Today: The movie and TV industries vs. the Internet! Who will win--Studios, Internet companies, consumers, manufacturers, or some combination?
The entire entertainment industry is, of course, in the middle of shedding its skin. The old ways of distributing and charging for entertainment content are being changed by the Web. Theoretically, entertainment can now follow us anywhere, from screen to screen, without costing us a dime. And some content is. But most Hollywood content is not, at least not yet. With "over the top" content boxes from the likes of Apple, Google, Roku, Boxee, and Tivo all giving us easy access to this content--and with content aggregation plays like Hulu and Netflix doing the back-end work to bring it to those boxes--the old TV and movie economics are increasingly challenged.
That's what we're talking about today, with two great guests. First, representing CNET's tech-first view of content indsutries, our own Greg Sandoval, author of the Media Maverick blog.
And joining us from the heart of the entertainment industry, Hollywood, we have Steven Gaydos, the executive editor of Variety and one of the foremost experts at understanding the changes in the entertainment industries.
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