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.
Found Things is a compendium of curiosity.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.