Disc Media: the Bygone Era of Digital Entertainment

In a few years from now, the perceived need for physical media formats could become a mere novelty, as more multimedia consumption moves online. Until then, there's the continued debate about the future of the Blu-ray Disc format. The name Blu-ray Disc (BD) refers to the blue laser used to read the disc, which allows information to be stored at a greater density than possible with red laser technology used for DVDs. It's not new technology. The first prototype Blu-ray Discs debuted in October 2000, and the first prototype player was released in Japan in April 2003. Its evolution and development continued until it was officially released...

By David H. Deans, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment.

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.

Broadband Customer Premises Equipment Shipments

Across the globe, the increasing demand for wireline broadband Internet access creates the need for additional network infrastructure, and the associated modem and/or router devices that are installed at the subscriber location. In 2Q11, 39.8 million broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) units shipped, a 5.6 percenet increase from the previous quarter and a 13.9 percent increase from the same quarter last year. Total revenues were $1.49 billion, a 3.1 percent decrease from the previous quarter -- and that's down 1.4 percent from last previous year, according to the latest market study by

By David H. Deans, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry.