There have been two interesting collisions between old media and new media this week. First up, Amy Chozick of the New York Times reports that Netflix — the overwhelming leader when it comes to streaming content online — is thinking about partnering a traditional cable provider:
Over the last several weeks, [Netflix CEO Reed] Hastings and his top lieutenants have met with major cable operators to discuss a way for Netflix to appear on monthly cable bills, according to people who are familiar with the meetings but are not authorized to discuss negotiations publicly.
A partnership with cable providers, along with an ambitious slate of original series, would put Netflix one step closer to competing with premium cable channels, like HBO, Showtime and Starz, that offer original series and movies for a monthly fee.
Meanwhile, NPR’s Mark Memmott reports that one of the co-founders of the Internet’s major players has taken over one of Washington D.C.‘s oldest players:
Saying that he’s convinced “the demand for long-form, quality journalism is strong in our country,” Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep that he’s buying The New Republic.
That’s a magazine, as Steve says, which is four times older than its new owner. Hughes is 28.