CBS To Offer Subscription Streaming Service

Just one day after HBO said it would start an Internet-only offering, CBS announced on Thursday its own subscription streaming service that lets people watch its live programming and thousands of current and past shows on demand.

You can watch live from an internet browser, shows will be available one day after they air and you get access to CBS’s backlog of TV shows. Sadly, streaming of NFL games is not included. While the absence of the NFL is disappointng, this is a great start.

Anthony Bourdain and the Future of Cable News

Another person I find fascinating is Anthony Bourdain. I love that he stands out from the other TV chef personalities and he doesn’t fit into the typical reality TV chef mold.

In the kitsch-prone world of celebrity chefs, Bourdain sticks out as an earnest, uncompromising voice and relentless advocate for authenticity, occupying a strange position as both an antiestablishment bomb thrower (he is known for ripping into Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, and other famous chefs) and, at this point, an entrenched member of the culinary in-crowd.

Best known as the host of “No Reservations”, he now hosts “Parts Unknown” on CNN. When I first heard he was leaving The Travel Channel to go to CNN, I was a little surprised. After reading this article, the move makes a lot more sense.

Bourdain never expected to end up on a serious news network. “They called out of the blue, and our response was, really?” he says with a laugh. “We had a great discussion. They said, ‘We want you to do what you want to do and be as smart as you can. Any place that you haven’t been able to go, we’d like to help. Congo? No problem.’ ” Bourdain was impressed, especially if CNN could facilitate shooting in the kinds of logistically difficult areas that he was itching to visit.

If you haven’t read his books or don’t know a lot about Anthony Bourdain, this is a great read.

How “Lost” Changed the Way the World Watches TV

Maybe, in 30 years, people will think of Lost as that show that was cool for a long time but wound up having a terrible ending. But I won’t. Ten years since the pilot, it’s clear to me that Lost cemented itself in the TV pantheon as the show with the most involving, entertaining, community-like experience. Lost was the show that made you want to feel a part of something, and a lot of that was because of how incredible its timing was during an era of remarkable technological innovation. If it happened a few years earlier, it probably wouldn’t have been nearly as big of a hit.

Lost is 10 years old. Crazy.