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March 18, 2016

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Two significant hurdles need to be overcome before HD quality premium video becomes widely available for mobile users: quality of service (QoS) and security, which turn out to be more closely related than might seem at first sight. This connection between QoS and security is embodied in Akamai’s Predictive Content Delivery (PCD) solutions, which were unveiled at MWC.

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February 17, 2014

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Cable and Telecom Operator Cooperation Fuels India’s Multi-network & OTT Video Growth

Bollywood and cricket undoubtedly remain the key drivers of India’s rapidly developing multi-network, multi-screen TV industry.  From checking stats and facts to watching a game live when the main TV is occupied, mobile TV in India has become a way of life for most of the nation’s 100M+ mobile Internet users. 

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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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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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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!