Tag: TV

  • Why you don’t need TV news to tell you you’re in an earthquake

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    Houses shook across much of Britain as the country experienced its biggest earthquake for thirty years early this morning.

    Impressively, within ten minutes of the tremors, CSEM (EMSC), the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, revealed the cause: a 5.4 magnitude quake with an epicentre 10 miles north east of Lincoln, in the East Midlands. (Within an hour, this was revised to a 4.9 scale quake).

    CSEM even saves you the from converting latitude/longtiude co-ordinates – it’s integrated with Tele Atlas data, via … Read More

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  • Paid video has look and feel of dead duck

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    Forrester Research has predicted that video download services such as iTunes will peak this year, unless consumers change their habits.

    Forrester analyst James McQuivey calls them a “temporary flash” but a “dead end”. He forecasts a sharp ramp in revenue this year, from $98m to $279m, powered by what he calls “media addicts”. But these won’t be enough to sustain a mass market, he suggests, and free services will eventually win out.

    You can’t trust early adopters, says McQuivey:

    “An … Read More

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  • Web 2.0 firms lobby for £100m gravy train

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    If the Web 2.0 hype is running out of steam, a healthy injection of public funds should kick it back into life. New media companies in the UK are lobbying for the establishment of an institution which could spend what critics call a £100m “jackpot” of public money each year.

    The new agency, which Ofcom calls a “Public Service Publisher” or PSP, would play a “gatekeeper” role in commissioning new media concepts. These range from interactive websites to participatory games … Read More

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  • Babelgum: another new, new TV thing

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    “Frankly the business plan is subjective”- Babelgum chairman Silvio Scaglia

    So P2P TV services really do conform to the proverbial bus cliche: you wait ages for one, then loads of cliches come along at once.

    If you know Joost, then you’ll know Babelgum, which unveiled its service in London today. Both are PC-based upstarts to the industry’s own IPTV standard. Both are in closed beta, both offer TV over broadband, both RE free to end-users, as they’re both ad-supported propositions, … Read More

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  • Joost – the new, new TV thing

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    One of the most talked-about startups came out of the shadows this week, as The Venice Project revealed itself to the world as Joost. The company invited The Reg to its West End offices for a demonstration and a chat with CEO Fredrik de Wahl.

    Joost is an interactive, IP-based TV software system from the people who brought you Kazaa and Skype, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, considerably richer after the $2.6bn purchase of the telephony start-up by eBay.

    The … Read More

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  • With Horizon, the BBC abandons science

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    BBC TV’s venerable science flagship, Horizon, has had a rough ride as it tries to gain a new audience. It’s been accused of “dumbing down”. That’s nothing new – it’s a criticism often leveled at it during its 42 year life.

    But instead of re-examing its approach, the series’ producers have taken the bold step of abandoning science altogether. This week’s film, “Human v2.0”, could have been made for the Bravo Channel by the Church of Scientology. The subject … Read More

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