The Death of Broadcast

28 03 2009

Here’s a nice little article from Time magazine using the end of ER as a bookend for the transition from network to digital convergence, and the ways that technological and industrial changes impact the possibilities of programming. Of course, he doesn’t account for how these transformations are making the business model of television less sustainable in the long run, but nobody has a real answer for that.

Should TV browse the web?

16 02 2009

This article outlines the debates within the consumer electronic industry over whether televisions should be full-fledged web browsers, or just stocked with widgets. In two years, I’m sure this article will look dated (from one side or the other).

Television’s endurance as a medium

8 02 2009

An interesting account of how television maintains a strong place in the advertising system despite the decline of other older media and the rise of online.

The challenges of the DTV transition

30 01 2009

Written a few weeks before the scheduled Feb. 17 changeover, this article highlights many of the lingering issues facing viewers. It might be interesting to look back a few months from now to see how accurate the predictions were.

The online TV archive

26 01 2009

Instead of cable reruns, channels like Discovery are putting their archives online in short sensational clips. But what of programs that don’t feature sharks and other sensationalist footage?


17 01 2009

From the New York Times, Boxee is a new system for watching TV via the internet – unlike Hulu, Joost and others, it is not growing out of the existing TV industry but instead from the open source software world. Will it get shut down by industry? Stay tuned…