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May 24, 2011

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ast month, we conducted a Light Reading webinar on Multiplatform Content Protection: How to Secure Content Everywhere, hosted by Carol Wilson. During the session, Tom Pollard and I explored the new requirements for effective rights management and content protection in a multiplatform world.

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March 16, 2011

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Last year I wrote about the growing importance of HTTP Live Streaming at IBC. It was pointed out to us that although adaptive rate streaming was gaining in importance, it was “ridiculously low” in terms of relevance when considering its potential to transform our industry, Things have certainly changed in the last six months.

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December 17, 2010

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iTunes offers a handful of apps that allow subscribers to watch live TV on their iPhone or iPad. But just browsing through the selections, and more importantly the reviews, it seems live streaming TV to a mobile device has not yet been perfected! Most apps are aimed at niche audiences, require additional hardware to view the video or simply provide an inferior playback experience due to unreliable bandwidth to properly stream the video. I’d argue the biggest impediment to perfecting these apps is content. The biggest impediment to gaining the rights to content is content security.

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September 17, 2010

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I was going to start with the same sentence as last time when returning from the IPTV World Forum in London: “sitting at a cafe in Heathrow airport sipping a cup of very good coffee…” But since the IBC 2010 was in Amsterdam, I had to say goodbye to The Netherlands by indulging in a portion of poffertjes. (If you don’t know what they are, you have not really explored the country).

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September 11, 2010

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The standardization and deployment of HTTP-based adaptive rate streaming is likely to alter the current digital TV framework of managed network vs. Internet delivery.  We feel the open approach of Apple’s version of HTTP streaming and the popularity of the iPhone and iPad along with its growing list of video-based apps, has become a major force of market adoption. Please visit Videonet's Official IBC Blog to read more. And stop by our IBC booth - 4.B84!

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July 11, 2010

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ere is the second portion of our interview with Editor John Moulding who recently completed the “Supporting the ‘any screen, anywhere’ video consumer,” report now available on Videonet. We tackle the drivers behind whole home video, current definitions of "cloud-based TV" and the technical challenges that operators still need to overcome to meet consumers' expectations. You can find the first interview here.

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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 8, 2010

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As we head into summer, Internet TV remains a hot topic among network operators.  Over the next few weeks, we will explore the OTT opportunity, the challenges associated with Internet TV services, and how we think the adoption of more open standards can help bridge the gap between those challenges and opportunities. Read Post #1 The Latest OTT Opportunity: Connected TV here.

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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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June 2, 2010

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As we head into summer, Internet TV remains a hot topic among network operators.  Over the next few weeks, we will explore the OTT opportunity, the challenges associated with Internet TV services, and how we think the adoption of more open standards can help bridge the gap between those challenges and opportunities.

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