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The way they hook us for 13 hours straight

"They’ve designed these shows to be more bingeable - more propulsive and page-turning - than anything the networks ever pushed on us in the past."

15 minute read. Well worth it.

The way they hook us for 13 hours straight

"They’ve designed these shows to be more bingeable - more propulsive and page-turning - than anything the networks ever pushed on us in the past."

15 minute read. Well worth it.

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Six dreams

For midsummer, six historic BBC productions of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, from 1936 - 1971.

1936. Diana Churchill as Hermia and Alex Clunes as Lysander in a radio production.

1937. Frank Cellier as ‘Quince’, Carleton Hobbs as ‘Snug’, H.O. Nicholson as ‘Starveling’, John Ruddock as ‘Flute’, Jay Laurier as ‘Snout’ and Arthur Sinclair as ‘Bottom’ in another radio production from the following year.

1937. Ena Moon as a fairy, Thea Holme as Titania, Quentin Tod as Bottom, Patricia Hayes as Puck and Alexander Knox as Oberon in an early TV production from the same year.

1950. Jeremy Spenser as Puck on the TV.

1958. Gillian Lynne as Puck and John Justin as Oberon in another TV production.

1971. Sixth: a wonderful picture of Shakespearian actress Eileen Atkins as Titania and British TV comedy genius Ronnie Barker as Bottom in rehearsal for a ‘Play of the Month’ adaptation.

Via bbcradio3

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As TV falls apart, Tumblr and Twitter aim to pick up the pieces
For years, it’s been said that Internet use would cut into the time U.S. consumers spend watching television. Today, those premonitions are beginning to reach the tipping point.
TV ratings have dropped by 50 percent over the last decade. Goldman Sachs recently called the decline “the sharpest pace on record.”
The firm found that ratings in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic – the key group targeted by advertisers – fell by 17 percent last winter compared with the winter before. ABC, NBC and Fox were most affected, with decreased ad revenues cutting into profits. But even highest-rated CBS lost 3 percent of its 18-to-49 audience this season, The New York Times reported in April.
The writing has been on the wall for some time.
Full article on TechCrunch.

As TV falls apart, Tumblr and Twitter aim to pick up the pieces

For years, it’s been said that Internet use would cut into the time U.S. consumers spend watching television. Today, those premonitions are beginning to reach the tipping point.

TV ratings have dropped by 50 percent over the last decade. Goldman Sachs recently called the decline “the sharpest pace on record.”

The firm found that ratings in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic – the key group targeted by advertisers – fell by 17 percent last winter compared with the winter before. ABC, NBC and Fox were most affected, with decreased ad revenues cutting into profits. But even highest-rated CBS lost 3 percent of its 18-to-49 audience this season, The New York Times reported in April.

The writing has been on the wall for some time.

Full article on TechCrunch.

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Rights management in public broadcast
I find it troubling that content produced by the BBC as “part of our international service” is not available to me in the UK. BBC Worldwide may be a commercial arm, but it is owned by the BBC, which in turn is wholly owned by the british taxpayer.
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130516-how-city-life-is-changing-us

Rights management in public broadcast

I find it troubling that content produced by the BBC as “part of our international service” is not available to me in the UK. BBC Worldwide may be a commercial arm, but it is owned by the BBC, which in turn is wholly owned by the british taxpayer.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130516-how-city-life-is-changing-us

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2013: the year Internet TV went mainstream
Something huge is happening in online TV this year. No, it’s not a new streaming set top box or Web-exclusive video series. It’s not even an app. It’s a milestone: 2013 is the year that Internet-first TV became truly normal.
Worth a read.

2013: the year Internet TV went mainstream

Something huge is happening in online TV this year. No, it’s not a new streaming set top box or Web-exclusive video series. It’s not even an app. It’s a milestone: 2013 is the year that Internet-first TV became truly normal.

Worth a read.

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Amazon working on it's own set-top box?

Bloomberg is reporting that Amazon has plans to release its own television set-top box later this year. The device will stream video over the internet from Amazon’s video service catalog.

From the article -

"Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is pushing the company into a broadening array of hardware, including tablets, electronic readers and a planned smartphone. … The set-top box is being developed by Amazon’s Lab126 division, based in Cupertino, California — the city that’s also home to Apple. Lab126 has toyed with building connected television devices for several years, the people familiar with the effort said. … Plans for pricing couldn’t be determined. Amazon’s typical strategy is to sell hardware at competitive prices, sometimes at a loss, with the intent of making up for discounts through sales of content, including books and movies. Amazon could also use the set-top box to promote its online store."

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Can the BBC survive in the iPlayer age?

"People do not need a television to watch BBC output any more. Nor do they need to watch it at a set time. And, by committing itself with its usual extravagant enthusiasm to these new developments, it has undermined the conditions under which people are legally liable to pay the licence fee."

Worth a read.

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The BBC has Open Sourced their TV Application Layer. Very interesting and worth a look.
Via @TALOpenSource

The BBC has Open Sourced their TV Application Layer. Very interesting and worth a look.

Via @TALOpenSource

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Watching Wimbledon live in Facebook? Don’t mind if I do!

Watching Wimbledon live in Facebook? Don’t mind if I do!

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Worth a watch: Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy
Evan Davis decodes the formula that took Apple from suburban Californian garage to global supremacy, telling the story of Steve Jobs’s rise, fall and triumphant rise again.

Worth a watch: Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy

Evan Davis decodes the formula that took Apple from suburban Californian garage to global supremacy, telling the story of Steve Jobs’s rise, fall and triumphant rise again.

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Lovely BBC ad featuring the evergreen David Attenborough. It’s a Wonderful World.

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Filed under WTF BBC? How the BBC’s HD DRM plot was kept secret… and why.

Filed under WTF BBC? How the BBC’s HD DRM plot was kept secret… and why.

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I LOVE this: 7 billion people and you: What’s your number?

I LOVE this: 7 billion people and you: What’s your number?

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We’re not at all sure what we think of this: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/

We’re not at all sure what we think of this: http://beta.bbc.co.uk/

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The BBC: In the business of ‘Social Objects’ since 1922.
Great post from Hugh Garry (@huey).

The BBC: In the business of ‘Social Objects’ since 1922.

Great post from Hugh Garry (@huey).