Navigating the streams of home entertainment media

November 2, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Netflix is one company trying to find its place in the changing media environment.

Home entertainment morphed into a strange new beast in recent years. The television remained the pride of place in many living rooms but how consumers got their media has changed quite a bit. From Direct TV to Netflix and Hulu, content was everywhere and in multiple formats. The jockeying for position could be seen across different companies. Netflix fared badly after a plan to split its DVD subscription and online streaming services into separate entities. Meanwhile, Oakbrook Terrace-based RedBox capitalized on that poor decision by building its DVD rental services. So what did it all add up to? Max Dawson of Northwestern University joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss the industry. Dawson studies the history of television and new media formats, and he is a faculty member in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern’s School of Communication.