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John Solit

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May 6, 2015


INTX: The Internet & Television Expo

Providers Declare, "It's All About the Customer"

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May 6, 2015

CNBC’s Juila Boorstin had the unique opportunity this morning to sit on the General Session stage and get direct, unfiltered feedback from five cable provider CEOs. Cablevision’s James Dolan, Cox’s Pat Esser, Liberty Global’s Michael Fries, Time Warner Cable’s Rob Marcus and Charter’s Tom Rutledge all took a seat and fielded questions on how television consumption is changing, the role of regulation, and the ever-evolving broadband marketplace.

Top of mind for both the audience and the panelists was FCC Chairman Wheeler’s comments delivered just moments before they took the stage. “Baffling” was the word used by Michael Fries to describe the recently enacted Title II regime. He noted how it seems as if regulators are delivering “presumptions of guilt and punishment for success” to the industry. The panelists and audience seemed to agree.

The discussion quickly shifted to a more positive industry look at how people’s consumption habits are changing. Boorstin asked about the future of smaller programming packages and the changing way customers are consuming video content. Fries informally polled the audience on whether they use TV Everywhere apps and about thirty percent raised their hands. “Last year it would have been ten percent.” All of the panelists took an opportunity to explain just how dedicated they are to delivering content the way customers want it. “We embrace OTT,” the panelists agreed. Rob Marcus added, “It’s a great application of broadband and we welcome it and try to facilitate great experiences for our customers.”

Touching on the copyright controversy of live streaming apps like Meerkat and Periscope, Charter’s Tom Rutledge said content must be protected in order to retain its value. Rutledge noted that we’re in an age where we can all “keep content and move it around the world instantly.” He noted that if companies don’t secure their content and protect it, in the end it “won’t be worth much.”

On the changing behavior of viewers, Cox’s Pat Esser pointed out that when they look at consumer video habits, they’re seeing more content consumption on more platforms than ever before. “Whether its DVRs or TVE apps or VOD. As long as I’m connecting customers to the things they care about, I’m OK.”

What was most apparent during the discussion was the panel’s shared commitment to creating a great customer experience.

See below for a full video of the panel discussion:


INTX: The Internet & Television Expo

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Previews Slick New X1 Features [VIDEO]

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May 5, 2015

Comcast’s Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts unveiled a slew of new experiences and services for its XFINITY X1 Platform at the INTX General Session this morning.

Roberts demonstrated the brand new voice controlled remote, showing the audience how you can find programming simply by speaking to your TV. You can search for fun facts or other things you would typically look up on another device while watching a show and get results instantaneously right on the screen as you watch. There’s also new features that easily segment out content suitable for children and another that sets a playlist based on a show you’re watching – all through voice-activated commands.

The XI interactive TV experience also now links to the XFINITY Home products. For example, one function allows users to be notified if someone is at their front door and can let them in, as the screen splits between the TV content and the home services. To help increase linkability between XFINITY Home products and Internet of Things manufacturers, Roberts also announced Comcast partnerships with various companies, including Lutron, Nest and August Lock. These partners’ devices will be directly linked into users’ Comcast X1 services.

Comcast also unveiled the Gigabit Home Gateway – a slick new device that will enable multi-gigabit speeds and support IP video technology. The package comes with a “mini me,” smaller device for extra Wi-Fi coverage throughout the house. This is a first of its kind for Comcast – integrating phone, Wi-Fi, and integrated home automation and security all in one device. Roberts said these will be available across the entire Comcast footprint by the end of 2016.

And wrapping it all up, Roberts gave attendees a sneak peak into Comcast’s brand new stores, called Studio XFINITY. Comcast is upgrading stores across the country, creating spaces for customers to come and play with Comcast’s new products in a fun and interactive environment.

Watch the full video of his presentation and demo below:

 

John Solit

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May 5, 2015


INTX: The Internet & Television Expo

INTX Intersections Offer an Immersive Digital Experience

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May 5, 2015

Something unique is happening on in the INTX Marketplace floor. Rather than having rows of exhibitors like a traditional trade show, the INTX floor is separated into boulevards, each capped with an intersection featuring the hottest topics in media, entertainment, and the Internet.

The first one you’ll see upon entering the show floor is NAVIGATION. Here, companies like Comcast, Espial, and TiVo are featuring their latest user interface tools. Not only that, but NAVIGATION serves as an interactive guide for the entire INTX experience.

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Head down the boulevard and come across GAMING where you can learn about the platforms and people behind the newest generation of interactive entertainment. See the latest offerings from Augur, Samsung VR, and Stream TV Networks.

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Continue through the INTX Marketplace and you’ll come across TV EVERYWHERE. In partnership with CTAM, the TV EVERYWHERE intersection explores the consumer choice, ease of sign-on, and new measurement and monetization models for the future of watching TV wherever you want, whenever you want, on what ever device you want.

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Next up is STREAMING MEDIA, the hottest topic in digital entertainment. Next-gen digital networks, platform providers, device makers, and the channels themselves are presenting an in-depth look into this incredible entertainment phenomenon. See the latest from ActiveVideo, SlingTV, Vimeo, and others.

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Finally, you’ll find the INTERNET OF THINGS intersection. An oft-referred to new trend, the INTERNET OF THINGS intersection features the latest for your connected home, your connected office, and for your connected life. It also hosts a showcase of some of 2015’s most interesting IoT products.

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These intersections serve as show focal points, offering an immersive way to experience promising technology and new, pivotal ideas. If you’re at INTX for the digital experience, these intersections are for you!

John Solit

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May 5, 2015


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NCTA's Powell and Re/Code's Swisher Kick off INTX Chicago [VIDEO]

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May 5, 2015

After months of planning and hard work and in front of a crowd of thousand both in Chicago and around the world streaming live, Michael Powell, NCTA President and CEO kicked off the all-new INTX with a conversation with Re/Code Editor Kara Swisher.

For Cable Show veterans, seeing top digital news outlet Re/Code’s Swisher taking center stage with Powell to launch the show will be the first sign that INTX is a totally different kind of event. An interview like this is a fresh new approach to General Session presentations giving top industry leaders and agenda-shapers like Powell and Swisher the ability to deliver unfiltered intelligence about the future of media and technology.

Powell and Swisher discussed everything from Net Neutrality to the future of entertainment. Early on, Swisher noted the dramatic changes taking place in the industry. Powell noted that changes, especially the ones represented at INTX, are about “expanding our peripheral vision.” Powell went on to say, “Video has become so much more dimensional and textural. There’s this fascinating intersection of television and technology all brought about by Internet functionality.”

Later in the conversation Swisher asked how Powell felt about new technologies like Periscope and their ability to allow us to stream anything we want from wherever we are. Powell noted, “Disruptions tend to come with an enormous amount of good and an element of bad – like all things. The good is an amazing experience in which you can have dynamic, almost spontaneous experience with people all around the world.”

You can see the full conversation below:

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John Solit

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May 4, 2015


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What You Missed at INTXHACK!

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May 4, 2015

On Friday, 142 contestants joined at 1871, Chicago’s tech and entrepreneur startup space, to compete in the 24-hour INTXHACK hack-a-thon.  Developers were asked to create new, innovative ways to produce, present and experience TV, movies, games and other digital entertainment. In case you weren’t able to be there for all the action, check out our re-cap video….


INTX: The Internet & Television Expo

INTX is an Anywhere, Anytime Experience

@juliannetwin

May 4, 2015

Tomorrow, INTX: The Internet & Television Expo will swing its doors open in Chicago and debut as the digital economy’s must-attend event. It’s our first year of the new INTX and we are excited to see and hear your reaction to this new venture. We know that not everyone can make the trip to Chicago…

John Solit

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May 1, 2015


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3…2…1…HACK!

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May 1, 2015

24 hours from now, INTX kicks of INTXHACK at 1871, Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital start-ups. INTXHACK is a24-hour hack-a-thon where developers will be asked to create new, innovative ways to produce, present and experience TV, movies, games and other digital entertainment. Finalists will be chosen after the challenge and will advance to the INTXHACK…