"This is going to be the biggest holiday season for streaming; it’s going mainstream."
This is what Roku's marketing chief Matthew Anderson told the New York Post's Claire Atkinson for a story that ran yesterday. The headline?
Roku takes fight to Apple TV in big ad push
"While Apple’s set-top box is the worldwide leader in sales, the two companies are nearly neck-and-neck in the U.S. market," she wrote. "What’s more, the Saratoga, Calif.-based gadget maker believes it’s in a position ... read more
"On Tuesday, Apple Will Make You Want To Buy An Apple TV For The Holidays."
That was the headline on Forbes Sunday morning as Anthony Wing Kosner wrote about the rumors surrounding Easy A's event set for tomorrow (let's hear it for BlogSpeak and the use of the word "tomorrow"!). Most Apple-ites suspect both new iPads and new MacBook Pros will be unleashed, while others are making the case that a huge leap in the company's play for television domination will also be on hand.
Thus the headline. ... read more
What do you say we offer up a two-for-one on this sunny Wednesday? I mean, what with all the website changes, weeks off, "Breaking Bad" obsessions, and everything else in between, how about we dive right back in, no? Good.
Roku 1. Apple TV 0.
Have you heard about everybody's favorite tech-obsessed fruit snatching up video app Matcha recently? Oh, you haven't? What's that? You don't even really care? Awww, shucks. Well, you should. Zack Whittaker at ZDNet elaborated a bit earlier today ...
"The ... read more
Tonight, the best show on television for the last seven years, "30 Rock," comes to an end. This morning, I waxed poetic on as much, and the following is an excerpt ...
The show is thick with jokes, layer upon layer stacking up like an endless mountain of funny. The plot twists are strange and the characters are stranger. In the 22 minutes each episode runs, you can’t leave the room for more than 30 seconds because if you do, you’ll miss three or four genuinely funny quips, not to mention the ... read more
Who is Jean-Louis Gassée? Well, according to the World Wide Internet, he is a former executive at Apple. He worked there from 1981 to 1990. If you look at certain spots of the web, you may read that he was eventually forced out because he wasn't good at coming up with new ideas. If you look at other spots, you may read that he left to begin a business venture centered around creating a new form of computer from scratch.
If you look on this blog, you'll see my picture in the top right corner (what's ... read more
The turkey is gone. The football is in full swing. You've already read this about the perils of Thanksgiving Day. And maybe most importantly, you still have about six hours to go on your holiday shift at a newspaper.
OK. So, maybe that last part is just for me.
Anyway, what's next? Well, the countdown to Christmas has now officially begun as retailers that clearly have no grasp on tradition keep forcing the Black Friday festivities further and further back. Forget 6 a.m. deals the day ... read more
"Our discussions with industry contacts suggest that at least one major N. American MSO is working to estimate how much additional capacity may be needed for a new Apple device on their broadband data network. We believe this potentially suggests an imminent launch of the Apple TV."
So were the words of Jefferies analyst James Kisner that were reported by most every tech-leaning news outlet Thursday as the tango that Apple continues to do with its television possibilities and every inquiring mind ... read more
Who could have thunk that Kansas City, Kansas, would ever be the mecca for all things Internet television? A Major League Soccer club, yes. The cutting edge of TV-watching habits, meh.
But that's what we have on our hands after Friday, when Google Fiber announced that it was going to light up its second "firberhood," which, coincidentally, happens to be in Kansas City. Labeled "Dub's Dread," the move comes in light of Google giving the green light to its Fiber operation back in July. The neighborhood ... read more
Well, I initially wanted to sit down and talk about Conan O'Brien's announcement this week of a new Web series called "Serious Jibber-Jabber" that looks to be interesting if only because of the ambiguity that seems to be going into its announcement. Is hereally going to talk with smart, interesting people about smart, interesting things for a long, interesting time? Or is this just going to be an extension of his TBS talk show as he goofs around with semi-interesting people, never touching ... read more
So ... that was fun. And by "fun," I mean ...
Anyways, welcome back. A week gone and words could never begin to describe exactly how much I've missed you, the fantastically well-read blog-veiwer. I say "welcome back" under the pretense that "you were here" in the first place, and depending on what your definition of "you" is ... well, I could be typing this for less than nobody. But hey — why focus on the bad, when there is just so much good in the world, right? And by "good," I mean ...
Actually, ... read more