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 will put more of an emphasis on exclusive licenses and "four- and five-star content."
      • Netflix will spend a projected $3.2 billion in 2014 on streaming content globally. The content mix will shift toward higher-rated and exclusives titles, with “a little bit less depth,” according to [CFO David] Wells — a tacit acknowledgement that Netflix offers a lot of material that is not popular with subscribers.
      • This is a wee bit in conflict with product chief Neil Hunt's comment the other day: "There are no bad shows, but there are a great many shows with small, but devoted, audiences." Of course, Hunt would probably acknowledge that there are indeed bad shows—the ones that don't even have small, devoted audiences—and Wells is saying Netflix will try to pay for fewer of those.
        • Reminds me of how Beats Music launched by saying it wouldn't try to compete with Spotify on number of songs but instead focus on the quality of its catalog.
      • For Netflix, this isn't really a new strategy: It has long said that original shows and exclusive content are more likely to attract and retain subscribers. But it's interesting to see this prediction that Netflix's catalog will have "a little bit less depth."
  • Tuesday 5.20.14