Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  May 6, 2015

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Comcast Announces new Xfinity remote with voice control
You don’t have to learn a new language or speak like a robot. Just press the blue button, say what you want to watch and it appears on screen. It’s easy, just like watching TV should be.

JetBlue to Offer Amazon Prime Members Free Wi-Fi to Stream Video
Amazon is taking to the skies in its battle with Netflix: The e-commerce giant announced a deal with JetBlue, under which Prime members will have free, unlimited access to in-flight Wi-Fi — fast enough to stream video right to their seats.

TiVo Survey Indicates Majority of OTA Cord Cutters Come From Satellite
TiVo Inc., a leader in monetizing over the air signals for operators, today released the findings of an in-depth survey of Over The Air (OTA) TV consumers revealing that a materially higher percentage of cord cutters are coming from former satellite TV service subscribers.

Cable companies want you to pay twice for On Demand with Hulu Plus deal
In another sign that operators are increasingly willing to bring over-the-top streaming services directly to their subscribers, Hulu has announced that it has reached agreements with five multichannel operators to offer Hulu’s subscription streaming service to their customers.

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9 responses to Digital Media Bytes

  1. I like these new(?) Digital Media Bytes posts. Thanks

  2. In the old days, my goal had been 2-3 posts a day. And when I couldn’t hit that or there was more I wanted to share, I’d run round-up posts like these. Nowadays, I’m probably shooting for 2-3 posts a week ;) and was wondering if collating some of my tweeted links and then some might be valuable. The traffic suggests it may not, for most…

  3. “The traffic suggests it may not, for most…”

    Don’t immediately trust the traffic numbers.

    If someone comes into the blog from the top, they’re not going to click on these individual posts and register ‘traffic’. And they add value to the blog, which could translate over time to increased numbers.

    Personally, I also find them valuable. The ‘satellite teevee-sub-cutters’ and ‘OnDemand / Hulu’ bites were both quite interesting to me, and I wouldn’t have found them otherwise.

  4. Sadly, it’s not the regulars who pay the bills… ;) I just put another one up. Just links, no excerpts. That saves a couple minutes. Will continue to monitor and think about it.

  5. I also used to have a little sidebar widget that would display the articles I favorited in Google Reader. I used that to bookmark stories I wanted to cover, but in case I never got to it the info would be available. But the links weren’t clicked much. Hm. The more modern equivalent might be sticking a Twitter widget in the sidebar, which I’ve done now and then.

  6. “I guess I’ll keep trying to do them. If I were a full time blogger, these are the stories I’d want to cover. No time! :)”

    See? They generate prestige, which generates buzz, which generates clicks, which lets you become a full time blogger taking baths in $100 bills while considering making a takeover offer for Google. (Alternately, you could launch a Kickstarter just for Digital Media Bytes.)

    “I just put another one up. Just links, no excerpts. That saves a couple minutes.”

    Your minutes to apportion, of course. But I’d far rather have fewer links with a dashed-off sentence or two behind each…

  7. Yeah, visually it certainly looks better. By the by, in less than an hour the Microsoft DVR post has doubled a link post launched 5 hours ago. Of course, there’s more to it than traffic. But that helps inform – a single quickie post is more compelling than a quickie list of several links. (Also, to an earlier point – I do track outgoing clicks. So even if folks don’t click thru to a post I can still see at what quantity they take action.)

  8. “By the by, in less than an hour the Microsoft DVR post has doubled a link post launched 5 hours ago. Of course, there’s more to it than traffic. But that helps inform – a single quickie post is more compelling than a quickie list of several links.”

    No doubt to all.

    But never forget, Buzzfeed succeeds by combining both listicles and targeted reporting.

    Traffic is not to be sneezed at. But depth has its own rewards too. Being a ‘go to’ source for the cognoscenti has positive consequences.

  9. MS post now 5x the traffic. I’m not a Buzzfeed reader, fwiw but I can tell you after 10 years I still don’t know what my objective is here. :)