Here’s a pretty good example of what IPTV really is and how it will work for everyday peeps.
We saw the Microsoft booth yesterday and of course they were over the top with their stuff – including their Mediaroom.
But the Microsoft Mediaroom is really cool. It combines the IPTV world with the familiar social networking stuff. Think TV, movies, games, music all combined.
Last day in Vegas. I could come back this weekend.
Got an email from Ed Kelley, Editor of The Oklahoman, earlier this week. He’s in DC attending the NAA conference.
Says Ed: Here’s a quote from a trade pub covering NAA/ASNE in DC, from Martin Baron, editor of the Boston Globe: “Collecting audio and video is supplemental. We try not to do NPR style reports online. We look for video and audio that complements text but doesn’t replicate text. We would like to do three videos a day essentially, and I think we’ll get there relatively soon.”
Whoa. That’s some old school thinking there. I’m sure Boston.com is not realllly thinking that. Right?
Meanwhile, lots happening in the world of online video:
“The service estimates that close to 135 million users spent an average of 204 total minutes each viewing Web video over the month. Users watched the videos for an average of 2.7 minutes, with an average monthly consumption of 75 videos per person.”
NewsOK.tv viewers watch a similar 2-3 minutes per visit.
- People continue to say attendance is down at NAB. Some of the vendors note you can find similar information online. And some vendors are simply saying “go to our web site” to learn more. While some of the “booths” are overwhelming, like Microsoft and Sony, others are not here at all. Apple and Avid, two majors players in video, decided it wasn’t worth the effort. Apple said something like it wasn’t the best way to reach their audience.
- I spoke with the Associated Press yesterday, eager to learn more about their online video and online graphics packages. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn much from the guys at their display. In fact, they seemed puzzled as to why we wanted video or graphics. Yet at the same time, they announced this week a new OVN 3.0 and mobile video. It’s one thing to promote your new stuff, but you might communicated it through the ranks for those of use eager to use the products.
- The Las Vegas wifi is really slow. And everyone here is smart-phoned out the wazoo. The NAB site is not exactly user friendly for the on-the-go 411.
- Check out these numbers from Hitwise on online video usage.
“YouTube accounted for 73.18 percent of all U.S. visits among a custom category of 68 online video websites. MySpaceTV received the second highest percentage of visits with 9.21 percent followed by Google Video with 4.06 percent.”
Again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a lot of credit to LostRemote.com for their coverage of the NAB Show conference and the online video industry as a whole.
We saw a lot of cool stuff today, from Red Cameras latest super cool device to a Segway used as a flo-pod.
Vegas can be tiring when trolling a trade show floor – in this case the NAB Show at the Convention Center – for 7 straight hours.
Various vendors gave us the latest and greatest on their stuff. Adobe has a cool new Media Player. Red had a great movie presentation (Here’s more on Red). Sony has no shortage of great stuff, from cameras to TVs. Chyron showed off its Web-based graphics package that rivals most broadcast effects.
Random notes as I sit on the casino floor editing video, going over the NAB blogs – including Lost Remote and numerous other tech sites tonight on the wifi…
Bob Barker of Price is Right fame was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame today. I’m told he received a standing o, asked audience members to “come on down” to play some Plinko, promptly gave away fabulous cash and prizes and likely told peeps to get their pets spayed or neutered.
Other stuff from today: some people are saying the audience numbers for NAB is down. I can’t really tell the difference from year’s past.
The Associated Press is announcing mobile video. Interesting. I haven’t spoken with any vendors about wireless yet, but there are many here that offer such. Mostly spoke to people about streaming.
Talking with Adobe tomorrow about its new offerings, including flash and Media Player 1.0.
Caught up with Carlos Lovato of Tulsa-based Media Specialists, see below. He says IPTV is the big deal this week. After speaking with my friends at News9 last night, it seems another biggie is the forced digital transition coming in February.
Overwhelming is the word after the first extended tour through the NAB Show floor. Cameras, lights, software, hardware – seems much bigger than the previous years that I attended.
There are gadgets and demos everywhere you turn. Loads of energy and people who know this stuff cold. We stopped by Panasonic, JVC, Prompter People, and others for demos and, well, free stuff.
Sidebar: the Las Vegas free public wifi is dog slow. Pretty much a dial up situation. Yet as I sit here in the concourse a steady stream of peeps are asking if I’m getting wifi. They seem amazed.
Check out the NAB Show blog.
On with the show… click on each for larger versions (and a few comments).
Tim Robbins spoke this morning at the NAB show. Here’s more.
I love the Lost Remote. A great Web site. I’ll be linking to my friends a lot this week for NAB coverage since they do a bang up job. And catching up with them tomorrow for, uh, more conversation.
NAB president David Rehr spoke a lot about the Internet today and how television needs to expand beyond the living room. Maybe that’s something local associations should learn.
More later today from the trade show floor. Hoping to hit up Adobe about their new flash streaming.