Monthly Archives: February 2013
So for a long time, we’ve been talking about the mythical meteor that was going to hit the TV industry and wipe out all the dinosaurs. Because there didn’t seem to be a logical out to the situation we were in, where everyone was making money and no one wanted to rock the status quo. Which left prognosticators like me talking about the meteor, the “something” that would happen and cause change in the industry. Only we couldn’t figure out where that meteor would come from or what it would look like. Then suddenly this morning, the meteor appeared. I’m talking about the lawsuit that Cablevision filed, asking the court to void the late 2012 carriage agreement they signed with Viacom because Viacom had “coerced them” by “threatening to impose massive financial penalties” unless they complied with Viacom’s demands.” There’s a wonderful irony in this too, given that it was Viacom who successfully shut down Cablevision’s TV Everywhere play back in … Continue reading
With the proliferation of second screen applications and social media, television networks have at their disposal more tools for innovation than ever. However, while networks are beginning to experiment with these tools they have been slow to adopt, says KIT Digital’s Global Lead Analyst, Alan Wolk in an interview at the Beet.TV executive retreat earlier this month. Wolk says, “The TV industry is not hurting—it’s actually the opposite. It’s doing better than ever. People are watching more TV, the networks are making more money and so, when you have a situation like that, there’s really no incentive for them to innovate. Why fix something that’s not broken?” READ THE REST AT BEET.TV
KIT digital has launched a new app for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system that will enable viewers to access the 4oD video-on-demand (VOD) service. The UK’s fourth largest broadcaster says that it commissioned KIT digital for its experience and knowledge of the 4oD architecture to develop the new app, which was the first UK VOD app to be made available on Windows 8. KIT digital had already developed a similar app for the Xbox 360. “Channel 4 recognises that its audience expects to be able to access its programmes on the platform of their choice, at the time of their choice,” explained Mark Christie, chief technology officer of KIT digital… READ THE REST AT RAPID IPTV NEWS
KIT’s Global Lead Analyst Alan Wolk appeared on the Brian Lehrer Show last week along with Lost Remote blogger Natan Edelsburg and Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggens. Topics included the reaction to Netflix House of Cards, Netflix business model and the general future of television. The clip starts at 30 minutes and 30 seconds into the show.
In an announcement so expected it seemed almost anticlimactic, Intel finally fessed up that they were indeed building a virtual MVPD and its companion device. The venue, the Wall Street Journal’s D: Dive Into Media Conference, was as puzzling as the tone of the announcement itself, which took the form of an interview All Things Digital founder Walt Mossberg did with Erik Huggers, the Dutch-born project lead. Huggers spent the entire interview prevaricating. About the only statement he made without adding a weasel was “I am Dutch.” The rest was just one waffle after another: he couldn’t announce the name of the “consumer electronic device” Intel was introducing, other than to admit it wouldn’t be named “Intel.” He couldn’t say whether content deals were in place or who they were with. Just a purposely ambiguous “We are working with everyone right now.” Whatever that means. In a nod towards the Theater of the Disingenuous so common to the tech world, Huggers actually tried … Continue reading