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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hacktivision YouTube Round-Up Jan 30, 2012

Aymar Jean Christian, who co-edits the new Hacktivision blog on the future of television, has a nice round-up of the site’s recent discussion of YouTube.  It’s worth checking out if you’d like a sampling of what’s going on on the … Continue reading

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"There's one exception [to Microsoft's advertising slump], however: Xbox. The marketing structure for that brand seems to be the model for Microsoft's marketing reorganization." Jan 23, 2012

—Kunur Patel, “Microsoft Reorganization will Shift Marketing Power Further into Product Groups” Just as an aside, one of the interesting things to me about Xbox and other gaming consoles, when it comes to connected television, is that unlike many electronics … Continue reading

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Stats on the MegaUpload Shutdown Jan 21, 2012

GigaOm has collected these stats from Arbor Networks showing the hefty decline in traffic to the portions of the Internet that routed traffic to MegaUpload in the hours following the seizure and shutdown of the company’s sites—which included popular video … Continue reading

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Ryan Lawler on Windowing Jan 20, 2012

Ryan Lawler has an excellent post up at NewTeeVee on what he sees as problems with windowing—the practice in film and TV distribution of making content available for limited times in different venues.  The piece not only contains some nice … Continue reading

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Can Newspapers Learn From Netflix? Jan 19, 2012

The venerable Nieman Lab has an interesting post today by Ken Doctor, who writes a regular column there on the economics of news media.  He makes the rather interesting assertion that news agencies should copy aspects of Hulu’s and Netflix’s … Continue reading

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"[TV sets with facial and voice recognition technology are] all very exciting to the world's biggest advertisers…who spend billions on TV advertising but really don't know who's in the room when their ads air." Jan 19, 2012

—Michael Learmonth, “Soon Your TV Will Watch You, Too” Back in 2005, trade journalist John Battelle imagined a world in which targeted advertising had come to television.  And while TV is still a long way from having mainstreamed the business models he envisioned, trade … Continue reading

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Headed to Phoenix for ICA 2012 Jan 16, 2012

Just a note to say I’m accepted to ICA 2012.  See you in Arizona. 🙂 [Clip: “Arizona Desert Sunset” by Dustin Farrell]

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Boxee Stays in Its Box Jan 16, 2012

At the end of January, Boxee is killing its desktop application, which will bring to a close one of my favorite chapters in the world of connected television.  Built on top of XBMC, an open-source software application that turns your … Continue reading

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What I've Been Up To Jan 16, 2012

The posting tempo has slowed around here lately, and if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, well a few things: (1) Getting settled in the new job. (2) Working on research loose ends following my dissertation. (3) Starting a … Continue reading

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CES and the Tele-Technological System Jan 10, 2012

As is becoming increasingly common, the Consumer Electronics Show has sent a tidal wave of news stories and press releases roaring into my RSS reader, full of information about the latest inventions aimed at changing the way we watch television … Continue reading

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