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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.

AT&T Looks to Extend iPhone Contract

April 15, 2009

Countless friends and business associates are interested in getting an iPhone but don't want to use the AT&T network. In fact when giving people advice on phones to purchase - if I do mention the iPhone I always have to warn them of the AT&T network. Regardless of AT&T's marketing regarding more bars in more places and the best coverage in the world, the AT&T Wireless network is simply not as good as Verizon Wireless.

Verizon knows this and keeps investing in its network to make sure it doesn't fall behind.

Pimp My Phone

April 14, 2009

The Upcoming Era of Deep Telephony Personalization and How Tellabs Wants to Help Carriers make it Happen

As the global population grows it seems the desire for each of us to do things differently from others will only grow. Just as this trend is responsible for billions of dollars on fashion spending, millions of tattoos and custom cars, expect it to take over the worlds of tech and telecom as well. Don't believe me?

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.

Surgeries Move to Twitter

April 13, 2009

In a world where it has become commonplace to digitally detail the events of our daily lives, it should come as no surprise that operations are being Twittered live. Most recently Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center announced it will will broadcast a bi-lateral knee replacement surgery April 16, 2009 at 9:00 EST. If you can't get enough of bloody surgery on TV, this Wisconsin-based hospital will let you take it with you LIVE! Here are the links...

Too Much User Generation, Not Enough Monetization

April 13, 2009

YouTube will lose just under a half a billion dollars in 2009 and the problem is the massive volumes of user-generated content which are difficult if not impossible to monetize. Going forward, YouTube may need to change business models where it either charges a subscription for usage or shows only high-quality content. A great article by Silicon Alley Insider (get your dictionary out first) goes over the situation in detail. What can we learn from this story?

Should Skype Get Sold to its Founders?

April 13, 2009

The talk of the weekend in the world of IP communications is whether Skype would be better off in the hands of original founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. You see, the New York Times is reporting the pair is interested in acquiring the VoIP software company from eBay who says there are few synergies between Skype and its current business model.

What Skype would gain from such a deal would be the addition of the legendary leader Niklas Zennstrom as spokesman. There is value in having him keynoting as the company's head.

Who is Bidding on Nortel?

April 7, 2009

According to the Wall Street Journal, there are a number of companies vying for pieces of Nortel. The LTE research and carrier groups may go to Nokia Siemens Networks or NSN if the JV between Nokia and Siemens has its way. NSN sends my editorial team news of a win a day from around the world but few of these are in the US. This acquisition would help cement the joint venture as a true global player with much more strength in North America.

Nokia Says WiMAX is Wireless BetaMax

April 5, 2009

BetaMax is an interesting technology for Nokia to compare WiMAX to because both technologies end in the last three letters but does it go farther? After all, many will tell you BetaMax was superior to VHS in picture quality, tape wear, system design and convenience of use. Interestingly though LTE is a newer standard and borrowed many ideas from WiMAX and can be considered superior in a number of ways.

Most importantly though is device support. Mobile broadband is in extreme demand and gadgets like smartphones are more important than ever.

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