The global adoption of social platforms has profoundly changed society and business. I won’t talk much about the societal side, one needs only to look at the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and the upcoming elections to see the impact of social. On the business side, the way consumers discover and purchase products, and [...]
Intel is in discussions to launch an internet-based pay TV service that would compete directly with traditional cable providers. The Wall Street Journal reported today that Intel intends to sell a set-top box which would access a mix of live and on-demand channels, similar to current cable bundles. On the surface this [...]
My wife and I were lucky enough to welcome a new baby girl into our lives on February 16th. In addition to the overwhelming joy and happiness she brings, she has also brought an end to more than 3 hours of sleep or 5 minutes of free time. DigitalPennies posts will resume as soon [...]
The growth rate in digital music revenue has declined the last six years as adoption matures (and overall industry revenues continue to shrink). However, the latest IFPI Digital Music Report shows that 2011 saw the first actual increase in the growth rate, from 5% in 2009 to 8% in 2010, since the
2011 was the worst year for US box office attendance since 1995. Some will write this off as a poor crop of blockbusters that otherwise would have dragged people to the theater. A closer look at the numbers shows that, in fact, less and less people go to the movies each year.
There are dedicated over-the-top device makers (Roku, Boxee, Apple TV),“Smart” TVs and DVD players (Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Vizio), connected game consoles (Xbox, Sony Playstation), non-entertainment devices (iPads, HTPCs, PCs), user interfaces (GoogleTV), content aggregators (Hulu, Crackle), a billion content specific apps (Netflix, MLBTV, TedTalks, AmazonVOD, Pandora)…and infinite [...]
Credit Suisse analyst Stefan Anninger posted some analysis that supports my post last week The Future of Television is Coming…Slowly. Anninger predicts a loss of 200K cable subscribers in 2012, down from his original prediction of 250K. Overall for the year through September ’11, pay TV penetration has fallen from 84.1% to 83.2%. [...]