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Featured Blog Posts – June 2009 Archive (13)

Netflix Podcast: Its Streaming Future and Why Pay TV and OTT Video Will Coexist

In our latest podcast we speak with Steve Swasey, Vice President of Corporate Communications with Netflix. Click here to listen and read on for my analysis and some of my offline chat with Steve.

Netflix is an interesting company because they have been at the center of some of the major changes in video… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 30, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Avoid Electric Bill Shock! Think Green, Act Smart, Save Money

Why wait for electric bill shock? As featured on NPR and Fox News, the PowerCost Monitor™ is a simple solution device to take advantage of real-time feedback on how much electricity your home is consuming in $$ and KW. This product is well designed, easy to install and simple to use by Other World Computing (OWC) Woodstock, IL.

Features include viewing peak energy costs over 24 hours, time and outside temperature display.

By reducing your… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on June 27, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

2.0 in the College Classroom

As faculty members scramble to adopt 2.0 technology their students have already mastered, questions crop up surrounding how faculty should integrate the new mediums into their traditional three roles of teaching, research and service.

First off, it should be noted that all faculty are not equal. Some have managed LinkedIn and Facebook accounts as long as their students. Some of the first adopters have kept a finger on the pulse of modifications and updates as they've come down the… Continue

Added by David Fields on June 26, 2009 at 9:40am — No Comments

Vizio Unveils Aggressive Internet TV Line-Up

Vizio Internet HDTVs will be water cooled (not really).

Well, we had been waiting for more details about Vizio’s Internet TV plans, and yesterday they sprang it on us. The leading North American manufacturer of HDTVs has put together an impressive line-up of content and applications for its VIA Connected HDTVs. Vizio had already announced a… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 25, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Addressable Advertising in Pay-TV at the Precipice: One Step Back and One Step Forward

As the pay-TV sector continues to try to match or best the online world where demographic, behavioral and geo-targeting of advertising is possible by using location and other data mined from ISPs and IP addresses, with set-top box data being mined primarily in the pay-TV sector’s case, the recent news from Canoe Ventures of discontinuing its first product test was at minimum a small set-back. The much hyped… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on June 24, 2009 at 10:28am — No Comments

Microsoft Mediaroom Podcast: The King of IPTV Keeps Polishing the Crown

It’s good to be king. With 20 of the leading Telco service providers as customers including AT&T, British Telecom, and Deutsche Telecom, Microsoft’s Mediaroom platform can certainly wear the crown as the king of IPTV. According to Ben Huang, Director of Marketing and Product Management for Microsoft’s Mediaroom Business, Mediaroom is being used by over 3 million households and adding 3… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 23, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Social Media -- the new Free PR - Why Question it?

More than 100 million users log on to Facebook at least once each day ( and Twitter has an average 3,000,000 Tweets per day (TechCrunch). With growing stats such as these, it amazes me how the press and analysts continue to grab consumer attention with the “question” of social media. What question? Finding ourselves in an economically strapped environment, we have a free outlet at our fingertips to spread PR globally, in an instant. Not simply PR, but active customer engagement… Continue

Added by Jessica Steele on June 19, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

3D Reaches a Tipping Point in Theatres: Is 3D in Homes and Even on Mobile to Follow?

As Hollywood revels in the success of the new animated picture “Up” that was released in both 2D and 3D, and the early 2009 release of “My Bloody Valentine 3D”, and with some Cannes Film Festival movie producer claims that this year’s festival was a “defining 3D moment” - we felt it was time to take stock of the 3D trend that may be past the theatre tipping point and on the horizon for both home and mobile viewing.

There were a dozen or so… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on June 19, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Vudu Podcast: Should Pay TV Players Fight the Leading OTT High-Def Content Provider, Or Join 'Em?

We had a chance recently to catch up with VUDU Executive Vice President Edward Lichty to capture his views on the role Vudu is playing in fostering the burgeoning over the top (OTT) video market, as well as his perspective on the market in general. Click here to listen to podcast.

Vudu has certainly been making a lot of noise lately. They seem to… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 15, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Feeling Blu

On a recent trip to my local Best Buy, I found myself filled with confusion while walking down the Blu-ray aisle. I could not figure out how someone could justify switching from Blu-ray to DVD. With most Blu-ray players costing somewhere between $200 and $500 (some as high as $5000) and Blu-ray movies costing between $30 and $40, the cost of starting a Blu-ray collection could be very high. Even on sale, Blu-ray movies are about $10 more expensive than their DVD counterparts.

Lets… Continue

Added by Michael Connors on June 9, 2009 at 12:57am — No Comments

Targeted Digital Advertising: Some Good and Bad News for Consumers

On the same day this week there were two news items (and opposing forces?) addressing targeted advertising. The first was a Verizon executive representing FiOS TV product development stating that advertising on TV is evolving away from the model of the past 50 years where advertising targeted specific hit shows with larger audiences to a model that targets specific audiences and shows whether attracting large audiences or not, but with more relevant advertising for those watching – which is… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on June 5, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

YouTube's 10-Foot User Interface: The Elephant in the Room Just Got Bigger

In case you missed it, YouTube recently launched a new user interface designed for the television, called (for extra large-- just don't wash it on hot or leave in the dryer too long). It is designed to be watched on the big screen and controlled by a remote, versus the web version which is geared towards… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 3, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Will the New HDMI 1.4 Standard Simplify Internet-Connected Entertainment in the Living Room, or Just Contribute to the Clutter?

The new High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 1.4 specification was recently announced and it packs a lot of power and features into this AV standard for connecting multimedia devices to our HDTVs. The question is: will HDMI 4.1 help simplify the “digital octopus” in the living room or add to the clutter? And will it play a major role in the era of Internet-connected TVs or be eclipsed by the various wireless standards that are… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on June 2, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

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