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.

  • Netflix wants to show users fewer, more personalized recommendations on its home screen.
      • "Our vision is, you won’t see a grid and you won’t see a sea of titles," said Neil Hunt, the company's head of product. More:
      • He suggested it’s “somewhat unrealistic” to believe that you’ll be able to turn Netflix on and it will just play the perfect choice for you — after all, you’re not always in the mood for the same type of program. However, presenting viewers with just three or four choices is “a powerful possibility.”
      • This is interesting because, while Netflix has invested a lot in personalization, its interface can still feel a little aimless when you're looking for something to watch. (See the Onion's parody: "Netflix introduces new 'browse endlessly' plan.") Too many options can lead to a paralysis of choice. Of course, if Netflix decides to present users with fewer titles at launch, they better be good.
  • Monday 5.19.14