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Time Warner Cable vs. CBS, and Aereo: Retransmission Warfare
- Published on 06 August 2013
Content owners want higher prices; distributors struggle to contain programming costs. Impasses lead to channels going dark with consumers the losers. But what if these Mexican standoffs opened opportunities for companies not staring each other down in corporate boardrooms?
Behind the News: TiVo, Google, Level 3 and AT&T
- Published on 02 August 2013
What a difference a week makes in the video industry. The closing days of July saw developments that are proof positive of important new and emerging trends in consumer consumption and the expanded delivery of valued programming services.
We See You: Retail Crime Brings Video Security into Focus
- Published on 26 July 2013
With store robberies of money and drugs headed skyward, forward thinking retail chains are using video camera systems in new ways to take a bite out of crime, protect employees and aid law enforcement in identifying and apprehending bad guys. Where once small cameras hid in corners of stores, occasionally not equipped with film or batteries, store owners such as CVS pharmacy chains in New England, are taking a front-and-center approach to letting everyone know they are on candid camera as they enter its stores.
Aereo: Send Lawyers, Stuns and Money
- Published on 19 July 2013
Disruptive technology is not itself enough to drive a unique upstart's business plan when entrenched competitors opt to stop a threat in the courts rather than with innovation in an industry that's long struggled with meaningful change.
Such is the case with Aereo, which has survived one legal challenge, a second this week and faces a third from yet another broadcast TV station owner. Hearst in Boston, like Fox' parent News Corp., doesn't like the upstart's plan to stream their broadcast channels without paying compensation.
Video Fuels Gas Stations' Sales Efforts
- Published on 11 July 2013
Though innovators in multiple markets have installed out-of-home video systems to boost sales and create new revenue streams, the fuel industry is witnessing especially fast-building competition for the promotion of products inside its full-serve-turned-self-serve mini store locations.
DVD Rental Reality: Movies & Math
- Published on 02 July 2013
Reports of the demise of movie DVD rentals are more than greatly exaggerated - they're overdramatized.
Drive by a Redbox kiosk after 5pm or check the number of consumers that still subscribe to Netflix' DVD by mail service and you have strong proof that the practice of renting movies has neither died nor has it faded away.