Archive | Internet video

How Dish’s Sling TV Explains the Mystery of Apple’s Missing iTV

Dish rocked the recently concluded CES show with the announcement of Sling TV, an over-the-top (OTT) video service that delivers a lineup of linear channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. The service offers access to this content on mobile platforms, […]

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 […]

Big Data Tackles the Multiscreen Video Quality Challenge

During a panel at the NAB Show in April, Hui Zhang, the CEO of the multiscreen video analytics firm Conviva noted one of the challenges of the streaming age: as the quality of video streaming over the Internet has steadily improved, our patience for buffering has diminished even more rapidly. While video providers have made […]

What Intel’s Retreat Tells Us About the Pay TV Industry

So that’s just about that. After announcing to the world that it was preparing an over-the-top video service to rival Netflix, Intel has now signaled in the press that it’s looking to bail. Specifically, reports have surfaced that Intel wants to sell its video service (dubbed OnCue) to Verizon or possibly Liberty Media. According to […]

Are Cord Cutters (Finally) Here?

The traditional pay TV market has taken a turn for the worse in the United States. Cable TV operators continue to bleed subscribers, collectively shedding roughly half-a-million subscribers in the last quarter. Satellite operators, which had managed to hold and grow their subscriber base at the same time that cable was losing ground, have also […]

Stream Dream or Nightmare?

It’s been a rough summer for streaming music services. In June, singer/songwriter David Lowery penned a blog post titled, “My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million Times and All I Got Was $16.89, Less Than What I Make From a Single T-Shirt Sale!” Lowery’s piece went on to describe how “terrible” streaming music royalties […]

Disconnected Connected TV Data

Suddenly schizophrenic TV makers have no idea and too many ideas about what they’re trying to sell, a condition brought on by TV makers seeking ways to escape their commodity/low margin trap. But this product schizophrenia is creating an extremely confusing market – consumers have no idea what they want because they can’t understand the […]

UHD’s Chicken-Egg Catch-22

New media technologies always present a chicken-egg conundrum. Usually, the Catch-22 is content v. hardware – why would anyone buy the hardware if there’s no content, but why would anyone produce content if no one is buying the new hardware? This was the content/hardware conundrum faced by HDTV, for instance. Broadcasters were hesitant to produce […]