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.
Hastings says we’re 30% of the Internet. We offered to pay 30% of the costs if we get 30% of the revenue. Comcast said no way.
Hastings: IT’s pretty much a natural monopoly. If you have a monopoly structure, you need some protections. That’s why we’ve been talking about creating an Internet with no slow lane.
Hastings equates Netflix to the evolution of cable networks. We tried in 2005, with Red Envelope Entertainment, creating original content. It didn’t work, so shut it down. Restarted in 2010.
[Hastings:] In the opening season of “House of Cards,” in which Frank Underwood’s character strangles a dog, a lot of people turned the show off. We told David Fincher that. He said don’t ever do that again.
[Hastings:] When you listen to the radio more, it doesn’t cost you more. But with gasoline, you pay more. The Internet is much closer to radio than to gas. There’s only a marginal increase in costs.