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

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?

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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...

AT&T 2015 Developer Summit and Hackathon: the network as the platform

Posted by & filed under Applications, Apps, AT&T, Cisco, Cloud Services, Developer, Devices, Digital Home, News, Operators, Security

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As the 2015 CES conference fades (already!) in the industry’s rear view mirror, it’s worth recognizing how much occurs during CES week, but not at CES itself.  Apple famously casts its long shadow each year, since Apple products are surrounded by a large halo of aftermarket offerings, but Apple (the compan...

The mobile service provider’s opportunity for quality and continuity in the Connected Car

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Every decade has seen generational advances in technology. The 1980s were the decade of enterprise communications and the local area network. The World Wide Web became a consumer phenomenon during the 1990s. In the 2000s, it was IPTV, which has led to today’s multiscreen delivery. Each of these saw a greater numb...

Aereo loses. Who wins?

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Aereo, the Barry Diller startup that was delivering local over-the-air TV programming to online and mobile app users, has been deemed illegal by the United States Supreme Court.  The Court’s majority opinion was that Aereo is similar to cable TV, and is therefore subject to the same copyright obligations.  We s...

And now a word from our target demographic…

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My older son (28) doesn’t watch much TV (on a TV) unless he’s visiting his parents.  Otherwise, it’s online, occasionally.  More likely, he’s on Reddit, which is usually more fun and interesting.   A few years ago, when he was visiting, I was working late and I noticed an unread email out of...