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For whom the bell tolls…

Will subscription Hulu upend the cable and satellite industries’ raison d’être?  From Wired.com’s Epicenter:

Cable and satellite are classic middlemen. When the internet meets the middleman, the middleman tends to disappear — or at least be replaced by a thinner middleman. We’ve seen it with record stores, classified ad-dependent newspapers, video-rental stores, bookstores and any other business that delivers something that the internet can deliver more efficiently.

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The Future’s So Bright, We Gotta Wear Set-Top Boxes…

From Wired.com:

Four hundred eighty channels and nothing to watch on TV? Liberty Global, one of the largest cable service providers in Europe, is adding a few more options for its customers.

The company will soon introduce a set-top box that will marry traditional cable content with apps, widgets and access to web-based video, Wired has learned.

“It’s a set-top box on steroids,” Balan Nair, chief technology officer for Liberty Global, told Wired.com. “The interface will be very intuitive and advanced and include features such as search and recommendation that will tie in a seamless way the experience of a using a DVR and a web search engine.”

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YouTube Redesign About More Than Asthetics

Wired.com is awesome in untold many ways.   They are on the digital revolution beat better than the competition, particularly when it comes to YouTube’s business strategy and the inevitable melding of internet and legacy media.

Check out this post by Eliot Van Buskirk from last week that dissects the recent YouTube redesign and what it really says about where things are headed.   In short:  make the experience more like watching television (for viewer and sponsor alike).

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