Archive | Video phones

Capped America

Failed presidential candidate John Edwards once spoke of “two Americas.” While Edwards was making an economic pitch, his message, with a little temporal updating, could just as easily apply to the market for data. In one America—that of residential broadband—most users enjoyed unlimited data and zero restrictions. In another America, mobile broadband users faced tight […]

What the Olympics Tells Us About the Future of Broadcast TV

The Rio Olympics have come and gone. Several swimmers aside, the U.S. unquestionably had a stellar Olympic games, capturing the lion’s share of medals. But while athletes and coaches will be picking apart their performances for weeks to come, TV analysts have turned their eye to another post-mortem: How were the ratings? The short answer: […]

Why Smartphones are the Initial Products on HEVC Rollout Timeline

Nearly three years since the first HEVC smartphone was launched, the mobile phone industry is driving the high volumes of devices that operate with HEVC/H.265. You might not know it given all the focus on HEVC’s enabling of UHD products and services. The mobile industry moves a lot more smartphones than the consumer electronics industry […]

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 […]

If You Build It, They Will Videophone

Monday February 8, 2010 – Stewart Wolpin Avatar‘s success is stoking 3D HDTV excitement, but another, more profound technological and sociological change is about to engulf the living room: the videophone. Yes, futurists have been prognosticating ubiquitous videophones since, well, since futurists have been prognosticating; in 1964, the Bell System actually initiated a short-lived video […]