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Would DLNA and CABA Make Good Partners?

Working Both Sides of the Connectivity Puzzle
The DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and the CABA (Continental Automated Buildings Association) may want to explore joint opportunities to influence the Connected Home of the future. Exploring Networks and Devices : Both non-profit organizations bring industry leaders together to understand and shape technology for the home. Some major corporations are members of both organizations: HP, Microsoft, Alcatel-Lucent, and Cisco are examples. While DLNA is primarily...

Roku and Ustream.TV Cashin’ In on OTT Video

The Money Machine is Working for the Over The Top Video Market Press stories based on SEC filings show that two of the premier OTT providers have turned on their money magnets: Roku has raised at least $24 million over four financing rounds, including a $6 million investment from Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) according to Paid Content.Org. In the meantime, Ustream.TV pulled in another $2M for their live streaming service. Not bad when times are still...

The things I do for ActiveVideo

It’s been said that when the world hands you lemons, you make Hawaiian Punch. That’s what I did when I was told to stop my important work here at ActiveVideo and high tail it out to a series of focus groups at one of our cable system partners’ sites. Tough work, but somebody had to do it. I climbed on a plane and headed to Hawaii where I spent the last week getting feedback on...

Netflix and NeuLion Boost New OTT Channels as Qwest Selects OTT Route

Disney-ABC and Taiwan TV Shows Now Available to Subscriber The OTT (Over The Top) IPTV market continues to show strength of the business model with separate announcements from Netflix and NeuLion channel KyLinTV this week on top of Qwest's proclamations last week. Netflix Announcement : Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group announced a streaming deal which will ad “Lost”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Legend of the Seeker” shows to Netflix’s existing lineup of TV shows available for...

3D TV - Is It Ready for Prime Time?

BSkyB Launching 3DTV for Subs BSkyB will launch Europe's first 3D TV channel programming in the UK in 2010. The 9 million subscriber British MSO made the announcement during its second quarter financial report on Thursday, July 30, 2009. The 3D channel will offer 3D movies, entertainment and sports. However, to watch 3D programs customers will also need the latest "3D ready" TV set and special glasses (Oh No!). EU Funding for Advanced 3D TV:...

Holy restrictions, Batman! Let’s take a reasoned view of children’s iTV!

So the new FCC boss, Julius Genachowski, thinks there should be restrictions on interactive programming aimed at children. I agree; there’s no reason to let kids run wild with a remote control. I disagree, though, with the idea that some sort of uber parental opt-in device is needed to save the children and their parents from themselves. That’s, unfortunately, the type of overkill that maims and destroys new ideas such as interactive TV before they...

Lessons learned from the lunar landing

First, some full disclosure: I wasn’t around when Neil Armstrong made his “giant leap for mankind.” But I’ve heard my parents’ accounts of the space race; I’ve seen “The Right Stuff” and “Apollo 13” (where would our space program have been without Ed Harris???); and I’ve understood how the public view of space travel has changed since the race to the moon in the Sixties. So the buzz leading up to the 40 th anniversary...

TV of Tomorrow Show @ Star Trek Premiere 2009

This is a little video I shot at the Star Trek Premiere in San Francisco. It's interactive! Tribute at the end to Roddenberry's. There really were lots of iPhones in the dark. -- Tracy Swedlow

On Demand: Taylor Mali Describes What a Teacher "Makes" as Slam Poetry

This is an incredible video you won't forget that features Taylor Mali (a slam poet) telling an audience passionately what teachers "make." Apparantly, Mali was asked what he makes ($$) in a cocktail party and this is his reply. This may not be interactive or augmented or real time or anything else, but it is on demand video on YouTube and it's another reason why UGC and VOD are just damn powerful. Besides, "making" and...

Microsoft and Stimulant's Project Tuva Showcases Feynman's Physics as ITV App

Microsoft Research hired San Francisco-based Stimulant to design a full-blown interactive TV app (broadband TV) featuring the great Richard Feynman and his lectures at Cornell Unviersity. It is a very rich application featuring the broadband assets as well as many extras on a timeline and the ability to take notes or add notes and more. You can even stop the video you're watching and navigate Microsoft's WorldWideTelescope app for the M81 spiral galaxy or get...

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