Dear Readers,

For almost eight (yes!) years — beginning as a humble blog and now as part of a big, multinational publishing company — we…

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Dear Readers,

For almost eight (yes!) years — beginning as a humble blog and now as part of a big, multinational publishing company — we’ve chronicled the media and entertainment industries’ adoption of new ideas. And, now it’s our turn: As you may have noticed, we’re updating our design and functionality.

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By Rafat Ali

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  1. First to comment! Fantastic job CN team – really great to see things are going so well, the new site is very pleasing to the eye and will be a pleasure to read! Keep up the good work.


  2. Rafat
    PaidContent remains the only real must-read newsletter in my inbox. New look seems elegant and clever but please don't over do the look and feel ahead of the content. It is always spot on, insightful and when opinionated is clever rather than arrogant.

  3. Rafat,

    How random, for the first time in many many months I visited the actual site as opposed to reading the RSS feed. And quite surprised and the new look, very nice and continued success. I hoping to take advantage of some of the new features.

    take care,


  4. Over-designed. I prefer the blog format — gets straight to the point in a prioritized fashion.

    Rafat, are you jumping the shark? Lots of careless reporting recently as well, except from you and Staci of course. The new guys though, not very good.

  5. Steve Jobs butt buddy Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    I have to agree with my old slip and slide friend. The blog style is straight to the point which is why I preferred this over "other" news sites. Oh well, will just have to weed through the smoke and mirrors to get the goodness.

  6. Sorry, I know people hate change, but I am also one that doesn't like the new design. Wouldn't be fair for us loyal readers to tell lies. Doesn't mean people won't get used to the new site but the old one was much easier to read.

  7. Stefan Constantinescu Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    I have to agree with what everyone else has said, do not like the new design. It was easier to navigate the old style.

  8. Kudos to Rafat and the ContentNext team for strategically and elegantly integrating your market research and the inevitable tide of change into a fresh new site design. Yes, it will take some getting use to, but I think your intent remains on point of insuring that the critical, timely and robust coverage of our sometimes convoluted, always exciting industry is delivered succinctly on the daily.

  9. Thanks everyone for the feedback, both positive and more importantly, the critical ones. This surely is a work in progress and we will keep tweaking to improve the scanability, navigation etc.

  10. Charles Newman Thursday, June 18, 2009

    The previous site was easier/simpler but let's give the redesign some time. However: Save your real estate – no thumbnails in items below the scroll. Also, what determines your 1 feature and 2 sub-feature stories at top? Driven dynamically by popularity? Most Popular and Recent Comments can be much smaller, a la NYT.com.


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