Blog articles from 07/2009

As someone who gets paid to write well (I hope), I think that Twitter is the beginning of the end of Western civilization. The Verizon folks decided to ignore my opinion, however, and they're integrating tweets and Facebook into an updated Widgets Bazaar . The social networking feeds add more content to the Widgets that already included ESPN Fantasy Football, customized news, traffic, and weather, and horoscopes. The Widgets Bazaar is being launched as an open development platform. In...
 
by | Jul. 15, 2009
Tags: home network, set top
Report profiles key players in Residential Energy Management, analyzes new opportunities for companies in the Smart Grid value chain-- With over eight million smart meters already deployed in the U.S., the market for residential energy management (REM) has taken the first significant steps in deploying Smart Grid technologies and advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) on a broad scale. The recently completed report, Residential Energy Management: Company, Alliance & Technology...

Blockbuster and Samsung have announced that Blockbuster OnDemand will be available on select connected HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems starting this fall. I talked to a Los Angeles Times reporter yesterday about the deal, and was told that Samsung does plan to offer connected Blu-ray players and home theater systems with both the Netflix and the Blockbuster online services. However, today's release from Blockbuster indicates that Blockbuster OnDemand will have...
 
by | Jul. 14, 2009
Tags: Blu-ray, smart TV
Since I updated the Netflix connected CE devices, here's a list of the devices where the Amazon Video On Demand Service is available: Xbox 360 (content must be downloaded to the PC first) TiVo Roku Digital Video Player Sony BRAVIA TV Panasonic VIERA CAST TV
 
by | Jul. 13, 2009
Tags: connected CE, OTT, set top, streaming

Now that Sony BRAVIA Internet Video Link TVs can show Netflix streaming content , it's a good opportunity to revisit the connected CE devices playing Netflix content. Connected TVs LG HDTVs with NetCast Broadband (55LH50, 47LH50, 42LH50, 60PS80, and 50PS80) Sony BRAVIA Internet Video Link Connected Blu-ray Players LG LG BD370 and LG BD390 Samsung BD-P1600, BD-2500, BD-P3600, and BD-P4600 Connected Game Consoles Xbox 360...
 
by | Jul. 13, 2009
Tags: Blu-ray, connected CE, gaming, set top, smart TV
Brightcove has announced that Fox Latin American Channels has chosen to build its online VOD service on the Brightcove platform. Brightcove is enabling Fox Latin American Channels to deliver more than 800 hours of premium, advertising-supported, long-form video content in Spanish and Portuguese from some of the network's most popular shows through its Mundo Fox portal ( http://www.mundofox.com and http://www.mundofox.com.br ). In the short time since launching the new online VOD...
 
by | Jul. 13, 2009
Tags: online video, OTT, streaming

We've been watching for any cable moves into the home networking space, and it appears that we have a North American first. Rogers Cable is about to deploy DOCSIS 3.0 N gateways.
 
Rick Cotton, EVP and general counsel of NBC Universal, will share his insights on digital media and broadband business developments in a keynote address at SUPERCOMM 2009, a Parks Associates supported event. Cotton’s keynote presentation on Friday, Oct. 23 will address the critical need for cooperative efforts and dialog between technology companies, content developers and media distributors to build sound business models to ensure the market's continued innovation and fiscal...


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