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Cloud’s Promise: Always Up To Date

A guy I know owns a 35-inch Sony television that weighs just slightly more than a Cadillac Escalade, takes up about a quarter of his bedroom and consumes enough energy to make Al Gore lose weight with worry. He bought the set about 15 years ago, just as flat panel TVs were coming onto the market, because a television set manufacturer’s rep said that HDTV would take about six years to really get rolling. Six...

Why Should the Players have all the Fun?

There’s plenty of blame to throw around for why the modern Super Bowl is what it is: an overhyped orgy of athletics and advertising that starts too late, lasts too long and sometimes even provides a rollicking good evening of entertainment. Blame Bart Starr, if you must, or Joe Namath. Better yet, blame Mike Ditka, Buddy Ryan and those 1985 Bears who humiliated the New England Patriots in a game so boring that even Boston...

Why Should the Players have all the Fun?

There’s plenty of blame to throw around for why the modern Super Bowl is what it is: an overhyped orgy of athletics and advertising that starts too late, lasts too long and sometimes even provides a rollicking good evening of entertainment. Blame Bart Starr, if you must, or Joe Namath. Better yet, blame Mike Ditka, Buddy Ryan and those 1985 Bears who humiliated the New England Patriots in a game so boring that even Boston...

Stop the Presses: Breathing New Life into the News

So Steve Jobs has come down from the mountain and presented the world with the Apple tablet and the world literally is a-twitter. The iPad, it’s said, is going to change the world the way iPods changed mobile entertainment, iPhones changed mobile phones and iTunes changed music. Anyway, the earliest glowing reports state that the iPad is the most amazing tablet since Moses carried a pair down from a mountain with a few societal rules...

Immersion TV - IDEO

Here's the 3D TV I want in my house. -- Tracy Swedlow, editor [itvt]

Sometimes the Ads are Better than the Shows

Commercials are like blogs; the more controversial or funny or outrageous, the more attention they get. If you don’t like a blog, you can skip forward to something else. If you don’t like bland advertising, well…that’s why they created “fast forward.” I’m not anti-advertising. There are certain ads that just make me stop, look and listen and move my finger off the FF. While I’ll gladly fast forward through laundry detergent ads or shots of...

Over the Top Connected TV – The next application play

When did you last attend a ‘Digital Convergence’ conference? I’ve just got back from one which had the usual mix of internet, mobile and telco delegates and what surprised me most was that there are still people beating the 'bandwidth limits product' mantra. The one theme I was most surprised to see still capturing a lot of air time is “who’s going to pay for all this bandwidth?” The topic was connected TVs and the...

Staying Alive Just Keeps Getting Harder

We all know stress kills. Of course the case could be made that with today’s economy, job uncertainty and political bickering going on — to say nothing of the ongoing threat of nuclear annihilation — it’s a surprise anyone over the age of 30 is alive. Those under 30 are still too optimistic about the future to realize that it’s so bad. So what’s a person supposed to do to relieve stress? After a tough...

TVOT 2009: Tim Kring, Exec. Prod. "Heroes" in conversation with Brian Seth Hurst, CEO, Opportunity Management Company

Finally am posting the great conversation between Tim Kring and Brian Seth Hurst - it was very well received at the conference. There are 4 parts to this conversation. To get to all the videos click here -- Tracy Swedlow, editor, [itvt]

3D: See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me — But Don’t Smell Me

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock — or woolen blankets avoiding frigid weather and a pile of holiday debt — you’ve noticed the buzz around 3D. Television makers, now having made HD ubiquitous, see 3D as a way to spiff up their products with a new gizmo that will make people go out and consume. Programmers, particularly sports programmers, frightened of selling such dramatic fare as golf without Tiger Woods or football without Andy...

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