Analyst Insights

Let’s Do Launch - Broadcast and the Future of TV

October 09, 2013Joel Espelien

Let’s Do Launch – Broadcast and the Future of TV

One nice perk about being an analyst covering the future of TV is that I get to talk to lots of people across the TV ecosystem about their challenges...

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Not Another iSTB! Rumors Foretold of Amazon’s Market Entrance

October 04, 2013

Not Another iSTB! Rumors Foretold of Amazon’s Market Entrance

An article in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal noted that Amazon is “taking steps” toward a holiday release of an Amazon-branded iSTB. Rumors...

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This Truly is a Golden Age of Television, Thanks in Large Part to OTT Video

September 27, 2013

This Truly is a Golden Age of Television, Thanks in Large Part to OTT Video

First, I must extend a big congratulations to Netflix! Unless you’ve been on an extended fishing trip, you probably are aware that Netflix had yet...

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Sleeping with the Enemy - Virgin Media, Netflix, and the Future of TV

September 19, 2013Joel Espelien

Sleeping with the Enemy – Virgin Media, Netflix, and the Future of TV

This month has seen lots of discussion about Virgin Media’s plan to offer Netflix to a portion of its UK pay-TV subscribers via a TiVo-provided...

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One Box or Two? Sony PlayStation Vita TV and the Future of Video Game Consoles and iSTBs

September 18, 2013Joel Espelien

One Box or Two? Sony PlayStation Vita TV and the Future of Video Game Consoles and iSTBs

Interesting news from Tokyo last week that you may have missed. Sony Japan announced the PlayStation Vita TV. This is one intriguing little box. Sony...

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Will Wal-Mart\'s New Disc-to-Digital Service Work Its Vudu on the Couch-centric Consumer?

September 16, 2013

Will Wal-Mart’s New Disc-to-Digital Service Work Its Vudu on the Couch-centric Consumer?

I am not ashamed to admit it: I own discs, both DVDs and Blu-ray, some of which I have purchased within the last year. They live in a large drawer...

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Federal Judge Shuts Down FilmOn X, Congressional or Supreme Court Showdown a Certainty

September 11, 2013Michael Greeson

Federal Judge Shuts Down FilmOn X, Congressional or Supreme Court Showdown a Certainty

As first reported in The Wrap late last week, District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer sided with broadcasters in her decision regarding FilmOn X, an...

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Building the Perfect Apple TV: Three Things Apple Must Get Right if it Wants to Turn its Hobby into a Business

September 06, 2013Joel Espelien

Building the Perfect Apple TV: Three Things Apple Must Get Right if it Wants to Turn its Hobby into a Business

Rumors are swirling this week about a possible Apple TV announcement during its September 10 press event, which is expected to center around new...

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The End of Two Eras: Microsoft’s Nokia Mobile Acquisition Reveals Weakness of Traditional Models

September 04, 2013Joel Espelien

The End of Two Eras: Microsoft’s Nokia Mobile Acquisition Reveals Weakness of Traditional Models

Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile phone business this week for $7.2 billion. There has been widespread speculation about such a deal ever since...

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A Heavenly Acquisition - Twitter, Trendrr, and the Future of TV

September 03, 2013Joel Espelien

A Heavenly Acquisition – Twitter, Trendrr, and the Future of TV

Twitter consolidated its hold on the social TV space last week by acquiring the social TV analytics startup, Trendrr. As reported last spring in...

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