Gary is the president of Arlen Communications in Bethesda, Maryland.
When Comcast unveiled plans to integrate YouTube videos into its X1 cable platform, the cable behemoth solidified a trend that will bring insurgent content into mainstream video delivery.
Now the maneuvering begins, along a complicated route that runs through Washington, Wall Street and countless transmitter sites around the country as TV executives deal with the repercussions of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction.
Complex retransmission process gets underway
For its 50th anniversary, the Consumer Technology Association’s annual CES will focus on the airwaves.
“AirTV,” an anticipated Echostar Sling Media service that will deliver live local TV programs plus streamed video, is expected to debut imminently, again.
With nearly two-thirds of American viewers now using a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, the market is primed for a different way to watch TV.
Call it the “compression convention.”
Putting broadcast TV channels directly onto the Internet may have been a non-starter in the Supreme Court, but a lot of entrepreneurs plus a few big media companies still think it’s a good idea—and it can be done—legally.
As if the alphabet soup of TV technology isn't confusing enough, CES dished up an expanding menu of familiar acronyms—HDR, UHD, VR, OTT—as well as new ingredients, including ULED, UAV, Wi-Fi HaLow and SON, along with LG's "rollable" OLED screen.
Although the sponsors’ name has changed, one of the stars of CES 2016 promises to remain the same as it has in recent years: video and the myriad devices used to view it.
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