SOPA under fire from all sides

Wikipedia, the world’s fifth most visited website, has today replaced its English language pages with a holding page in protest against controversial anti piracy legislation currently making its way through the US Congress.

For 24 hours, Wickipedia’s global English-language pages have been replaced by a landing page explaining the issues surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). If passed, the legislation could “fatally damage the free...

By Matt Henkes, 18 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Government, Industry, Licensing, N America.

Upside Opportunities for Multi-screen Video Offerings

According to the latest market study by MRG, Inc., small and independent Pay-TV operators will introduce Multi-screen Video (MSV) and Mobile TV services by 2014 -- after they introduce infrastructure upgrades and whole-home DVR. Those findings are based upon the results of a survey sent to over 600 telecom network service providers and video systems vendors. “All of the elements, from adaptive bit streaming to the widespread adoption of the tablet and smartphones to licensing rights, are in place for multi-screen to be a standard part of many...

By David H. Deans, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Devices, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

Americans Viewed More Than 5.6 Billion Video Ads

ComScore released data showing that 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in August for an average of 18 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions. August marks the first month of rankings for comScore YouTube partner reports, for a comparison of viewership across thousands of channels. The data also revealed that video music channels VEVO (60.6 million viewers) and Warner Music (30.9 million viewers) assumed the top two positions. Gaming channel Machinima ranked third with 17.7 million viewers, followed by Maker...

By David H. Deans, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, N America.

Is Content King or is it Platform?

The adage about content being king is absolutely true and the precipitous drop in the value of Netflix shares related to losing Starz programming reminds us that distribution can be considered a distant second to content. This is true because the world has flattened with the advent of broadband meaning any content provider can stream directly without the need for cable companies or telcos to take a cut.

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By Rich Tehrani, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Browsers, Consumers, Content, IPTV, Smart TV.

Selling your Privacy Evolves with Amazon Silk Browser

amazon-kindle-fire.pngAmazon's new Silk browser bundled with its new Kindle Fire will leverage it's own servers for browser proxying meaning that all the websites you surf will go through the company's cloud-based servers. Although browser proxying is not new, it has been used in the Skyfire and other browsers. Its general benefit is allowing web sessions to speed up...

By Rich Tehrani, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Browsers, Consumers, Content, Devices.

Kindle Fire turns up heat on competition

Amazon has finally unveiled its new colour tablet, the Kindle Fire, as it prepares to lock horns with a number of industry leaders on various fronts in what is a ferociously competitive market.

The new device, already being touted as stiff competition to the market dominance of Apple’s iPad, will be available to purchase for roughly $300 less than the cheapest Apple equivalent.

Kindle is already a well established brand, with the new Fire model standing on the shoulders of several generations of popular...

By Matt Henkes, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Industry, Marketing, N America, Wireless.