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.

Thursday 8.21.14
  • The director of Taylor Swift's new video was able to keep it secret because he also makes Apple ads.
  • Students at five American universities will be able to get TV service from Comcast over Wi-Fi.
  • Starting today at 10am ET/PT, FXX will broadcast all 552 episodes of The Simpsons to promote its new app.
  • Twitter's iPhone app now lets you keep browsing tweets while watching an uploaded video.
  • The NFL's new app is now on Apple TV.
  • HBO is developing a musical comedy series.
  • Netflix's new animated series BoJack Horseman, which premieres at midnight PT, is getting bad reviews.
  • Wednesday 8.20.14
  • Kidz Bop but for your favorite TV shows
  • Oculix: Netflix on an Oculus Rift headset
  • "When events happen now, Twitter makes it digital without you having to do anything," says Emmy host Seth Meyers.
  • Watch the first episode of Selfie (or don't and say you did)
  • Tuesday 8.19.14
  • Time Warner Cable also has a paid interconnection deal with Netflix.
  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has written an opinion piece for Wired on net neutrality.
  • Claim: Late Night with Seth Meyers "has turned out to be monumentally lazy in a way the format has never seen before."
  • The BBC has prototyped a cool way to automatically identify sports highlights based on viewing behavior.
  • The first Roku TVs, which are television sets running Roku software, are ready for pre-order (and cheap).
  • Monday 8.18.14
  • The most time-shifted TV shows
  • "The road has been paved for a mixed review, no matter what," Matthew Weiner says of the Mad Men finale.
  • Last chance to watch Dirty Dancing: What's expiring from Netflix US next month.
  • BSkyB has set a goal of 20% representation for minorities among its on-air talent and writers.
  • The best texts on TV are on Sherlock and House of Cards
  • Friday 8.15.14
  • Jimmy Fallon's pitch-perfect parody of House of Cards
  • Comcast and FX tested a way to encourage binge-watching new episodes of The Bridge.
  • Microsoft "has had preliminary talks" to sell Xbox Entertainment Studios to Warner Bros.
  • The Premier League is trying to crack down on GIFs and Vines of goals and other highlights.
  • ESPN, expanding beyond hot dogs, will broadcast the US National Buffalo Wing-Eating Championship online.
  • Top 10 in-flight movies this year: US vs. UK
  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings dumps a bucket of ice water over his head.
  • Thursday 8.14.14
  • YouTube has redesigned its interface for television sets.
  • MyDecadeTV: retro television clips from the '70s, '80s, and '90s.
  • Sure, why not: The opening credits of Twin Peaks in the style of an 8-bit Nintendo game
  • Long resistant, NFL Films is finally switching from 16-millimeter film to digital video cameras.
  • Amazon has cut the price of the Fire TV to $84 "for a limited time."
  • Wednesday 8.13.14
  • Pluto.tv, which creates linear television out of web videos, has come to Amazon's Fire TV.
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