Category Archives: Cutting the cord

July 24

Spotify is not a record store, it’s a radio station!

Reflecting on the link I posted about Thom Yorke quitting Spotify, I kept thinking about the statement in the article that, “The industry average offers slightly less than 0.4p a stream – meaning that 1m streams of a song would generate about £3,800. Most songs receive far fewer streams.” The problem with this statement is […]

July 22

TV Foresees Its Future. Netflix Is There. – NYTimes.com

It’s not about the delivery mechanism, it’s about the shows! TV Foresees Its Future. Netflix Is There. – NYTimes.com.

July 31

The end of TV or just the end of the aerial?

The House of Lords have proposed that Britain should move all TV services to the internet and free the airwaves for mobile services. On the surface, this looks like a bold statement, and in many ways it is, but it’s also a safe bet. The writing has been on the wall for a while now. […]

July 13

Cloud PVR spreads over Europe

Good article in Broadcast Engineering: Cloud PVR spreads over Europe. The “Cloud PVR” (Or DVR, if you’re in the US) is a bizarre sort of thing, designed to solve a legal problem, not a technological one. It boils down to this – if a distribution company such as a cable of satellite operator, as opposed […]

June 22

Cutting the cords – ALL of them

There are so many posts out now about the potential trend of “cutting the cord.” In other words, dropping cable and satellite service and relying on free to air television and internet streaming. Well, I’ve gone even further that that – I’ve even cut the cord to the rooftop aerial and am getting all my […]

June 11

TV or Not TV

There’s a good article by Henry Blodget about the move to online video at Business Insider Here are some reactions off the top of my head: Interesting and clear. Blodget has a good track record on predicting trends. However (and this is a big, “however”) in my opinion, the doomsayers are missing the real story […]