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Broadcasters and Operators can gain HUGE Savings in CAPEX and OPEX with Companion Screen Interactivity

As you might know I am a confirmed Interactive TV enthusiast, having been in this industry sector since its very early days. The main dificulty in Interactive TV has always been the ROI. How do you make money at it? For the Broadcaster and Operator it is fast becoming more and more clear, but they have to change their thinking with respect to this area of Television and embrace a change in direction. Why? Cost...

If HbbTV wants to win as a Global Interactive TV Standard it has to up its game.

There is many a debate (especially on the TV Forums of LinkedIn) surrounding the Interactive TV Specification of HbbTV. Many people are already hailing its success due to the fact that it has been selected in a handful of countries and interest is growing. Even the DTG in UK has added an HbbTV profile to its D-Book Spec making all the MHEG5 supporters shudder I would imagine ; albeit MHEG5 is not growing but declining...

Companion Screen Avoids the Marriage of Many Brides

We have entered the 2nd phase of the Companion Screen business with Synchronisation being the next step in the equation. The DVB organisation has need of a chairperson for the new DVB-COS (Companion Screen) group that will look to standardise the communication protocols between the Companion Screen and the STBs/Connected TVs. This in itself is a very touchy subject as raised by the iTV Doctor in his recent post and he mentioned a Company already...

Tivo enters Gilette v Wilkinson Sword Razorblade Race (But With Tuners)

Tivo are entering the equivalent of the Gilette v Wilkinson razorblade race with their latest DVR product - Or is it to appeal to the Frequent Flyers amongst us who are never home to watch TV - (Permiere Elite is a definite FF Award Status). A retail DVR with four tuners allowing for simultaneous recording of four different shows while viewing a fifth recorded program. Plus a two-terabyte hard drive that allows for up to...

Grande cinammon dolce latte with sugar-free-buttery-brown-flavoured syrup, non-fat-whipped-cream and sprinkles

On a recent trip to Chicago I dropped into Starbucks for a coffee just an Espresso – In front of me was someone that ordered a Grande cinammon dolce latte with sugar-free-buttery-brown-flavoured syrup, non-fat-whipped-cream and sprinkles. Yes this is America and in Europe we balk at such frivolity because we are sophisticated Europeans! Anyhow that is not the point of this article. As I was queuing I noticed some leaflets to read. As it was...

Interactive TV Software Treated Like Lego

Since the dawn of Digital TV we have seen many come and go. Its like Lego - many of the same building blocks but never a complete system. Can we ever get there? Depends on those who seek to detroy those intiatives that do not contain THEIR IPR. Here we go again: I must attribute this to a certain Rob Gallagher on LinkedIn: There is no need for CE-HTML or HbbTV in the technology stack:...

OTT Experiences Often Leave a Lot To Be Desired - QoS IS IMPORTANT!

I will probably appear to be the negative blogger on the situation, state of things in the Digital TV world, however we do need a dose of reality amongst the over-hyped, extremely over-positive, sales-pitching clap-trap of the over-subscribed, we-can-do-it-all-too, interactive TV Companies. There is nothing wrong with highlighting the issues so as to make people realise that it is not a perfect world in OTT, by any means. We have a long, long way to...

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