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Words and wisdom from the captain of cable

October 3rd, 2016

Liberty Media’s John Malone opens up about Netflix, 5G, leadership and the curse of Balkanization. Here’s my interviewbroadband-library-malone from The Broadband Library.

A nice guy finishes first

October 3rd, 2016

coloradobiz-pat-wiesner-coverProlific Colorado business publisher Pat Wiesner calls it a day. Here’s my profile of a soft-spoken, hard-driving executive. (Skim to page 37 if you don’t mind.)

Why business people aren’t “rock stars”

October 2nd, 2016

For the love of Jimi Hendrix, people: stop the madnessbillie-jo-armstrong.

Television, meet music. And the blueprint for your business.

June 13th, 2016

With vast selections and all-you-can-consume models, new subscription music services like Google Play, Tidal and Apple Music are rocking a long-moribund category — and now represent the single largest revenue source for the U.S. music industry. Published in The Broadband Library.

Live from INTX: The Experiential Sports Spectacular

May 16th, 2016

Okay, it’s not exactly “live,” since it happened earlier today (May 16), but here’s the video of the Imagine Park panel I moderated at INTX 2016 in Boston. Good stuff here on what’s new and next in interactive sports and personalized “channels” for following teams, athletes, plays and more.

The Experimental Sports Spectacular from The Internet & Television Expo on Vimeo.

Robert Durst, HBO and the future of television

May 10th, 2016

HBO’s once again changing the way television works. Here’s how.

The Internet takes over channel 37

May 5th, 2016

A deep dive (but a good one!) into a little-known but emerging technology that uses television airwaves to transmit high-speed Internet signals. Written for the University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence.

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Released from Exile

May 3rd, 2016

Exile on Main Street

I dropped the needle on the Rolling Stones’ 1972 masterpiece. And everything changed.

Read more about a musical awakening on Midcentury Modern at Medium.com.

Nameless horse, meet aging man

April 28th, 2016

If a guy who looks like somebody’s grandfather knows every word to the same song you do, does it mean you’re getting old? I say hell no. Because in life, rationalization is everything. And here’s the video that’s about to be stuck in your brain.

The video acronym that needs to die

April 27th, 2016

Dish Network Corp.’s breakthrough online video service addresses a marketplace sweet spot with such earnestness and resolve that it’s a shame to see it tarred with that sour and pejorative acronym of the new video era: OTT.

Short for “over the top,” this three-letter malcontent of a descriptor has always been a sketchy way to label genuinely innovative and interesting video business models that make use of the Internet. Dish’s millennials-targeted Sling TV is the latest, and the boldest, of the bunch. Read the rest of this entry »