Why Boxee Must Evolve or Die

While it’s annoying to those who have fallen in love with the Wonder Twins power combo of Boxee’s software and Hulu’s content, the reality is its hard to make a good life for oneself as a parasite without a host, and currently there is no doubt that Boxee is a parasitic application. In other words, its an app that draws its sustenance from a larger life-force (read Hulu) — one that doesn’t particularly enjoy pests buzzing about its head. So what should Boxee do? In short, it should embrace its roots and look to the Internet, not big media, to find its hits.…

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How Microsoft Can Save Media Center

When I learned that Linksys and HP were killing off their Windows Media Center Extenders, I wondered: Where did Microsoft go wrong? When the company launched its Media Center Edition in 2002, it was a visionary attempt to create a unified media platform for TV, music and other media that could eventually reach around the home. A few years later, the launch of Media Center Extenders — devices that allow you to play content from a Media Center PC anywhere in the home — showed the company moving ever-closer to this vision. But for some reason, Media Center never delivered on its original promise.…

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Memo to Cable Cos: Cord Cutters Aren’t The Issue

It seems the press has caught cord-cutter fever. Reading a recent Washington Post piece, you’d think we’ve entered some sort of Pay-TV apocalypse in which robots battle hipster armies who consume all their video entertainment on Macs, at least when they’re not making music videos. Others are more skeptical, estimating that only a tiny fraction of users have actually canceled their pay TV services. Regardless of who's right, cord cutting is a red herring.…

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The Future of Pay TV Services

Breakthroughs in digital media technologies have converted media consumers from spectators into participants. This transformation has impacted all aspects of the media value chain, from content creation through delivery to the consumer experience itself. The interactive nature of the broadband Internet has set high consumer expectations for other media outlets, particularly video services, and for all manner of personal communications. These trends have resulted in significant changes to the pay-TV landscape. Older technologies such as cable TV are facing off against newer entrants such as telcos providing IPTV services, and cable, IPTV and satellite providers are all trying to figure out how to deal with Internet video operators who can go direct to consumer without investing and maintaining their own delivery network. This report examines the impacts of the growth of IPTV on satellite and cable providers, and how all of providers will react to the growing threat (and opportunity) of broadband video.…

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