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Boob Tube-onomics

Mari Silbey —  March 19, 2007

The latest study out of Nielsen Research (also covered by MultiChannel News) has a raft of interesting TV statistics. But since we all know how deceiving numbers can be, I thought I’d add a little context to the facts and figures. For your reading pleasure…nielsen.jpg

Boob Tube-onomics

There are an average of 111.4 million TV homes in the United States for the 2006-07 TV season.
Given a US population of around 300 Million, with an average household of 2.5 people (see below), this means that roughly 93% of American homes have TVs.

The average U.S. TV home has 2.5 people and 2.8 television sets.
The primary TV in consumer homes was bought at an average price of $783. Not cheap, but even doubled or tripled it’s a lot less expensive than .5 of a kid for your typical couple.

28% of U.S. TV homes have digital cable.
More than half of cable subscribers to the top two cable companies get digital services: 52% of Comcast subscribers and 54% of Time Warner subscribers.

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March Madness On-Demand?

Mari Silbey —  March 15, 2007

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Well, sort of. The NCAA and CBS SportsLine announced back in February that they’d be offering all NCAA tournament games online again this year for free. (Woohoo!) As a pre-registered, VIP member, I got into the streaming application pretty quickly, though I did get a few error episodes along the way. Unfortunately, the video seems to cut out pretty frequently. Since they’re showing the game I want on TV at the moment, and for the first time ever I’m home during the tournament, I think I’ll be watching the big screen.

By the way, NewTeeVee predicted this “perfect bandwidth storm”. How true. How true.

And, wondering what the “Boss” button brings up? Here you go. Slightly undermined by the title bar at the top…

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Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  March 13, 2007

A periodic roundup of relevant news from our other blogs…

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David Berlind reported last week on BrightCove‘s new, not-yet-released AfterMix application, but I haven’t seen much else in the way of coverage. According to Berlind, Aftermix has two important new features: it lets consumers “record video directly to the Web” and, like Jumpcut, it adds video editing capabilities. (Photo below is also from Berlind’s blog)

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The direct-recording feature isn’t of much interest to me, but the video editing tools are. I was lucky enough to go to schools early in life that had good communications programs and on-site TV studios complete with post-production editing equipment. The editing equipment of the time entailed two VCRs side by side with an analog editor between them. Major pain in the ass to work with, but nonetheless very cool. (You should see the eighth grade video montage I did on the making of Cabaret.)

Anyway, video editing has obviously come a long way since the late 1980s, and online Flash editing is clearly the next evolutionary step. Will BrightCove’s tools be as comprehensive as Final Cut Pro’s or Premiere’s? Probably not. But most people don’t need that.

BrightCove seems to be covering all the right bases.

Perceptive Pixel

Mari Silbey —  March 2, 2007

Remember in Minority Report when Tom Cruise and friends stood in front of screens and their mere hand motions summoned up data, zoomed in on photos and generally brought the universe to their fingertips? Well that’s what this video demo from Perceptive Pixel reminds me of. I saw it over on NewTeeVee, and it’s sheer luck that I actually clicked on the video player (I’m usually too lazy) and watched the thing. I’m glad I did. Way cool.

One Feature to Rule Them All

Mari Silbey —  February 22, 2007

The Uverse users site is running a poll to see what feature people most want added to the service (AT&T’s IPTV offering). With a whopping 109 votes in (okay, that’s probably a decent percentage of Uverse users…), the winner is whole-home DVR.

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Content Sluts

Mari Silbey —  February 21, 2007

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Are the big media guys turning into content sluts, willing to throw their content anywhere they might get an audience? The big Joost/Viacom announcement makes me wonder. Not that Joost isn’t potentially a wonderful service (I haven’t tried it), and not that big media shouldn’t spread its content far and wide, but it’s an interesting change to the business model.

While the end of the 20th century was all about syndicating specific shows, it may be that the beginning of the 21st century is all about making aggregated content, even entire networks available across multiple distribution channels.

There’s also a point to be made here about CE makers and service providers who try to woo consumers with exclusive content. The strategy may work in the short term, but in the long term I doubt it will be terribly successful. Consumers want flexibility and media producers want consumers to have broad (if paid) access. More distribution means more money, so why not sell to anyone who will pay you well? (Unlike YouTube, apparently…)