Is AT&T’s DirecTV Now The OTT Promised Land?

Hacking TV Podcast | December 4, 2016

This week on Hacking TV the coming world of cable TV over the Internet hits the big time as AT&T introduces DirecTV Now. It’s a dramatic announcement…if you ignore the technical difficulties and the complaints by the FCC . And what if everybody cancels their cable to go over the top? A top analyst says it would only cost Comcast $5.50 a month per customer defection. Meanwhile, CNN buys a social network app and the YouTube star who created it. And Netflix has a week of little news, but it could add up to be big. All this week on Hacking TV.

LINKS:

Hands-on with AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming TV service
Hands-on with AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming TV service [Video]

AT&T Appeals to Cord-Cutters With DirecTV Now, a New Streaming Service

DIRECTV Now’s Debut: A Total Nightmare
http://www.businessinsider.com/directv-now-problems-bugs-2016-12
http://tvpredictions.com/directvone120116.htm

FCC Takes Aim at Verizon’s ‘FreeBee’ Data
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/fcc-takes-aim-verizons-freebee-data/161540

Verizon’s Free Bee is open to any sponsor
http://freebee.verizonwireless.com/business/freebeedata/productoverview
AT&T, DirecTV Now face tricky situation with NFL’s exclusive Verizon mobile deal
http://www.fiercecable.com/online-video/at-t-directv-now-face-tricky-situation-nfl-s-exclusive-

Comcast loses $5.50 a month in revenue when a customer ditches video, analyst concludes
http://www.fiercecable.com/cable/comcast-loses-5-50-a-month-when-a-customer-ditches-video-analyst-concludes

Sling TV takes on rivals with launch of a cloud DVR
Sling TV takes on rivals with launch of a cloud DVR

CNN Buys Casey Neistat’s Video App Beme
http://www.wsj.com/articles/cnn-buys-casey-neistats-video-app-beme-1480353128

CNN Brings In the Social App Beme to Cultivate a Millennial Audience

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Trump’s Media Firing Squad – And Fake News

Hacking TV Podcast | November 20, 2016

Welcome back to another edition of Hacking TV. This week, we Hack Away at the Trump Administration’s big changes coming to the FCC, and his Engagement with both Print and Television media. Then, Fake News. Is it real, and does it matter?

Go90 Hires, AOL fires, SnapChat Shades roll out – and ABC is thinking about 24 hour news.

All this – plus I’m joined by a Guest Hacker Host – Bernie Gershon, well-known media pundit and prognosticator.

Welcome Bernie!

LINKS:

ABC is exploring a 24-hour digital news channel
http://nypost.com/2016/11/20/abc-is-exploring-a-24-hours-new-channel/

Trump transition team appointments indicate a bid to dismantle net neutrality
Trump transition team appointments indicate a bid to dismantle net neutrality

Trump Airs Grievances, Fields Questions In Meeting With Top TV News Figures
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/21/502951630/trump-airs-greivances-fields-questions-in-meeting-with-top-tv-news-figures

Trump Summons TV Figures for Private Meeting, and Lets Them Have It

Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/17/facebook-fake-news-writer-i-think-donald-trump-is-in-the-white-house-because-of-me/

Fake?
Did the Media Fall For a Fake Story About CNN Airing 30 Minutes of Hardcore Porn Last Night?

Did the Media Fall For a Fake Story About CNN Airing 30 Minutes of Hardcore Porn Last Night?

Programing Go90 – Part 2:

Verizon hires Steve Woolf, formerly global head of networks at AwesomenessTV, as head of programming for Go90
Verizon Hires Ex-AwesomenessTV Exec Steve Woolf as Go90 Head of Programming

Will Snapchat’s Snappy Shades Move Media?

The marketing genius behind Snap’s new Spectacles
http://www.recode.net/2016/11/20/13688096/snap-snapchat-spectacles-marketing-success

Comings and Goings:

AOL to lay off 500 employees, or 5% of its staff, today in its corporate units; CEO says resources will be shifted to mobile, video, and data offerings —
http://www.recode.net/2016/11/17/13663038/aol-lays-off-500-employees-restructuring-mobile-data-and-video

Facebook is testing real-time ads for live videos

Facebook is testing real-time ads for live videos

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Fighting Back Against Fake News: Hacking TV

Hacking TV Podcast | November 20, 2016

So – It’s Hacking TV – the Alice In Wonderland Edition.  As essentially everyone in the world has an opinion about Fake News and Facebook.

Even if nobody agrees on what the problem is, there  are some interesting solutions proposed. We’ll debate.

Then the FCC goes into hibernation.

All that and a new streaming service that’s either brilliant or revolting. Maybe even both.

I’m Steven Rosenbaum and I’m Saul Hansell
and this is Hacking TV.

Fake News: More

Obama: We must guard against fake news
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/obama-fake-news-231565

A Call for Cooperation Against Fake News
View story at Medium.com

Changes – Keep Coming:

FCC abides by GOP request, deletes everything from meeting agenda
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/11/fcc-surrenders-to-republicans-deletes-everything-from-meeting-agenda/

www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/fccs-wheeler-no-decision-departure-date/161242

The Worst Idea Of The Week:

‘Like Netflix, Only Blacker’: Brown Sugar Blaxploitation-Movie Subscription VOD Service Launches
‘Like Netflix, Only Blacker’: Brown Sugar Blaxploitation-Movie Subscription VOD Service Launches

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Trump’s FCC – What Does It Mean For Telcom Policy?

Hacking TV Podcast | November 13, 2016

This week – seismic changes in Washington shake the web video business. Wheelers FCC is out. But who’s in? And what does that mean for Net Neutrality, Big Mergers, and More?

And what role did media—paid and free, real and fake—play in the election? Do we blame Facebook for Trump? 538? Cable News? We’ll debate.

I’m Saul Hansell and I’m Steve Rosenbaum. All that – plus, new deals, and new tech – On this weeks edition of Hacking TV.

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What In the World Is Wanda?

Hacking TV Podcast | October 30, 2016

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This week – on Hacking TV – the biggest new player in Hollywood maybe a company you’ve never heard of. What in the world is “Wanda” – and why did they just buy venerable Dick Clark Productions.Then – as Verizon and even Google dampen their Broadband ambitions – Comcast X1 Is zooming ahead. And big news in programming land. Netflix, the NY Times, and Vimeo all making big moves. I’m Saul Hansell, I’m Steven Rosenbaum. This is Hacking TV.

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Death In Video Land

Hacking TV Podcast | October 30, 2016

This week – Death In Video Land. Vine, Vessel – both pull the plug.So, what does it mean – Consolidation or retreat? Then, rumors and cash swirl around Facebook Live. What’s the big play? And Apple introduces an app simply called TV as if it wants to own it all. All this week, as the Web TV world continues to zig zag it’s way forward.

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AT&T’s $84 billion dollar blockbuster deal to buy Time Warner

Hacking TV Podcast | October 23, 2016

This week, AT&T’s $84 billion deal to buy Time Warner – rocking the media world. We’re going to see some of the world’s best content brands including HBO, CNN, and Batman woven tightly Ma Bell’s cellphone and DirectTV offerings. Is this a game changing move that will power the next generation of information and entertainment?Or is just another attempt at the mythical synergy doomed to be as big a disaster as Time Warner’s last big deal, its merger with AOL? We’ll take a deep dive into the deal, the players, the math, and the impact. Video consumers, cord cutters,  content creators ..Will they rethink possible? I’m Steven Rosenbaum and I’m Saul Hansell and this is Hacking TV.

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BIG MONEY week on Hacking TV

Hacking TV Podcast | October 16, 2016

It’s a BIG MONEY week on Hacking TV. As Discovery writes a BIG Check.And then the folks at VICE launch their long awaited Nightly HBO show. So? Is the world of News remade? And the world of Virtual Reality. What is the Future of Storytelling? We’ll take a tour. All that plus, CNN, an MTV exec’s New Network, and This American Life new sharing app. It’s time to HACK.
I’m Saul Hansell, and I’m Steven Rosenbaum and this is Hacking TV.

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Is Twitter Doomed? Podcasting On The Rise.

Hacking TV Podcast | October 9, 2016

This week on Hacking TV – Twitter is on the block. But what if all the big money steps away? Is it doomed? And, an update on the Yahoo / Verizon Deal. Is a massive haircut in the making? Then, a look at podcasting darling Gimlet Media. Paranoia or Promise in podcasting? And – The Rise of Roku… as the box builder gets more open. All that – plus some news about US! I’m Steve Rosenbaum and I’m Saul Hansell –
So – let’s Hack!

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The FCC Takes A Zero. Spotify Charges Ahead!

Hacking TV Podcast | Octiber 3, 2016

This week the Ambitious, Powerful FCC took a Zero. Are set to boxes still dead – or rising from the grave of Federal Regulation? Then Spotify is on a roll. Rumored to be buying Sound Cloud, Adding a Netflix Big Wig to it’s Board. Is Spotify Video ready to roar? And the battle to solve the Signal To Noise problem in content takes another turn. Yup – my favorite word: Curation. All that plus – what’s Amazon up to with Twitch Prime? It’s off the radar, but making big moves All that – and more – on this week’s edition of Hacking TV. I’m Saul Hansell and I’m Steve Rosenbaum, Let’s Hack!

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