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How Google Can Win The TV Wars

April 17, 2009

Last night I saw Seal in concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and as I watched and heard some songs which I didn't like, I pictured myself clicking the thumbs down button on Pandora - the user-configurable online radio station which allows you to choose which songs you don't want to hear. The ability to choose what I listen to and watch - via DVR technology has transformed the way we want to consume content and this unprecedented flexibility continues to shatter media consumption habits.

The idea is not lost on Shiva Rajaraman, a senior product manager for YouTube who says, "We think the prime-time slot of the future is very much user-programmed." Shiva is absolutely right and this concept is a natural evolution of user-preferences blended with content delivery systems which will allow us to watch what we want, when we want.

I have discussed the idea of having Pandora become the conduit for video in the past and while the company obviously has technology which allows users to experience new music of a similar nature to other songs they like, it will take time and lots of money for Pandora to become the TV of the internet.

TMCnet for iPhone, Asia, Jobs, Cable, Satellite and More

April 15, 2009

As TMCnet has expanded I have to admit it is tough to keep track of all the sites we have which can help you in your job. To that end I decided to take a moment and list some of them which you may not be aware of. I thought this entry made sense as I have received some comments about how TMC should launch some of the sites listed below. This shows me there are just so many things we do that our 2-3 million unique visitors each month may not be aware of.

Skype IPO Coming

April 14, 2009

It seems that Skype will go IPO in the first half of 2010 and although some think this news is a ploy to get Skype founders to pony up more than the $1 billion they originally proposed, I think the IPO route makes more sense for a number of reasons. You see the company is a perfect play for this economy - it lowers long distance costs and also allows video, rich IM and social networking.

In addition, the world's largest internet telephony software company recently launched a SIP trunking plus service which shows it is serious about the business market... And there is growth here.

eBay Unloads StumbleUpon, Skype Next?

April 14, 2009

Heading Over to CTIA Soon

April 3, 2009

TMC Builds You Online Communities

March 26, 2009

Many people in the communications space have asked me recently what TMC's secret is. After all, we are in the toughest media environment of our lifetimes and we produced our best show ever and have more paying customers online than at virtually any other time in our history.

The answer may lie in a bit of luck and some skill. The lucky part is we built our first online community for a customer about a decade ago.

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March 25, 2009

Skype Does SIP Trunking

March 23, 2009

Skype announced today that it is getting into the SIP trunking business by allowing native SIP calls to be connected directly to its network allowing enterprise communications systems to communicate seamlessly with Skype's network of users. During the Beta period, calls are carried at current Skype rates.

What this news does is take out the middleman. There really is nothing new in this release as this exact functionality has been available from companies like VoSKY, Skip2PBX, Pika and even Digium/Asterisk.

Managing Telecom Expenses Becomes More Important

March 22, 2009

At a time when the world is tightening its belt but still using broadband and wireless services like they are going out of style, you might imagine an increasing portion of companies would be interested in managing telecom expenses. And if you think about it - with companies cutting travel budgets and utilizing technology to substitute for air and other forms of travel, it makes sense that broadband and telecom costs could increase while headcounts shrink.

During the recession of the early nineties telecom costs decreased

more or less in lockstep with business activity and headcount. Nowadays this is far from the case as companies further look to reduce costs with hosted solutions which they used to run locally. In addition, there is an increased focus on accessing information everywhere - via phones, netbooks and smartphones.

Hotel Broadband Issues

March 22, 2009

One of the most maddening parts of traveling for me has to be finding hotels which have adequate bandwidth. Generally you have to learn the good properties from bad via trial and error. For those of us used to continuous and fast broadband access, having to wait for a computer to respond due to poor hotel connectivity is frustrating beyond belief. In this economy, many of us need to be more productive than ever and often work efficiency is directly related to speed of information access.

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