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Viewing My Way! English & Spanish Programming

If you asked me a year ago about my TV watching habits my answer would have been different then today. I would have never imagined that I would watch less TV yet more of the programming I like, or that I could live without cable. Yes, I finally cut the cord and got rid of the dusty yet expensive cable boxes. It's been 6 months since I got rid of cable. I thought that i could not do it. I thought that I would miss the box atop of my tv, but, now i've realized that I do not miss it at…


Added by Alicia A. Perez on June 10, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments

Like VoIP Before It, Video Quality Is the Final Measure of OTT Success

Since the beginning of my career, first in software and then in telecom, quality has always been the final arbiter of consumer adoption. Consumers eventually…


Added by Brian Mahony on January 14, 2016 at 10:43am — No Comments

Trender Research’s OTT Magazine Acquires IPTV Magazine

Westford, MA, January 19, 2016 --( Trender Research Inc.’s Over-the-Top Video division announced today the acquisition of IPTV Magazine and related digital assets. Trender Research is the publisher of OTT…


Added by Brian Mahony on January 19, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Announcing the OTT Video Executive Summit

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Dear industry colleagues: 

I am pleased to announce a new executive conference that will be like no other you have attended. Of course the focus of the event is OTT video, but the format is guaranteed to make it highly strategic, educational, and lots of fun. In short, the conference will mingle industry executives, a panel of…


Added by Brian Mahony on January 22, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

A New Application for Managing Diabetes: WellDoc System Promises Cost Savings

(Listen to the accompanying podcast: “Impact! A New Approach for Patients with Diabetes”)

Managing diabetes is a fulltime challenge that requires patients to track their blood sugar levels on an ongoing basis.

Typically, patients visit an endocrinologist once every three months for monitoring. But this approach has done nothing to stem the devastating results of the… Continue

Added by Joyce Pellino Crane on July 27, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Round One in Over the Top Video Battle— Free(ish); Round Two— Not Free(ish)

Perhaps in a slip-up of judgment, last week Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger suggested that one day Hulu may charge to watch its content, which today is free but advertising supported. Mr. Iger’s comment makes one wonder whether this was part of the secret plan for Hulu all along, and the reason the company finally added its content to the Fox… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on July 28, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Product Review: Video “Milling” with Vidtel

When I was growing up in a large family, the highest form of communication in our house was “milling around” or just “milling.” Milling was a completely informal, relaxing way to chat with friends and family. You would sit on the couch in the living room and just talk. Some people would share funny stories about past adventures, and others would lead the conversation in highly vocal debates about sports, politics or religion. Some would take the floor… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on August 10, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Tivo Podast: From Pay TV Threat to Teacher’s Pet— Lessons for OTT Video

It was shortly into my conversation with TiVo that it occurred to me that this pioneer of DVR has a lot to teach the burgeoning over-the-top video (OTT) industry.

Once upon a time, TiVo was feared as a Pay TV trouble-maker for not only allowing subscribers to pause and record live TV but also to (gasp!) skip television commercials altogether by forwarding through them. Now both subscribers… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on August 13, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Cutting the Pay TV Cord Part 2: OTT Video Device Options

Last week my wife Kirsten and I announced our plan to “cut the cord” from our Comcast cable TV service. We gave several reasons for this decision including the desire to have a more deliberate TV and movie watching experience that would better fit into our family’s lifestyle. But we also hope to save a few dollars on a TV service which has for a long time now been overkill for our… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on August 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

OTT Delivery Strategies: The Platform Vs. TV Everywhere Vs. Fancast Vs. ???

One of the signs that we are early in the emerging over the top (OTT) video market is the fact that it seems pretty much every player in the space— content owners, video sites, device manufacturers, and service providers— all seem to be embracing multiple simultaneous hedge strategies.

Case in point #1: Comcast. An outside observer would be hard pressed to sum up the cable giant’s OTT strategy. The company has already invested… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on September 10, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Long Live the Book?

It's "Fall Cleaning" time! All you at-home moms know what I mean. The kids are back at school and so they can't stop you from clearing out the "junk" from their drawers, closests, and - if you dare - under their beds. The clearing out of our bookshelves comes at a good time given that my son's preschool teacher just asked for book donations for their recently added classroom.

In my clearing out, I came across a book that I mentioned to a friend. Yesterday, I put it in an envelope and… Continue

Added by Mary Pat on September 22, 2009 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

Media and Audience Measurement Across Multiple Screens: CIMM Tries to Lead the Fray

A consortium of at least 14 big name companies that are leading television content providers, advertising agencies, consumer products and goods companies and network service providers primarily has formed what is initially called the “Coalition for Innovative Media Management – CIMM”. Prominent within the grouping includes company names like Time Warner, ABC/ESPN/Disney, Interpublic Group, News Corporation, Viacom, Starcom MediaVest Group, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, AT&T, WPP/GroupM,… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on September 28, 2009 at 11:19am — No Comments

Death of Television

I'm a huge fan of and any other website that allows me to watch shows/movies instantly. The only drawback right now is the limited availability of titles. However, as more shows get added to the Hulu catalogue and DVDs begin to be replaced with on demand or Interent viewing, cable and regular television with find themselves six feet under. Maybe not the networks themselves, but shows will no longer be "aired"--they will be posted; movies will not be rented--they will be downloaded for… Continue

Added by Chad Riley on September 30, 2009 at 7:48pm — No Comments

Cutting the Cord Part 6: Roku Review— Simple and Easy OTT Video Device

(Click here for Parts 1: Why?, 2: Device Options, 3: OTA Channels,…


Added by Brian Mahony on September 8, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Private Investing in the Cleantech Sector Rebounds

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 — No Comments

Hybrid OTT/Pay TV Solutions on Opposite Sides of the Pond: TV Everywhere and Project Canvas

(Note: an updated version of this post with Project Canvas comparison can be found here:

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 — 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

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

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

FIRST Robotics Competitions: Can (Lots of) Kids in Braces Help Foster Consumer Adoption?

There are a few ways to increase the acceptance and adoption of consumer robots. One way is to build better robots. Another way is to educate consumers about what robots can (and can’t) do for them. Another is to create a diabolical army of robots that kill off all the humans so it won’t matter. Assuming the first two methods are more practical, one might want to focus on the next-generation of consumers and business leaders. You know, those sentient… Continue

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

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