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South Korea IPTV Grows with Fewer Govt Controls

In recent published reports , the South Korean Government has removed strict controls on IPTV content available for broadcast to its citizens. The previous requirement that only Korean majority owned companies could provide IPTV content for broadcast has been eliminated. This breath of fresh air comes at a time when the South Koreans are experiencing a surge in IPTV subscriptions. Press releases indicate that the current total IPTV subscriber base exceeded the 700,ooo user milestone...

Relax, it’s only product placement

Why is Britain so buttoned up when it comes to product placement in commercial television? RTL Chief Gerhard Zeiler certainly put the case in Edinburgh this week no sooner did James Murdoch put the boot into the BBC and state regulator Ofcom. It’s a funny thing looking at Britain’s situation at a time in which the country has only just released its Digital Britain report. Product placement is now legal in almost every other European...

A word of ad-vice

There’s a “gold rush” to put video content onto multiple screens ranging from televisions (of course!) to PCs to mobile phones with assorted other devices in between. As with any gold rush, some will strike it rich and others will go bust because things just don’t pan out. One thing is certain: there’s a public hunger for content, and people will go to any available screen to watch what they want. I see it on...

The Games People Play

I love urban legends; the more outrageous the better. It’s always fun to figure out whether there’s actually a grain of truth in stories like penguins falling over onto their backs trying to see airplanes flying overhead or domesticated turkeys looking up at falling rain until they drown or that the daddy longlegs spider is “the world’s most poisonous animal.” One legend that’s made the rounds is that the original Windows software came equipped with...

Ivan Sutherland's Early Light Sketchpad - 1963

This is a video of Ivan Sutherland demonstrating his light Sketchpad back in 1963. Ivan Sutherland, for those of you who don't know, is one of the fathers of the Virtual Reality movement (note: I have to say "movement," because that's all it was as the industry floundered to some extent - I know - I saw it) as well as being an all around computer innovator in every way. This technology he displays is...

Rare Hellen Keller & Anne Sullivan Video - Interactive TV

I've always wanted to know what Hellen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, were really like. I teared up after I watched this. It reminds me how powerful a very good person can be and - oh - how rare. Hellen Keller has such a desire to communicate - such passion! Again, this isn't modern push-button "interactive TV," but doesn't this beautifully demonstrate a kind of real, physical connected interactivity with the human body -...

AT&T CruiseCast: 22 Live TV Channels in Your Car

AT&T for TV On The Go : Our friends at AT&T are beating the drums louder for their in car satellite live TV service called “CruiseCast” since their nationwide US launch date on June 1, 2009. And with the rather steep installation price of just under $1,300 their success will be a sure sign that consumer spending is up and the economy is really rebounding. RaySat Broadcasting Leads the Charge: RaySat, a Dallas based privately...

Do you want fries with that CI+ module? - Edgar Villalpando, ActiveVideo

While the United States media community typically winds down a notch or two as those last barbecues of summer approach, there’s no shortage of activity across The Pond. In Europe, they’re gearing up for IBC, the annual September media event that draws broadcasters, operators and programmers from all over the world to Amsterdam. One of the story lines in Europe this year will be the anticipated rollout of the new CI+ specification that provides a...

TellyTopia Launches 2nd Digital UGC TV Channel.

No New Set Top Box Required for This Silicon Valley Service. i2TV Broadcasts UGC on TV Channels : If you’re serious about getting a local audience to see your latest video creation, why not upload it to a TV station and have it broadcast for everyone to see on their TV? i2TV is TellyTopia’s viewer video upload platform which allows the next Spielberg or Tarantino to showcase their video productions on a broadcast TV channel...

Art Car Documentary Trailer "Oh My God! It's Harrod Blank"

Disclaimer: I have an art car that I made myself. One of the reasons I made an art car is because I went to the opening of a documentary Harrod Blank made about the Art Car phenomenon back in the 90's, that he showed at the Red Vic moviehouse in San Francisco. I was so inspired by that film and the cars sitting outside on the street that I knew I had to do it...

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