tvstrategies™ analyst & consultant Steven Hawley blogs about industry events, products & services (reviews), his opinions and announcements from tvstrategies as they occur, including industry reports.

TV and Online Video: Boom times in India

Posted by & filed under News, Operators, tvstrategies

It’s an easy trap to fall into: to be so distracted by goings-on in what have traditionally been the world’s largest pay TV and online video markets that we miss what’s going on in the rest of the world. Case in point is India.  Five to ten years ago, it was easy to dismiss India... Read more »...

FCC publishes Net Neutrality details, opposition mounts

Posted by & filed under fcc, Net Neutrality, News

Behold! The Underminer!
On March 12, 2015, the FCC published its 300-page-plus Net Neutrality ruling, titled In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet: Report and Order on Remand, Declatory Ruling and Order. As expected, Republicans in Congress immediately threatened to undermine it.  US Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), Ch...

Is TV having a dialectical moment?

Posted by & filed under Blog, Competition, Content, DISH, Opinion, OTT, Sony

As counter intuitive as it may seem, the emerging range of online video services might give pay TV subscribers little incentive to cut the cord, reunite existing cord-cutters back with pay TV, and even start driving would-be cord-nevers to adopt pay TV. The conventional wisdom about OTT has been that the cost of online...

FCC declares Net Neutrality

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Today’s Net Neutrality declaration by the FCC is unquestionably the most important telecommunications policy decision thus far in the 21st century.  In recent weeks, it had become increasingly clear that this would be the FCC’s direction. There had been doubts, given FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s previous assoc...

A Fox in MLB’s hen house?

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During baseball’s off-season, only the true baseball fanatics and baseball insiders watch what’s going on with the sport.  Otherwise, most people limit their attention to the players being signed by their local teams or perhaps players that their rival teams are signing, but mostly are just waiting for the...

FCC soon to rule on Net Neutrality…

Posted by & filed under Blog, broadband, CenturyLink, Competition, fcc, Net Neutrality, Operators, Opinion, TV Everywhere

Update 11 Feb 2015:  The majority of FCC’s five commissioners are always of the party of the sitting President.  So when FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai exclaimed: “I have studied the 332-page plan in detail, and it is worse than I had imagined,” it was no surprise, as Mr Pai is one of the two Commissioners.....

DISH: Skip the Big Game, watch just the commercials!

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Each year, not only is there a lot of hype about the NFL Super Bowl, the advertising is always part of the entertainment.  So when DISH Network announced that it’s invoking Reverse AutoHop – inverting the commercial-skipping feature of its Hopper home media gateway to skip the game, so you can watch ONLY t...

Will Windows 10 signal a new willingness to play nice?

Posted by & filed under Microsoft, News, Opinion

Microsoft launched Windows 10 this week, the first Post-Steve-Ballmer Windows “dot-oh” release.  My first impression was positive, followed by “meh” followed by tentatively positive, followed by caveat all-of-em. My initial positive impression was because Microsoft has proactively moved past th...