I was just tickled that this is basically the only thing on the desk. It’s amazing how quickly iPad has become essential for lots of people.

Make sure your product works on one.


Television networks are having a busy month trying to stamp out new TV-watching technology, including telling a court that skipping a commercial while watching a recorded show is illegal. Yesterday, Fox, NBC, and CBS all sued Dish Network over its digital video recorder with automatic commercial-skipping. The same networks, plus ABC, Univision, and PBS, are gearing up for a May 30 hearing in their cases against Aereo, a New York startup bringing local broadcast TV to the Internet.  EFF and Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief supporting Aereo this week.

What’s next? Putting a camera on my TV to make sure I don’t leave the room while the commercials are on?

Three Famous Notes of Broadcasting History” by Bill Harris:

Almost anyone who ever listened to radio has at some time or other, heard the famous three note chime that has been the long time trademark of NBC. These chimes were used on the hour and half-hour to announce station breaks on the network.

I became interested in the history of the chimes after discovering a book at the library titled The Fourth Chime by NBC, printed in 1944. I had never heard of a “fourth” chime and my curiosity was aroused. I checked out the book to find out more about this extra chime. However the book told very little about the fourth chime, but dealt mainly with the role NBC played in the reporting of special world-wide news events, primarily during World War II.

A quick and fascinating read about a portion of the broadcasting history of the United States. Like the author, I think the portion on the “fourth chime” is the most fascinating part.

There’s a great Wikipedia article on the same, though it appears to be largely sourced from the article I linked above.

Speaker: Richard Bullwinkle

  • Why is is hard for this to happen?
    • As speeds get really fast, we do things like play with our phones and such more often.
    • On the television, we have a 50″ device that is difficult to upgrade or change
    • You can move from social app to social app (or anything else) by deleting and installing a new app – TV is not as agile
  • It’s hard to drag content around the home
    • Wireless networking
    • Home networking
    • Things like DVRs being able to pause a program in one room and pick it up in another
  • Although the speeds are very much in place (most of us can stream SDTV whenever wanted), very few people can stream real-time HD video to our home because our broadband in the US sucks
  • First generation devices
    • Devices that helped you put stolen video back on your television
    • Media servers; Windows Media Extenders
    • You wanted your content back on the television
  • Second generation boxes
    • Last year
    • Devices that had content in the cloud – this changes things very dramatically
    • Vudu, AppleTV, Roku – Netflix and now Amazon content, etc.
    • Some of these devices now have no hard drives
  • All of these things have to do with content – professionally-developed content; very little is “social” in nature – the television is the most unsocial of all media devices
    • We don’t want necessarily to be interrupted in the middle of our entertainment experiences
    • Do you really want the social stuff you talk about back on the television?
    • Do I want to track this stuff on our TVs, or on our iPads, laptops, or iPhones
    • Whatever device you have is probably already better than your TV
  • This situation is compounded by the fact that the content is normally in the control of the cable/satellite companies, who are not interested in your social media because it gets in the way of content
  • Third generation
    • Services in the cloud that transmit to any device
    • You need nothing other than a fast Internet connection and an enabled TV
    • TVs don’t even handle guide data well yet
    • Connected TVs hook you up with services that you are already using and you already know – recognized names
  • Convergence on the TV is about making sense of what is already there, not adding additional crap to what you have
  • What’s next?
    • No one watches TV in real-time
    • Must See TV doesn’t exist anymore – it’s all on-demand
    • Stuff is even online-only now – and people are watching these things on their TVs
    • The ways we will find TV moving forward
      • Great metadata – write about it
        • Tell people everything you can about it so people can search
      • Create ┬ásocial networks around this stuff
        • “All the people who like this movie”
    • The only way to find more entertainment and better entertainment is if we all work together to find it