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Podcast #2: Active Video Networks Talks Internet TV Strategy

Last week I had a chance to catch up again with Active Video Networks. As you might recall, Active Video Networks is a provider of a lightweight platform for interactive TV and all the cool applications that go with it. I spoke with Ed Forman, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer and Edgar Villalpando, SVP Marketing. Active Video… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 18, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Podcast: Roku’s Internet Video Player— It’s Not Just for Netflix Anymore

In our continuing podcast series on Internet video, we spoke with Roku’s Tim Twerdahl, Vice President of Consumer Products. A little over a year ago, Roku’s Netflix Player was spun out of an internal development effort and launched the first version of its Internet Video player in May of 2008. Since then it has become clear that the box, originally named the “Netflix Player by Roku” can be a platform for a range of… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 15, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

EveryZing Makes It Easier to Find Everything: NBC Universal to Use EveryZing to Improve Video & Audio Search & Discovery on Internet Sites

EveryZing Makes It Easier to Find Everything: NBC Universal to Use EveryZing to Improve Video & Audio Search & Discovery on Internet Sites

If you can’t find it, it has no value… that’s the generally accepted wisdom about content whether it’s on the Internet or buried away somewhere in a VOD system being offered on by your pay TV provider. So it’s little wonder that there’s so much energy and investment behind… Continue

Added by Patti A. Reali on May 11, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Feedback Wanted: Whole-House Internet Video, Audio, and Telephony Solutions

There is no doubt that Internet-based services have transformed our worlds of entertainment and commmunications especially in the last 10 years. Many folks have come to rely on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions from providers such as Vonage and cable companies like Comcast. iTunes and digital music have become the mainstream, and new digital audio streamers such as Sonos have grown… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on November 18, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Active Video Networks: The Future Is Now

In our ongoing podcast series we continue to focus on Internet and interactive TV and the players that are making this revolution possible. Today we spoke with Ed Forman, EVP, Products and Services, for Active Video Networks. Like our friends at Pulse~Link, this is another company most folks have not heard of but they play a crucial role in "making your stuff… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on February 6, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Panasonic Attempts Leap-Frog of Vizio and Samsung Internet TV Plans

Not to be outdone by rivals Vizio’s and Samsung’s plans to bake Internet interactivity into some models of HDTVs, Panasonic… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 28, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Internet Video/Audio/Telephony Part One: Problem Statement

OK. Here is the first part of the analysis of the evolving "connected home" market. First task in understanding any new trend is defining the problem statement. I will start with Internet video since that is perhaps the most dynamic of the three.

Internet Video

People like to watch TV. A lot of TV. Ever since the big black and white piece of furniture arrived in the home people were hooked. Families gathered around. To be informed, entertained, made to feel… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on December 9, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

You Gotta love Gigatribe-FREE file sharing software

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 — No Comments

Are Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) a Competitor to Traditional TV and Video Service Providers?

I ask this question mostly due to the fact that the major CDNs are for the most part the engine that drives home video content to PCs or other devices, whether it is event-based, live or archived, and streamed especially versus downloaded-to-own. They are especially behind the scenes of live events that are broadcasted over the Internet, and heretofore were the primary means for delivering short-form video (YouTube). In recent years their technology has developed to the point of the ability to… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 13, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

ZeeVee Podcast: Efficient HD Video Distribution… And a Pretty Cool Video Browser Too

As promised, I finally had a chance to sit down with my old boss for a podcast (click here). Vic Odryna, CEO and Co-founder of ZeeVee, shared with me the company’s current product line up, vision for the future, and cleared up a few misconceptions. Some highlights:

• The Zv150 is… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 2, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sony Adds Netflix: OTT Video Catch-Up or Leapfrog?

Not to be outdone by rivals Vizio, Panasonic, LG, Samsung, and other HDTV manufacturers, as well as gaming consoles like… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on July 13, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

TelcoTV Conference Session Highlights

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 — No Comments

Roku Expands Affordable OTT Video Product Line with SD and HD-XR Models

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 — No Comments

Learn How to Build a Hybrid Pay TV/OTT Service and Meet Trender Research at IP&TV Forum North America

Brian Mahony and Patti Reali from Trender Research will be at the IP&TV Forum North America, July 21-22, in New York City at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. The focus of the show is "New Partnerships, Services and Business Models to Monetize IP Television Investment". The conference is a highly interactive, intensive, two day networking conference, featuring quality case-study led presentations from…


Added by Brian Mahony on June 18, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Video Distribution Round-Up Part 2: AppleTV

In previous posts we provided an overview of some of the major players and content options for Internet video, audio, and telephony and helped to define the problem statement. We also started to take a look at the future of home video distribution with our coverage of… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 26, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Next-Generation TV: What Do Consumers Know, Understand and Care About?

Has anyone been asking any family members or friends if they’ve gotten their IPTV or OTT Video service yet? If you or they have AT&T U-Verse or Verizon FiOS TV services, do you or they know or care that AT&T is a pure IPTV service, or that Verizon is a hybrid Cable/IP TV service – and what the differences are and mean for you as a subscriber? Do you or they know that the way your channel programming is delivered, in a linear fashion, is… Continue

Added by Robert A. Clark on April 22, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

NetFlix Streaming Ahead: Extends Video Streaming to Windows Media Center

NetFlix Streaming Ahead: Extends Video Streaming to Windows Media Center PCs

NetFlix will be busy acquiring the rights to content for video streaming over the Internet in the months and years ahead in hopes that it can ride the wave of increasing penetration of in-home digital devices that will let consumers view content directly on their TV sets. This was one of the main messages from… Continue

Added by Patti A. Reali on May 20, 2009 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Overlay.TV and Klickable Make Video, Well, Clickable

I spent last week at the “TV of Tomorrow” (TVOT) show in San Francisco. All the major players were there from the online and interactive TV worlds. Suffice to say, like every major technology trend, there was a jumbled mix of very cool and relevant innovation along with a chaotic blend of competing strategies and pipedreams for deploying interactive and Internet-connected television into our homes. I will… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 16, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Do You Boxee? Video Round-Up Part 5

While covering some of the Internet TV device options out there such as ZvBox, AppleTV, and SlingCatcher, we only briefly touched on the need for an integrated interface to harness the vast multitude of video content available online. After connecting your PC/Internet to your home TVs, this becomes the second biggest… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 29, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

ZeeVee Expands Its Product Line: CES Video Round-Up Part 4

Most of you know I helped to launch the revolutionary new ZvBox last year, so in the interests of full disclosure you need to know that. But that won’t stop me from covering ZeeVee’s news since I left, because I truly believe devices like this will finally bridge the huge divide that has existed between Internet and PC content and the TVs in our homes.

ZeeVee’s story is interesting because the company threw… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 28, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments




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