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A Sneak Peek at the Friends Mozaic from ActiveVideo

Rochelle Thompson of ActiveVideo Networks talks about the CloudTV™ platform and demonstrates the Friends Mozaic application.

Cable’s Still in the Game

Did you catch that World Series? Apparently, according to the audience rankings, lots of people did. Of course while you were all watching baseball games, I was thinking about the telecommunications industry and how the Yankees and the Phillies are great examples of the opposing sides in that space. Start with the Yankees; the best team money can buy. These guys are so stocked with star players they look like an All Star team. They...

A New Digital Season Dawns for Broadcasters

Perhaps you’ve seen the commercials; it’s a new TV season, full of hope, cops, doctors, so-called reality and dumb husbands. OK, maybe it’s not so new. This marks the first television season where everyone is digital and that, more than almost anything in television history, levels the playing field and presents a tremendous opportunity for the broadcaster who steps off that field. The first big step in the right direction will happen when a broadcaster...

Report offers some food for thought

While it’s not necessarily must-see TV—although in some instances it might actually be better, considering some of the stuff that was considered must-see—and it will never compare with Oprah’s book club suggestions, occasionally I feel I should offer up my own must-read opinion. So here you have it, Edgar’s Report-of-the-Month Club suggestion, for want of a better name. It’s my way of highlighting what I’ve found that reinforces my opinions, of course, and validates the...

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...

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...

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