By Alfred Poor • Nov 20 2008, 2:00pm
A new administration, and everything changes.
Barack Obama has already announced that his weekly radio address to the nation will also be filmed and then posted on YouTube.
If nothing else, this is a president who understands communications in the 21st Century.
In fact, he’s already started using the Democratic weekly address as an opportunity to [...]
By Alfred Poor • Oct 10 2008, 1:00pm
The IPTV camel has inched its nose a little further under the tent.
You might find PBS and Microsoft to be unlikely partners — especially centered on a video gaming console like the Xbox 360 — but the two have come together to offer PBS programming on the Xbox LIVE service.
You might be as [...]
By Alfred Poor • Sep 16 2008, 1:00pm
Thomas Jefferson once wrote “The best defense of democracy is an informed electorate.” The Internet could be a positive or negative force in this regard.
On the one hand, it makes it too easy to only hear from those sources that agree with youon different subjects.
On the other hand, the full spectrum of political [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 31 2008, 1:00pm
This week, NBC and the NFL announced that Sunday Night Football will be streamed live on the Internet on NFL.com and NBCSports.com.
Ironically, the first game will actually be on Thursday, September 4; if you’ve got a broadband connection, you’ll be able to watch the Redskins and Giants battle it out on the gridiron.
By Alfred Poor • Jul 29 2008, 1:00pm
Residents of the Big Apple will now be able to get their daily dose of fiber — fiber optics, that is — thanks to FiOS TV.
Verizon announced yesterday that the service is now available to residents in 108 neighborhoods, with a capacity of 300,000 subscribers.
By the end of the year, the company plans [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 15 2008, 1:00pm
How would you like to watch television programming from around the world on your regular television? There are many sites that make it easy to access streaming video from the US and other countries on your computer, but one of those sites — WhereverTV — is now offering a set top box for your broadband [...]
By Alfred Poor • Apr 18 2008, 1:00pm
As you may know by now, I’m a big proponent of video content delivered over the Internet, though I don’t have a clear vision of just what method — or methods — will win out eventually.
The big news from Sony comes from a posting on their Playstation.Blog that is attributed to Peter Dille, Senior [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 28 2008, 2:00pm
A news story in the Wall Street Journal last week reported that Verizon was having problems with a shortage of HD set top boxes for its FiOS television service.
FiOS is the company’s service that provides telephone, high speeed broadband Internet, and television to homes over .
The problem appears to be that Motorola has not [...]
By Alfred Poor • Feb 26 2008, 2:00pm
As many readers are aware, I’m a big fan of IPTV which some people call “Next Generation Television”.
I’m convinced that it will reshape how we watch video.
In fact, it already has; consider YouTube.
But some people wonder if it’s a practical solution.
Well, consider this.
According to a recent issue of The Bridge, the [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 30 2008, 2:00pm
Regular readers of the HDTV Almanac know that I’m a big proponent of what the Internet will do for video entertainment.
The ability to watch what you want, where you want, when you want is a powerful development that will change everything.
It’s easy to suppose such a position in theory, but it’s even better [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jan 3 2008, 2:00pm
According to MultiMedia Intelligence, about $24 billion will be spent for advertising on the Internet this year.
You may find that to be surprising, but how about this? Of that total, about $1.6 billion will be spend on US Internet video advertising.
One dollar out of ever 15 spent on Internet advertising will go for [...]
By Alfred Poor • Nov 14 2007, 2:00pm
Why do I think IPTV is going to be such as big deal? Maybe it’s because I can’t resist checking out what’s playing on the “B Movie” channel on Shoutcast TV, even though it’s a small image and horribly over-compressed.
Or maybe I think that Lynne & Tessa are really funny.
Or maybe it’s how [...]
By The HT Guys • Sep 21 2007, 1:00pm
Recently, Kevin from Wright City Missouri sent in an email asking us if we had heard anything more about any Microsoft plans for IPTV using their Xbox360 as a platform.
Way back in January, Robbie Bach, president of The Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division, showed the IPTV service at CES and since then we have not heard much more about it.
At that time they said the service would be availa ...
By Alfred Poor • Sep 17 2007, 2:00pm
Something new and different happened at the Emmy Awards last night.
Al Gore won the first “interactive television services” Emmy for the cable network, Current TV.
The the tie to Internet TV is that the content includes a mix of professionally produced and user-submitted content.
You can watch the viewer-contributed content and vote on [...]
By The HT Guys • Aug 21 2007, 1:55pm
It seems like the concept of IPTV or Internet video or downloadable movies comes up almost weekly on the HDTV Podcast.
We're excited about the idea that one day we'll be able to just queue a Netflix movie and have it download straight to some sort of STB or HTPC.
Hopefully it will be at least DVD quality.
But getting the movie selection of Netflix or Blockbuster, without having to wait for a DV ...
By Rodolfo La Maestra • Aug 9 2007, 8:02pm
As with every year, this report reviews the state of HDTV technology for consumers, its implementation, government affairs, and the industry behind it.
This year, in addition to this report, I have produced a more comprehensive Industry Edition distributed by Display Search (almost 600 pages).
On this Consumer Edition, I concentrate most of the material on what the readers of the HDTV Magazine usually devote more interest to: HDTV hardware, especially TVs.
Additionally, to round up the presentation, I provide a brief review of the main subjects related to DTV.
However, due to space considerations, the full coverage of those subjects, such as digital connectivity, multi-channel audio for HD, content protection, satellite/cable/broadcast, IPTV, DTV implementation, etc.
will be released in separate editions.
By Alfred Poor • Aug 9 2007, 2:00pm
Not all technology advances that take hold in Japan make it across the Pacific to the United States, but in many ways, the country is a bellwether for what we can expect to see next.
And if TV Portal Service is any indication, IPTV may be a significant factor over here sooner than we might [...]
By Alfred Poor • Aug 1 2007, 2:00pm
Internet Television, aka IPTV: do you watch it? If you’ve every watched a YouTube clip, the answer is yes.
And as I’ve mentioned here, the delivery of video content over broadband has the potential to be incredibly disruptive to the existing television broadcast systems, from the studios that generate the content to the networks that [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 19 2007, 2:00pm
Would you be surprised to find that worldwide, 300 million consumers watch ad-supported or subscription-based broadband video content on the Internet? A report published earlier this month by ABI Research predicts that this number will soar to nearly 1 billion by 2012.
The company expects that broadcast television content will continue to be supported by [...]
By Alfred Poor • Jul 18 2007, 2:00pm
A recent survey by iSupply reveals that nearly two out of three consumers want their televisions connected to the Internet.
I find this to be a curious result, because most people don’t have TVs connected to the Web so why do they think they would want that?
iSupply’s answer makes a lot of sense.
Consumers are [...]