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.

  • Three-quarters of US households that subscribe to streaming video services like Netflix also pay for TV.
      • This stat is painted as evidence against cord cutting, which it may be, but Netflix has never painted itself as a TV alternative; it's more of an add-on like HBO. Of course, that may not always be the case.
      • Another notable datapoint: Just 21% of pay TV subscribers take advantage of "TV Everywhere" services to watch online. That's low, though not surprisingly so, since TV Everywhere is still pretty hard to use.
  • Thursday 5.8.14