventure tale within Instagram to promote The Killing.
  • Reviews of Sharknado 2: The Second One agree that its one fault is not being terrible enough.
  • Popcorn Time, the "Netflix for piracy," keeps adding features—this time, AirPlay support.
  • True: "A TV show about online videos shows us we’re in a weird place with content right now."
  • Just released: 25th-anniversary edition of Twin Peaks, which "remains as fresh as it was."
  • Warner Bros. has formed a "Harry Potter Global Franchise Development" team in London and Burbank.
  • Tuesday 7.29.14
  • The CW is going to air a glitzy awards show for dogs.
  • Netflix is paying AT&T, too, for a more direct connection to customers.
  • Pre-roll ad threatens to electrocute a puppy if you click "skip ad." (But not even that works.)
  • Comedy Central has a new, web-only improv show in which the prompts come from Twitter.
  • Snowpiercer has generated $3.8 million in on-demand sales and $3.9 million in theater tickets.
  • GoPro video of the day: Tour de France rider picks up the camera after it's knocked to the ground.