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.

Monday 5.12.14
  • Netflix download speeds: Most of Europe is still much faster than North America
  • NASA's latest, greatest live stream: Earth as seen in high-definition from the International Space Station
  • Ouch: Peter Kafka declares peak TV (with a question mark)
  • Your home WiFi network may also be a public hotspot.
  • Theme of the new fall broadcast schedules: breaking established conventions—e.g., Sunday night on Fox is no longer just for animated series.
  • The New York Times eulogizes music competition shows: "It’s now your grandmother’s Idol."
  • Welcome to Glass, the new home for Quartz's obsession with the future of television and internet video.
  • Game of Thrones recaps: Are we reviewing a TV show, books, both, or what?
  • Good interview with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner about his writing process, though it doesn't cover last night's crazy episode
  • The fragmented internet TV universe: In this piece about iOS apps for American cable channels, there's a handy guide to which of them work with which pay TV providers.
  • Sunday 5.11.14
  • FCC chair Tom Wheeler is revising his net neutrality proposal and could distribute it on Monday.
  • PBS is starting a streaming video service with past seasons of its shows—just for members of local stations.
  • Several cancelled comedies are looking for new homes.
  • Eurovision broke the record for most tweets during a TV show that wasn't about sports.
  • Smart, long take on net neutrality, focused on the man who coined the term, law professor Tim Wu
  • It's Upfronts week: TV networks make their glitzy pitches to advertisers in New York.
  • Saturday 5.10.14
  • Why Saturday Night Live doesn't feel very live these days
  • Infomercials, once the province of small upstart inventions, have been taken over by larger brands.
  • Judging what kind of TV watcher someone is by whether she likes Dexter and Hannibal
  • Friday 5.9.14
  • New feature on Comcast's X1 cable boxes: "a Twitter logo will appear next to the name of any TV show or movie currently trending on Twitter."
  • Larry Wilmore, "senior black correspondent" on The Daily Show, will be Stephen Colbert's replacement.
  • Naming kids after Game of Thrones characters: There were more Khaleesis born last year than Pamelas.
  • A €10 billion ($14 billion) deal could combine the UK's BSkyB, Germany's Sky Deutschland, and Italy's Sky Italia under 21st Century Fox.
  • FCC chair Tom Wheeler just replied to Silicon Valley on net neutrality: "I could not agree more."
  • NBC just cancelled Community.
  • Handy guide for Americans trying to understand Eurovision, the world's most popular TV program outside of sports
  • SundanceTV is doing a talk show called The Approval Matrix, based on New York magazine's back-page feature.
  • NBC's new Olympics deal can adapt to as-yet-imagined media.
  • How television is shifting from channels to apps
  • Comcast is planning a marketplace (paywall) for premium online video advertising, to better compete with Google.
  • Netflix has begun notifying customers of its price hike.
  • One of the shows ABC just picked up is called... Selfie.
  • Thursday 5.8.14
  • What does Apple's likely acquisition of Beats mean for the future of entertainment?
  • Twitter: Actually, tweets really do drive TV viewing, thank you very much.
  • Three-quarters of US households that subscribe to streaming video services like Netflix also pay for TV.
  • Amazon sent some Prime subscribers a letter—on paper!—to remind them how much video they have access to.
  • Dish Network is delaying the launch of its internet TV service to the end of the year.
  • Netflix's "for your consideration" package for Emmy voters
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