Today is Thanksgiving in the States. And, in addition to my family and friends, I am thankful for over-the-top video in all its varieties and monikers—Internet video, streaming video on demand, online TV, hybrid OTT/Pay TV, whatever you want to call it. Simply put— it’s exciting. It is fresh. It’s creative destruction. For an old telecom/IPTV salt like me, it’s welcome news.
For many of us, today is a day when we gather around the dinner… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on November 26, 2009 at 12:30am —
Below are my stream of consciousness session notes from the NewTeeVee conference sessions, exhibits, and cocktail hour chats. I will leave it up to you to extract whatever pearls of wisdom you can find.
• Marc Whitten, GM for Xbox Live, seems to really understand how important the interface is for OTT video. Most of us usually talk about the “lean forward” and “lean back” positions. Marc described those but also… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on November 26, 2009 at 12:00am —
Research Analyst Bucks Naysayers
By Joyce Pellino Crane
Jay M. Meier may be out on a lonely limb, but the senior research analyst at Feltl and Company
is unwavering in his enthusiasm for Digi International
, Inc. (Nasdaq:DGII
Meier is recommending Digi as… Continue
Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on November 23, 2009 at 1:30pm —
As I noted in my earlier post
, it was not all doom and gloom at TelcoTV last week. There were a few bright spots, all having to do with hybrid IPTV/OTT video solutions. Here are the highlights:
Orca Gets It
Kudos to Israeli IPTV middleware company Orca Interactive… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on November 17, 2009 at 9:00am —
As you know I spent this past week shuttling from Boston to Orlando to San Francisco. Two days at TelcoTV, then on to the one-day NewTeeVee event (and then the red-eye flight back to Boston from which I write this blog). Below are my thoughts on the TelcoTV event (I will post a summary of NewTeeVee separately).
Overall the event was OK. More or less as I expected. The show was well organized, with a good conference schedule, and a fairly… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on November 13, 2009 at 8:30am —
Here are my stream of consciousness notes from the conference sessions at TelcoTV, and from walking around the show floor.
• Jim Funk, VP BD for Roku, says online video sites like Netflix make heavy use of CDNs, and encode streams from 500K up to 3.5 MBs depending on the connection that is available. For this reason he suggested that “Internet” video is somewhat of a misnomer, since a lot of effort is expended… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on November 12, 2009 at 9:30am —
Apple’s iPod Touch version 3.1 update adds a feature that parents have been clamoring for--content filtering. It is now possible to filter content based on a predetermined setting. Prior releases allowed disabling applications such as YouTube or Safari and the icons would disappear from the screen. This release has a more refined approach to parental controls. It is now possible to filter based on the rating of the content. For example, movies can be… Continue
Added by Michael Whalen on November 12, 2009 at 6:00am —
Not all things are exactly what they seem...Looking deeper into the requirements, market realities and politics of Hybrid TV solutions.
1. Canvas is supposed to solve a BBC "business issue" which is the exhorbitant cost associated with Re-Purposing and Re-authoring of Content to deliver over the Internet…Just look at the technology (we have to) and there lies the issue – which of the 14 Codecs, which of the multiple DRM do you select is it Video or Video and Interactivity - if the… Continue
Added by Anthony Smith-Chaigneau on November 12, 2009 at 1:30am —
Is There a Crack in the (Fire)Wall
Joyce Pellino Crane
Last December when 325,000 Massachusetts homes went dark for days on end, I finally understood the transformative powers of electricity.
For starters, my hair went limp when the blow dryer didn't turn on, my laundry piled high, my food froze in the garage, and my stove was stone cold. After five days of living like Pioneer Woman, I got tired of waiting for the utility company to restring… Continue
Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on November 11, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I've purchased the Kindle (Fall 2008) & then the Kindle DX(Summer 2009), to check it out. Pretty neat. Great for travelling. Yet, I find myself picking on one of the many paper books from my To Be Read pile when I am ready to start another book. HUM!
When the Que is released (early 2010), I think I'll give it a try, as well. Plastic-Logic seems to know what it is doing.
Trying to be open minded and even progressive, I have very, very mixed thoughts about Cushing Academy… Continue
Added by Gail Preslar on October 29, 2009 at 5:08pm —
I love my MacBook!
My husband has been a diehard Apple/Mac fan for years. I was a die-hard PC fan. In fact, we are a probably a bit like the Apple television ads with 'PC' and 'Mac', I am the dry, stuffy accounting type, and my husband, a video editor, is more of the trendy artist.
Until last year, it suited me just fine, I was perfectly happy with my PC. After all, I NEEDED Windows, didn't I? I needed to be able to run Microsoft Office, manage my life through Outlook, and be able to… Continue
Added by Mary McVeigh on October 28, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I recently saw Verizon's ad attacking iPhones (watch it here: http://www.theiphoneblog.com/2009/10/17/verizon-attack-ads-claim-iphone-idoesnt-android-droid/
) and, although the ad has glaring factual errors, it raises a good issue: why can't the iPhone do so many things other phones can do?
For example, the iPhone doesn't have a removable battery. It took forever for Apple to… Continue
Added by Chad Riley on October 27, 2009 at 11:00am —
Roku is increasing the appeal of its product line with an even cheaper $79 SD player and a slightly more advanced $129 HD-XR player to go with its standard $99 player (read our Trender review of Roku here
). For a limited time, Roku is throwing in free shipping for customers purchasing through either the Roku or Amazon web… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on October 27, 2009 at 8:00am —
Version 3 is now available - FREE and secure file sharing software with no limit on size and number of files to share photos, videos, music with family and friends. You decide on what to share and with whom in a fully encrypted P2P environment with selected Gigatribe members. There are no files to upload, no size limitations and user scan share files and folders and file transfers can be resumed if the user goes offline. Features include: recently shared filed are color coded ; shared files can… Continue
Added by Ellen Veden on October 22, 2009 at 8:00am —
(Note: an updated version of this post with Project Canvas comparison can be found here: http://www.trenderresearch.com/profiles/blogs/comparing-hybrid-ottpay-tv
It is becoming increasingly clear that the flood gates for OTT video—that is TV and movie programming over a broadband Internet connection—have opened and are forcing traditional television service providers and movie… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on October 22, 2009 at 12:00am —
(IBM press release)
BOLZANO, Italy - 23 Sep 2009: The City of Bolzano, Italy and TIS Innovation Park have entered into a strategic initiative with IBM (NYSE: IBM), with the aim of creating a smart city.
Bolzano, capital of South Tyrol in northern Italy, is the fifth Italian city to choose IBM to identify and design a new model for a sustainable city through a range of digital solutions. During the next few months a pilot project will be implemented for remote health… Continue
Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 16, 2009 at 2:43pm —
The cleantech sector rebounded in the second and third quarters of this year, after significant declines in the previous two quarters, according to Dallas Kachan, managing director of the Cleantech Group, of San Francisco. The sector accumulated $1.6 billion across 134 sectors in the third quarter, ending September 30, up ten percent from the previous quarter.
Kachan said the industry is benefiting from global stimulus funds that are boosting the confidence of private… Continue
Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 16, 2009 at 2:34pm —
What’s the Silicon Valley got that Boston doesn’t?
The two regions are competing for GreenTech investment and government dollars, and so far, the Silicon Valley appears to be winning. Companies like BrightSource Energy and Nanosolar, both of California, are catching the attention of venture capitalists. Government stimulus funds and loans are also flowing more freely toward California. In June, Tesla Motors of San Carlos, Calif., an electric vehicle maker, was awarded a $465 million… Continue
Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on October 2, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Well publicized stories of cyber-bullying, stalking, or other types of dangerous social networking related incidents contribute to present day parental angst. As if it weren’t hard enough to keep them safe social sites, like Facebook
, provide access to kids and their public information 7x24. It is unfortunate that software companies seem to be in perpetual catch-up mode but, progress has been made with regard to social networking… Continue
Added by Michael Whalen on October 2, 2009 at 6:00am —
When I was a kid, the futuristic vision of telecommunications was the picture phone. We'd all be able to hear and
see whoever we were talking to. The traditional phone company may have introduced such a device but I never heard about it...and it was Ma Bell (AT&T or BellSouth) who I had always considered the phone company.
Several months ago, I finally ditched my landline
in favor of my… Continue
Added by Julie Rains on September 30, 2009 at 9:23pm —