Variety notes: “It was a punishing year for the movie business. The total box office slipped 5.2% from 2013’s record-breaking numbers, falling to $10.35 billion. Attendance figures were even worse. Roughly 1.26 billion consumers purchased tickets, representing a two-decade low.”
As of YE 2013 unless otherwise noted
|Video service||Paid US Subs|
|Netflix||33,400,000||(Q4-13, SNL Kagan via Variety)|
|HBO||29,000,000||(Q3-2013, SNL Kagan via Variety)|
|Cinemax||13,600,000||(Q3-2013, SNL Kagan via Variety)|
The cure for cabin fever this frigid February, in households blessed with cable and/or high-speed internet, is not a prescription but a subscription: to the bounty of fine distractions dispensed via television on demand. This golden age of Netflix and cable on-demand lets you zap the winter chill with a few button presses or finger pokes to summon the next episode of “House of Cards” or “True Detectives,” to name only my favorites.
David Carr [NYTimes.com], who notes that a sudden abundance of quality programming has elevated the status of TV-watching even for people who used to prefer a book, magazine or movie, complains that he can barely keep up with all the excellent TV choices.
And happily, there’s more to come. In an overview of the future of tv [quartz.com] Zachary Seward traces how internet TV models are at last evolving to offer easier interfaces and personalized choices. Cabin fever? Give me more.