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27 Feb
At NBC, ‘Ads’ Are Giving Way to ‘Sponsored Content’

You’ve probably noticed this if you’ve watched the Tonight Show since Jimmy Fallon took over. In lieu of a straight-up advertisement, the show will introduce a bit that looks and feels like a comedy bit, and in most cases is at least moderately funny, but...

23 Feb
Twitter Users are Having their Lester Bangs Moment

Last week, Twitter changed. This was big news, because Twitter rarely changes things. It fiddles here and there, but chronologically displayed, 140-character messages have always been the thing that made Twitter distinct. It was fast, immediate and anarchist, and as a result became a favorite...

31 Jan
Netflix and No Chill: Comcast Ringing Up Binge Watchers

Most of us are accustomed to data limits on our cell phones, but in a move that seems aimed directly at Netflix binge-watchers, Comcast is imposing one on internet customers in select markets, Ad Age reports. Customers who use more than 300 gigabytes in a month...

30 Jan
Amazon Makes Big Bet on Podcasts

The death of radio has been greatly exaggerated, but with each passing month it gets a little more competition from its cousin on the digital side: The podcast. Most recently, Amazon has decided to throw a bunch of money at podcasts and other forms of audio...

29 Jan
This is the End (of Twitter)

The New Yorker has weighed in, and Twitter is on its death bed. So says this story, headlined "The End of Twitter," which advances the well-established narrative that Twitter doesn't make a profit and is growing too slowly. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and WeChat all have more users...

28 Jan
Nextstar and Media General Merge, Raise Questions about TV Homogenization

Twenty years ago, president Bill Clinton signed a landmark bit of legislation that permanently changed both the business and content of American radio. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was a sprawling document, but its most controversial element was its deregulation of broadcast markets. Essentially, it made...