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HSG Radar: Volume 4

  • October 2014
  • Posted By Janet Muto
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HSG Radar is a weekly round-up of the latest content that has our team abuzz.

Is cable un-bundling before our eyes?
Netflix has changed the way we consume content (binge-watching, anyone?). This past week, HBO and CBS announced some major changes to their offerings: new streaming services that let you watch shows without a cable subscription.

Speaking of streaming video
YouTube (where people upload over 100 hours of video every minute) has upped their efforts to disrupt traditional media by helping partners make higher-quality video. They’re offering studio space and equipment to partners to produce better content and help the site gain ground in the cord-cutting land grab.

Amazon vs. Google in the battle of same-day-delivery
Google launched same-day-delivery in Boston this week (the service is also currently available in other major metros). While delivery price is nearly the same, the fulfillment model differs- Amazon has invested heavily in warehouses and high-tech “workers”, while Google is tapping into local retailers and couriers (in Google-branded cars and uniforms, of course).

Airline Innovation
Research continues to show that legroom matters to travelers, so Thomson Airways may be on to something with new seating configurations that provide families with booths and tables rather than typical side-by-side seats. The airline is also designing “couple pods” and other in-flight innovations for their latest fleet of Boeing 737 Max.

Etsy gets in on Small Business Saturday
If we have to think about holiday shopping before Halloween, let’s at least focus on supporting local businesses (on and off-line). This year, Etsy announced they will partner with American Express on the Small Business Saturday initiative. The partnership will bring online retailers into more traditional brick-and-mortar stores for trunk shows during the month of November.   

Friday Vimeo inspiration
“I think being an inventor is similar to being a storyteller,” says Samantha Bryan, a mixed-media artist based in West Yorkshire.

 

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