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Comcast Newsmakers on Broadband

Some cool communication stuff from NASA!

I get excited when I see technology in use that may revolutionize the way things are done.  This one is a laser that can shoot info from the moon to earth at speeds of 622 Mbps.  Take a look at the video below and weigh in on how this could be part of our communications future at home.

Comcast Newsmaker’s Interview

Interview with Comcast Newsmaker’s – August 2013

Comcast Newsmakers: Conversation with Andy Huckaba Councilman Andy Huckaba

Source: http://www.comcastnewsmakers.com/video/councilman-andy-huckaba/

 

Citing: “How Bad is the Spectrum Crunch”

From an article in PC Mag – a fascinating Infographic about the Spectrum Crunch. It tells the story of the incredible growth in the mobile industry and the stress on the spectrum, and most importantly solutions that could benefit us all.   The article may be found by clicking on this link: Infographic: How Bad is the Spectrum Crunch?Infographic: How Bad is the spectrum crunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More on Net Neutrality – The other side

After my last post on Net Neutrality, I received some feedback from one of my friends who is in governmental affairs for a major service provider. He pointed me to some very thoughtful articles on the subject and I wanted to share them with you.

FCC’s Republicans: New broadband rules would ruin credibility, have global impact

FCC Web Rules Create Pushback

What Does the FCC’s Proposal Mean and Who Wins?

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Responds to FCC Chairman’s Statement on Net Neutrality

Boehner to FCC: Keep the Government’s Hands Off the Internet

HATCH BLASTS FCC DECISION TO ABUSE EXISTING REGULATIONS TO STIFLE INTERNET INNOVATION

Net Neutrality: A Tax on the Internet

Proponents of net neutrality had better think again

Thanks Chris for your input. I encourage everyone to look at both sides of the argument and look forward to hearing your feedback.

-Andy

Net Neutrality – What it means

The Net Neutrality discussion is getting hotter. The following short article from PriceWaterhouseCoopers gives an overview to the discussion and conflict between the likes of Google and AT&T. It truly is a battle of the giants!

https://communicationsdirectnews.com/do.php/130/40076?5923

How do you feel about this?

-Andy

The National Broadband Plan

Last week the National Broadband Plan (NBP) was released by the FCC. I have a special interest in this plan due to my work on the Information Technology and Communications committee for the National League of Cities.  On December 2007 our committee released a resolution calling for a National Broadband Plan. See my post http://www.finitytech.com/wordpress/?p=75 with the resolution.

Now that the plan is finally out, people are reviewing, criticizing and applauding it. One article that does a good job understanding the aspirational nature of this plan can be found at http://connectedplanetonline.com/commentary/national-broadband-dreamin-0324/

Excerpt:

The NBP asserts that broadband is the first 21st century national infrastructure play, on par the with grand projects of the 19th and 20th centuries — the transcontinental railroad, rural electrification, universally available telephone, radio and television services, and the interstate highway system.

If you are really interested in finding out more, go to http://www.broadband.gov/ with lots of information, FAQs, and detailed looks at the NBP

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

-Andy

Stats on Web-to-TV

An article from marketingcharts.com indicates:

The number of US broadband households accessing web-to-TV content will leap to 24 million – and generate $2.9 billion in revenue from streaming services by 2013

See Web-to-TV Will Penetrate 24M Homes by 2013

This article ties with my last post The Future of Television

The Future of Television??

Just finished reading a Forbes article by Sramana Mitra titled The Future of Television.  She talks about the future business model for television content distribution. She correctly points to a world of video on demand and visits the challenges for ISPs, cable, phone and satellite companies.

The shift that has happened is that consumers now have the control. Their options have increased dramatically and they don’t have to play by all of the old rules.

Visiting my son in his loft in Lawrence Kansas, I saw the beginning of a new wave of content viewing. He has a high speed broadband connection, a Mac-Mini, a 47″ LCD HDTV, a wireless keyboard and mouse and a mini-remote to interact with the Mac-Mini. He is using Boxee.tv which is in alpha to serve up the content.

From boxee.tv:

on a laptop or connected to an HDTV, boxee gives you a true entertainment experience to enjoy your movies, TV shows, music and photos, as well as streaming content from services like Netflix, MTV, Pandora and flickr

What I saw was a very clean interface allowing the user to navigate to various media providers (HULU, Pandora, YouTube, CNet, etc.). Using the mini remote, you can easily go to categories, programs, movies, pictures, music and many other options. The program also allows for a social network where you can see what your friends are watching. The integration of all of these features is quite good for an early stage service.

 

Netflix interface for Boxee.tv

Netflix interface for Boxee.tv

 

 

Going into the video section, especially for TV programs, the list is exhausting. It is in alphabetic order allowing you to select a starting letter on the right side of the screen to see programs beginning with that letter.  There is a search function assuming you know the name of the show.  I found the search and navigation a little overwhelming and lacking. I’m not sure how much of this is my pre-programming to think about channels and not about programs.

Some of the content was not as clear as hoped for, but I suspect this will improve over time.

 

Video Sub-Menu on Boxee.tv

Video Sub-Menu on Boxee.tv

 

 

The dramatic shift is away from channels and to content. The tool needs more refined search and categorization. I do think it offers so much more and gives the user complete control. 

The maturation of services like Boxee.tv and HULU will leave many considering dropping their cable, boosting up their broadband speeds and going to a complete “on-demand” environment.

I look forward to your comments and insights.

 

-Andy

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