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 8.29.14
  • Vice is selling a 10% stake to A&E Networks for $250 million and could land on a cable channel.
  • The credits on Whit Stillman's The Cosmopolitans are fantastic.
  • Time Warner has called off its negotiations to buy about half of Vice.
  • Piece of glass of the day: Apple has been granted a patent on its cubic retail store in New York.
  • Thursday 8.28.14
  • Charts: Total spending on video entertainment in the US, 1980-2013, by type
  • Netflix has acquired the rights to stream The Blacklist for a record $2 million per episode.
  • Marco Polo will premiere on Netflix on Dec. 12.
  • Amazon's new slate of pilots is out.
  • Netflix's first original series in French will be a political drama called Marseille.
  • Perfect: David Lynch takes the Iced Coffee Bucket Challenge and nominates Vladimir Putin.
  • Wednesday 8.27.14
  • David Chase says the ending of The Sopranos is about Edgar Allen Poe's "Dream Within a Dream."
  • The cult hit Party Down is coming to Hulu, and some of it will be free. (It used to stream on Netflix.)
  • Amazon will release all ten episodes of its highly anticipated show Transparent on Sept. 26.
  • The rise of internet video has been a boon for the Pacific island of Tuvalu and its .tv domain.
  • Time Warner Cable says internet service is now "largely restored" after a massive outage across the US.
  • Tuesday 8.26.14
  • Netflix has already renewed BoJack Horseman, its adult animated series, for a second season.
  • Apple TV has added Showtime's app.
  • Noted: TiVo supports Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
  • Amazon, doubling down on kids, has ordered pilots of five new children's shows.
  • The tally: Emmy wins by network and show
  • Netflix unveiled a new ad during the Emmys starring Ricky Gervais.
  • Monday 8.25.14
  • A majority of people streaming Major League Baseball games now do so on mobile and connected devices.
  • GoPro is now selling a harness to put its cameras on dogs.
  • How ESPN is scheduling the more than 450 college football games it will air this season
  • Aaron Paul is conducting a Breaking Bad-themed scavenger hunt via Twitter.
  • Amazon, not Google, is buying Twitch, the service for sharing clips of videogames.
  • TiVo has a new $50 streaming media player that also records over-the-air television.
  • John Oliver absolutely eviscerates news sites that post his videos with hyperbolic headlines.
  • Friday 8.22.14
  • Microsoft is working on a Chromecast-like dongle for streaming media to TV sets.
  • Thought experiment: What if HBO sold online-only subscriptions?
  • HBO doesn't make money off all its subscribers in the US.
  • If Aereo wants to argue that it's a cable company, it will have to do so in district court.
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