Broadband

Like broadband? Then it’s time to take action.

Go read this article in the New York Times. It articles the problems we have with U.S. broadband and where those problems come from. Not evil ISPs, but a weak regulatory environment, and to fix that we need to get politicians to talk about broadband.

In 2009, U.S. Broadband Growth Slowed

Nearly 4.1 million new subscribers signed up for broadband from the 19 largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. These 19 service providers account for about 93 percent of the total US market. Annual net broadband additions were 75 percent of 2008 total.

Exclusive Event: The New Broadband Buildout

In order to better understand the opportunities and implications of the second broadband buildout, we’re bringing together a group of more than 50 thought leaders in a town hall forum at our GigaOM headquarters here in San Francisco on Wednesday, Feb. 24th starting at 9:30 a.m.

McDonald’s Adds Free Wi-Fi To Its Menu

The coffee wars have extended to Wi-Fi. McDonald’s will offer free Wi-Fi at the majority of its 14,000 locations in the U.S. via a partnersh…

AT&T Shuts Down Broadband TV Service

[qi:gigaom_icon_consumer-products] AT&T (s T) is shutting down its broadband TV service on Sept. 1, leaving users with a little over two weeks…

HCL Launches Sub Rs 14000 Laptops

The cost of laptops has often been cited as an impediment to the uptake of wireless broadband in India; around 40 percent of computers bough…

France's Thomson Acquires CDN SynCast

Thomson, France-based digital media and electronics conglomerate. has bought Anaheim, CA-based content delivery network and digital media te…

RoyaltyShare Acquires Content Manager IDEA

RoyaltyShare, a provider of digital royalty solutions to the entertainment industry, has bought content management company Independent Digit…

Limelight Networks Prices IPO

Limelight Networks, one of the CDNs focusing on the digital media sector, which filed for its IPO in March, has priced its proposed shares:…

What A Villager Wants…Internet Access?

Maybe. Zee News has an interview with Chintan Bakshi (COO) of United Villages, which provides Internet access to villagers via a kiosk and W…

ExtendMedia Gets $12 Million Second Round

ExtendMedia, a Newton, MA-based provider of online video software and services, has received $12 million in second round of funding, accordi…

Broadband From Cable Operators?

A column in the Financial Times by Joe Leahy barely scratches the surface of cable-broadband issues in India. The story quotes a recommendat…

Jaipur Also To Be WiFi’ed…But By When?

Earlier, we’d heard that Connought Place in Delhi would be WiFi by Jan 1 2007. That still hasn’t happened. Over the past year or so, we’ve c…

Limelight Networks Plans $201 Million IPO

Limelight Networks, one of the CDNs focusing on the digital media sector, is planning an IPO of about $201 million, according to its S-1 fil…

Broadband Start-Up Avinity Receives Funding

Dutch ITV software maker Avinity has received an undisclosed amount of financing from Big Bang Ventures and Solid Ventures, according to AC…

Sify Launches WiMax Services

Internet access and portal company Sify has joined the WiMax bandwagon. The company has today announced the launch of its services across so…

MTNL Needs Help!

If you are an MTNL broadband subscriber, then you better take a back-up connection. Because they are just not reliable. My connection faced…

IOL Broadband Ties Up With BSNL For IPTV

IPTV content provider IOL Broadband has tied up with India’s largest telco BSNL for IPTV services. BSNL has started trials in Bangalore, whe…

BitTorrent Acquires BT Client uTorrent

BitTorrent, rich from a major round of funding, has bought a BitTorrent lightweight client uTorrent. Probably a small deal.
The Wired post s…

Nortel And Intel Eye WiMax Deals In India

Some deals in the offing on the WiMax front: Voice & Data reports that Nortel has planned a trial run of WiMax in Delhi and Gurgaon this wee…

Job Interviews Via Video Conferencing?

ICICI Bank expects to recruit 15,000 people every year, particularly from tier-II cities. Looking to lower recruitment costs, particularly t…

Moratorium On ISP Licences In India

The Indian government has decided to not issue any more ISP licenses to ISPs in in India, so around 50 ISPs and around Rs.550 crore of inves…

MSN To Stream Concerts Via India Portal

MSN, in association with Control Room, is planning to stream live concerts via the MSN India portal, reports agencyfaqs.

For the time bein…

Rajshri Media To Launch Video Portal

Close to the heels of the release of their new film Vivah, the Rajshri Group has announced that it plans to launch an online broadband porta…

How Much Is MTNL’s IPTV Priced At?

Can we get some clarity on IPTV: how many channels will be provided, and at what cost?

– The Hindu BusinessLine says that IPTV is priced at…

MTNL Set For Diwali IPTV Launch

Updated Below:
(originally posted on 13th Oct ’07)
The Times of India quotes MTNL CMD RSP Sinha:
”We will launch IPTV in Mumbai on Saturday…

Aircel Launches WiMax In Chennai

So after much speculation about which city would be WiMax’ed first – Pune or Bangalore, it seems Chennai has stolen the show: Aircel launche…

India’s IPTV Reality

This is in response to Shailaja Neelakantan’s post at GigaOm, titled “India’s IPTV Unreality “. Consider this a counter argument. Shailaja s…

TV’s New Greenhouse: Online

A good story about how TV execs are developing video for online use. The next Norman Lear may be fine tuning his talent on a site like YouTu…

BSNL Plans Triple Play In Bangalore, Chennai

The Hindu: BSNL is planning to roll out Video on Demand and VAS to its broadband consumers in Bangalore and Chennai. A franchise agreement h…

Wilderness Films India On Google Video

Wilderness Films India Ltd (WFI) is distributing their archival footage online via the Google Video Store. They are the largest “factual con…

SET On IPTV And Video On Demand

SET India lincensing and telephony head Kaushal Modi, in an interview to Indiantelevision.com, explains how the development of new content p…

Networks/Studios Make Online Talent Hunt

Want a movie or TV deal? Make your own and put it online. Skip the managers, agents, studio executives, and film-festival programmers – get…

Rajshri Media’s Broadband Plans

Rajshri Media, the digital media arm of the bollywood production house Rajshri, has huge digital media plans. One is the broadband portal wh…

HD-TV Downloads: Who Pays the Bill?

An interesting paper from IP Development Network in UK, which analyzes the HD download costs for ISPs, how and who pays for it, and the need…

Broadband In India

Express Computer has a nice round up on the broadband situation in India. It currently stays at 1.5 million and the idea is to reach at leas…

SifyMax Launches Broadband Portal For Mumbai

Indiantelevision.com:-  Sify is expanding its city-specific broadband portals. It has launched a city portal for Mumbai – www.mumbailive.in…

MTNL Plans WiMax Trials In Delhi And Mumbai

The Economic Times: As Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) is gearing up for a grand IPTV launch in Delhi and Mumbai, here is another first fro…

Vonage Plans To Enter India

US-based broadband telephone company Vonage is looking at setting up shop in India, The Economic Times reports. It’s talking to operators -…

CNN’s Interactive TV Efforts

We don’t really cover interactive TV, but this is a good, detailed look at CNN’s relatively new ITV effort. An interview with Kevin Cohen, S…

The MultiPlatform Upfronts: A Roundup

We have already been covering cable upfronts in bit and pieces, but the big network upfronts action start Monday, with NBC. Not sure if this…

Break.com To Fund Original Video

Break.com, one of the online video sharing site, is going the route of Atom Entertainment (which launched its own incubation lab a month or…

Sify’s Earnings Preview

Sify will announce its Q1 earnings tomorrow….an earnings preview note from Kaufman Brothers analyst Sameet Sinha says this about its porta…

New Media Emmy Nominees Announced

Nah, the new media doesn’t need the Emmys..for now it is the other way round…The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has named…

Discovery Outlines Broadband/Mobile Rollout

Discovery Communications has outlined its plans in broadband and mobile arena:
— It plans to launch two broadband video channels on April 1…

Broadband Content Bits: Apr 06, 2006

— Discovery’s Streaming Video Comes to Google Earth: Users of Google’s satellite-mapping software can now view streaming video clips pegged…

Battle of TV Schedulers: MeeVee and Zap2It

Two online TV listings sites have relaunched and added on-demand programming:
— Tribune’s Zap2it: Tribune-owned TV listings and news site Z…

Broadband Content Bits: March 28, 2006

— CMT Draws on Broadband Channel: CMT is planning to launch a new broadband platform, dubbed Loaded, sometime this summer.
— Australian fi…

WB’s Censored Show Online

This is overblown: not WB’s self censorship, but the spin in the story that this would somehow make TV less interesting and everyone will ru…

FCC’s Annual Report on Video Competition

Wish I had more time to read through this, but this 161-page report has lots of details on video competition in U.S., including digital and…

Broadband Content Bits: March 6, 2006:

— NCAA Webcast For Free: The launch of NCAA March Madness on Demand, the online video player that will stream the first 56 games of the 20…

Loudeye Selling Stock to Raise $8.25 Million

The troubled digital music and media services provider Loudeye said it’s selling stock to raise $8.25 million. Net proceeds will be used for…

Broadband Content Bits: Feb 13, 2006:

— IFC Airing Movie Shorts Online: The new IFC Media Lab is envisioned as an online community for independent filmmakers who want to disting…

NBC, Comedy Central Launch Online Shows

— NBC: NBC is close to greenlighting “Carson’s Cyberhood,” a showcase for homemade video productions and popular Internet clips. Latenight…

PBS’s Digital Pans; Plans Video Podcasts

In its halting, PBS-esque way, the public broadcaster has been pushing ahead with a digital strategy that could have far-flung effects, says…

The Economics Of TV Show Downloads

Diane Mermigas, who desperately needs an editor to trim down her stories and shape them better, has churned some numbers on the economics of…

Current.tv Vs Current: Gore vs Broadband

(via Romenesko) This is funny, if nothing else: Al Gore’s Current.tv venture is in danger of losing its name, after a name trademark fight…

CBS Primtetime on Comcast Premium VOD

Another in the line of disaggregation of TV: four of CBS’s top-rated prime-time series, CSI; NCIS; Survivor; and The Amazing Race are now av…

E Online To Launch Broadband Channel

E! Networks is launching a broadband channel for streaming video and original content…it will start with E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet: G…

Portals and Video: A Features Overview

Tristan does a good overview of the online video efforts from the GAYAM (Google-Apple-Yahoo-AOL-Microsoft) gang, feature by feature: softwae…

CES: IPTV and Online TV

John Markoff and his editor make a dumb mistake in this story: confusing IPTV with online video. The only thing commong between them at this…

CES: Clear Channel To Launch Free Music VOD

Radio giant Clear Channel will launch a test of a free, ad-supported music VOD service next Tuesday…about 2,000 to 3,000 music videos from…

What’s Next For AtomShockwave

A good story on online niche-video player AtomShockwave and what lies in store for the company which has been around since 1998 in one form…

Broadband Content Bits: Dec 12, 2005

— Scripps in the Niche: Some more detals on the Scripps broadband Kitchen channel launching this week…the site is at HGTVkitchendesign.co…

NBC’s Meet the Press To Be Webcast Online

This is the second major NBC news program to be webcast online, hours after its TV broadcast…it started with Nightly News in October.
Now…

Broadband Content Bits: Dec 8, 2005

— Broadband Video Grew 100 Percent in 2005: So says a new research by ABI…Both pay and ad-supported broadband video markets saw growth in…

Top Headlines For Today

: The American International Toy Fair is underway in New York and observers are seeing even more of an emphasis on tech tor the younger set…

Broadband Content Bits: Nov 17, 2005

— NBA Overtime Broadband Video: TNT OverTime will launch Nov. 17 on NBA TV Broadband on NBA.com.
— Instream Video Ad Network Launches: Int…

High-Speed College P2P Network Closes

i2Hub network, the file-swapping network that let college students download movies and music at blazing speeds on the Internet2 research net…

Broadband Content Bits: Nov 14, 2005

— Dutch WHV arm to test movie download waters: The Dutch branch of Warner Home Video is testing online movie downloads: through January, cu…

The Online Video Startups

TechCrunch has a very useful list of all the “Web2.0esque” web-based video startups, and a feature by feature comparison. Among them, YouTub…

Broadband Content Bits: Nov 7, 2005

— Scripps First Broadband Channel To Launch Next Month: Scripps much-anticpated broadband channels are about to be launched..the first one…

SBC Does a Backtrack on CEO Comments

So it was a momentary lapse of reason for SBC CEO Ed Whitacre…the company is now backtracking from the earlier comments made by Whitacre..…

Broadband Content Bits: Nov 3, 2005

— CBS.com Streaming Episodes of ‘Threshold’: CBS’s Web site CBS.com will stream three rebroadcast episodes of the network’s new sci-fi dram…

Broadband Content Bits: Oct 27, 2005

— FoodNetwork.com Unveils Eat This: Its first exclusive online video series, Eat This With Dave Lieberman, which follows a young chef as he…

WWE Show Lures Fans to Web During Breaks

(reg. req.) This is hugely disruptive for advertisers: World Wrestling Entertainment has started pushing viewers to its website during comme…

Reuters’ Digital Media Strategy

A detailed interview with Stephen Smyth, VP of media at Reuters, looking after the online, interactive and wireless platforms. A good overvi…

Nat Geo Creates Short-Form Content Unit

National Geographic’s Digital Media Group has launched a new short-form video production unit, which will aim for the broadband market. It h…

Scripps Gets In On Web Debut Game

Scripps Network is getting into the online-debut-of-TV-shows game: it is posting a TV show – My First Place – to the web before it is broadc…

Announcing: The Official MIPCOM Blog

Mipcom, one of the biggest TV and broadcasting conferences in the world, held in Cannes, France, has invited us to do the official blog out…

Broadband Content Bits: Oct 3, 2005

— Web Publishers Struggle To Meet Advertisers’ Demand For Streaming Video: “We cannot satisfy demand for online video,” said Jeff Meyer, se…

MTV Says VMA Got 13 Million Streams

MTV, which decided to stream the VMA awards online (right after the TV broadcast) and also had a lot of original related content, says that…

@ DH: Day 3: Broadband Video & Advertising

Day three of the Digital Hollywood, and the conference wound up…by the end of it, everyone realized that what was said on the broadband re…

Broadband Content Bits: Sep 19, 2005

— Video Search: Playing Well With Others: tartups like Truveo and Blinkx are using metadata and video crawling to fill the video search gap…

Broadband Content Bits: Sep 14, 2005

— TiVo Gets Fall Sneak Peeks For Subscribers: Tivo will offer its subscribers previews of new shows from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, UPN and The WB…

Broadband Content Bits: Sep 12, 2005

— Video news leads online push: How online news sites are using video on their sites…a good overview of efforts by the likes of WSJ.com,…

HP’s New Entertainment TVs

This is slightly moronic: HP is launching a line of new TVs which will have wireless access build in, but it won’t allow viewers to browse t…

Broadband Content Bits: Sep 8, 2005

— WB Show To Be Debuted on Yahoo: WB show “Supernatural,” on Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. on Yahoo, a full week before it is scheduled to air…

Broadband Content Bits: Sep 6, 2005

— Harry Potter goes on-demand in Germany: Warner Bros signs with T-Online to supply the German telco with content for its broadband VOD ser…

Why Convergence Will Fail; Why It Won’t

(sub. req.) The Economist continues in its scathing review of the current digital home and convergence efforts…the naysayers says this: “B…

Digital Home: “Huge Hype”

Like much else, when The Economist writes, you read…like this very good and detailed story analyzing the hype around “digital home”, a co…

Broadband Content Bits: Aug 31, 2005

— MTV Brings Back ‘Unplugged’ for Keys: And wil debut it on MTV Overdrive, the broadband channel…
— SkyStream’s IPTV Picture: SkyStream,…

Interactive TV in U.S., Finally

WSJ has a very good overview of some new efforts in the iTV space in U.S…in Sept, satellite operator DirecTV will get a new feature: a cha…

Broadband Content Bits: Aug 30, 2005

— ESPN360 to Air Live College Football: ESPN will air 24 live college football games, including several exclusive matchups, this season on…

P2P, The Only Killer Broadband App

So says UK-based P2P measuring firm CacheLogic…
Reuters: Traffic in the popular file-sharing network BitTorrent has fallen in the wake of…

Taming the Wild Web, Our Way

“Our” being NBC and Microsoft’s way…in a stange meeting of minds, Deborah Reif, head of NBC Digital Media and Blair Westlake, VP of Micros…

Multi-Plat-Fornication of MTV

MTV, which has been stung by the criticism over the coverage of LIve* charity concert, is planning to fight back: Van Toffler, president of…

MTV Adds Broadband Coverage for VMAs

After being stung by the criticism for its coverage of the international Live 8 charity concerts in July, MTV is wising up a bit. It is goin…

Digital Voice Is In Vogue

Just when it looked like email, IM and SMS were pushing actual voice communication out of the way, the combo of increased broadband access a…

Broadband Content Bits: Aug 23, 2005

— Interview: Josh Goldman, CEO of Akimbo Systems: More fud, from Akimbo.
— Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr broadband For Two Year Olds: Broadband sn…

Akimbo To Tie-Up With MLB

Akimbo, the IP VOD service launched which has not been received very well by reviewers over the last few months, is tying up with Major Leag…

VBrick Gets Govt. Agency Grant For IP Video

VBrick Systems, a company developing affordable video over IP network solutions, has received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Fou…

New Index To Track Online News Usage

Akamai, the content delivery firm, is launching an online index that will offer a real-time look at Internet news consumption globally.
The…

Broadband Content Bits: Aug 16, 2005

— NASA’s Web Moves: For the recent space shuttle Discovery launch, NASA estimates there were about 4.3 million user sessions and 28 millio…

Broadband Content Bits: Aug 15, 2005

— Olympics in HD, Online?: China NetCom president Zhang Chunjiang wants 20008 Beijing Games to be webcast online..He has called on other As…

CNN’s Piping Hot Video Service

CNN.com’s premium video service Pipeline was introduced in beta to CNN employees this week, and will be launched in fall.
Some more details…

TiVo Ties With IFC For Download Service

As we mentioned yesterday, Tivo has begun testing its download service, and now it has struck a deal with the Independent Film Channel to tr…

File-Sharers Swap More Than Video

Almost two-thirds of digital files being swapped on file-sharing networks is video, according to P2P traffic analysts CacheLogic. eDonkey wa…

More on Tivo’s Download Service

Tivo is supposed to launch its download service soon, in association with Netflix, presumably. Engadget has some screenshots of the yet-to-b…

NBC Stations Create Digital Unit

(via LR): NBC Universal TV stations group is forming a digital unit, taking cue from the recently formed “Viacom Television Stations Digital…

Broadband Content Report: Aug 9, 2005

— File-swap TV comes into focus: TV programmers are starting to make use of file-swapping tools to overcome bandwidth issues and put video…

FCC Eases High-Speed Internet Rules

The Federal Communications Commission has eased rules governing DSL, saying they hope it will speed Internet growth.
The FCC said the carrie…

MTV to Run Concert First on Broadband

MTV is joining the online-first debut parade: it will debut a concert special featuring Eminem and 50 Cent on its recently launched broadban…

Upload Speeds The Weakest Link

Upload speeds for consumer broadband have historically been much slower than download speeds, prompting some broadband users to complain tha…

Broadband Content Bits: Aug 2, 2005

— US Open Surfing To Be Webcast Online: MediaZone.com is the official internet broadcaster for full on-demand coverage and archives of the…

Broadband Content Report: July 29, 2005

— UK company to offer legal movie download: The British Internet Broadcasting Company (BiBC) plans to launch an online movie portal in UK.…

Flash 8: The Web Video Alternative?

Macromedia plans to unveil its Flash 8 software early next month with an emphasis on enhanced video capabilities that some think could becom…

Shuttle Launch Sets Streaming Record

Nearly 433,000 people tuned in to watch the Space Shuttle Discovery roar into space Tuesday morning, in an event that smashed a streaming vi…

The IPTV Mess: We’re All Great

The cable vs telco fight is beginning to border on ridiculousness: there’s way too much posturing going on in the industry. Proof of concept…

Broadband Consumer Choice Act Introduced

Sen. John Ensign has introduced a sweeping and controversial legislation that would eliminate the need for cable, telephone company, or any…

Broadband Content Bits: July 28, 2005

— FOX Introduces “FOXCASTS” Podcasts: These “FOXCASTS” enable viewers to download audio recaps of Fox shows..also, it will offer DVD-style…

Broadband Content Report: July 26, 2005

— Netflix near launch of movie downloads: The vaporware download service from Netflix…wake me up when they launch it.
— Yahoo’s Video Mi…

SBC On Track to Launch Microsoft IPTV Service

There are no delays, emphasizes SBC, in its plans to launch its IPTV service, called “Project Lightspeed”. According to Amy Friedlander, sen…

Broadband Content Report: July 22, 2005

— UK Digital TV Trial Results In – It Went Well: The harsh reality is that there a world of difference between a controlled trial in two vi…

Broadband Content Report: July 19, 2005

— CinemaNow Relaunches: CinemaNow, the online movie service has relaunched: users can now download movies, news and other content for viewi…

Showtime Blanks On The Point

Showtime CEO Matthew Blank and entertainment president Robert Greenblatt gave a speech at the Television Critics Association summer press to…

Broadband Content Report: July 14, 2005

— Internet speed battle heats up: Broadband speeds in U.S. are increasing, rapidly, with prices coming down…
— PlanetOut to Launch Broad…

CBS’s New Broadband Channel: Our Coverage

As usual, our saturation coverage of CBS News’ new broadband channel announcement:
— Interview: Andrew Heyward, President, CBS News
— Reac…

EU’s Attempt To Redefine Internet TV

Where’s the reportage on this? Where’s the debate? Where are the bloggers? I’m amazed only Times UK thought this was worth doing a story on.…

Everyone’s Live, On Demand

Seems as if “live” is the next new frontier for video online…yeah, I know, that’s a loaded statement. You can say this is Broadcast.com al…

Viacom Juggles Broadband And Cable

We got into this a little last week. Viacom’s launch of programming-intensive broadband channels highlights the tension between building rob…

Can Akimbo Beat Bad Reviews?

I knew this was coming…Akimbo, the IP-VOD service launched late last year, got massacred universally, in reviews over the last two months.…

IPTV Roundup Report

Some IPTV related developments in the last week:
— Ballmer denies technical problems with IPTV: Microsoft is on track to deliver version 1.…

@VOD Summit: More Lessons

(by Dorian Benkoil) A few more takeaways from Kagan’s VOD summit:
— Placement is Key. Just like anywhere else, where you put your stuff, ho…

@ VOD Summit: 'Clunkiness' of VOD Programming

(by Dorian Benkoil) Comcast’s Thurston apologized a number of times for the “clunky” way ads were displayed in his presentation. For example…

@ VOD Summit: Data Unavailable

(by Dorian Benkoil) The panel on VOD for Programmers spent a lot of time saying they’re having a hard time getting good data on usership. Ro…

VOD Summit: Key Concerns for HD and VoD

(by Dorian Benkoil) It became clear watching the panel about high-definition (HD) TV provided via video-on-demand that we’re not there yet.…

@ VOD Summit: $250 for a WiFi Connection

(by Dorian Benkoil) Sorry these posts are a little late. Helmsley Park Lane hotel charges $250 for a WiFi connection from their ballroom, wh…

@ VOD Summit: Growth in VOD Market

(by Dorian Benkoil) Here at the Kagan VOD Summit, Derek Baine, a senior analyst with Kagan, provided some slides with compelling numbers for…

More Coverage Of Grokster, Brand X

WSJ: “The two rulings will help determine not just how consumers will access high-speed Internet from their homes in the future, but how th…

Full Text Of Grokster, Brand X Decisions

— Grokster: Full text (pdf, 55 pages)
of U.S. Supreme Court decision in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. . The court is…

Test Post – VOD

Test post for Video on Demand conference

Cable, Telecom Interests Converge On Congress

And, as the Washington Post’s Jeffrey H. Birnbaum writes: “The likelihood of complete victory, however, is slim for either interest. When ev…

IPTV Roundup Report

A bunch of stories on IPTV over this last week…
— Why is Asia leading the Global IPTV Revolution?: What may be surprising to many people…

Going Private Is The New Black For Cable

In the wake of Cablevision’s move to take its cable ops private, Peter Grant does a good job of charting why going private is the new black…

Mile-High WiFi Catching On

At least nine international airlines are already offering Boeing’s Connexion in-air WiFi or have plans to within the year. Airlines looking…

Podcasting Makes Radio Waves

Radio stations coast-to-coast in the U.S. are looking for ways to exploit the podcast buzz, some as promotion, others as a revenue source. F…

Scripps' Risks Are Paying Off … So Far

Scripps gets points from the Wall Street Journal’s Heard On the Street column today for making the right bets: cable networks, home shoppi…

Selling IP Video

There’s complex maths involved: the cost benefit analysis for mid to smaller sized telocs and cable providers. On paper it’s a great idea, b…

Back To The Future: EPIC 2015

EPIC 2014, the streaming sci-fi mockumentary about the news universe after Google and Amazon merge in the future, is still making the rounds…

Akimbo VOD Massacred in NYT

This is among the most brutal reviews I’ve read in a long time: David Pogue takes the shine (and a lot more) off the Akimbo and Josh Goldman…

IPTV: DOA In Texas?

Verizon and SBC have failed to win passage of a Texas law that would have made it easier for them to sell IPTV services in the second most-p…

Broadband Moves From Luxury To Utility Status

“That’s the main problem today in rural America: getting high-speed Internet access,” rural resident Alicia Stahl told the Washington Post f…

FeedRoom Evolves From Consumer Site To ASP

Bart Feder, president and CEO of The FeedRoom, explained to Lost Remote’s Steve Safran how the company became an ASP: “We recognized along t…

Broadband Content Report: May 18, 2005

— ISPs Dismiss BBC Worries over Foreign Control of Broadband: Foreign-owned ISPs have defended their position in the development of the UK…

Following The Money To Online Video

Broadband video is having an impact on bottom lines — not as big a dent as some would like to believe given that the numbers at major media…

Local TV on Computers

In an otherwise tame story on video/TV on the PCs, an interesting company called Decisionmark, which uses geo-location technologies to help…

Movielink Adds Broadway Musicals To Library

Movielink will offer broadband downloads of shows taped during performance from Broadway Worldwide, parent of Broadway Television Network. T…

Broadcast Flag Struck Down

In a huge victory for hardware makers and open-TV buffs, a federal appeals court has tossed out government rules that would have outlawed ma…

The Bidding Wars

Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit here, but seems like the stakes for competitive bidding of video and related content online are inching u…

MusicChoice Multi-Platform Bet

MusicChoice, whose CEO David Del Beccaro is among the smartest skeptics in the industry (and I don’t use that term lightly…he strongly bel…

A Torrent of Traffic

While the MPAA ramps up its online anti-piracy machinery, British Web analysis firm CacheLogic tells Reuters legal and illegal use of popula…

Latest New Issue of BCR, Out Now

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— CNNFn Exploring Online VOD Options
— BBC’s…

NBC’s Live Feed Online

NBC is the only TV network transmitting its live feed online (for free, on MSNBC.com, with about 10 seconds delay…of course, as it usually…

TV2ME Will Change TV Forever

Robert Cringely continues on his personal media series: he profiles Ken Schaffer, an inventor who has developed a system called TV2ME, a ha…

Mika Salmi: Pre-paid Cards For Content

“Consumers have yet to catch onto the idea of buying pre-paid online services and therefore we have yet to see the return we would like.”

Mika Salmi: Atom on Cable/TV

Mika Salmi, CEO of AtomShockwave, in ContentNext Series: “We have also been trying to get a 24/7 digital cable launched for a couple of year…

Blockbuster New Issue of BCR, Out Now

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— ISP’s Broadband Content Portals Strategies
-…

Streaming Schadenfreude: Ovitz on Webcast

On Courtroomconnect.com, viewers pay $200 a day, or $600 a week, for either an instant feed or an on-demand service with all the bells and w…

Mika Salmi: Console vs PC vs TV

Mika Salmi, CEO of AtomShockwave, in ContentNext Series: “I believe that everything will be on-demand in the near future except for live eve…

ISP’s Broadband Content Portals Strategies

The Yankee Group has come up with a great analysis of the strategies of all major broadband ISPs (BSPs) in U.S., when it comes to content. I…

Akimbo Debuts IP Video Service On Amazon

Akimbo, the IP VOD service (through a set-top box) has launched its service through Amazon.com…Amazon will be the exclusive retailer of th…

Introducing Mika Salmi

In this week’s ContentNext Series: Mika Salmi founded AtomFilms, and now is the CEO of AtomShockwave Corp…I think the company’s recent buz…

AtomFilms As a Platform

Mike Salmi, CEO of AtomShockwave: “While we’ve always seen ourselves as “not Hollywood” and happy to go our own way, we also recognized that…

Verizon Television

You’ve read about Verizon’s content plans here before…now some action happening, finally. Verizon plans to extend a powerful new fiber-opt…

More Exploding TV

More on the exploding TV meme..some very good thoughts.Distributed video over IP, and trackable: I think a killer app. “Video programming, a…

Exploding TV

VCs surely want to invest in whatever shape the next TV delivery market takes, whether VOD, IP, BitTorrent or plain old streaming…
VC Fred…

New Issue of BCR Out Now

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— TV on a PC: Some Facts
— Reuters’ 10-Foot E…

The Next Big Thing May Be Searchable TV

Something I’ve been beating on for the last month or so as well…”It’s only a matter of time before tomorrow’s Internet is about searching…

Mark Cuban’s Innovation Giveaway

He’s giving away some good digital media innovation ideas..VCs, go start these companies now…
Some basic fundamental questions: Is it chea…

“Broadband” As Mental Concept

(via Om) On how “Broadband” will get divorced from the technologies itself and and come to represent a particular kind of content (Why do yo…

Mike Ramsay, CEO of TiVo on Future of TV

A good interview with CEO of Tivo…On IP-delivered TV:”There’s no real good technology for delivering that to the most ubiquitous UI there…

The Reach of Viral Video

(via Buzzmachine): Why is CNN.com not hosting the video clip of John Stewart due on Crossfire? It is the the number one streamed video over…

Best Buy In Digital Media World

At a conference in NYC, Brad Anderson, CEO of the $18 billion retailer, said that tying refrigerators, security systems, and other devices t…

FCC Eases High-Speed Network Rules

The Federal Communications Commission made more of the local phone companies’ high-speed fiber networks free from competition rules…Teleph…

TV on a PC: Some Facts

A recent JupiterResearch survey reports that only 34 percent of online users want to record TV on their PCs to watch on their PCs’ monitors.…

Reuters’ 10-Foot Experience

Spoke briefly to Stephen Smyth, VP of mobile and emerging media at Reuters, on the launch of Reuters video channel within the new Windows m…

Why Broadband’s Pipes Need Reaming

Streaming movies and online gaming will require faster, smoother connections. Expect the telecom industry to start spending again…boy, I w…

New Issue of BCR Out Now

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— Verizon To Launch Content Service Next Year…

Podcasting

If you were all confused by what Podcasting is, and need to have perspective on it, read this…goes back to RealAudio / Progressive Network…

Gallup Poll Moves Online With Webcast

The Gallup Poll has launched a free daily Web newscast, an eight-minute video featuring pollster-in-chief Frank Newport as a stand-up anchor…

Orca Interactive IPO raises $25 million

Orca Interactive, a developer of middleware software for Internet TV, has raised $25 million from its float on the alternative investment ma…

Verizon To Launch Content Service Next Year

An excellent chat with Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon Communications, at the Goldman Sachs conference. He talks about the telco’s broadband…

StreamCast’s Super P2P

StreamCast is looking to recapture Morpheus’ onetime leading role in the file-trading world with a new search technology called Neonet that…

EarthLink Offers Free VoIP Calls

The battle has ISPs has is getting increasingly verbal (ok, that’s a horrible line)…Earthlink has rolled out an expansion of its VoIP (def…

New Issue of BCR Out Now

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— Netflix and TiVo in Development Deal
— Inte…

VWB To Feed Off the Internet

Networked home device maker Video Without Boundaries has inked a deal to deliver DVD-quality content to its MediaREADY media centers.
VWB wi…

TiVO To Go, Any Day Now

Looks like Tivo-to-Go (recording on Tivo and porting to a PC or laptop) is going to be available any day soon..
Related:
— More Details on…

Andrew Greig’s Neighborhood Network

Make sure to read this fascinating account of a guy in Canada, who’s developed a neighborhood network, where everyone there is watching digi…

Intel, Chungwha Telecom Team On Digital Home

Intel has tied up with Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom to promote digital home technologies…they will jointly develop and generate awareness for…

DaveTV Users Tailor Own Program Skeds

The DaveTV people were omnipresent at Digital Hollywood…it is a concept similar to Akimbo’s: IP delivery through a TV set top box…
DAVE’…

Akimbo’s Steve Shannon

( Listen to the interview here) I did a quick interview yesterday with Steve Shannon, the founder and VP of marketing at Akimbo (also of Rep…

How Does Wi-fi Affect Website Content?

An interesting question, and someone like Starbucks is doing some good things with its music push, but this one is about how home networks a…

Avoiding the “Dumb Pipe” Fate

“Welcome to the dawn of a new concept: an era in which service providers extend their brands, their reach and their value-added services usi…

Game Culture: A Glimpse into the Present

A look at the gaming landscape and how it is influencing all media. “In an average day, I perform numerous activities which have nothing to…

File Sharing Developments For Teaching

A fascinating story about research developments in file sharing for academics..Researchers at Penn State are keeping developing and open-sou…

California Dreaming

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a legislation aimed at discouraging online piracy…California file sharers who trade songs…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

No, not the book by Joe Trippi, but a panel on P2P video file sharing at Columbia U, as narrated by James Enck of Daiwa Securities (I’ve bee…

Is It Online? Or TV?

Slightly overblown, but an interesting combination of online video, e-mail, IM, Skype…that ManiaTV for you, which officially launched Labo…

New Issue of BCR Out Now

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— The End of Television as We Know It
— BT Se…

BT May Be Setting The Bar Too High

So says Ovum, on BT’s supposed TV-over-IP offering. It says: “Although BT is unlikely to make much money out of it for a few years, we appla…

The End of Television as We Know It

(reg. req.): Former Academy of Television Arts and Sciences chairman Bryce Zabel wrote this surprisingly strong essay on TV, and some great…

FCC Chief Pushes TV Over IP

FCC chairman Michael Powell said tech and telecom companies are racing to develop ways to pipe TV shows into consumers’ homes broadband. “Al…

MTV2, Cox Tie Up For Local Sites

(I thought MTV2 already had some sort of a tie-up with Cox, but seems it was local and now it has rolled out to 12 Cox locations nationwide.…

Earthlink Releases P2P Content Sharing App

(via BoingBoing) Earthlink, the ISP, has posted a P2P content sharing app on its research site, as a test. The P2P app is SIP-based, an atte…

Purdue, Tulane Add Digital Media Services

Purdue University and Tulane University will offer legal downloads of music, video and educational course materials to their students this f…

AP TV Building Online Video Library

The Associated Press Television News (APTN) have started a bold project with high ambitions, to become the world’s largest digital commercia…

More on Verizon’s Content Plans

Well, I mentioned yesterday it was hiring for its VOD/PPV/IP-TV projects related to Verizon’s FTTP plans…it has now appointed Terry Denson…

Bandwidth Versus Storage Debate

In the ContentNext Series, Jeremy Allaire tackles the “Bandwidth versus Storage” debate which has cropped up again recently, because of two…

Opening Up TV, A New API

Slightly naive, but a very interesting way of looking at TV coverage (a similar concept is driving BBC’s online archives effort, at least in…

New Issue of BCR Out Now

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— Why A Netflix-TiVo Deal Is Irrelevant
— Ver…

Verizon’s VOD and PPV Plans

Interesting..it is hiring a manager for content acquisition & contract manager…is this related to this?
Update: Seems like it is related t…

OnAir WiFi TV

I saw a demo of this at Universal City in LA recently (where Intel was promoting Centrino using OnAir’s TV site), and was not necessarily im…

TivoFlixing The Video Industry

Jeremy Allaire discusses in the ContentNext series…go read…
And if you don’t yet know about the talk of the industry, read about our new…

News From IBC Conference

The big IBC conference is happening this weekend in Amsterdam, and as usual, the broadcast and technology industry is out there in full swin…

Opera Software Gears Up for TV Access

Opera Software has announced a new version of its screen rendering technology that makes viewing Web pages on a normal TV as sharp.
Opera sa…

Entriq Secured Olympics Online For NBC & EBU

It is always gratifying that one of your longtime sponsors is getting some good account wins (’cause maybe my site had a small part in helpi…

More on AudioFeast

Funny, the News.com story doesn’t even mention Audible, when clearly, that’s the model it is following. Anyway, some more details, after wha…

TiVo, ReplayTV Agree To Limits

The makers of TiVo and ReplayTV digital video recorders have agreed to limit how long consumers can keep pay-for-view movies stored on futur…

Howard Stern Now On Movielink

(via IWM): Well, this is big: Howard Stern is finally going for an alternative means of distribution…he has partnered with Movielink, the…

VOD: Video-On-DSL?

Alcatel and Concurrent have a new offering for DSL providers looking to counter the VOD offerings of their cable rivals. The product combine…

New Issue of BCR Out Now

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— Professional BitTorrent For TV?
— Disney De…

Panning for Digital Media Gold

A comprehensive story on the relatively unsung players in digital media: Audible and Napster( fka Roxio), as an investment choice (compared…

TV’s Audience of One

(reg. req.): A long story in LAT about the changing landscape of TV, post DVRs and Tivo…
“Mass media doesn’t exist anymore,” says Paul Saf…

Digital Media On Campus

With the digital media perks being dangled to the student this year (subsidized online music services, iPods, movie services, Wi-Fi etc), cr…

Belo Taps Internet For Cost And Efficiency

(via LostRemote) The Belo station group has moved some stations from satellite to an IP-based video delivery system. The Internet strategy…

In Search Of Better Video Search

(via LostRemote): IBM, Microsoft, and academic researchers are trying to invent ways to find specific images in video footage…

Three Minutes With Mark Cuban

The outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks talks about the future of high-definition TV.

Entertainment Vs Tech

A very good roundup in SF Chronicle on the tech vs entertainment industry fight over the past few years, from the Napster issue, to now the…

Akimbo’s Ready To Launch

The online VOD service (thought a set-top box) Akimbo is about to launch in a month…the company earlier delayed its launch date from the s…

Broadcast Treaty Battle Rages On

The battle over international broadcast treaty is raging on, and can effect online webcasts as well…Opponents such as the Electronic Front…

TheKnot Makes It To TV With Comcast VOD

The weddings portal The Knot has tied up with Comcast Cable to launch the all-weddings, all-the-time video-on-demand service, “The Knot Wedd…

Internet2: 2004 and beyond

Universities and researchers are using the high-bandwidth, low-latency Internet2 network to extend long-distance collaboration even further.…

The Ruckus About Ruckus

After I mentioned a new startup called Ruckus Network last month, a few people e-mailed me and asked me if I knew more about it. Well, here…

New Issue of BCR

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— BBC’s Multicast Trial For Olympics
— BBC’s…

Sports & More In Broadband Rush

Consumer-oriented video subscription services delivered via the Internet will grow to more than $4.6 billion worldwide in 2008, according to…

The Right To Resell

eBay recently announced that it is conducting a 180-day pilot to offer music files for download. “Pre-approved” resellers will be able to of…

Colleges’ ‘Bandwidth Police’

Heading into the new school year, more universities are tackling their downloading problems aggressively. Some are blocking access to music…

An Ear For Downloads

An interview with Audible CEO Don Katz…its moves into offering complimentary downloads of 9/11 hearings, and others audio; Clinton’s block…

My Internet.com

The latest Forbes magazine has a series of profiles of six companies/people it calles the “E-Gang”. The joining thread: using Internet techn…

Player Penetration By The Numbers

A critical story on the adoption of media players: “Since the results of most side-by-side comparisons are subjective and qualitative at bes…

Broadband Use: Growing or Not?

Well, I had two conflicting research announcements sitting with me and wanted to write it up, but this story beat me to it..so I’ll just lin…

Video Streams Up 42 Percent

That’s according to AccuStream iMedia Research. Broadband users accessed an average of 15.4 video streams per month during the first half of…

MeTV: A La Carte Programming Is Inevitable

“To the content owners out there, please realize that exclusive deals no longer make business sense. It’s shortsighted to limit the market f…

TV at a Trickle

A profile of broadband content tech provider WaveExpress…the bottomline for a vendor like this: “Ultimately, if WaveExpress can convince t…

Must-Download TV

Salon.com on latest developments in TV-show-trading technology, aka BitTorrent+RSS, something I’ve mentioned here before. Forget Tivo, or ev…

New Issue of BCR

The new issue of Broadband Content Report is online now…
Covered in this issue, and more:
— FCC Approves 13 Technologies Related to Digi…

Discovery’s All About Broadband Video

An interview with Discovery.com’s chief Bill Allman, on how things change for the site/channel with the increasing adoption of broadband. “T…

Open Media: The Open Source Media Project

(via E-Media Tidbits) Two of the nicest guys in online media business, Marc Canter and JD Lasica, have jointly launched a new project called…

TiVo Is at Focus of TV Showdown

(reg. req.): The FCC is expected to issue a potentially far-reaching ruling today affecting what TV viewers can do with the programs they re…

At-Home Workouts Move From TV to Computer

(sub. req.): Thanks to the proliferation of broadband and advances in Internet video technology, a number of companies are starting to offer…

A Broadband Solution?

An interesting editorial on balancing cable and broadband TV: “If a la carte is such bad business, why has virtually every cable network bas…

FCC: Why No a La Carte Cable?

Well, FCC wants to try and experiment with cable a la carte..the cable industry doesn’t. And it paid Booz Allen Hamilton a bunch of money to…

Motorola’s Quest For Digital Home

Motorola’s trying to reinvent itself, and the digital home and content is a big part of it, according to this BW story. The idea [of “seamle…

America’s Digital Home Taking Shape?

Consumers associate Microsoft (54%) and Sony (52%) as key players in delivering the “Digital Den” (PR-speak for digital home) experience. Ho…

TiVo’s Plans Lead to Fight On Copyrights

(reg. req.): The Tivo controversy is cropping up again: Hollywood studios and the NFL are seeking to block TiVo from expanding its service s…

Comcast Starts Disney Delivery Via Internet

Comcast is still tying up with Disney, despite the latter spurning the buyout offer earlier this year…only, this one is for delivering mo…

Sony Pictures’ Yair Landau On Convergence

An interview with Yair Landau, vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and president of Sony Pictures Digital. “I would agree with you…

Triple Play Shows The Way

A small number of service providers worldwide offer their customers a combination of cable TV, internet access and telephone services. Cable…

Does Value Trump Price in Broadband?

Comcast is taking the “value” road while Cablevision is taking the “price” challenge. Which model will prevail in the broadband sweepstakes?…

iTV: The Next Killer App?

What, this is 2004? iTV in U.S. is trying to make a run at it again….
The TV-boosters say that TV will win out against the PC in the digit…

Judiciary’s Hearing On Web Streaming

A recap of the testimony in yesterday’s hearing on Capitol Hill on broadcast Internet streaming.
Broadcasters and webcasters alike attacked…

P&G To Join Internet Home Alliance

The Internet Home Alliance, which is working to advance home technology, will announce later this month new members to its roster with the m…

Multimedia Search: Ready or Not?

A timely and very informative article in IEEE’s DS Online publication on technological developments in the multimedia search space (read the…

Networks to Cover Conventions on Web

ABC and CBS will cover political conventions over the Internet as well as prime-time broadcasting…
For ABC News, its live coverage will al…

‘Midnight’ Madness on Spike TV

Some innovative interactive TV programming tied in with the Internet…of the likes not seen in U.S. before…

Discussing VoD, VoIP and Digital Migration

() A roundtable on the future of cable industry with Adelphia Communications CTO Marwan Fawaz; Cablevision Systems Executive VP of Engineeri…

When ‘New Media’ Becomes Old-Fashioned

“Increasingly, the digital information that matters most is disengaged from the browser. First, it was only e-mail (think apps such as Outlo…

The Digital Home: Life In The Vault

The Economist does a story on the digital home…it compares Intel’s vision versus Sony’s and Microsoft’s.
But the downside for hardware pla…

Winamp TV Gaining Steam

NYT has an in interesting story on how indie broadcasters are using technologies like Winamp TV (Shoutcast server and Nullsoft video) to str…

The Digital Home Takes Shape

In the coming 12 months the market will be hit with a flurry of devices which will make all of the above possible for mainstream audiences.

Court TV to Stream Live Proceedings on Web

Court TV plans to introduce a subscription broadband service from next month that will allow users to view on the Internet live streams of c…

The Best (and Worst) Video Feeds Online

OJR’s Mark Glaser reviews the top video offerings from sites such as CNN.com, BBC, MSNBC, RealNetworks, TheFeedRoom and others, to tell you…

Cable Nets See Web Starting to Pay Off

With economic recovery under way and an online ad rebirth spurred by the growth in broadband penetration over the past year, Scripps Network…

The Digital Content Attention Loop

I’ve written about this IBM reaserch before here: a white paper by IBM researchers on how media will evolve in the next 5-10 year cycle…th…

Comcast to Offer Video Dating Profiles

Comcast’s trying to attract younger audiences to VOD…it will test “Dating on Demand” in its home turf of Philadelphia in the next few week…

Intel Shifts Focus To Entertainment

On Monday, Intel is planning to announce its newest foray into the home computing market, blending performance, wireless capability and mult…

DVR Users Watch More VOD

Isn’t that the whole idea? Digital video recorder (DVR) users watch more VOD programs than non-DVR users, and these findings held true for b…

Apple Shuns Video iPod

Apple boss quashes rumours of handheld movie player…
Here’s the gist of why: Brokering licensing deals with content distributors and creat…

TI’s Tech To Boost DSL Video

Texas Instruments says it is working on technology to help phone companies offer high-definition TV and voice over high-speed Internet lines…

FoxNews.com Redesigns

(via CableNewser) FoxNews.com has redesigned it website…among the changes: playing up broadband content and reporter blogs on the homepage…

Digital Lifestyle Aggregation Part II

Some momentum is gathering on the concept of a digital media/services aggregation, and the debate brewing online is whether a personal home…

Gallup Moving Into Online Broadcasting

The Gallup Organization, the market research and opinion polling firm, is expanding its mandate and is developing a new polling-based show,…

Proposal Would Extend Broadcasters’ Rights

The World Intellectual Property Organization, a UN body, has produced a draft text for a treaty that would allow copyright protection over b…

Broadband On A Budget

Developing broadband creative on a budget…”Once a digital agency sells the concept past the three primary hurdles-the offline account staf…

You’ll Never Get Cable à la Carte

Time Warner Cable chair and CEO Glenn Britt: “The myth is that if you pay $60 a month and get 100 channels, then you could buy 50 and cut yo…

Explode Your TV

Jeff Jarvis with a barn-busting (oops, TV busting) post on how TV and radio would be reinvented, not by TiVO, but by how where on-demand mee…

Saving Streaming

A very timely artice on how to save streams online..the software and other options available…read the story about TiVo moving into online…

Broadband Internet Use Up 42 Pct in 2004

Broadband use grew 42 percent last year as some 8.3 million homes and businesses signed up for broadband service in U.S., according to FCC.

Softbank CEO Blasts U.S. Broadband Lag

Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Japan’s Softbank, said Tuesday he had “pity” for what he regards as the United States’ slow adoption of br…

Time For Flash Video?

As I’ve written before, Flash may just surprise you with its versatility, and you get past the WMP vs Real vc QT debate etc…
The news: Mac…

TimeshifTV Will Speak In Tongues

TimeshifTV, a broadband content startup service, is targeting immigrants in U.S. with languages other than English. The subscription-based s…

Content’s Future Is In Fibre

Alcatel has proclaimed the future of broadband is in fibre, declaring the next generation technology will generate a plethora of new online…

Tech Gaints Root For Gaming Infrastructure

Providers of server hardware, software and services are looking at digital media infrastrucutre, specifically online gaming, as an area to e…

Audible Effect

A love fest to Audible.com…the company’s planning some good moves around the launch of Bill Clinton’s biography, My Life. The audio versio…

Japan’s NHK Lifts Lid On TV Of The Future

Japan’s public broadcaster Nippon Hoso Kyokai has demonstrated some of the future TV technologies: Inside the home, the ‘anytime’ concept is…

TechTV.com RIP

TechTV.com is no more…replaced, as expected, by G4techTV.com, after Comcast bought out TechTV…

A La Carte Pricing For Cable Channels

An interesting tussle to watch out for, one which will have profound implications on how TV is consumed. It is inevitable…
Both sides of t…

The Rise of Digital Lifestyle Aggregation

The always entertaining Marc Canter raises a concept I’ve talked about before, in various shapes and forms: “‘Digital Lifestyle Aggregation’…

News Corp. Scraps Internet Satellite Plans

News Corp is scrapping plans to use advanced satellites for delivering Internet access across the U.S…Spaceway, which was supposed to set…

Multimedia Search Engines Making a Comeback?

Some media companies with audio and video content, like NPR and others, are aggressively seeking ways to get programming listed in Internet…

StreamSage’s Broadband Campaign Search

This is an interesting launch: StreamSage, a multi-media software vendor, has launched CampaignSearch- an audio/video search engine for cont…

CNN Planning to Launch Broadband Channel?

CableNewser reports that CNN is in the early stages of development on a 24-hour broadband news channel for Internet users…The channel, cal…

AOL Introducing Exclusive Content

AOL’s beefing up its broadband offering with this week’s introduction of a new weekly sports program hosted by Roy Firestone, sports intervi…

Guarding Against Broadband Commodatization

Use content, of course, that’s how….U.S. telcos must develop strategies that let them charge a premium for content, according to carrier a…

2 in 5 Web Users Have Broadband at Home

Two in five Internet users in the U.S now have broadband access at home…In a new report, the Pew Internet and American Life Project placed…

McDonalds To Serve More Than Just Wi-Fi

McDonald’s plans to use the Wi-Fi network it announced (in assocaiton with Wayport) to deliver a wide range of digital content to customers,…

The Media Business Learns A New Song

Thanks to the duo of user-wanting-control and broadband… a very wide ranging story on the future of digital media, both from the consumer…

FCC Is Taking Wrong Turn On Digital Media

Not only is the commission considering rules that would result in the digital television picture from reaching its full, sparkling potential…

CinemaNow, SBC Create VOD Link for Yahoo DSL

Online movie service CinemaNow has tied up with SBC Internet Services that will create a customized VOD service for SBC Yahoo DSL subscriber…

Launching Broadband Content Report

This is the first issue of Broadband Content Report, a weekly newsletter covering, as the name suggest, the broadband content market. Broadb…

The Revolution In Radio

Online and satellite stations are finally starting to chip away at the dominance of the AM/FM dial..slowly but surely…

Web Giving TV Run For Money

(via Lost Remote): This according to this Forbes.com story, in light of the various online sports and other broadband video deals…
“The tr…

Audible Serves Up Rice Testimony Free

Kinda nice, if more subscription services would do something similar to this…I admire the journalism ethic underlying a service like Audib…

AirAmerica Breaks Some Streaming Records

Though I am not sure how relevant the comparisons are…According to RealNetworks, which is providing the streaming technology for the new l…

Working Out The Value of TV Over Broadband

The billion dollar question in the IP-TV industry: In an industry such as this one, based on rapidly developing technology, the best questio…

One Nation Under IP

Are we headed the Japan way? A single super high-speed pipe into the home that carries all media forms over a simple, standard IP connection…

Netflix Queues VOD

(sub. req.): Which is not necessarily news if you’ve been reading this site regularly…but some more details…
Netflix’s VOD service will…

MSNBC.com Thrives — Despite MSNBC

The headline says it all, pretty much. “Much of what separates MSNBC.com from the online pack is its innovative and aggressive use of graphi…

Music Choice TV Channel to Expand to PCs

Everyone wants to be on the PC: TV network Music Choice will soon give cable broadband customers access to its content and a song download s…

A Profile of Akimbo’s IP-TV Service

Cable Datacom News has a profile of Akimbo, the U.S. IP-TV VOD provider which I wrote about here earlier.
“Despite the company’s marketing p…

Streaming Content Delivery Exploding

Content delivery networks (CDNs) individually delivered double or triple the streaming content in ’03 compared to ’02, according to a new re…

Broadband Networks Need To Be Neutral

The U.S. government needs to ensure that Internet applications and content are free from discrimination by broadband providers by embracing…

Ripe Time For RipeTV?

Touting itself as the first ad-supported on-demand network, RipeTV plans to debut later this year to 10 million on-demand and broadband home…

Toshiba and Adimos Reach Wireless Deal

Adimos, a small wireless chip makes, plans to announce that the Toshiba has agreed to build its wireless video module into televisions and r…

WWE To Launch SVOD on Broadband

Attempts to bring WWE on broadband channels…the company has launched WWE 24/7, a subscription VOD emand service that will feature Pay-Per-…

A Survivor’s Story

(sub. req.): A story on one of my favorite companies in the space, Audible, on how it has survived the downturn and has emerged as an unlike…

The Broadband Content War

(sub. req.): As the competition heats up among broadband providers, they are looking to distinguish themselves by highlighting the content i…

Brandwidth Over Bandwidth

Interesting concept as laid out by Michael Nutley, editor-in-chief of New Media Age…
“People who remember the days before the crash might…

Broadband’s Bounty

Broadbanding content…happening sooner than content providers are ready for…
Fully 36 percent of online users had high-speed connections…

Streaming Media Encryption Spec Published

Looking to kick start the adoption of standards-based technologies for streaming media delivery, the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA…

Softbank gets $1.13 bln Citi loan

Internet investor Softbank has received a 124.1 billion yen ($1.13 billion) loan from Citibank to finance its broadband Internet services bu…

Trio Launches Broadband Content Site

Trio, the U.S. arts and pop-culture TV channel, is launching a new broadband channel online, called TrioPlus…
People intrigued by a TV pr…

Arbitron to Cease Measurecast Ratings

Arbitron will stop its online radio measurement service from next month. Why? Because it says audience growth numbers were overwhelming the…

Video Streams Up By Over 100 Percent

This according to new research by AccuStream iMedia Research. Last year, streaming media registered strong growth with total video streams u…

Akimbo Launches IP TV Service in U.S.

Akimbo, a new company launching today, has launched an IP TV service, centered around the TV rather than the PC. To use the Akimbo service,…

Will 99 Cents Stick on For Digital Products?

A very valid question asked by Dominic Basulto over at TCS, in wake of 99 cents music download standard that has emerged. AOL announced plan…

Distributing Rich Media over Broadband

What will ultimately play out: PVR, Network PVR or VOD? An interesting report on the proceedings of a Broadband Content Forum meeting late l…

Israeli ISP Launches IP TV Service

012 Golden Lines, an Israeli ISP, has launched a TV over IP service, with technology provided by Infogate Online. Called 012FUN, the new ser…

PWC Plays Down TV Over DSL

In a new white paper on broadband, PricewaterhouseCoopers has played down the opportunities in delivering TV/video over DSL/IP…According t…

Retail Convergence

Smart, I have to say…customers of T-Mobile wi-fi accessing Internet through Borders stores can download/listen to Grammy-nominated songs c…

NTT, Sky Perfect To Launch IP TV

Satellite broadcaster Sky Perfect Communications and Japan’s top telecom company NTT are planning to launch a broadband Internet television…

Comcast Launches Spanish Immigrant Portal

Comcast is teaming with Planeta Networks to offer a Spanish language multimedia portal, in addition to its high-speed Internet service. Plan…

Fox News Goes Broadband

Fox News has become the latest major media outlet to offer streaming video clips of its TV programs for free on the Web…the site lets visi…

Flash Comes Out Of The Shadows

Increasingly, Macromedia’s Flash has surfaced as an alternative platform for streaming video and rich content development…If the incumbent…

Belgium Cable OPerator Start Offering IPTV

Telenet, Belgium’s biggest cable network, has started offering TV over IP to its broadband subscribers…Content includes movies such as Tax…

Discriminating Pipes

Making sense of broadband bandwidth segmentation, consumption and QoS…a very interesting article on broadband issues…
“The broadband ISP…

Flash Streaming Video Hits the Web

Macromedia is partnering with VitalStream to provide customers with the Flash Video Streaming Service. The new service will stream Flash vid…

Do-it-Yourself TV…To Be Continued

Subscription vide-on-demand will be a big part of TV’s future, thinks Glenn Britt, chairman of Time Warner’s cable unit. “Today, it’s just t…

Eating Megabits and Megabytes

An FT editorial for and aganist deploying broadband in developing countries. Eli Noam: “The upgrade…difficult as it is, is simple in compa…

Future of TV Looks a Lot Like Broadband

Dan Gillmor is cautiously impressed by new broadband TV service Hong Kong: If a new digital age of television is emerging, it may look a lot…

Norwegian ISP Offering TV Over IP

Digital Reykjavik is a conference I would have loved to go to, had I not been in India. Out of there comes the news that Norwegian ISP Telen…

TV News in a Postmodern World

(via LostRemote): “One day, video news on demand (VNOD) portal companies will offer an organized form of multimedia news clips produced by a…

A&E To Launch BiographyCub Premium Service

At least that’s what I could glean from this press release…A&E TV Networks has tied up with Trusted Media Networks, an Internet media deli…

Comcast.net’s The Fan

Comcast has launched ‘The Fan,’ a new broadband-powered multimedia player for its high-speed customers. The media player, developed using te…