Monthly Archives: March 2010

Brightcove Becomes iPad-Ready

brightcove_logo.jpgIn a rush to support the upcoming Apple iPad, which does not support Flash media, Brightcove has released a new framework for publishing and delivering online video for HTML5-compatible devices, dubbed Brightcove Experience. The new platform, available free of charge to more than 1,000 Brightcove customers, will enable companies to easily expand the reach of their online video initiatives to popular consumer devices including the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Brightcove customers already taking advantage of the Brightcove Experience for HTML5 solution to produce iPad-ready websites include The New York Times and Time Inc.


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Verizon Halts FiOS Rollouts

verizon_logo.jpgThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon Communications has put an end to their FiOS rollouts, for the time being. The company will no longer be looking for new cities to obtain franchise agreements to rollout the service, but will continue to process existing negotiations with communities. Verizon will instead focus on increasing penetration in cities where their FiOS service is already offered.

Verizon is coming to the end of their $23 billion dollar buildout to support their fiber-optic FiOS service. The buildout was a gamble that came in stark contrast to AT&T’s $4 billion dollar buildout to support their U-verse service. Verizon, however, has laid the foundation for expanding their service’s capabilities (which they have already done) for years to come while AT&T is quite limited in their expansion.

Verizon has told the Street they will have 18 million households on the FiOS service by the end of 2010. That means they need to sign on approximately 3 million new subscribers in 2010.


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Duncan Cable TV Taps GoBackTV for Cable IPTV and VoD

GoBackTV announces that Duncan Cable TV of Wilmington, VT, has selected GoBackTV’s RetroVue system for their upgrade to interactive digital cable. Duncan Cable TV currently delivers 75 channels of analog television, as well as DOCSIS-based, high speed broadband Internet access to 2,800 customers over its 105 miles of hybrid fiber/coax plant. The new services will initially include over 50 channels of HD cable IPTV, Video on Demand, video mosaic, switched multicast, and startover. Duncan Cable TV will also use GoBackTV’s MyRV Portal middleware to provide guide and navigation tools.


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A New Dawn For UK Broadcasting ?

Wow, we wake up this morning to a very different TV marketplace in the UK. OFCOM has told Sky that is needs to reduce wholesale pricing for providing its premium sports channels.

It’s a bold move by the regulator which Sky is already wriggling out of by referring the directive to the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
If they lose, no doubt they’ll create some new channels or put more stuff on the red button in order to preserve their virtual monopoly over top level non-reserved sports in the UK, so maybe the actual impact will be small.
Essentially what this does is create a more level playing field for sports rights, so it’s also a hefty blow to sports organisations and especially Premiership footballers, whose hedonistic lifestyles are paid for directly from the inflated prices Sky pays for sporting rights in order to lock in customers to their broadcast services.
But is it the right move? After all, you could argue that there is a marketplace and ITV or Five could easily bid for the sports right directly. In retrospect the demise of Setanta probably did no good for Sky.
The situation is made more complex by the lack of independent broadcasters in the UK. There are the two PBS operators, BBC and Channel4, there’s ITV and Five, and then there are Fox, BSkyB, Virgin Media’s channels, which are all controlled (or will be controlled) by, yes you guessed it, BSkyB. The UKTV channels are in limbo (I expect their co-owners BBC Worldwide to buy them back and be privatised after the election and become a major new broadcaster).
Perhaps OFCOM would have done better to focus on the number of channels an operators should be allowed to run, or on the practices of the sports federations themselves.
It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out. Certainly OFCOM has created a more level playing field. Whether this is anti-competitive or not is difficult to see at present.


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Acer Aspire Timeline X laptops revealed

Acer has taken the wraps off a new range of Aspire laptops which goes under the moniker of Timeline X.

Like the Timeline, the laptops are thin and light, and come in two different flavours, each with three screen sizes: 13.3 inch, 14 inch and the top end 15.6 inch model.

Power economy is one of the most important factors here, with the range carrying LED displays and low power hard drives to give a claimed battery life of up to 12 hours on some models.

That despite having Intel Core i3 and i5 processors beating at the heart of the lesser model, and the Core i7 in the premium version of the Timeline X.

Further stats include 3GB of memory and hard disk storage starting at 250GB, with extras such as an HDMI port and virtual surround sound delivered via the notebook’s twin speakers. (Can’t imagine that will be of any great quality, but you never know, it might not sound like a bee trapped in an empty baked bean tin).

The Timeline X range should be hitting the shelves in May, and prices will start at £599.

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