Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: David H Deans, Pat Romanski, Janakiram MSV, Jnan Dash, Andreas Grabner

Blog Feed Post

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Be On the Lookout For New

2013 International CESThis is the week where in TV land, 2013 gets into high gear. The annual International CES happens in Las Vegas, with more than 150,000 people expected, while TV critics across the country travel to Los Angeles for their annual winter meet with programmers. As this pair of events gets underway, here’s a collection of developments to watch and explore so early this year:

***All the smart TV announcements this week at International CES. Count on plenty of them. In particular, what interactive applications surface, any TV set makers welcoming in Google TV and efforts to test personalized in-set advertising, where 30 or 60-second spots are electronically downloaded into TV programs by genre or audience demographic–bypassing TV networks, stations, cable or satellite. This could be a universe-transforming TV development if such a system can be perfected as the smart TV population reaches multi-million mass.

***3D TVs profile at CES. What’s the state of glasses-free sets and technology? Any new 3D channels on tap?

***All the networks launching scripted TV this year. Plenty of new entrants to choose from–Bravo, Hallmark Channel, E!, Oprah Winfrey Network (via Tyler Perry), Sundance Channel, GMC and History. Plus a dabble into made-for-TV movies/miniseries by Discovery Channel and Science Channel.

***Diversity network launches. Revolt from Sean Combs and Robert Rodriguez’ El Rey come on via Comcast’s independent net initiative, and round two of new proposals (for the remaining four-to-six services Comcast launches at minimum by 2018) begins. Get ready also for ABC/Univision’s English-language news and information service, Al Jazeera America replacing Current TV, and African-American multicasters KIN-TV and Soul of the South.

***Developments in the multicast network world (digital-transmitted channels getting both broadcast and cable placement). Will someone from the rerun-oriented category (This TV, Me-TV, Antenna TV, Retro TV, etc.) break from the pact with first-run material to attract more sponsors? How many more multicast nets launch? How many stage upfront advertising events this spring?

Arrested Development***Netflix enters the original programming universe Feb. 1 with House of Cards by launching all 13 episodes in one fling. This is the first of at least four original scripted series Netflix will premiere this year, with House followed by the Arrested Development revival, Orange Is The New Black and Hemlock Manor. Still in play: bringing back The Killing with AMC as co-partner. How they do–and how much of the viewing originates from smart TVs, will determine if this is a one-year undertaking or a big part of Netflix from here on. Ditto what emerges from Amazon and Hulu.

***More series moving into production without a pilot… or a network to call home before production begins. NBC attempts two series in that category: Silence of the Lambs prequel Hannibal and pirate drama Crossbones. Watch NATPE’s showcase later this month in Miami, and MIP-TV this spring, for who else plays producer without pilot or net.

***The makeover of CNN under new president Jeff Zucker. Should begin around springtime, once Zucker gets the lay of the news network’s land. Could involve bigger roles for Anderson Cooper and Soledad O’Brien, Jake Tapper (just arrived from ABC) and a new home for Ann Curry.

***Tribune’s TV activity post-bankruptcy. Is there a graduation of WGN America from still superstationesqe national offshoot of the famous Chicago independent channel to big new original series player? More in store with multicast Antenna TV? Dropping ties with Food Network or The CW?

***YouTube’s original channels strategy. Stay tuned over what current channels remain funded, the status of current channels who lose their YT funds, and the next set of funded channels.

***The new Participant Media network, out of the merger of indies The Documentary Channel and Halogen TV. We know Participant can make hit movies that entertain, provoke and enlighten all together. Let’s see if they can do the same with TV for the hard-to-reach millennial crowd. With former IFC/Sundance president Evan Shapiro as leader, and the talent roster they announced last month creating projects, they have a solid chance. One other note: will Halogen parent Inspirational Network increase its profile with more original ad-supported content?

***Crowdfunding as source of seed funding for new series now, new channels later. Watch what emerges from A) Kickstarter B) Web site Mobcaster, focused on pilot production funds C) the Early Shares agreement with Fashion Star producer 5X5 Media, and who else agrees to similar partnerships with Early Shares or someone else.

***Apple putting its TV set effort in motion. Let’s see when this happens.

Be ready for this list to shrink or expand as the weeks pass. May the watching and listening begin.

Until the next time, stay well and stay tuned!

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.

@ThingsExpo Stories
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SD Times | BZ Media has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BZ Media LLC is a high-tech media company that produces technical conferences and expositions, and publishes a magazine, newsletters and websites in the software development, SharePoint, mobile development and commercial UAV markets.
“We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global,” explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
In today's uber-connected, consumer-centric, cloud-enabled, insights-driven, multi-device, global world, the focus of solutions has shifted from the product that is sold to the person who is buying the product or service. Enterprises have rebranded their business around the consumers of their products. The buyer is the person and the focus is not on the offering. The person is connected through multiple devices, wearables, at home, on the road, and in multiple locations, sometimes simultaneously...
China Unicom exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD, TD-LTE), fixed-line broadband, ICT, data communica...
As businesses adopt functionalities in cloud computing, it’s imperative that IT operations consistently ensure cloud systems work correctly – all of the time, and to their best capabilities. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Bernd Harzog, CEO and founder of OpsDataStore, will present an industry answer to the common question, “Are you running IT operations as efficiently and as cost effectively as you need to?” He will expound on the industry issues he frequently came up against as an analyst, and...
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
IoT offers a value of almost $4 trillion to the manufacturing industry through platforms that can improve margins, optimize operations & drive high performance work teams. By using IoT technologies as a foundation, manufacturing customers are integrating worker safety with manufacturing systems, driving deep collaboration and utilizing analytics to exponentially increased per-unit margins. However, as Benoit Lheureux, the VP for Research at Gartner points out, “IoT project implementers often un...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Now has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IoT Now explores the evolving opportunities and challenges facing CSPs, and it passes on some lessons learned from those who have taken the first steps in next-gen IoT services.
SYS-CON Events announced today that WineSOFT will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Based in Seoul and Irvine, WineSOFT is an innovative software house focusing on internet infrastructure solutions. The venture started as a bootstrap start-up in 2010 by focusing on making the internet faster and more powerful. WineSOFT’s knowledge is based on the expertise of TCP/IP, VPN, SSL, peer-to-peer, mob...
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dataloop.IO, an innovator in cloud IT-monitoring whose products help organizations save time and money, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dataloop.IO is an emerging software company on the cutting edge of major IT-infrastructure trends including cloud computing and microservices. The company, founded in the UK but now based in San Fran...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, a Senior Manager, Business Strategy, at Cisco Systems, will discuss how IT and operational technology (OT) work together, as opposed to being in separate siloes as once was traditional. Attendees will learn how to fully leverage the power of IoT in their organization by bringing the two sides together and bridging the communication gap. He will also look at what good leadership must entail in order to accomplish this, and how IT managers ca...