The Netflix Invasion of France



Netflix is preparing to launch its Video-On-Demand service in several European TV markets in September – including France.

The buzz in Paris is a mix of “can’t wait to get access to better VOD” from French TV consumers who are currently limited to two main VOD operators: Canal Plus and Orange TV. Meanwhile, in the circles of Canal and Orange TV execs and the government officials who regulate the French TV market, the mood is less upbeat.

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The Gender Gap in Silicon Valley

Let’s Apply Some Common Sense

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Typical day in tech-land: lone woman on 6-member panel.

Every now and then, the Silicon Valley gender gap issue makes headline news. The Kleiner Perkins harassment lawsuit, Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller Lean In, Google’s recent self-flagellation about not having enough women on staff, and in a lighter way, the season finale of the HBO series, Silicon Valley. These are examples of a complex issue which illustrates the ‘’darker side’ of Silicon Valley. It’s not the all-inclusive, cool and innovative meritocracy that outsiders dream of. Quite the opposite. It’s more similar to the rampant nepotism that one finds in “Old World” societies where a male-dominated tech elite calls most of the shots. It reminds me of the bankers crowd in my hometown of Paris where it would be hard to match the traditional, un-imaginative approach to diversity. But Silicon Valley’s tech crowd has managed to do it. 

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TV Evolution is Key ‘Internet Trend’ in KPCB’s Meeker Report

I call it “Crossing The Chasm” Between Internet Streaming & Traditional Broadcast

Interesting to see that Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends report presented last week at the re/code conference devoted 36 slides (over 20% of her total deck) to the evolution of television. Her main point is that the line between watching TV content over the Internet versus traditional broadcast on the main TV screen is increasing blurred, especially with the Millennial generation.

I have been calling this trend “Crossing the Chasm,” as illustrated by the infographic below. The TV watching behavior of younger Millennial viewers (age 15 to 30) and their multi-screen/multitasking habits are blending what has so far been two separate worlds (Broadcast TV vs. Internet). This will trigger major shifts among established players in the TV ecosystem, as I discussed in a previous post.

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The TV Ecosystem Is Shifting

I agree with GigaOm in their recent article that Social TV is dead. The warning signs have been around for a while – it was ‘a solution without a problem’ and  it was just too complex an ecosystem (as illustrated in a previous blog).

Another trend is starting to emerge. I call it “back to the first screen.” I noticed at CES last month how conversations were shifting from “the potential of the second screen” to “how can we bring viewers back to the first screen?” In other words, we need to figure out how to bring Facebook timelines, Twitter feeds, for player stats, etc — all to the main television screen, without disrupting the TV program.

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Social Media: TV’s Secret Sauce

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The 2012 Summer Olympics was the most watched TV event in history (see this article in the Huffington Post). What made this year’s Olympics so successful? Social Media.

The impact of Social Media on the Olympics shows how much television viewing has evolved in just a couple of years. We used to sit back and “watch” – the couch potato experience. Today people used a second screen to engage with athletes, broadcasters, and friends while watching the Games – the social junkie experience.

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Social TV: Shazam-ing the Olympics

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To “shazam” a song has become as much of a popular expression in the music sphere as “to google” directions on a map in the search world. I have been “shazaming” the Olympics on my TV since they started in late July, and the results have been interesting, especially as seen through the lens of the Social TV ecosystem. Through a deal Shazam signed with Olympics broadcaster NBC, U.S. viewers can use the Shazam app on their smartphone to access additional info such as extra content on athletes, updated info on event results, and medal count. They can also share on Twitter and Facebook. Below is a screen shot of what the Shazam Olympic app looks like on my iphone:

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The Biggest Investors In Social TV: INFOGRAPHIC


It’s interesting to see that despite the lively ecosystem around “everything social” funding activity in Social TV — the intersection between social networks and TV viewing – is still limited. Only a handful of investors have several portfolio companies in that space.

However, that limited activity is counterbalanced by the fact that “smart money” – such as Google Ventures, Khosla, Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital etc. – got involved early. Always a good sign.

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Facebook and Social TV: Limited Steps

In May I posted a blog entitled Facebook and Social TV – In Stealth Mode?. I felt that it was odd that Facebook, which has shown it can move fast in other domains, had yet to position itself as a key player in Social TV. Facebook has so far let Twitter be the driver of social conversation around TV shows and except for integration with second screen applications such as Get Glue and Miso, it has not really staked a claim in the growing ecosystem that is Social TV.

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The Social TV Puzzle [Infographic]

The Complex Social TV Ecosystem

Back in March, I posted an infographic that illustrated the complexity of the Social TV ecosystem at that time. A mere three months later the landscape has changed: some companies have been snatched up by larger ones and new players have emerged on the scene.

Below is an updated version of our earlier graphic and my take on the current landscape of the Social TV ecosystem:


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Social Media Infographics Tell an Interesting Story


I ran into a couple of interesting infographics last week:


On Facebook

Facebook’s IPO at the top of the news, here is a cool graphical representation of some key Facebook stats including:

  • User Penetration by Region
  • Revenue
  • Age of Officers (and even compensation levels)

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