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Dennis Haarsager
Hillsboro, Virginia and Kittery Point, Maine
Retired pubmedia exec: Public TV Major Market Group, National Public Radio & R-TV stations
Interests: Professional: Public media sustainability, multi-platform strategy, spectrum strategy and incentive auction. Personal: Genealogy (see and, photography (currently shooting with Canon EOS 6D, Fujifilm X100S, Fujifilm X-T1, Leica D-Lux 4, Sony NEX-7), and amateur radio (N7DH 1976-present, WAØKKR 1965-1976).
Recent Activity
It’s been a busy time, so this group of selected links from my @haarsager Twitter feed covers two weeks. Digital Media Twelve-fold increase in mobile video volume by 2021, led by smart phone. nScreenMedia Disney is finally getting that apps... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Technology360
Here is another group of links selected from my @haarsager Twitter feed since 11/1. --Dennis ATSC 3.0/HbbTV Propject Uno: how collaboration is reshaping the TV industry. TVB Europe High Dynamic Range planned for ATSC 3.0. ATSC must read Finding clarity... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Technology360
Selected links of interest posted to my @haarsager Twitter feed since 10/24. --Dennis Cable/MVPD/Pay-TV Cord-cutting: It’s easier and cheaper than you think. Los Angeles Times With so many Americans dropping cable, will cord cutting doom TV as we know it?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Technology360
Too busy to post last weekend, so here for your strategic thinking enjoyment are two weeks of selected links from my @haarsager Twitter feed. Cable/MVPD/Pay TV One chart explaining the beginning of the end of the TV industrial complex. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Technology360
Selected links from my @haarsager Twitter feed since October 3rd. Bumper crop of worthy reading this week. --Dennis Cable/MVPD/Pay-TV Amazon said to weigh creating an online pay-TV service. Bloomberg Business It’s still nice to be a cable company. Bloomberg View... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Technology360
Selected links from my @haarsager Twitter feed from this past week. --Dennis Cable/MVPD/PayTV Discovery plans to reach 3 billion global subs in 2015. Rapid TV News Digital Media/OTT Ad blockers: The only way out. Frédérick Filloux in Monday Note Five... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2015 at Technology360
Here are selected links from my @haarsager Twitter feed this week. --Dennis Cable/MVPD/Pay-TV OTT driving rise in pay-TV cord cutters. TVTechnology Analysis: U.S. satellite TV subscriber numbers declining, but value of each customer still growing. FierceCable must read Digitalsmith’s Q2... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Technology360
I’ve been vacationing for three of the last four weeks, but tweeting continued, albeit at a slower pace. These are selected links from my @haarsager Twitter feed since August 15th. --Dennis Cable/MVPD/Pay-TV Rising 4K STB market set to aid pay-TV... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Technology360
Selected links of interest to public media colleagues from my @haarsager Twitter feed, posted since August 8th… Cable/MVPD/Pay-TV 9/10ths of U.S. pay-TV firms bleed subs in Q2. Rapid TV News and FierceCable and Advertising Age FCC's Wheeler thrills pay-TV operators,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Technology360
Here is another group of selected links worth reading from my @haarsager Twitter feed, these posted since July 31. Big stories this week were the meltdown in media stocks, triggered, apparently, by Disney/ESPN troubles; and of course the FCC’s approval... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Technology360
I’ve been doing link sharing for nearly 18 years, mostly as a discipline for me to keep reading on developments relevant to pubmedia. Most recently, these have been shared by email with the Public Television Major Market Group plus some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Technology360
I'm a DirecTV customer and tuned into the Sweeney Todd/ Live from Lincoln Center broadcast last night on WETA. Before the demon barber of Fleet Street dispatched his first customer, DirecTV butchered the high definition program it said it was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Technology360
It must have been the very early 1980s when the television station I then managed got out of the film business. The proximate cause? Our producer on a river rafting documentary lost her Bolex (I think it was) in a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Technology360
Communications attorney, Michael D. Berg, has a very good article accessible to non-lawyers and non-engineers on the implications for television stations of spectrum repacking on TVNewsCheck. For station CEOs, COOs and board members, this is a good use of your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Technology360
The New America Foundation has released a paper tying spectrum policy with sustaining public media. No, it’s not yet another proposal to create an endowment for public media from spectrum auction proceeds. Here is the executive summary: Executive Summary In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Technology360
It was interesting to see that Pebble blew past its $100,000 goal for crowd funding development of its innovative watches from Kickstarter, raising over $10 million. In checking out Kickstarter and a competitor called Indiegogo, it struck me that these... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Technology360
Attorney David Oxenford of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has a good overview of what procedures broadcasters might expect from the FCC in the matter of repacking and auctioning of television broadcast spectrum. Link: Broadcast Law Blog. Trackback (posted 20 Feb.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Technology360
The following essay of mine was published in the public media newspaper, Current, on Jan. 30, 2012. It’s not yet online so I’m reproducing it here with a small update to call out the role of education. I currently do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Technology360
... says Blair Levin, former FCC staffer who's described as the chief architect of the Commission's 2010 National Broadband Plan. The GOP version of this legislation: ... contains provisions designed to protect broadcasters who hang on to their spectrum. And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Technology360
Loudoun Co., where I live in northern Virginia, has or had the highest median income of any of the 3,000+ U.S. counties. But that doesn’t give my wife and I access to terrestrial broadband, and neither of the WISPs that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Technology360
The title says it all about this helpful overview of DCMA fair use provisions by Ashkan Karbasfrooshan in MediaPost’s Online Video Insider blog. Thanks to Patricia Torres-Burd of Houston PBS for the tip. Link: MediaPost. Update 2 January 2012: And,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Technology360
John Shepler does a five-part look forward on the competition for bandwidth ahead. I’m not necessarily endorsing everything he says and some of my fellow television broadcasters may want to take their amlodipine before reading, but it’s worth your time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at Technology360
The prestigious James MacTaggart lecture is a fixture at the annual MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. I’ve never attended one, but they’re always interesting and I look forward to catching up when they’re posted. This year’s lecture was given by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at Technology360
Thirty-six years ago, our attention was focused on a toothy great white shark which was terrorizing Amity Island, thanks to the artistry of Steven Spielberg and Peter Benchley. This summer, the dysfunctional family of 535 elected representatives to Congress are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at Technology360
Jon McTaggart, who has succeeded Bill Kling as CEO of the American Public Radio Group (American Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio, KPCC, et al.), gave a terrific speech this morning at the Public Media Marketing and Development Conference – a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Technology360