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“Streaming, Sharing, Stealing” Garners National Acclaim for Heinz College Faculty Members


The entertainment establishment faces an unprecedented challenge: game-changing disruptors like Netflix, Amazon and Apple are upending industries long controlled by a handful of powerful studios, networks and publishing houses. Leaders in motion pictures, television, music and publishing must adapt their business models to harness customer data and keep pace with competitors, while navigating threats of piracy, and shifts in consumer behavior.

In Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment (MIT Press, Sept. 5, 2016), Heinz College entertainment analytics experts Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang explain why the rise of data analytics (and Big Data) is profoundly changing today’s entertainment industries, and how these industries can navigate the path forward in their changing marketplace.

Since its release, Streaming, Sharing, Stealing has received media attention from major news outlets (including The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times), major technology blogs and major entertainment industry blogs praising the book’s importance in shaping best practices for the entertainment industry in the age of digital streaming.

“Smith and Telang lay out a course of action that is far-reaching yet considered,” writes The Wall Street Journal’s Frank Rose in his review of the book. “Most media executives will find it painful even to contemplate. But they have no choice: Scarcity is being eliminated as we speak. For those in the business of keeping us entertained, Streaming, Sharing, Stealing is a handbook for living without it.”

What the Press is Saying