December 2014

The New Yorker

Hollywood and Vine


If you haven’t watched YouTube in a while—if you’ve joined the Amish, or you’re Edward Snowden—a lot has changed. Early on, the platform was a salmagundi of out-of-focus lifecasts. The viral hits were cats getting wet and one-offs like “Charlie Bit My Finger—Again!,” a 2007...

FreeCast Products

No Middlemen Means No Blackouts


This weekend, Dish Network customers found themselves without CBS-owned stations for about 12 hours, as contract negotiations broke down, resulting in a channel blackout. As customer frustrations boil over, one can't help but ask what was really accomplished by pulling a popular television station off...