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Jeff Vinson Predicts Microsoft Will Buy Netflix

MSFT Can Fight GoogleTV and AppleTV Netflix Can Expand Beyond the US Hastings Can Be Groomed As Next CEO of MSFT The Door Has Been Blown Open: With the recent retirement [firing?] of long time Microsofty, Robbie Bach, as President of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, CEO Steve Ballmer has made it clear that business as usual – with less than stellar performance in revenue, margins and market share – just doesn’t cut it. MSFT...

Video Interview – Jeff Vinson at Connections 2010

Video Interview – Jeff Vinson at Connections 2010 The Connections 2010 Conference in Santa Clara, produced by Parks Associates, brought together a variety of industry experts on IPTV, the Connected Home and Online Marketing for workshops and discussions. GoogleTV and Online Video Marketing Metrics are key to the future of the Connected Home; one dealing with methods of delivery and the other for methods of monetization. At the conclusion of the conference, Ken Pyle of...

Intel GM Talks to Jeff Vinson About GoogleTV

Yesterday I was given a private interview with Intel GM for Retail CE, Digital Home Group, Wilfred Martis, after his keynote presentation on Intel and GoogleTV at the CONNECTIONS 2010 Conference in Santa Clara. An enormous amount of marketing buzz was created leading up to the announcement of GoogleTV which is designed to blend linear TV broadcasting, online features and personal content into a more compelling TV viewing experience. The buzz continues in both the...

GoogleTV is Here (or is it just WebTV 2.0?)

As anticipated, and demonstrated today (streaming live on YouTube), Google announced their GoogleTV product. Although there were some persistent live demo problems with their remote, the product did offer improvement over some traditional search and presentation formats. It looks like Logitech is getting on the bandwagon with a new "companion box" (read additional set top box). More offerings are to come. The rest of my blog is available at: http://wp.me/pyWiU-62 Jeff Vinson

FCC Attacks CableCARD; Home Gateways to Replace Set Top Boxes

“CableCARDs have failed to stimulate a competitive retail market for set-top boxes.”

Speed and Access Only Part of the Story : While most of the press attention on the FCC’s recently released Broadband policy plan focused on increasing broadband speed and availability, little attention has been paid to some significant changes proposed for in home internet access equipment. This includes home gateways and set top boxes. [Read the rest of this...

Cisco, Nortel, Rovi, TDG & Verimatrix at STB 2009

Turner, AccuWeather and Sky Angel in Attendance Last week's STB 2009 in San Jose was a well received, quality event in the heart of Silicon Valley. Greg Fawson and his X Media Research staff put on this 3 rd annual conference which attracts a select, albeit, small crowd for the 2 day event. The 300 or so attendees were exposed to a wide cross section of the Digital TV and entertainment eco-system with trends and...

FCC Fires Up Net Neutrality Rules

“The FCC must be a smart cop on the beat preserving a free and open Internet.” FCC Chariman, Julius GenachowskiSeptember 21, 2009 “Preserving a Free and Open Internet” Just the title of the speech today at the Brookings Institutes, by FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski, puts an end to any speculation about where he stands on Net Neutrality. Stating that “Congress and the President have charged the FCC with developing a National Broadband Plan to ensure...

ZillionTV = ZERO $$$ Launch of "richest creamiest" video delayed.

Launch Delayed : The long awaited launch of ZillionTV has hit a snag. The latest “hope” is to get something launched “in the second half of next year” according to this weeks press quotes attributed to their CEO, Mitch Burman. Unfortunately in the ever crowded space of IPTV VOD services, hope is not a very useful business strategy. Tier 1 Telcos Have Existing VOD Plans in Place: Convincing a major Telco (Verizon or AT&T) to...

3D TV is NOT a Set Top Box Running a 3D Graphics UI

What BSkyB Started : It seems all of Europe is buzzing with the hopes of seeing actual 3D content on their telly next year based on the BSkyB announcement in July that it will launch Europe’s first 3D TV channel programming in 2010. The frenzy was further stoked by the Guardian Newspaper’s “Question of the Week” asking readers “Will 3D TV be a Hit?” So the new buzz word in the television industry must be...

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...

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