Tag: cable

by Jefferson Yen

We’ve covered cord-cutting from cable for years, but now there’s no doubt about it: it’s real, it’s here and media giants will need to get used to it. Variety reported that pay TV had its worst-ever quarterly subscriber declines in the second quarter, losing more than 500,000 subscribers. The number of pay TV households is […] more »

by Tim Winter

The following opinion piece is a guest post and does not represent the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. Is the cable television subscription model dead? That’s the buzz around town, despite the efforts of the cable industry to assert that claims of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Yet […] more »

by Sonia Paul

This week MediaShift is doing a special in-depth report on cutting the cord to cable TV — who’s doing it, why, and how. One of our most popular posts over the past 5 years has been our special guides to cutting the cord, which we first published in January 2010 and again in 2012.  Stay tuned […] more »

by Dena Levitz

The final season of “Mad Men” is rolling out. “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” has become a bonafide hit alongside its Netflix siblings “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”  Fox’s “Empire” just became the first TV show in ages to gain a bigger audience from week to week during its premiere season. And, […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Facebook walks a free-speech tightrope (Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal) 2. Vimeo to fund Maker Studios creators in exchange for exclusive windows (Josh Dickey / Mashable) 3. Amy O’Leary on eight years of navigating digital culture change at the New York Times (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 4. Shutterstock takes aim at Getty, […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Why in-house innovation is a great plan for legacy outlets (Erin Polgreen / Columbia Journalism Review) 2. Unable to find a local partner, the much praised Homicide Watch D.C. is shutting down (Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab) 3. Fall of the banner ad: The monster that swallowed the web (Farhad Manjoo / New York […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Saving community newspapers? Don’t start with layoffs (Jim Bach / American Journalism Review) 2. FCC won’t let firms segregate web traffic into fast, slow lanes (Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal) 3. Apple, Amazon and the uncertain future of the book start-up (Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOm) 4. Spain set to introduce new law […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Microsoft web browser security bug could impact millions of users (Adario Strange / Mashable) 2. New challenges chip away at cable’s pillar of profit (David Carr / New York Times) 3. Net neutrality: A guide to (and history of) a contested idea (Alexis C. Madrigal & Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic) 4. Swisher: AllThingsD […] more »

by Fannie Cohen

This week, the Supreme Court began hearings to determine if Aereo’s broadcast-TV-time-shifting model is legal. Aereo is an antenna middle man for consumers, who can rent an unobstructed TV antenna that beams the content back to any of their devices as live-streamed TV, or saves it for watching later. It’s both a guaranteed good signal and […] more »

by Claire Groden

On Wednesday, Amazon released its newest device, the $99 Fire TV, that aims to make a better set-top box for streaming video on TVs. It’s not drone delivery, but it does make the leap from offering streaming content with Amazon Prime to offering a piece of hardware that connects to the TV — putting Amazon […] more »