Would you like sauce on that media stream?

April 28th, 2015

Media Cookbook Cover

Interviewing the executives at Akamai is like getting a crash course in media streaming: how it works, what makes it work better, where it’s going. Thanks to Will Law and team for making me much smarter about the subject. Here’s the book I wrote about putting it all together.

Nameless horse, meet aging man

April 28th, 2015

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 trade show tent gets wider. Lots wider.

April 28th, 2015

I’ve been working with the good folks at NCTA on a revamp of what used to be The Cable Show. The new beast is INTX: The Internet & Television Expo. With a wide cast of characters and a permissive attitude about who’s “in” the digital media economy, it’s a bold departure. Here’s my piece for Re/code ‘splaining things.

A dynamic fix for the television advertising ecosystem

April 28th, 2015

Ratings are down, millennials are abandoning traditional television and networks are freaking out. Can dynamic advertising into on-demand streams save the day? Here’s my take for Broadband Library magazine.

Hey, does anybody remember Vongo?

April 28th, 2015

Starz Entertainment’s online premium video service was there before there was a there. And there you have it. This CED Magazine Memory Lane column recalls the story of an ahead-of-its-time video platform.

By plotting to deliver HBO over the Internet as a standalone video service, Time Warner Inc. is exhibiting just the sort of creative audaciousness that brought HBO to life in the first place.

In 1972, when HBO made its debut as a regional pay-TV channel and quickly morphed into a national network, there was nothing else like it. Not even close. Attributes we take for granted – watching a full-length feature film uninterrupted by commercials, occasionally featuring adult themes and even nudity – was the stuff of breakthrough in the early 1970s. Believe it or not kids, before HBO, you never saw any of that on a television screen in your living room.

Now, as it makes an historic leap into over-the-top video, HBO again is defying convention. Read the rest of this entry »

Robert Durst, HBO and the future of television

April 28th, 2015

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

A not-so-secret agent man

October 21st, 2014

My profile on Colorado sports agent and all-around good guy Johnny Alamo for ColoradoBIZ magazine.

Let’s get this out of the way now: Your name is not Johnny Alamo and my name is not Johnny Alamo and that is simply the unfairness we must carry through life. Read the rest of this entry »

OMG: What have they done to television?

October 14th, 2014

Shrill headlines are my passion. Except not. Anyway, here’s a smart guy, Arnaud Perrier of Envivio, schooling me on the future of multi-screen video from SCTE’s 2014 Cable-Tec Expo conference in Denver. Part of CED’s “Live from the Show” series.

In New Zealand, a blast from the past

October 14th, 2014

Hey, it’s my first post on, so now I’m pretty much assured of being famous. This one’s about an old-school playground made of metal and concrete. And why the kids here in New Zealand love it.

The multiplex meets outer space

June 16th, 2014

chickenlittle poster Disney

In the Walt Disney Pictures movie “Chicken Little,” a piece of sky falls on the head of the animated protagonist voiced by actor Zach Braff, setting off the dramatic progression that delighted fans of the 2005 release.

It’s fitting that the sky plays a significant role in the film, because behind the scenes, the animated 3D feature broke new ground by becoming not only the first commercial picture to be delivered at scale to theaters digitally, but the first to make extensive use of satellite communications technology.

Here’s the rest of the story I wrote for SatMagazine.