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Verizon

Are Music Videos Content? Verizon/Warner Music Video Phones and more …

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I sat in a conference room at Universal Music Group a few months ago with some very high ranking officials and was surprised to hear one marketing executive tell me that music videos were, “valuable content” and, “UMG should be compensated when a network or show airs them.”  I asked her the obvious question, aren’t […]

MythTV

MythTV … a non-mythical solution

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The New York Times published a front-page article about MythTV this past Sunday (1/30/05).  MythTV is one of dozens of home-brew PVR (personal video recorder) websites – it basically is a DIY TiVo.  However, the Times lumps it into a genus of technologies dedicated to helping people steal pay-per-view and premium television.  The builders of […]

Google Video

Google For TV

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One of the most interesting things at the NATPE convention this week was Google’s new video search tool.  In its present state, it is not very useful – however – one of its probable futures could significantly change the way about half of us watch television.  Here’s their official press release, it’s a quick read.  […]

NATPE

NATPE 2005 … a different vibe

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We are living in interesting times and nowhere is the effect of change more evident than here in Las Vegas at the 2005 NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) convention.   The highly conglomerated syndication business is represented.  But as one high-ranking executive of Columbia Tri-Star told me, “… we’ve had to learn how […]

Ted Turner

Ted Turner at NATPE … a keynote to remember

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You just never know what Ted Turner is going to say. Today, he was into world politics and mentioned that “… several thousand unguarded nuclear warheads posed the biggest threat to our safety. Voting for the AOL/Time Warner merger was the biggest mistake he ever made. The $1,000 Social Security check he receives from the […]

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