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RCN Selects KIT digital to Develop Streaming Media Initiatives

KIT_digital_logo.jpgKIT
digital
has been selected by RCN
Television
to provide a variety of online video and audio solutions for their
television and radio assets. RCN is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ardila Lülle
Organization, a leading regional, diversified conglomerate based in Bogotá, Colombia.
KIT digital has contracted with e-nnovva, the recently created new media division
of RCN, to provide proprietary technology to host live streaming, video-on-demand,
and live audio content in both short and long formats for RCN’s network of TV and
radio stations. KIT digital’s “VX ” digital asset management platform will provide
RCN with best-of-breed customer-facing functionality as well as wide-ranging capabilities
for RCN to proactively create new channels and sub-channels, geo-blocking features,
advertising integration, and other interactive marketing programs.

Carolina Angarita, general manager of e-nnovva and head of new technologies and business
development at RCN, said, “We look forward to working with KIT digital on the development
of our new media programs. KIT digital is highly regarded for its expertise in providing
innovative technology and timely support, which will help us continue to be the leader
in our markets. We are delighted to have KIT digital partner with our management team.”

Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, chairman & CEO of KIT digital, commented, “We are immensely pleased
to be working with RCN and the Ardila Lülle group. RCN produces many of Latin America’s
top TV and radio programs, and we are confident our company can assist the group in
becoming the leading distributor of new media programs in its markets. RCN has a strong
reputation for innovation in television production and distribution technologies,
and the creation of the e-nnovva subsidiary underscores what we hope will be a long
working relationship with KIT digital.”

“This partnership with RCN represents an important step forward for the Latin American
business at KIT digital,” continued Ivan Arias, KIT digital’s head of business development
in Latin America & the Caribbean. “We are very excited about what the rest of 2008
brings in the region, as our clients in Latin America continue to benefit from KIT
digital’s multilingual and multicultural approach to the IPTV solutions business.”

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Project V – The Last Leg

The old 80:20 rule really applies to software development (the last 20% takes 80% of the overall timescale of the project). The last leg seems to be the longest, and this is proving to be the case for Project V. As ever this is a combination of developers under-estimating and clients (that’s me) over-specifying (oh, and changing their minds. I really should know better..).

The trouble with software development is that the metalanguage around it suggests that it is a science. In reality, it is an art. An iterative process where craft is at a premium. At the same time, producing code is an industrial process involving different roles and responsibilities. An industry where an idea takes ten seconds and realising it takes ten months. And also an industry where your product is never complete, there are always revisions to make.

So, during our long, hot summer, things are moving slowly to their conclusion. I am sanguine about the prospects for the Project since the actual product is becoming better and smoother every day, ideas are being refined and it will not only be the most cost effective, but also potentially the best, product on the market when it is fully released.

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Unlevel Playing Field

The disparity between the regulations that broadcasters in the UK, such as ITV, and Google trade under are truly ludicrous. You either regulate video content or you don’t. YouTube’s self regulation is laughable, but that’s the nature of unmoderated content. Now it seems that the legislators are waking up to this.

This is a long standing issue – are ISPs responsible for the websites on their service, or are publishers responsible for what their authors write?

Personally, I believe that there’s a simple measure for this. Any party benefiting commercially from the provision of content (not services) should be regulated. YouTube should be brought under Television Without Frontiers regulations.

And this isn’t an issue isolated to the UK; there is an increasingly long list of countries where YouTube has been banned. But there is a dark side to this. I reckon that the only reason more countries haven’t blocked YouTube is that its influence is not yet significant, but this may change and there is a danger of political censorship overtaking moral censorship.

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France Telecom posts 76% growth in IPTV subs in H1

France Telecom posts 76% growth in IPTV subs in H1
July 31, 2008 – France Telecom had a total of 1.54mn…

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Telefónica passes 2mn pay-TV subscribers worldwide in Q2

Telefónica passes 2mn pay-TV subscribers worldwide in Q2
July 31, 2008 – Telefónica reached over 2mn pay-TV customers by the end…

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