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The Internet & Television Expo (INTX)

INTX 2015 Exhibitor Spotlight

@juliannetwin

March 30, 2015

INTX 2015 is hosting some of the biggest, brightest names in the Internet and television industry today. But what makes INTX especially unique is the small, emerging businesses that have the great ideas of tomorrow. We had the chance to speak with three of these exhibitors, ContentWise, DOGTV and Gone Viral TV, about what they bring to the TV and Internet ecosystem and why they are looking forward to exhibiting at INTX in Chicago.

We spoke with Neal Schleimer, who is the North American Sales Director at ContentWise. He has experience helping companies deliver and monetize multi-screen technologies, and use big data applications to monitor user behavior.

What is ContentWise?

We’re focused on improving the user experience through recommendations and discovery based on consumers’ personal viewing habits and profile. We’re about understanding the customers, knowing what they like, and being able to deliver them the content that they want.

What initially attracted you to INTX?

I think part of it is as you have changed your name from The Cable Show to The Internet & Television Expo, you understand the relevancy of the new distribution models that are taking place where it’s not just through the MVPD but people are looking at different ways of getting their content to consumers.

What are you most looking forward to at the show?

From a professional point of view, we’re looking forward to the broad depth of people that we’re going to be able to connect with, those who are in the evaluation stage as well as those who are the decision makers. And, what’s important is that we’re not just meeting those types of people, we’re also meeting the people that have the content and programming and are trying to get that content out, whether through aggregators of content or through traditional distribution. And everyone is looking at various models that are going to allow them to best reach their customers.

 

dogtv

We spoke with Gilad Neumann, CEO at DOGTV, who oversees and manages the company’s international activities and creates and develops DOGTV’s long-term business strategy.

What is Dog TV?

DOGTV is a digital TV network designed for dogs offering programming 24/7 scientifically developed to improve their quality of life and to treat the separation anxiety and loneliness that dogs suffer when left at home alone all day.

What are you hoping to get out of INTX? 

We’ve been in the U.S. market for over a year, and we’re currently available on DIRECTV. But we’re trying to expand to more TV platforms to get our product inside as many dog-owning households as possible. We also want to get in front of programming executives and fill them in on what we’re doing. We think it’s time for us to be more mainstream with the smaller and the larger MSOs.

What are your 2015 goals for DOGTV?

Our goal is to launch with two additional large MSOs and as many smaller ones as we are able to. Internationally, we are planning to penetrate South America and launch in China. 

Any plans for CATTV? 

Research shows that cats are less social and not as worried about being left at home, so it’s not seen as big a necessity. But at the same time, a lot of cat parents have sent us videos of their cats watching DOGTV and they do enjoy it. So who knows! Once we are able to take over enough of the market, perhaps we will.

 

goneviral

We spoke with Philip Corke, who is the General Manager of sales, marketing and business development for Gone Viral TV.

What is Gone Viral TV?

Gone Viral TV is a linear TV channel that airs the very best of the Internet, commercial free, currently serving the Caribbean region. We source permission for example, from the top YouTube videos and put them into a traditional TV format that airs 24/7 in various genres like music, culinary, fashion and extreme.

What initially attracted you to INTX? 

Historically, based on our previous work in the cable industry, everyone knows that NCTA’s Convention, is the biggest show in North America, if not the world, to showcase your products. And that’s where our initial excitement came from. We want to start entering the global scene, and what better way to kick it off then at INTX.

What are you hoping to get out of INTX?

Our product is something very unique and very different then what the cable industry is used to. We’re hoping to gain exposure that we wouldn’t get elsewhere, to all the cable companies and networks out there and begin a dialogue with whoever might be interested.

To learn more about exhibiting and booth sales at INTX, visit our website.

 

 

John Solit

@johnsolit

March 27, 2015


Industry News

Behind The Numbers: How Fast is Your Internet?

@johnsolit

March 27, 2015

This week Akamai released their latest State of the Internet report with updated broadband speeds from across the world. The report revealed five of the top ten fastest regions worldwide were US states.

The map below reveals where to find the country’s top Internet speeds.

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This chart proves just how competitive American broadband is on a world scale. Delaware, you’ll note, is tied for third place with South Korea.

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For more stats and facts about broadband Internet, visit our new page: Broadband By The Numbers.

NCTA

March 26, 2015


Public Policy

Correcting the FCC's Puzzling Comments on Pole Attachments

March 26, 2015

The adoption of the Open Internet Order has triggered much discussion about one of our favorite topics – pole attachments. As this is one of the most arcane topics within the FCC’s jurisdiction, it is not surprising that the public discourse is not always entirely accurate. We want to set the record straight.

Cable has advocated for low pole attachments rates for decades because it is essential to speed and lower the cost of broadband deployments, particularly in less dense, rural areas. We don’t own utility poles ourselves. Instead, we have long supported and depend upon the Communications Act provision that ensures our fair access to poles owned by the local utility or telephone company.

That’s why we are particularly puzzled by comments by Chairman Wheeler that we are blocking access to poles by our competitors. Twice in recent hearings, the Chairman has suggested that cable operators have denied competitors access to poles and that the net neutrality order fixes this problem.

But the facts are otherwise. For starters, cable operators are not denying access to poles. As noted above, with rare exception, cable operators do not even own poles. Rather, like other competitors, they attach their facilities to poles owned by electric utilities and telephone companies. We are unaware of any case where a cable operator has denied pole access to another company and it is unfortunate that the Chairman continues to suggest otherwise.

It’s all the more unfortunate because there is a real problem that has been created by the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service. The sum and substance of the problem is that the FCC’s action now allows pole owners to demand higher pole rental fees from cable broadband providers. As the FCC acknowledged in the Open Internet Order, reclassification creates the potential for increases in the pole attachment rates paid by cable operators (by our estimates as much as $200 million annually), which would have a negative effect on deployment and increase consumer bills.

Unfortunately, while the FCC acknowledged this problem and noted that this result was not its “intent,” it failed to take the necessary action to fix it. Specifically, NCTA and COMPTEL filed a still-pending petition in 2011 that would mitigate the effect of the agency’s reclassification. Granting this petition would ensure that all parties that attach to utility poles, not just cable operators, pay the lowest rate possible.

We hope the recent mischaracterizations will not distract the Commission from moving forward on this now four-year-old petition so as to protect consumers from rising costs that will be directly attributable to the Commission’s recent action.

Steve Morris

March 25, 2015


Public Policy

Will the FCC Play Games with the National Broadband Map?

March 25, 2015

This week’s release of the final version of the National Broadband Map is a milestone. Beginning with funding from the 2009 stimulus bill, NTIA – a part of the Commerce Department – has supervised the collection of state broadband data and published the results twice a year. NTIA deserves credit for successfully managing this first-of-its-kind project, which generally has proven to be a reliable source of data for companies, government agencies and the public.

NTIA is now turning over this important data collection effort to the FCC. We hope that the FCC will be able to pick up the mantle but we have some concerns. NTIA has significant expertise in data collection and reporting and its broadband reports have been issued in a timely manner using a consistent set of metrics to allow comparisons across time. Additionally, NTIA has not hesitated to acknowledge broadband success stories, while also identifying areas where there is room for improvement.

Conversely, the FCC has been fairly erratic in carrying out its existing broadband reporting responsibilities. For example, it issued its 8th Broadband Progress Report in 2012 using a 4/1 Mbps as the standard definition of broadband. It then failed to issue a 9th report (ignoring the Congressional requirement for the report to be issued annually), and the 10th report was issued in 2015 using a completely different 25/3 Mbps broadband speed standard. Inconsistent and spotty reporting using an ever-shifting set of metrics is hardly conducive to sound analysis.  Moreover, under Section 706, the FCC has an interest in highlighting problems rather than successes because the statute gives the FCC authority to take immediate action if it reaches a negative finding in its annual report.

There is no better illustration of the differences between NTIA and the FCC than in the treatment of wireless broadband services. In its most recent release, NTIA trumpeted the fact that “the United States has met the President’s goal of ensuring 98 percent of the country has access to wireless broadband at a speed of at least 6 megabits per second (Mbps) down/1.5 Mbps up.” It also found that “[t]he latest data shows that 99 percent of the country has access to advertised broadband speeds at 10 megabits per second (Mbps) through either wired or wireless service.”

Somehow the FCC did not get word that there was good news with respect to wireless deployment. The 10th Broadband Progress Report issued last month does not even consider wireless services in determining whether broadband is being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion. While the Commission acknowledged that mobile wireless services have gone “from a luxury to a convenience to an absolutely essential part of Americans’ daily lives,” it nevertheless found that these services don’t have the speed or reliability to deliver high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video and therefore are not relevant to the section 706 analysis. Just three weeks later, in the Open Internet Order, the Commission did acknowledge the great success of wireless broadband, but it viewed this only as evidence that substantially more regulation was warranted, not that the marketplace is providing consumers with choices for broadband.

The FCC’s Open Internet Order and the President’s announcement this week of a multi-agency Broadband Opportunities Council mark a new level of government involvement in the operation of the broadband marketplace. With increased government oversight and participation comes an increased responsibility for government to be a resource for factual and impartial data. We can only hope that the FCC will step up its game to meet this challenge.


Broadband & Internet

Behind The Numbers: Growth in the Internet of Things

@juliannetwin

March 20, 2015

The Internet isn’t merely developing, it’s exploding, and the numbers prove it. Take a look at our graphic below — it shows the advancing surge of connected devices using the Internet. And today, there are more connected devices than there are human beings on the planet. This expansion isn’t just from cell phones, tablets and…

Loretta Polk

March 19, 2015


Industry News

Cybersecurity Achieves a New Milestone

March 19, 2015

Two weeks ago we highlighted the cable industry’s continuing commitment to cybersecurity. This ongoing work reached a new milestone yesterday with the adoption of the communications sector’s ground-breaking report on Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices by the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). With the participation of over 100 subject matter experts…

John Solit

@johnsolit

March 17, 2015


Cable Programming

Veep Star Louis-Dreyfus at SXSW: "Cable is the Wild West"

@johnsolit

March 17, 2015

“We try to do things that seem far fetched for Washington,” Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus said yesterday while on a SXSW panel discussing the show’s 4th season (debuting on April 12th on HBO), “but then three months later, it happens.” Louis-Dreyfus’ portrayal of the preposterous upwardly failing (spoiler alert) President Selena Gomez has put another…