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November 1, 2010

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As we see the marketplace for video services evolve, we are coming to believe that a more complete understanding of patterns of content consumption and interaction has the potential to reshape digital TV delivery. From the perspective of today’s environment, I don’t think anyone would argue that detailed subscriber behavior and usage data could be instrumental in enabling more focused and engaging content across multiple platforms.

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August 13, 2010

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DECE recently launched the consumer brand Ultraviolet as the next step in its mission to eliminate digital media distribution silos - and make rights management for media transparent to consumers, with freedom to use and transfer purchases across devices. There are many industry pundits that are skeptical of this initiative – for all the reasons people are skeptical of any industry consortium.

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June 30, 2010

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We are very proud to underwrite Videonet’s latest industry report, “Supporting the ‘any screen, anywhere’ video consumer,” which provides an in-depth exploration of current whole home video approaches available as they are developing. The home networking debate has existed for quite sometime. However, as new technologies emerge, such as adaptive rate streaming, standards become mainstream and broadband penetration reaches new heights, this topic is relevant now more than ever.

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June 7, 2010

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There is a wave of reaction and analysis around the Google TV and VP8 announcements, and I hope this doesn’t simply add to the noise level.   From the point of view of revenue security, I get the impression that rather than uniting the world behind a common (OK, supposedly free) codec, Google is really driving a wedge between commercial content and user-generated content (or at least not fee-based content).  

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May 13, 2010

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IPTV Market Leader Reportand we are pleased that we have maintained our global number one position for the eighth consecutive reporting period. Plus, we remained number one for Europe and Rest of World and was the only company to rank among the top four in each region globally.  We are very proud of our continued growth in IPTV. We feel we have been able to keep this top spot for several reasons.

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April 6, 2010

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itting at a cafe in Heathrow airport after the IPTV World Forum and sipping a cup of very good coffee, I am pondering over my impressions from the show. It is a fascinating and very fragmented world. Too many components, too many dependencies, too complex integration and most likely an involved customization effort. (I saw this echoed in some of the show's official blog posts.)

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October 21, 2009

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Traditional pay-TV operators have always been highly focused on revenue security by way of theft of service prevention – for two main reasons. Subscriber fees are obviously a significant revenue source and piracy through theft of service is very prevalent, particularly in certain markets CASBAA for country-specific piracy rates). Smart cards were really the only solution available back in the one-way broadcast days and content protection was certainly a secondary objective.  Compare that with IPTV operators.

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October 20, 2009

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At the recent Television 3.0 conference in Los Angeles, I was pleased to find some fresh and interesting perspectives on mobile TV from execs at CBS Interactive and their mobile TV partner Transpera.

They set out to dispel some commonly held “truths” regarding behavior on consuming mobile TV based on current research.  For me, it added up to the fact that people are using mobile devices to extend their normal viewing habits, around and outside the home.

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October 11, 2009

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I got a warm reception this week at the STB 2009 conference in San Jose where many speakers were presenting on the convergence between pay-TV and Internet delivery channels. Also see Jeff Vinson's blog write up. On the topic how to live in a multi-DRM world, I presented it as a challenge from both a technical and a business perspective.

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September 29, 2009

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Are Internet video services, such as Hulu and the iPlayer, a threat to established pay-TV operators? The jury is still out.  While pundits insist that a significant number of current pay-TV subscribers will stop their monthly payments and go wholly broadband, some surveys suggest that overall we are just all watching more video from all sources!

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