December 18, 2014
We are lucky enough in San Diego to have a very active networking scene for the technology community – including our very own CommNexus organization, which hit the ball out of the park last week with an excellent primer session on the “Internet of Everything." IoE is about pervasive connectivity and communication between people, but more importantly autonomously between everyday devices and processes.
December 11, 2014
News of a major pirate site seizure and takedown greeted attendees of the Content Protection Summit 2014, auspiciously kicking off a day of discussion focused on security and content protection. The importance of data security from production to was at the core of the day’s discussions as experts used this year’s tumultuous security landscape as a teaching platform to identify common vulnerabilities and areas for improvement.
December 10, 2014
Three years ago, a dam was breached. The White Salmon River dam in southern Washington State had been in place for more than 100 years, providing hydroelectric power to nearby communities. Time passes, technology marches on, and new ideas take the place of old. The dam’s decommissioning makes for a spectacular video, and of course video is the theme of this blog.
November 26, 2014
During our lively Multi-network Forum at AfricaCast 2014, I was lucky to interview Richard Alden, Wananchi Group CEO who explained how the company’s popular Zuku TV service is gaining market share by fulfilling the demand for high-quality, affordable entertainment throughout East Africa. I’ve created a summary to get a glimpse of Wananchi’s network strategy.
November 20, 2014
November 17, 2014
The next five years will bring forth more changes in the industry than we’ve seen in the past two decades. Among several factors reshaping the pay-TV landscape, the rapid rise of Netflix and online video platforms was a hot topic during the panel discussion. Although it may seem that companies providing content at lower costs can pose significant threats to more traditional pay-TV offerings, the general consensus of the panel was that they encourage positive change in the industry, challenging providers to reinvent their products in order to meet changing customer demands.
October 12, 2014
I recently had the pleasure of writing an article for Streaming Media about the shift to software-centric and IP-based technologies. While each part of the pay-TV ecosystem has its own unique requirements, considerations related to revenue security remain a top consideration in the evolving design of these next-generation delivery systems.
October 10, 2014
At SCTE’s Cable Tec Expo in Denver last month, I had the pleasure of presenting a session on "Navigating the Transition to All IP Video Delivery” as part of a workshop on the DRM Evolution – What it Means to You. It is becoming increasingly clear that operators would prefer not to rely on two disparate delivery silos for QAM broadcasts and IP services, and that they also want to use available cable plant bandwidth in a more flexible manner.
October 8, 2014
October 7, 2014
In the last of our three-part blog series from our Multi-network Forum at IBC 2014, I focus on the contributions of Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President at NeuLion. Delivering no less than 47,000 live sports events to every connected device in and out of the home, NeuLion is fueling a fundamental change on the way the content is being consumed. Arguably the most valuable (expensive) asset that operators or programmers can buy, it is, according to Chris, the only appointment fans are going to keep.
October 1, 2014
In this second post of a three-part series from our Multi-network Forum at IBC 2014, I highlight some of the key points discussed with moderator, Nigel Walley and panelist Ron Paans, Technical Director at M7 Group. Despite operating multiple brands, across multiple networks, markets and ecosystems he still manages to sleep well at night!