CES Concepts, Verizon Drops Bundles, Technology and TV

CES is boring, because no one knows what is next. Then, Verizon is dropping Internet and TV bundles, which is a rational response to the changing nature of pay-TV. It also shows how much tech disruption is still to come.

TV Advertising Falls; The Sports Linchpin, Revisited; NBA Ratings

TV Advertising is down, as price increases finally overwhelm the decline in viewers. It’s important to note, though, that sports still matter. This is something the NBA may not completely understand.

The Google Squeeze Follow-up, Disney+ Launch, Instagram Influencer Follow-Up

Google’s approach to travel mirrors its approach to Shopping, which, correctly or not, was already ruled to be illegal in Europe. Then, Disney+ rolls out like a movie, and fails like a service. Plus, more on Instagram and influencers.

HBO Max, AT&T’s Challenges, The Streaming Battleground

AT&T announced details about HBO Max, which are both safe and aggressive, and also raise questions about AT&T’s long-term stewardship. Then, why Netflix and Disney are the long-term winners.