Another Take on Synergy

What it is? Where do we see it? And how has it influenced our access to media? The first image that appears in my mind upon hearing the word synergy, is the act of working together. I think about that harmonious scene from Elf  when the camera zooms onto the table in the middle of Santa’s work shop […]

The Endless Search for Market Control

Basic cable was a main source of entertainment, but there has been a shift in how one sources their entertainment and how they’re viewing it. Everyone has Netflix these days (or you have the login from a friend of a friend), streaming platforms like Netflix, HBO, Sling TV, Youtube TV, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc have […]

#SaveOurInternet

If we take a look at the history of the information and communication industries, big corporations, like AT&T for example, have always been in control of how we access these utilities. They’re the ones that physically control all the pipes that allow us to do things like call each other from across the country or […]

HBO And The Film Industry: A Love Story

The first time that I watched an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, I couldn’t stop laughing for the entire half hour. It was like watching an episode of Seinfeld with no restrictions on the writing or the characters’ actions. Never before had I seen a T.V. show that was so creatively free, and I would […]

HBO and Feature Film-quality TV

Back in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, HBO became a major enemy of the motion picture industry. This was primarily due to the fact that HBO bought the rights to so many films owned by the studios, using the guise of convenience and lower price of subscription television to deliver the films to their viewers. HBO […]

“Empires of Entertainment”: The War on Studios

HBO, the premium TV network that made its debut in 1972, harbors some of TV’s most groundbreaking and renowned programs. Over the past few years, it has gained even more attraction due to the popularization of shows such as Game of Thrones, and the many additional features that come with the HBO packet, such as […]

Will HBO Dominate Film and Cable TV?

In regards to watching shows these days, a common question heard amongst adolescents is, “Do you have HBO?” (And if so, can I have your password?) I too am guilty of asking a few of my friends this because of my “dire need” to watch The Wire, Sex and the City, or Westworld. I must […]