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.

  • YouTube is acquiring Twitch, which streams video gameplay, for more than $1 billion.
      • WSJ, on the other hand, says, "The talks are at an early stage, and a deal isn't imminent."
      • The possible deal is a reminder that watching other people play video games is a big deal—on Twitch, YouTube, and other services.
      • YouTube is preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the Twitch deal, according to sources. YouTube is far and away the No. 1 platform for Internet video, serving more than 6 billion hours of video per month to 1 billion users worldwide, and the company expects the Justice Department to take a hard look at whether buying Twitch raises anticompetitive issues in the online-video market.
      • Profile of Twitch: "When watching beats playing"
      • Twitch accounted for 1.35% of downstream internet traffic at peak hours in North America, which is more than HBO Go.
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