Welcome to the 30th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali. This week we have an eclectic mix of topics. First up is the UBS Media and Technology Conference in New York, where the talk of the conference was the rise of over-the-top video services and talks by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. Special guest Jeff Roberts from PaidContent was at the show and talks about what he heard (and the mainly optimistic mood there). Plus, Roberts comments on the ongoing investigations into price-fixing in the e-books market between Apple and big book publishers.
Then we turn to our seasonal conundrum: What gadget gifts are right for our loved ones? Special guest Brian Lam from the Wirecutter did a great shopping guide for gadgets and non-gadgets so we get his take on the right gifts for everyone. Lam believes that gadgets can be a tough gift to give because it’s hard to find the perfect model for each person. He prefers surprising gifts that come with rich back stories.
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Here are some highlighted topics from the show:
1:20: Twitter redesign coming
2:00: Future show on brand pages on social media?
2:25: Rundown of topics on the show
UBS Media Conference
3:55: Special guest Jeff Roberts from PaidContent
4:30: Netflix CEO and Time Warner CEO speak out
6:20: Roberts: Netflix is in a tough position but Hulu is better off
E-Books investigation into price-fixing
9:10: EU, U.S. Justice department have investigations
10:30: Roberts: Not a big deal for Apple; bigger deal for book publishers
12:20: Consumers don’t want to wait months for e-book editions of new releases
14:00: Roberts: Viacom vs. YouTube verdict coming; more on piracy
Holiday gadget guide
15:20: Special guest Brian Lam from the Wirecutter
17:30: Lam: Things made in factories were less memorable for me as gifts
19:00: Why gadgets aren’t good gifts for gadget people
21:40: Lam rates iPad, then Kindle Fire, then Kindle Touch
23:20: Lam likes a kazoo trumpet as an offbeat gift, or a model airplane called The Crow
25:00: Rafat wants a special tea kettle
Netflix CEO: We got overconfident at CNN Money
What’s up with Netflix/Time Warner love-in? at Marketwatch
Be Thoughtful: A Gifting Guide for Humans at the Wirecutter
Be Thoughtful: A Gifting Guide for Humans, Finale at the Wirecutter
Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about what gadget you want to get:
Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+