I really liked this article from The Atlantic comparing renting cable boxes to renting telephones. As a consumer, I’d love it if there was competition for cable boxes with companies providing an open platform for third parties.
I read more on MidRoll Media’s Howl platform from Nieman Lab. As I wrote before, I’m skeptical about something becoming the “Netflix of podcasting” but I do like the idea of monetizing audio documentaries, and other one-off podcasts. Perhaps with my warning podcasts have too many ads, a subscription model is something I should re-think.
Another study once again reveals a valuable audience and reveals an interesting “prime time”:
Podcasting’s first upfront! I’m glad it happened (I wasn’t there) and I think it’s a big deal. But if someone really played audio highlights to a room full of people… ugh. Listening has it’s place, and a room full of people looking at a stage isn’t one of them. Next year put some video to the audio and make a sizzle reel for people to watch. Sorry folks, even though you are there to sell audio, a sizzle reel is the right medium for that kind of venue.