Telco TV, Wait And See

Verizon
Verizon and SBC lost a major legislative battle in Texas this week.  They had hoped that they could strike a deal with the state of Texas to roll out their IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) services.  Instead, they will have to do what the cable companies had to do years ago — negotiate municipality by municipality.  Continue Reading →

What is the Internet?

The technical definition of the Internet is fairly unimportant to this thought experiment.  What I want you to think about is the conventional or popular definition.  To non-technical people (which is most everyone) the Internet is a means through which they browse the web and get email.  In their mind’s eyes, they imagine the access Continue Reading →

NAB Floor Tour 2005

NAB Show
The 2005 NAB/Emmy Advanced Media Floor Tour started with an overview of Motorola’s latest offerings.  AMC member, Marty Stein, showed us why you love to say, “Hello Moto!” Next, AMC member and presenter extraordinaire, Steve Jacobs of Sony, gave us an overview of the world of HD television production Sony style.  HDV cameras, $16,000 filed Continue Reading →
Special Agent Jack Bauer
Verizon was in the news again, announcing the launch of V Cast – a new service which provides almost full frame rate video to your 3G cell phone.  The service offers hundreds of feeds from popular content providers like NBC, CNN, FOX, etc.   There is a ton of experimentation going on with the format. Continue Reading →

IPTV Wars Loom Large

Verizon
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 Continue Reading →