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Brian Mahony's Blog – July 2009 Archive (5)

Pass the OTT Video Popcorn: Popcorn Hour Podcast

In the latest in our podcast series on IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) video, we speak with Alex Limberis, COO of Syabas, otherwise known as “Popcorn Hour”. Alex knows a thing or two about digital media, as he was formerly the go-to guy driving Microsoft’s strategy for integrating Windows Media with just about every device that could fit it, including high-profile wins getting WM… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on July 30, 2009 at 12:00am — 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

Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse at IPTV Forum: Over the Top Video Threat is Overblown

I have been in New York City this week attending the IP&TV Forum North America event. Many of the major telcos and cable MSOs are here, including Verizon, AT&T, Cox, Comcast, SureWest, QWEST, Orange (France Telecom), and Rogers. Though skewed towards players in the Pay TV/IPTV realms, there is also a smattering of over-the-top video (OTT) devices and services including Sezmi, Popcorn Hour, BeeTV and… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on July 22, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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

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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