My daughter's friend was over the other day talking about her favorite shows and my daughter had no idea what she was talking about. It was then that I realized that my kids have already cut the cord from channel surfing the major channels. For about 3 years now, the majority of our content comes from Netflix, with a bit more from Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube, or directly from ABC.com, etc.
My kids have been mostly raised on documentaries and movies. My sons love "Famous Tank… Continue
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Added by Brian Mahony on September 8, 2012 at 2:43am —
Everything today is in context. You can't read a news story, talk to a neighbor, watch a sporting event, or plan a vacation without understanding context. Who you are. Where you want to go. Your habits. Your friends and family. Finances. You name it.
So it is no surprise that advertisers for a long time have figured out that understanding the context of their target audience is worth more to them that just a static list of names and addresses. And in today's mobile world,… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on January 16, 2012 at 10:14pm —
There has been a lot of discussion about the impact Google and Apple's new Internet TV devices will have on the market. In short, they will certainly spread the OTT message to more people and drive competition, innovation, more content relationships, and lower prices. But how will they change the landscape for existing devices such as Roku?
Roku has done a great job combining the key features of an Over the Top video solution for the masses: low price, simple UI/remote, easy set-up,… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on October 3, 2010 at 7:03pm —
Full announcement here: http://www.trenderresearch.com/page/ott-video-reportThanks to everyone who provided data and perspectives for this report. I think you will find this the most comprehensive analysis of this fast-moving industry.
Westford, MA, — Trender Research™ Inc. (www.trenderresearch.com
), a consumer technology market research and… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on August 8, 2010 at 7:45pm —
Concern for identity theft and rise of social networking and mobile applications have changed view of online safety and driven the development of comprehensive security suites.Westford, MA, — Trender Research™ Inc.
), a market research and consulting firm that combines expert analysis with the voice of everyday people, announced a new Trender Thought Leaders report for the digital security industry. The… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on July 27, 2010 at 12:30pm —
While my dear sweet wife Kirsten seems to be hedging
on giving up on our Pay TV service from Comcast, I am doing one last reflection on over-the-top (OTT) video content before we jump into evaluating our hardware options. My focus for this week is a pretty big one and one of the key areas of concern in switching to an Internet-based TV watching… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on July 15, 2010 at 11:30pm —
Amidst major policy reforms, industry luminaries and a focus group of everyday people are optimistic that technology can substantially reduce costs and improve patient care.Westford, MA, — Trender Research™ Inc.
), a market research and consulting firm that combines expert analysis with the voice of everyday people, announced a new Trender Thought Leaders report for the healthcare industry. The… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on June 8, 2010 at 7:30pm —
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 studios to build profit tributaries off this rolling river or risk having many of their paying subscribers swept away. The industry is determined not to remake the mistakes of their brethren in the music business and is therefore trying to be proactive. The most promising of these… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on May 3, 2010 at 9:22pm —
In our latest podcast, we chat with Leslie Chard, President of WHDI, LLC. In it, we talk about WHDI’s release of the new WHDI 1.0 specification, and what this means for the industry. Click here to listen
and read on for our thoughts.
For over the top video (and for that matter any home HD video/media) to truly achieve mainstream adoption, it needs to find its way to the TVs… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on April 7, 2010 at 8:00am —
For all of you robot afficiandos, you have to check out the recent "ROBO-ONE GATE INTERNATIONAL ROBOT EXHIBITION 2009" that took place in Tokyo. It really is amazing how far robots have come. I am especially impressed by some of the side-to-side moves, the ability to get up from a fall, and how well coordinated the dance moves are to the music. There is still a lot of work to do to make robots mainstream, but the technology at least seems to be… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on December 9, 2009 at 8:30am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
(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 —
In a nod to the growing impact over-the-top (OTT) video is having on the Pay TV market, new standards bodies are emerging, with Europe leading the way. This is no surprise as Europe has for years been implementing various hybrid set-top-box (STB) solutions, leveraging a mix of IPTV, satellite, cable, and over-the-air (OTA) technologies depending on the competitive and regulatory environment in each country. For example, in the U.K free-to-air… Continue
Added by Brian Mahony on September 23, 2009 at 12:30am —
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 —