Multiscreen rights and wrongs

Multiscreen distribution was the dominant theme of last month’s IBC in Amsterdam, writes Stuart Thomson. Multiscreen distribution has been on the minds of TV industry technologists for quite a while now, with interest supercharged by the iPad and its imitators. The success of the iPad – a surprise to many who were skeptical that Apple […]

Centralisation v localisation: is there a choice?

Robin Kroes calls for an ‘and/and’ solution of a central and local mix to meet the ever-more complex needs of channel playout. Broadcasting has always been a challenging profession, but at least on the choice of centralisation v localisation, life used to be simple. In the tape-based world, with most channels operating in single-markets only, […]

The Googorola dilemma

The marriage of Google and Motorola Mobility raises a number of intriguing possibilities, writes Kate Bulkley. Several years ago the verb ‘to Google’ entered the dictionary. It meant finding something online, generally by using the world’s most popular search engine site.  But the recent US$12.5 billion (€8.7 billion) acquisition by Google from Motorola Mobility, which […]

Twilight of the moguls

The News Corp phone hacking scandal, Silvio Berlusconi’s troubles and the death of Leo Kirch signal the end of an era in media, writes Kate Bulkley. They  have had a good run and made tons of money, changed the course of broadcasting history and crushed competitors with their power and vision. But 2011 sees the […]

Transforming TV

Companion devices have the power to transform the TV experience, but the TV ecosystem will need to evolve to meet the challenge, writes Simon Woodward. It’s hard to imagine a world without our mobile devices – handsets, smartphones and tablets are now run of the mill tools that we rely upon, connecting and interacting with […]

Surfing the waves of change

The message from CTAM Europe and EuroSummit 2011 to the industry is surf the waves of change: timing is the key to staying on top, writes Krisztina Homolay. The main challenge to the cable industry is clearly competition; with fixed and mobile services converging, and the widespread takeup of wireless, telecoms providers are now offering […]

Safety from the storm

“Cable’s recurring revenues means that debt is easier to finance…which means cable can more easily afford to continue to invest in network upgrades.” When  the world is struck with uncertainties and the global financial markets get a case of the jitters, the markets have a strategy called “flight to safety” and one such destination that […]

The barbarian invasions

“Hostilities have begun, but much of the cable industry seems to be in denial – and some see it as merely a light skirmish, one that the opposing side will lose when they recognize the power of their opponent.” There’s a war going on. Haven’t you heard? The cable and satellite industry is under attack. […]

Nets get together

“Some major TV companies have found another piece of broadcasting turf where they are putting aside their differences and linking arms in support of each other – the online catch-up TV domain.” Whenever two big business rivals stop fighting  and start working together, you know something important might be about to happen. Broadcasters occasionally team […]

BT and Sky play the field

“It is clear that Sky’s moves have upped the pressure on BT Vision to make its new sports bundle work. Thank goodness then that it is not just the Sky Sports package that BT has in its offensive arsenal.” In the UK, some of the biggest football stars have moved off the field and onto […]