Is Increasing SVOD Adoption Due to the Longevity of VCRs?

Over one third of American households still own a VCR; can you believe it? According to GfK’s report, Over-the-Top TV 2016: A Complete Video Landscape, 35% of households still own a videocassette player. The report doesn’t provide additional detail on whether this device is being used as a dust collector or is actually being used for its […]

You’ll Be Hearing More About OTT…Much More

If you follow the news about the evolution of home entertainment technology and consumer behavior, like we do, you can’t miss the numerous prognostications about the the future of streaming media, the rise of OTT, the increasing rate of “cord-cutting” and the personalization and app-ificiation (if there is such a word) of content delivery. Just […]

The Future Is Streaming In Your Home

If there was any doubt that streaming media was the next step in the evolution of home entertainment, that uncertainty should be completely dispelled by now. Streaming is no longer the purview of first-adopters, or even early adopters — it’s mainstream AND Main Street. The statistics about household/market penetration are compelling and recently passed what […]

Should YOU Undertake an OTT Initiative?

Say you’re a content owner. You (likely) license your content to the big services such as Netflix, Amazon and, increasingly, Hulu. But discoverability continues to be a challenge. Good content you may have, but attracting an audience when competing with hundreds or thousands of film and TV product from global distributors means that unless a […]

Top 3 Media Trends You Should Be Tracking

I had a history professor back in my collegiate days who encouraged the class, every time his lecture included the word “change”, to respond with an immediate question”: “Pace and degree?” The idea was that change, throughout history, is a constant, but the pace of that change, and the degree of that change, can make […]

Television Is No Longer The Electronic Pied Piper

I had the occasion, recently, to relate the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamlin to a young audience who had never heard it before. It’s actually one of my favorite childhood tales; I was always amazed by the Piper’s power over the children, that they would follow him unquestioningly, and scornful of townsfolks’ blatant […]

NETFLIX Leads the Pack, and Possibly the Future

Back in January, 2013, the future of Netflix was less than certain. Coming out of the Quikster misstep, and with increasing competition from the launch of rival services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus, not everyone was optimistic about the path forward for the nation’s biggest and best-known streaming service. Even I, […]

Three Trends Which Will Remake Entertainment

I had a history professor back in my collegiate days who encouraged the class, every time his lecture included the word “change”, to respond with an immediate question”: “Pace and degree?” The idea was that change, throughout history, is a constant, but the pace of that change, and the degree of that change, can make […]

Everybody Does it…Binge-Viewing Has Officially Gone Mainstream

The panel, made up of a number of research executives from several leading cable channels, was in agreement: The increasingly popular consumer habit of ‘binge-viewing’ of TV shows was not detrimental to the quality of their content or their business models. Indeed, it was, in fact, a significant positive. Whether it be via Netflix or […]

If the Majority of Americans Still Own VCRs, What’s Is Future of Disc and Digital?

As 2014 begins and the home entertainment and media world continues to evolve, it’s interesting to note exactly where we, as an industry, have been and take a peek ahead to where we’re likely headed. Our roadmap? A December, 2013 Gallup poll which NBCnews.com published for a story about potential 4K TVs. (Forget 4K TVs: […]

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