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IPTV Revenue Predictions or Hype

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A recent article on Techweb.com reports:   Revenues from video, which includes Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and video on demand (VOD), music downloads, games, gambling and adult entertainment are expected to increase to $36 billion in 2009 from $12.3 billion last year, telecom analyst firm RHK said. This year, online entertainment is expected to reach […]

FCC

A Fight Over The Broadcast Flag

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From the AP:   WASHINGTON – A U.S. appeals panel challenged new federal rules requiring certain video devices to have technology to prevent copying digital television programs and distributing them over the Internet. U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards told the Federal Communications Commission it “crossed the line” requiring the new anti-piracy technology in next-generation […]

Bert and Ernie

V Cast Killer App … Bert and Ernie!

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A wonderful comment from Paul Marcum, VP/GM Interactive Media Group at Sesame Workshop:  Hey Shelly! You missed at least one V Cast killer app — programming that doesn’t need to be hi-res, is easily differentiated, completely enjoyable in short form, whose content can be location/context sensitive (numbers at the bank, letters at the mall, healthy […]

Steve Ballmer

Viva La IPTV!, says MS topper to the French

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Greg Levine reports: No “freedom fries” here: For all the excesses of the supposed Franco-American rift of late, at least two entities are overcoming the transatlantic gap. Microsoft and French electronics giant Alcatel inked a deal to market their Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) solution to global broadband purveyors around the world.   The Yank software […]

Paris Hilton's Sidekick Photos

Paris Hilton’s Sidekick Photos

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And so, courtesy of Gizmodo, I bring you photos from Paris Hilton’s T-Mobile Sidekick II.  Ahh … the simple pleasure of browsing someone’s personal information on the world wide web.  With no effort you will be able to search the Internet using Google, Yahoo! or practically any search tool and find the complete contents of […]

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