ITV Doctor

The iTV Doctor Is In! Can TabletTV Save Broadcast Television?

Dear Readers : It was 1984, and I had just purchased a Honda Civic Wagon (which looked kinda like a tiny space shuttle). The dealer had a promotion which added a brand new, snazzy Sony Watchman TV: GIANT 2" black-and-white screen, and could receive all broadcast stations in a handy pocket-sized battery-powered unit.

The iTV Doctor Is In! Nomi, Zappos, NYU & OTT

Dear Readers : We've been talking about OTT and The Virtual MSO for months now. I've published a few columns on the subject, and moderated three panels in New York. And we have one more OTT panel coming up, at TV of Tomorrow NYC on December 9th . Here's a link to the schedule:

Column: The iTV Doctor Is In! Everybody's Talking about OTT and Kaltura

Dear Readers: This is the season of OTT. To paraphrase Harry Nilsson: "Everybody's talking about it. I hear every word they're saying." And in another 24 months, all this talk will simply be the "echoes of my mind." Why? Because EVERYBODY'S GOING OVER THE TOP! The "analysts" get tied up trying to compare pricing models for the likes of HBO and Netflix, wrongly assuming that consumers will pick one or the other. That's an idiotic assumption, because the consumers will pick anything and everything they want.

The iTV Doctor Is In! Going Over The Top with Ostmodern

Dear Readers : As promised in our last column, we're going to take a look at one of the creative and design shops that is creating the Over The Top experience in Europe and the UK: Ostmodern.

The iTV Doctor Is In! The Shade Tree Mechanic Goes Over the Top

Dear Readers : My father was a brilliant chemical and mechanical engineer. When he bought a new 1964 Pontiac GTO, he was so curious about the engine that he took it apart and laid the pieces out on the garage floor. And when he put it back together, he didn't have any parts left over (a skill I never mastered...). But one thing Dad always talked about was the primary operating philosophy of the Shade Tree Mechanic: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." And for all of his life, and for most of mine, that philosophy has worked. Until now.

The iTV Doctor Is In!: BSkyB's Hilary Perchard Goes under the Hood with OTT

Dear Readers: At the TVOT 2014 conference in June in San Francisco, Over-The-Top delivery of pay-TV was THE topic of conversation. My "Virtual MSO" panel was packed, and one of our panelists (Paul Johnson from MPP Global) talked about their work with BSkyB's "NOW TV" OTT service in the UK. Here is a link to the video of that session:

"The Virtual MSO" at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014

[itvt] is pleased to present a video recording of the TVOT 2014 session, " The Virtual MSO ." The session was described in the show brochure as follows:

"For years the MSO's wouldn't play in each others' sandboxes. It was just too expensive to build a second physical plant, and the big guys didn't want to be limited to anything less than 100% market share. Then a few smaller guys (like...

The iTV Doctor Is In! Scene-by-Scene TV Metadata and Metacontent

Dear Readers : We all talk (some of us more than others, according to my wife), and most of us listen (same comment applies…). And in the advanced television business LISTENING to video turns out to be particularly challenging. Automatic Content Recognition companies have sprung up and then sprung leaks. Their core business has been somewhat commoditized, and everybody is looking for enhancements to improve accuracy.

The iTV Doctor Is In! How Will we Bill Consumers for OTT Services?

Dear Readers : Everybody is racing to get into the OTT game: "traditional" service providers, television networks and third-party aggregators and marketers. And here is a shameless plug: if you want to know more, come to the good doctor's " Virtual MSO " panel on June 11 at TVOT San Francisco.

The iTV Doctor Is In! Solving the Social TV Space/Time Continuum

Dear Readers : Television is changing, and it will never be the same again (how many times have we heard THAT?). But this time it might be real. By the end of the year we expect to see two or three major distributors offering some form of virtual MSO subscription service: Dish Network, with their ABC/Disney/ESPN package; Verizon, powered by Intel's OnCue platform; and one other--possibly Comcast. Consumers will watch programming on basically anything with a flat glass screen, and they'll use cable, satellite, telco, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and many more. The mind boggles.