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CES 2013 Watch: It's a Web, Web, Web, Web TV World

Posted by Barry Silverstein on January 8, 2013 11:16 AM

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that's now underway in Las Vegas is not only the world's biggest trade show, but a snapshot of how the fast-moving world of technology innovation is impacting sectors. Witness automotive, such as Ford's just-announced mobile partnerships to enhance the brand's in-car connectivity platform as part of a bigger CES push by car manufacturers this year.

CES is also a soapbox for competitors to one-up one another as they spit out product announcements and flaunt new alliances. This year, the rivalry is particularly fierce in the web TV/digital streaming arena.

"As new Internet TV players look to invade the living room, some cable and satellite operators are stepping up their embrace of Web technology to jazz up aging interfaces and head off subscriber defections, the Wall Street Journal reports from the show.

CES attendees include DirecTV and Dish Network on the satellite side, Verizon (FiOS) and AT&T (U-verse) touting Telco TV, and U.S. multi-system operators including Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications are at CES to recast themselves as web TV purveyors and shake off the dreaded "cable operator" moniker. No wonder the U.S. National Cable & Telecommunications Association is reportedly considering dropping "cable" and rebranding to the U.S. Internet and Television Association (but, oddly, keeping the NCTA acronym).

AT&T's U-verse platform is introducing "Screen Pack," a $5 per month addition to existing subscriptions which enables customers to stream some 1,500 on-demand movies. AT&T plans to add more content in the future in an effort to thwart the flood of video streaming competitors in the space.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Apple, Trump, NFL and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 20, 2011 06:15 PM

Brands to Watch

Apple earnings nearly double on record iPhone sales in latest quarterly earnings report, as security experts say iPhone and 3G iPad devices secretly track users.

Chevrolet unveils eco-version of the Malibu at the New York auto show.

Comcast strikes at Disney's ESPN in nearly $2 billion, 10-year NHL deal for NBCUniversal channels.

Donald Trump candidacy for the White House is "gaining ground," reports the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg moderates town hall with President Obama.Continue reading...

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In the News: Grammys, Apple, Motorola and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 14, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Grammys surprises include Esperanza Spalding (whose Wikipedia page was attacked by Justin Bieber fans) and Arcade Fire upsets, Eminem win, Lady Gaga's stage eggsit and sweep for country group Lady Antebellum. More here.

Apple is developing cheaper iPhones.

Boeing passenger jet may benefit from freighter tests.

Chili’s ramps up global growth plans, including Russia.

Chipotle holds down prices despite soaring food costs.  

Chrysler dealers aim to cash in on the Eminem Super Bowl commercial.Continue reading...

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In the News: BlackBerry, Newsweek, Samsung

Posted by Dale Buss on October 8, 2010 09:00 AM

In the News

BlackBerry is cleared to operate in the UAE under a new deal between the government and Research in Motion.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurant chains promote upcoming release of The Green Hornet.

Fox sees ratings lift from Gordon Ramsay's Hell’s Kitchen.

Genzyme explores alternatives to acquisition by Sanofi-Aventis.

Google rapped by the Better Business Bureau for customer service.Continue reading...

TiVo, Microsoft Embroiled In Dueling Lawsuits

Posted by Sara Zucker on January 21, 2010 11:17 AM

Call it a series of tit-for-tat lawsuits.

First, TiVo sued AT&T and Verizon over technologies used in DVR delivery and purchasing systems. Nothing new there considering disputes and lawsuits are common in the world of developing technologies. However, the storyline here takes an interesting turn as AT&T has some powerful allies. Enter Microsoft.

Microsoft is launching its own attack against TiVo, accusing the brand of some rather harsh allegations involving patent infringement. The claims state that the digital video recording company has inappropriately used video and programming display technology -- specifically, it unlawfully applied features from Mediaroom, a Microsoft-created system.

But TiVo isn't budging.Continue reading...

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