Broadcasting: “a unique service unavailable anywhere else in the media ecosystem”

By now, it should be clear to all that what some people still call “new media” are NOT sounding the death-knell for TV. A wealth of information and research seems to be indicating that TV as we know it is actually benefiting from the proliferation of new ways of consuming content…which stands to reason, really, since people want to watch something other than reruns of “I Love Lucy” and broadcasters are the people who know how to create compelling content, however it is delivered.

Anyway, all this is prompted by the comments filed earlier this month by the NAB as part of the US  Federal Communications Commission’s annual survey on the state of video competition. The FCC’s  Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming – is required every year by Congress, and this year the NAB took the opportunity to bang the drum for traditional broadcasting, which it called “a unique service” which no other part of the media sector can deliver.

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Your tumble-dryer…your wine-rack…what’s the future for connected devices?

Following the news that there will be 15 BILLION internet connected devices by 2015, the horizon of what those devices actually will be is expanding rapidly. TVs, PCs, phones, tablets, of course…but according to a new article from Katia Moskvitch, the BBC’s Science and Technology reporter, you could soon be getting emails from your fridge, tweets from your pot-plant and texts from your central heating system…and that’s just the start!

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A million minutes of video watched online every second by 2015

That’s what Cisco predicts…along with the fact that by 2015 there will be 15 billion net-connected devices in circulation…twice the world’s population!

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The 10 top TV Technology trends of 2010

It’s that time of year again…after all of the Christmas cheer, and before we buckle on the armour again for the start of the New Y ear, it’s time to reflect back on the year that has passed and figure out… what actually happened?

The TVNewsCheck website has just published its choice of the top ten technology trends of the year…and while it is is quite US-oriented, there’s a lot in there that is relevant worldwide…

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Three ways TV has changed everything

Seth Godin again…but this time saying some thought-provoking things about television…and how it has revolutionized our lives in three separate ways…

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The death of TV as we know it?

A very interesting article in the Toronto Star today, speculating on the societal aspect of modern media consumerism.

An extract:

“It is the contention of theorists that the digital era has ushered in a new sense of consumer-based community: That fans not only now drive the form and content of popular culture, they cohere into virtual communities only made possible by digital networking.

This is the sunny side of television’s 21st-century evolution. The shady side sees the opposite: the fragmenting of the TV universe is symptomatic of a fragmentation of social relations and the blurring of boundaries between public and private. Social networking and virtual communities are contradictions in terms, and the most insidious thing about digital culture is that it seems to connect while actually isolating. Real community is lost and with it something irretrievably essential to human experience.”

Read the whole article here.

The 5 most important television technology trends

“My life, and my career in modern broadcast engineering, is a mere blip on the radar screen of eternity.”

That philosophical statement comes from Craig Norris in a rather reflective article  in TV Technology in which he identifies what he sees as the five most important broadcast technological trends as we enter 2011.

It’s certainly worth a look...

10 predictions for News Media in 2011

What will be the trends for journalism, especially electronic media journalism, over the next year?

A fascinating analysis from Mashable.com predicts that in 2011, the focus on mobile will continue to grow with the launch of mobile- and iPad-only news products, but the greater focus will be on re-imagining the approach to the open social web.

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3DTV – A briefing from the EBU

The public perception of  3D is predominately determined by cinema experiences.

In spite of this, consumer electronic manufacturers are promoting 3D as the next big desirable viewing experience in the home.

Where does that leave broadcasters? What should be their appreciation of the 3D TV buzz?

The EBU Study Group on 3D TV has produced a fresh briefing document to help broadcast managers make sense of 3D TV.

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Mobile video consumption on the rise…but it’s still tiny

Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) has called it a day with its Flo TV mobile TV venture, gaining only 1 million sign-ups – but not necessarily permanent users – in its three years of operation.

But the wider picture of mobile video sounds a little more encouraging: figures to be released by Nielsen later today indicate that the number of people watching all forms of mobile video in the U.S. has increased by 43 percent over the last year, and people are watching for longer, too.

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