James L. McQuivey

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Apple iPad: The Best iPod Touch Available

James L. McQuivey January 27, 2010
I have a weakness. I like to think big. And when we heard so many juicy rumors about the Apple tablet device, now named the iPad, I knew that with Steve Jobs at the helm, I could afford to think big. So big did I think, that I suggested the iPad should take media consumption […]
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Nytimes.com: How to survive charging your readers

James L. McQuivey January 19, 2010
A storm has been brewing at The New York Times for a while now. Ever since TimesSelect — the paid digital version of the Times — was cancelled back in 2007, the "content wants to be free" crowd has danced around its proverbial grave, singing the equivalent of "ding, dong, paid media is dead."  It's […]
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3DTV at CES: Poking Holes in the Hype

James L. McQuivey January 8, 2010
It's high time somebody said it. Sit through one too many CES keynotes, press conferences, or pitches, and you just might leave Las Vegas with the mistaken idea that 3DTV is going to be in all of our living rooms next year. ESPN and Discovery are committing to 3D cable and satellite channels, Sony is […]
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What’s a book really worth?

James L. McQuivey December 15, 2009
"Dear book industry, I'm so sorry to tell you this, but your books really aren't worth $25. Just like newspapers weren't really worth what people were paying for them and magazines, either. And CDs, and DVDs." I caused a bit of a fuss last week when I blogged these words here, or in a mirror […]
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Urgent note to book industry: There’s a better way to window eBooks

James L. McQuivey December 9, 2009
Frankly I am surprised that it took this long. But today, we read in the Wall Street Journal that two major publishers have decided to pull a music industry mistake. Simon and Schuster and Hachette Book Group have announced that they will not release most eBook editions until the hardbacks have been on shelves for […]
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New magazine joint venture faces tough uphill climb

James L. McQuivey December 8, 2009
Today the long-anticipated joint venture between Conde Nast, Hearst, News Corp, Time Inc and Meredith Publishing became official. These firms — all of them up against the ropes in an effort to deal with declining magazine ad revenue and the lackluster performance of online ad models — have decided that to face the digital future, they'd […]
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The Nook changes the game with the first built-in social experience

James L. McQuivey December 8, 2009
The official announcements about the Nook went out yesterday and much has been said about the device, such as whether it trounces the Kindle (it does not) and whether the delay in shipping (units you buy today, for example, are expected to ship January 15) will permanently keep the Nook out of the running (it […]
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Why Comcast-NBCU really IS about digital

James L. McQuivey December 3, 2009
Today is the big day: when Comcast announces it has taken a controlling share of NBCU in the latest mega media merger. And though the media have been covering it rapaciously for months now, the obligatory reaction stories are now being posted, analyzing something we should really know by now, namely:   This deal isn't […]
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How to Sell Connected TVs this Holiday Season

James L. McQuivey November 24, 2009
The signs of the holidays are all around us: my teenagers have started listening to the local holiday music station, people are bundling up in anticipation of the snow that will soon be upon us, and the Wall Street Journal is reporting on the expected sales of TVs at WalMart this Black Friday.  Aside from the economy, […]
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It’s Berlin, Circa 1989, and the Media Industries Are East Germany

James L. McQuivey November 23, 2009
Allow me to add my voice to the chorus of those applauding the fall of the Berlin wall twenty years ago this month. It was this event that taught me firsthand why revolution is simultaneously impossible as well as inevitable. In 1986 I sat with other students from around the globe just blocks from the […]
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Oprah abandons broadcast TV for a life in cable: Oprah, we need to talk…

James L. McQuivey November 20, 2009
Just this Monday Sarah Palin told Oprah she was "the queen of talk shows." Which might mean there's no better time to abdicate the throne than when you're clearly on top (and when the #2 talk show, Dr. Phil is produced by you).  But Oprah didn't just announce that when she wraps her 25th season in […]
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New Roku boxes make the simple complex

James L. McQuivey October 27, 2009
Today Roku launched two new players to complement the original $99 Roku player. Perhaps somewhat obviously, the two new players come in at $79 and $129, allowing Roku to test whether there's price elasticity in this market.  I'm not sure this was a necessary move. The cheaper box (called Roku SD), simply removes HD playback […]
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New Report: How media industries must rebuild to survive

James L. McQuivey October 13, 2009
We've been flogging the media industries for years at Forrester. So much so that we sometimes assume that people remember all the ways we've warned, cajoled, and exhorted for more than a decade. But based on the things we're seeing the pundits finally say, it's clear that "the end is near" is a pressingly recent […]
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And the winner of MTV’s VMAs is…Twitter!

James L. McQuivey September 17, 2009
I recently wrote about Social TV — what we call it when people use social media like Facebook and Twitter to augment the TV experience. There were some doubters (there always are). If you need proof that people are using social media to make TV more engaging, then look no further than this week's MTV […]
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Can the Apple TV reinvent itself?

James L. McQuivey September 15, 2009
I was in the middle of an ICTC (my new acronym for InterContinental Telepresence Conference) when I got an urgent message from Brian Chen at Wired News. Without any announcement, it seems, Apple had cut the price of its 160 GB Apple TV to $229, dropping the smaller model altogether. What did this mean?  I've […]
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Apple’s Nano video camera further erodes the camcorder market

James L. McQuivey September 10, 2009
You've got to be hating life if you're a videocamera maker like Sony or Kodak and you've just been bested yet again. First, it was the immensely successful Flip video cameras that sold more than 2 million devices without a significant brand name simply because the camera was so darn easy to use. ( Personal […]
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VUDU makes a play to become the VOD service of tomorrow

James L. McQuivey September 10, 2009
Video on Demand (VOD) has been a disappointment. As offered by most cable systems, video on demand should have made it easier for you to rent movies for home viewing than Blockbuster or Hollywood ever could because you never have to leave the house to get a VOD movie. But most VOD systems have failed […]
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Do you want to follow Facebook and Twitter on your TV?

James L. McQuivey August 19, 2009
It's discussion time, folks. I want to hear what you think about the potential for Facebook and Twitter on the TV screen. No, stop laughing, I'm serious.  I ask because I published a report for Forrester earlier this month called Five Things We Want From Social TV (click here to read). It was partly in […]
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Digeo announces Moxi Mate, a whole-home DVR play

James L. McQuivey August 5, 2009
via www.moxi.com Today Digeo went live with its Moxi Mate, the companion to its Moxi HD DVR, designed to provide whole-home DVR functionality. I sat down with Greg Gudorf, CEO of Digeo, a few weeks back and he previewed the box for me. A couple of my reactions were: 1) the quality of box-to-box streaming […]
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Amazon.com Acquires SnapTell

James L. McQuivey June 17, 2009
Saw this news in Fierce today. Good play by Amazon. There is a lot of buzz around mCommerce right now – what is it? what does it mean? how fast will "it" grow? what role will it play in the multi-channel retail experience? One of the top reasons consumers give for buying in a physical […]
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