Phone networks have some… interesting ideas about your favorite shows.
AT&T, the “How do you do, fellow kids?” of mobile networks, really wants people to watch TV on their AT&T phones and tablets. Media streaming is a huge deal for mobile carriers right now, with the “big” companies offering unlimited streaming on certain platforms, which is how net neutrality dies, but whatever. Of course, since no one likes watching rich, multilayered, 55-minute episodes of fantasy prestige TV on their phones, the network figures it has a solution.
Speaking at a conference, AT&T head Randall Stephenson was concerned with the episode length of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones, saying: “Think about things like Game of Thrones. In a mobile environment, a 60-minute episode might not be the best experience. Maybe you want a 20-minute episode.” Hmm. Perhaps watching a feature-length episode of effects-heavy ensemble television on a 4-inch screen might have something to do with that “not being the best experience,” also.
Look, we get it. Attention spans are short and people need something to do on their commutes now that no one gives a shit about iPhone games. Fact is, though, while mobile streaming is on the rise, there’s only so much you can do to entice people to consume movies and TV on the smallest possible devices. Call me old-fashioned, but Smart TVs, with their endless customization options, apps, and easy access to any one of your favorite streaming services using your parents’ cable login, is an experience no phone will ever be able to match.
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