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Verizon

IPTV Wars Loom Large

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Unless you live under a rock, you know about the Verizon-MCI deal.  I don’t want to comment about the business part of this merger, you can get about a zillion subject matter experts to weigh-in about the dollars and sense.  However, I do want to highlight the relative prominence of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) in […]

FCC

FCC says no to Must-Carry

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In a 4-to-1 vote, the FCC ruled that cable only “must-carry” one digital signal from each broadcast licensed station in their footprint.  This is being seen, rightly or wrongly, as a stunning defeat for the broadcasters and a serious win for the cable industry. “This is a major victory for consumers …” said exiting CEO […]

Peer-to-Peer

Does P2P mean Pirate to Pirate?

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I was fortunate enough to attend a panel at Digital Hollywood’s 2005 Digital Media Summit featuring some of the most prominent players in the P2P (peer-to-peer) world. Just to set the stage, 99% of the attendees were in business suits or similar “serious” business attire – this was not a geekfest, the audience was made […]

Mel Karmazin

Mel Karmazin at 2005 Media Summit New York

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The 2005 Media Summit New York started off with a bang yesterday morning as keynote speaker, Mel Karmazin, CEO Sirius Satellite Radio was interviewed by BusinessWeek Media Editor, Tom Lowry.   Always entertaining, Mel started off by throwing down the gauntlet to terrestrial radio – calling it a mature business with growth limited to GDP increases.  […]

RBOC

RBOCs Will Pay Local Stations

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Linda Moss of Multichannel News reports: “Regional phone companies planning video services will be forced to pay cash to carry local broadcast-TV stations — which will initially put them at a competitive disadvantage to cable, but will ultimately cause problems for MSOs, a Wall Street analyst said Monday.”   Add this to the upcoming FCC […]

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