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.

  • Live blog of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings's interview at the Code Conference
      • Most significant highlights
        • 1. Hastings more-or-less ruled out Netflix getting into live sports.
        • 2. He named FX as a big competitor for the first time (in addition to HBO).
        • 3. On internet service providers charging by data usage: "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."
      • 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.
  • Thursday 5.29.14