The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Time Warner is in talks to invest in Hulu and has told Hulu’s owners that it wants to curtail current-season TV episodes, which Hulu now makes available as early as the next day. – via NewsObserver.com: “TV producers may start making you wait for new shows online”
I wish I could tell execs at TWC to get out of their own way. This proves that there is such a disconnect with their current offerings and the services and prices that the modern entertainment consumer is wanting and willing to pay for. Delaying putting your content online is not going to drive consumers back to their pre-cord-cutting ways. It’ll only drive up demand and consumption of illegal distribution or the product or diminish the demand for it altogether – which will in turn just drive the viewership to other content. Hello, Netflix Original programming!
From the NYTimes.com piece, “Conde Nast Adapts to New Forces, Leaving Some Employees Unsettled“:
“I am decisive, you know. I don’t believe in wasting anybody’s time. I like to be honest. I like to be clear. In my own personal career, I have felt almost the most difficult thing to deal with is someone who doesn’t tell you what they are thinking.” – Anna Wintour, Condé Nast’s artistic director
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I’ve been in the south France for nearly a month and I’ll be here off and on through the end of April finishing my dual master’s degree in Global Luxury Management. You’d think while I’ve been here that I would have had more than my fair share of wine already, right? Wrong. In fact, I’ve enjoyed less wine here than I did at any time in the states.
So, what gives? There are some cultural differences in the retailing of wine here, especially in restaurants and bars, but the real reason I’ve consumed so much less wine is the very sub-par selection of wines by the glass at restaurants and bars. I really had hoped before venturing here that I would be outside of my United States comfort zone of wines available and trying a greater variety of European wines that haven’t made their way stateside, but when you’re out and about here, the by-the-glass selections are as follows: “red”, “rose”, and “white”. No kidding! You’re lucky if the menu includes any details about the by-the-glass varietal or the geographic source.
Perhaps this recent experience is why this article struck me so strongly today: Millennials dragging wine sales down – and the prudent included advice:
“One way to sell Millennials more wine: Carefully curate your wine-by-the-glass list to boost its appeal to this demographic.”
I think it’s a great read for restaurant, nightlife, and hospitality operators everywhere – regardless of geographic location.
Don’t get me wrong – the wine selection at retail points of sale and by the bottle in restaurants are pretty wide and adventurous here in France (and aggressively priced since most are domestic products) – but I rarely desire an entire bottle in one seating and when I want just a glass, I don’t want a mediocre glass of “house wine” that was selected for a profit margin rather than to complement menu offerings.
Ending on a positive note: the retail store wine scene is in much better shape offering a really nice selection with incredibly high-quality and great tasting wines beginning at 8 euros (about $9 USD) a bottle, so I’ve had fun with that! I mean – a girl’s still got to have her wine, right? (Especially when there is no craft cocktail culture here… but more on that later.)