Brightcove Launches Broadband Internet TV Service

About a year ago I interviewed Jeremy Allaire Founder and CEO of an interesting new company called Brightcove that had ambitious plans for launching an internet television offering built around various ad supported and pay per view models for delivering both mainstream as well as lots of more successful niche long tail content to viewers [...]

Don’t Believe the Hype, Why HD-DVD Players Suck the Big One

Hands-On First Impressions: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player at The Man Room: Welcome to the most confusing mismarketed over-hyped and jumbled new technology in years. High Definition DVD! Ohhhh, ahhhhh, ohhhhh. Ok, so I was there with the best of them this year at CES and boy were they hyping this HD-DVD stuff. Blu-ray too, but since [...]

CozmoTV: Welcome to Television 2.0

Tuesday afternoon I had an opportunity to spend a few hours with Alex Rowland, founder and CEO of TV Technology upstart CozmoTV to demo their latest TV technology package for TiVo and talk about where the future of TV is going in the next few year. Although Alex and his partner Jason Solinsky are a small [...]

iTunes, One Billion Suckers Served

[OPINION] Crank up the old PR and spin machine. Apple today announced their one billionth iTunes download today. The song? "Speed of Sound" by Coldplay. "Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from [...]

Will Xbox 360s and Other Media Center Extenders = Lost Revenue for TV Providers?

Brian Hoyt over at Infinite Abyss has a post out on a question he has about Media Center and its Extender technologies in the near future. Basically, Brian wonders if the satellite and cable providers will change their pricing models to reflect the fact that someone could use a Media Center PC in their home [...]

Chris Lanier: Stop Ignoring Small OEMs, Microsoft

Well as I reported earlier based on my dinner with Microsoft's Jim Allchin in order for Vista Media Center PCs to include CableCARD support they will need to be certified as a final OEM product. Central to this certification is what Allchin referred to at our dinner as a "protective path." At that meeting Jim [...]

Sony May Offer a Standalone 200 Disc CD/DVD Changer for Media Center

Previously I've blogged about the new Sony XL 1 Media Center PC. Perhaps the most exciting thing about this new PC is that it includes a 200 disc CD/DVD changer where you can load your discs and play them through your Media Center PC. While many will be interested in the unit as a place [...]

Fred Wilson on the Future Delivery of Media

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures has an interesting post out today on the fantasy of all media free any where at any time vs. the pragmatism of how it will most likely need to work for content owners. Below is an excerpt of his thoughts: We are witnessing a seismic shift in the distribution of [...]