"...these efforts - and others yet to come - signal an important architectural change pay-TV operators will likely be undergoing in the years ahead, moving from a traditional video delivery approach involving closed set-top boxes to one where standardized, web-based technologies are integrated to drive more video choice and lower costs."
FRISCO, TX -- 03/01/11 -- According to a new report from The Diffusion Group (TDG), approximately one-third of broadband users connect a PC to their TV specifically to enjoy PC or online video on the 'big screen' at least once a year.Michael Greeso...
The ability to watch your favorite TV show online or share popular videos from YouTube are recent trends, only introduced during the last decade. However, the growt of Internet TV and online video are skyrocketing as we become more connected and are given the ability to save money by watching TV online.
As Elia points out, even with the influx of new OTT devices on the market, it can be tough to get consumers to install new hardware in their living room. Connected TVs make that moot, and make accessing the Internet a one-step process. "Living room inertia is tough to beat"
Is Netflix aiming to be the back-catalog king? | Subscribers to the video service will be able to stream shows like "Frasier," "Star Trek" and "Medium" ... Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, "Netflix is now the only online premium subscription service with shows featured on all four broadcast networks and dozens of cable TV's biggest brands."
Has Comcast been imposing extra peering fees on Level 3 to hurt Netflix, which is competing with its TV business? That's what Netflix is alleging in its just-published annual report, without actually stating it that frankly. The warning is carefully worded, but Netflix is clearly concerned.
"...They see the stars aligning in Internet TV's favor but are placing chips on the sure things - bandwidth. Anything related to heightened network demand is the more likely winner in any future Internet TV scenario..."
The wait is over for Boxee Box owners, as the startup is finally making its Netflix app available today. The app comes as part of a new firmware update, which also features some added security measures. Boxee previously had to delay its Netflix rollout twice.
The cable industry and Google are at odds over the Federal Communications Commission's proposed "AllVid" pay TV/Internet interface. That proposal could turn Google TV from just another cool device into a revolution.
Despite having an already robust platform for delivering Internet video, Comcast says it will stay away from offering over-the-top videos to people outside its network. Meanwhile, Dish Network is negotiating content rights that might enable it to offer streaming services to customers online.
Sidereel has been scooped up by Rovi for an undisclosed amount, and Rovi is also launching a new consumer-facing website for media recommendations. However, the real end game seems to be t bring all of this web content to the next generation of connected devices.
... BONG.TV is a high quality OVR for your TV programs where you can record your favourite broadcasts to your personal webspace (BongSpace). It's another play on TV Everywhere and Anywhere - and it's up to you... watch them online, on the way with your iPhone, download the video files to your PC or Mac or watch your recordings in your living room with your Samsung TV.
Samsung Electronics Co. , the largest television maker, may use Google TV software in home- entertainment devices based on its own chips, rather than those from Intel Corp., a person with knowledge of the plans said.
"Ivi's architecture bears no resemblance to the cable systems of the 1970s," the judge wrote. "Its service retransmits broadcast signals nationwide, rather than to specific local areas. Finally, unlike cable systems of the 1970s, Ivi refuses to comply with the rules and regulations of the FCC."
The first shot across Netfilix bow... Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of a new benefit for Amazon Prime members: unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of more than 5,000 movies and TV shows. This new benefit is being added at no additional cost
"TV manufacturers attempted to differentiate with connected-TV features and 3D. However, the market has moved and the real differentiation is offering interactive features in the remote control. When the core differentiator for TVs becomes the controller you hold in your hand, Apple becomes a very scary competitor — and Google looks more like a friend. TV manufacturers should seriously consider bundling Android-based controllers that can run engagement apps and transfer streams to their large screens. It’s either that, or watch their customers change the channel once and for all"
What does the TV consumer of the future look like? What is TV becoming? The evolution of the format, technology and content was at the heart of today's discussion at the 2011 TV Summit, with the ultimate conclusion being that TV isn't really TV anymore.
Statistics presented by Nielsen tday suggest that fluctuations in cable subscription numbers are due not to cord-cutting, but "cord-swapping," with consumers switching between different services. However, that still doesn't explain the rise of broadband-only households among the under-25 set, who are embracing cable-free life.
"There will be [competition] at some point--Netflix won't run without pure competition for long," Swasey says. "Right now, there are three models, and Netflix is running uniquely with the subscription model."
"Everyone gets the social community and communication angle - they even get the idea of communicating with visual references etc. They don't get the dangerous side - that viewers don't want their TV experience interrupted. In other words, they don't want their vegged out mental state disturbed. This is our national meditation time."
These apps are the tip of the iceberg. The possibilities are just beginning to be explored. An odd, though possibly intentional, choice to go with time sync vs. audio watermarking - won't work with DVR'd shows.