With the hype at an end, mobile TV operators are now facing up to a reality that far from matches the expectations
Just last month, I had the pleasure of visiting the Network Operation Centre of Unitymedia in the small town of Kerpen.
As tens of thousands of consumers flock to the halls of the Messe Berlin for the consumer electronics show IFA, confusion still reigns about the future of digital television in Germany.
The other day we received a press release from NBC Universal claiming an enormous success for their Sci-Fi and 13th Street channels in The Netherlands.
Once upon a time there was a thriving music industry, some of the record companies were even called ‘majors’. But when confronted with new technology they decided to stick their heads in the sand rather than embrace new opportunities.
In the past week, rumours on the web suggested that the online video portal Joost was up for sale. The company itself of course said they do not comment on such rumours, while on their blog we can read how well the site is doing. But is it?
During the session “Monetising Content in the Digital Age” at the Cable Congress, we witnessed an interesting exchange of words between Parm Sandhu, CEO of Unitymedia and Rich Ross, president of Disney Channels worldwide.
Mobile TV – is it ever going to happen? Last year was said to be the year of Mobile TV in Europe with the Summer Olympics and the Euro 2008 football championships as the main audience pullers. It was not to be.
When the “HD-DVD” camp gave up the format, we expressed our doubts whether the surviving Blu-ray standard would win the war. Yes, the battle was won, but the war is far from over. This past week we noticed two small news items to support our theory:
The race is on for the best way to connect the regular TV set to the web in a way any consumer can understand. The issue is really about who will control the screen when you switch on your set to watch television.