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PBS Explores The Growing Impact of Broadband

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Traditional Hollywood studios now compete with streaming content providers like Netflix and Amazon to capture viewers’ attention. Hari Sreenivasan looks at the growing impact of broadband and its effect on our viewing habits and entertainment industry with Brian Stelter of the New York Times and Lisa Donovan of Maker Studios. (8 minutes)

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Traditional Hollywood studios have long produced the movies and television programs we love to watch, but in the era of high-speed broadband, companies like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and Hulu are some of the new power players.

All of them stream movies, TV and video. Increasingly, they’re creating their own unique content as well. For the moment, Netflix has raised the stakes most prominently. Last month, it debuted all at once 13 episodes of its original $100 million dollar series “House of Cards” all at once. It stars Kevin Spacey as a cynical U.S. House majority whip. Its success turned up the heat on its competitor, Amazon Prime, which is spending millions on new content.

Amazon in turn announced an exclusive deal with PBS to stream its hit show “Downton Abbey.” Cable providers like Xfinity and Time Warner are making more of their content available for their online customers, an audience that is growing.

According to comScore, a company that tracks digital media, every day, 75 million people in America watch videos online.

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Chattanooga, Tenn., is home to American’s fastest Internet connection — up to 200 times faster than the national average. Hari Sreenivasan talks with Sheldon Grizzle of The Company Lab and Richard Bennett from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation about whether Chattanooga offers a model for the rest of the U.S. (9 minutes)

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Internet use is now so ubiquitous in the U.S. that not having access or online literacy can create major hurdles. As part of the NewsHour’s series on broadband technology and its effect on society, Hari Sreenivasan explores the so-called digital divide with Vicky Rideout of VJR Consulting and former FCC official Karen Kornbluh. (9 minutes)

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7 years ago

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“Cable providers like Xfinity and Time Warner are making more of their content available for their online customers, an audience that is growing”

One thing they forgot to mention. YOU HAVE TO BE A CABLE SUBSCRIBER TO VIEW THE SHOWS AVAILABLE ON THE NETWORK!” The whole “TV Everywhere” idea is stupid because you STILL have to pay $80 a month, AND you still have to pay $60-70 a month for high-speed internet. Worthless if you’re trying to save money, Netflix is where it’s at for me.

7 years ago

Some consumer ISPs (last-mile operators, such as cable-TV companies) have begun to regulate the quantity of BYTES sent to a customer during each monthly billing cycle. The financial penalty for exceeding the monthly data-usage cap acts as a financial deterrent to expanded use of streaming video. The cable-TV companies presently derive revenue from their conventional video offering. If consumers stream video directly from 3rd-party suppliers they might discontinue the conventional video service that they purchase from the cable-TV company. Thus, the cable-TV operators have financial incentive to discourage the use of 3rd party streaming. Worth noting: the cost of building/expanding… Read more »

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