The divide along a demographic line reveals the effect of Internet videos, social networks, mobile phones and video games -- in short, all the alternatives to the television set that are taking up growing slices of the American attention span. Young people are still watching the same shows, but they are streaming them on computers and phones to a greater degree than their parents or grandparents do.
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Last week’s NAB was, as always, loaded with new ideas and toys (although drones, I suppose, are getting to be old hat). The South Upper and Lower Halls remains the nexus for new technology relating to all things over-the-top, with a number of new entrants eating up whatever available space remains.
Here are some observations from my time in Las Vegas:
Digital publisher Mashable has gotten its second major infusion of capital in the past year, this time from Turner Broadcasting, which led a $15 million dollar round for the online news site as it continues pushing its efforts to expand its video offerings and break into TV.
Turner Warner Investments last year led a $17 million round for Mashable.
As the importance of originals continues to grow for SVOD players like Netflix and Amazon, other arms of the digital media industry also have begun to dip their toes in the original content pool, including media company Mashable, which this week announced it would work with Bravo Media to develop a slate of new digital series.
The online video boom is still in its early stages in Australia, but streaming video already has begun to cut into the time consumers spend watching broadcast television, while also seeing huge gains in the amount of time video was watched on smartphones and tablets.