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.

Wednesday 9.17.14
  • We're putting this notebook on hold.
  • Wednesday 9.10.14
  • Searching for "netflix" on Netflix now brings up all of its original programming. Handy!
  • Sony's deal to carry Viacom's networks (Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central) on an internet TV service is now official.
  • Friday 9.5.14
  • Netflix is experimenting with short clips on its mobile apps.
  • Canadians are watching less linear TV.
  • Barack Obama won a Streamy.
  • China is going to limit internet streaming of foreign TV shows to 30% of all content.
  • Thursday 9.4.14
  • Fox Sports will stream NFL games on its website and tablet app—but not phones beecause of rights issues.
  • Vice confirmed it is taking $500 million in new funding at a valuation above $2.5 billion.
  • Wednesday 9.3.14
  • Amazon's Fire TV is coming to the UK and Germany.
  • Whit Stillman's pilot for Amazon is the culmination of more than a decade of trying to break into TV.
  • Before the inevitable sequel, there's going to be a Frozen animated short.
  • DreamWorks's AwesomenessTV is going to make a web series for Kohl's to promote a new fashion line.
  • Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to stream Gotham, which hasn't aired an episode yet.
  • Tuesday 9.2.14
  • Netflix has renewed Hemlock Grove for a third and final season.
  • Popcorn Time, the "Netflix for piracy," is surprisingly popular in the Netherlands.
  • Confirmed: HBO is remastering The Wire in high-definition (but you'll have to wait for it).
  • Sonos speakers no longer require a bridge and can use your home WiFi network, instead.
  • The miniseries is seen as a happy medium between TV series and TV movie.
  • Netflix now lets you recommend videos to your Facebook friends.
  • Netflix no longer carries Sesame Street (but it's still on Amazon Prime).
  • 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.
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