Internet TV’s Big Chance to Oust Cable Is Almost Here | WIRED

“Anytime you have a customer base as frustrated as the traditional cable providers’ customers are,” Beck says, citing a cb24 study that indicates that 53 percent of cable customers say they would leave their cable provider if they hand another viable alternative for TV, “you have an environment that’s ripe for technology companies to disrupt it.”

via Internet TV’s Big Chance to Oust Cable Is Almost Here | WIRED.

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How Technicolor Changed Storytelling – The Atlantic

How Technicolor Changed Storytelling - The Atlantic

Meanwhile, the film industry was considering what the addition of color meant as a narrative device. "Something living had been brought into the world that was not there before," the Broadway set designer Robert Edmond Jones wrote in 1935 of the newly honed Technicolor process. The Wizard of Oz, in 1939, employed one of the most famous uses of Technicolor as narrative: the moment when Dorothy leaves her sepia-toned reality for the colorful land of Oz. It was in the 1930s, too, that Technicolor cameramen, previously seen as mere technicians, were beginning to be honored for their artistic work.

via How Technicolor Changed Storytelling – The Atlantic.

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15 years later, lessons from the failed AOL-Time Warner merger

The deal should remind investors to take a closer look at today’s hottest tech startups, says Columbia Business School professor Rita Gunther McGrath.

via 15 years later, lessons from the failed AOL-Time Warner merger.

The commentary correctly identifies that AOL’s business model was connectivity. But I take it step further: it did not value it’s customers as a community.

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