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.

  • Will Google's new reports on video streaming quality affect how people pick internet providers?
      • Google yesterday started publicly reporting how reliably internet service providers stream YouTube videos in the United States. Now I can see how my provider, Time Warner Cable, compares to other options in New York.
      • It's good timing. Verizon FiOS recently arrived in my building, but it's been difficult to figure out if I should switch. Anecdotal reports from other customers are only so helpful, but here are some hard data from Google that show Verizon is better at streaming YouTube, which is no small thing.
      • There are other sources for data like these, but Google's video quality report could quickly become the most prominent. The company has also smartly decided to label some providers as "YouTube HD Verified," which is the streaming media equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It would be fascinating if some internet providers started touting their verified status to customers, which is clearly what Google is hoping will happen.
        • Netflix has issued similar speed reports for a while. Those have been effective at shaming some internet providers that serve Netflix too slowly. (Verizon FiOS is slower than Time Warner Cable, according to Netflix, but that should change soon now that Netflix is paying Verizon for one of those controversial interconnection deals.)
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