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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.

Telecompetitor: IBC 2012 – Clash of Four Second-screen Titans

Posted by & filed under Cisco, Conferences, Middleware, Motorola, Multi-screen, Nagra, Telecompetitor, Viaccess-Orca

Here is the second of two articles about IBC 2012.  At IBC this year, I was on the lookout at the intersection of TV software – which has always been my focus – and multi-screen delivery.  Two product categories enable multi-screen services: service delivery platforms and video gateways.  Some suppliers have ent...

Telecompetitor: IBC 2012 – Multiscreen, MPEG-DASH, Ultra HD…

Posted by & filed under Conferences, Devices, Multi-screen, News, OTT, Telecompetitor, TV Everywhere

This is the first of two posts about the 2012 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam.  As an analyst, I’m just as interested in the macro-level trends as I am the individual vendors and products.  So let’s look at a couple of those trends.  If OTT and 3D television were the big news a couple......

Telecompetitor: AT&T Brings U-verse Second Screen Apps and Social TV into Focus

Posted by & filed under Apps, AT&T, Developer, Multi-screen, Telecompetitor

AT&T announced additional second-screen and social features for its U-verse IPTV service a couple of weeks ago. Judge for yourself whether its U-verse App is an increasingly handy virtual Swiss Army Knife of sorts or whether it might instead be bordering on bloatware… Read the rest of this article on the Tele...

Telecompetitor: Google, Apple, Pay TV Gear Up for IPTV Ecosystem Battle

Posted by & filed under Apple, Blog, Devices, Google, Google TV, Multi-screen, OTT, Telecompetitor, TV Everywhere

Everything seemed so tidy and settled six months ago. A growing new conventional wisdom acknowledged that pay TV is, in fact, not only moving to Internet protocol, but also, that the titans of pay TV had all but won the day over ‘Web video.’ This sense of complacency was disrupted when Google made a trio......

Microsoft Surface might find a niche

Posted by & filed under Blog, Devices, Microsoft, Opinion

Yesterday (June 18), Microsoft announced a new Surface. Unlike the original Microsoft Surface – now called PixelSense – a horizontally-oriented 40 inch table-top touch-screen that functioned as a kind of interactive kiosk, this one is a type of tablet. On first glance, the new Surface looked like the Bizarr...

Telecompetitor: Microsoft quietly launches new TV platform?

Posted by & filed under Apple, Blog, Mediaroom, Microsoft, Middleware, Multi-screen, Opinion, Telecompetitor

If you’re reading this blog, chances are that electronic games are not your focus – and they aren’t mine either. So you may have missed what could turn out to be the latest iteration of Microsoft TV unless you happened to be paying attention to Microsoft’s SmartGlass announcement at the E3 game conference last ...