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How to Manage the Spectrum Gold Rush? Money and Science

In the shadow of wireless technology advancements lays the basic foundation on which all transmissions rely: the electromagnetic spectrum. It doesn’t usually get a lot of attention but that makes it no less valuable. It is so valuable, in fact, that recent U.S. spectrum auctions for its use (such as the AWS-3 auction) gathered tens […]

The Hybrid TV Vision: Is Common Sense Advancing?

You’ve been invited to a party. The invitation promises a horn of plenty filled with all your favorites (including the premium stuff) and also the individual favorites of your friends, family, neighbors and fellow citizens. In fact, everyone gets anything they want, at any time they want it, from this horn of plenty. Sound too […]

Why Knowledge is Power in Uncertain Times

As the sands shift beneath the foundation of the television business, the smart management of this inevitable change is critical for traditional TV providers. Change is coming from all directions—new distribution competitors and content creators; the evolving content-licensing landscape; and new rules from policymakers and regulators. Profound change is at the door step of every […]

Tech Giant IP Love Fest? Probably Not

Battles among today’s big dogs of high tech can create some pretty dramatic headlines. This is particularly true for intellectual property battles—especially when those battles come with multibillion dollar price tags and the threat of product-distribution injunctions. One bad judgement or verdict can send stock prices plummeting and execs running for cover. It’s a lot […]

How an Amazon Acquisition Will Change the Video Market

Remember when media company acquisitions were the sexiest business deals? Viacom buys its former owner CBS. Disney acquires Lucasfilm and gets all the Star Wars toys. OK. It’s a much smaller deal (reportedly $500 million), but the recent announcement that Amazon Web Services is buying video-encoding youngster, Elemental Technologies, may not seem to be all […]

Why the Future of TV Business is Not a Fight Between Broadcast and Unicast

Today’s “win or lose” prism, through which many view the TV business, needlessly discounts a future where there is a hybrid of broadcast and unicast delivery. Headline skimmers and industry partisans feed on tasty, but empty, predictions of utter defeat for all forms of broadcast delivery and superhero-like domination of Internet delivery. However, there is […]

Video Compression Business is Dull: Think Again!

Two recent events are causing the sands to shift underneath the otherwise stable world of video compression: the introduction of a new video compression technology and a second patent pool for the latest MPEG/ITU standard, HEVC/H.265. Although unrelated, both events could collectively serve to destabilize the next critical step in the evolution of the TV/video […]

Curious Changes Coming in the Video Encoding Business

All these TVs, set-top boxes and gadgets with IP addresses are blowing the cob webs out of a business model or two. Traditional pay TV providers are scrambling to hang on to customers amidst the streaming video surge, appliance makers are pondering if consumers really want their smartphones to talk to their dishwashers, and now […]

Smartphone Patent Wars: Is There a Sequel?

As China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) wraps up its investigation into the licensing and intellectual property practices of Qualcomm, there may be another smartphone intellectual property squabble way out on the horizon. As the Apple/Samsung patent war raged, developed markets become saturated with smartphones. Now suppliers are looking to developing markets like China […]

HEVC for non UHD Content: Not Sexy but Excitingly Steady

The casual video-market observer can be forgiven for thinking that the latest version of an MPEG video compression standard, HEVC, exists only to enable the fledgling Ultra HD market. As companies like Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung well know, the latest MPEG/ITU video compression standard will serve a much larger and less glamorous purpose than delivering […]