Regardless of whether or not you believe Ms. Bowman and the others who've come forward, if Netflix does decide to go ahead and air Cosby's special, and they're lambasted for it, they'll have no one to blame but themselves for its "'Cos and effect.'"
YouTube is where new shows and obsessions are being spawned. No longer does mainstream television control the market. So if you're in the need for a fix, and you don't want to have to wait weeks for new episodes, YouTube is at your fingertips, and so is a whole new world of web series.
Always learn from the greats. Try to understand the most successful. Emulate, yes, but more -- build and innovate on what they do so well by learning what they miss.
There are many examples of new subscription models upsetting the status quo. Spotify, with its membership-based streaming music service, flipped iTunes on its head and caused Apple to launch a radio service.
Entrepreneurs offer some of the best examples of risk-taking that resulted in fabulous success stories. Their victories are usually achieved only after significant rounds of trial and error, however, which can involve having to put everything on the line.
Dell has one of the more intriguing entrepreneurial histories, going from the fabled dorm room start-up, through growing the company and taking it public, stepping down as CEO, coming back as CEO, then leading it back to its current private iteration. Living through all these changes would seem to provide him with a business perspective not available to many other people.
The near monopolists are at bat and are swinging for the fences in a bid to kill open Internet rules and dominate the online ecosystem. I see FCC Chairman Wheeler on the mound, trying to decide what to pitch while millions of interested parties fill the stands.
The average Joe doesn't have much of a voice these days in what lawmakers are deciding. We can't afford lobbyists to speak on our behalf. HBO, CBS, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon and the rest have more than enough money to lobby for Net Neutrality -- it ultimately affects their bottom line. As strange as this may seem, this could end up being a rare case of what passes for Capitalism in this country actually working for average people.
Now they plan to enter another realm, one inhabited by giants more powerful and more devious than they HBO, CBS, Lionsgate or Tribeca can ever imagine. It's one thing to be carried as part of a cable package. It's another to be streamed, and to be at the utter mercy of Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.
It's probably a push to a net win. Few consumers will have a reason to cancel Netflix in favor of HBO, but many will have a reason to subscribe to both.
If the charge for easy access to content is the data generated by the access, the platforms win. So why would Silicon Valley even consider buying the cow? It charges for transporting milk.
Is Mark Cuban just trying to get people to download his app, or is he for real? Is there really a dark side to participating in the sharing economy?
"House of Cards" and Netflix's other original formats have an important role to play in reshaping consumers and consumption patterns in ways that enable the successful shift from Netflix, the streaming service to Netflix, the content provider.
It has been years since the opening weeks of a new television season truly "belonged" to broadcast -- but it seems that this year, in particular, the "other guys" have been coming on especially strong, with big news, bold moves and some of the most exciting new shows of 2014.
Movie fans are oblivious that their movie-watching loyalties are the focus of an epic battle being played out in Hollywood. Here's where I can make a prediction with confidence. Expect divergent efforts that pair VOD with cinema to continue for some, but not all, movies.
If Amazon's book-selling success scares some writers imagine what lovers of Netflix and HBO will do now that Amazon's binge series, Jill Soloway's Transparent , has turned out to be a work of genius?