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March 11, 2010

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We are in full swing with our tradeshow schedule for 2010! We had our team covering bases for CSTB in Moscow, Andina Link in Colombia and CABSAT in Dubai. Now, we’ve all complained about tradeshows – they are costly, require a large amount of company resources to make them successful and can be murder if you don’t have the right footwear. But at the end of the day, it provides us with a great opportunity to meet with customers, partners and prospects and have meaningful conversations about their conditional access and content security plans.

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October 30, 2009

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My compliments to Andrew Glasspool and his colleagues at Farncombe Technologies for two important, closely argued white papers published this year that are barometers of the changing times we live in.

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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 16, 2009

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Seems that I wasn't persuasive enough in my discussions at IBC 2009 with Ben Schwarz at VideoNet where we talked about extending pay-TV models into Internet delivery. Overall, I'm happy to be described as living in an alternate reality where sites like today's Hulu do not represent the entire future of video services.

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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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