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Future of Television (restated)

My remarks about the “Future of Television” at Georgia Tech’s Future Media Fest this week included the following points.

  • I hate the future: It’s always wrong.
  • Content is always shaped by business model.
  • Business models are defined by technology trends that create opportunity.
  • Opportunity is another word for disruption.
  • In the age of the Internet, if you are not disrupting, you are disrupted.
  • The evidence is in consumer behavior.
  • The future of the Internet is television, or to be more precise, video, some of which comes from traditional TV suppliers, and much of which no longer does.
  • Tech trends are enabling new business models, which in turn empower new content models, such as:
  • It costs less to capture and process video
  • Broadband connectivity is widespread, even more so outside the U.S.
  • Video compression makes mobile content possible
  • IP massively distributes networks for both programs and ads & creates new models.
  • Content is costing less, not only because of cheap tools and broader distribution of producers, but also because fees are going down (just look at reality TV trend).
  • Most importantly, consumer behavior has changed.
  • Three current buckets can help us understand the immediate future:
    • CONNECTED TV…(track consumer electronics companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and new box providers including Apple, Google, Roku, Boxee and over-the-top superstars like Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and others.
    • SOCIAL TV… Check-in sites like Miso, GetGlue, IntoNow, Tunerfish, Beyond TV are being joined by next-gen apps likeZeebox, Watchpoints, Frequency,
    • EXPANDED TV… is my name for companion apps to individual shows or networks. Companies in this space include Media Sync (Nielsen), Shazam, Sidebar, Facebook, YouTube, Android/ioS/Siri, cable’sTV Everywhere initiative, (HBO Go), and Ultraviolet/Flixster.

• Friday Update: SOPA, Flash, Storify, Bezos, FMFGT, privacy, TV & transmedia

Here's my weekly review of this week's links and tweets about the news, issues & trends I’m tracking. It's #NGIF (Nick’s Great Information Friday).

Future of TV

I learned a lot from my participation in Future Media Fest, a conference convened in Atlanta by Georgia Tech, where I spoke on a panel on the future of television with folks from Cisco, Intel and Motorola.  Video of some panels, including mine, will be archived sometime next week. I’ll post when that happens. Meanwhile, check out the live tweets from the conference at #FMFGT

Some of my thoughts on the future of television were posted in a presentation “Tracking Tomorrow’s Television Today” to the TV Academy Faculty Seminar.

Related and relevant are two videos from a recent GigaOm conference, one from VC Mark Suster and  this one from visionary exec Robert Tercek.

The buzz over UK-based TV companion app Zeebox continues with the news that the company will build companion apps for Channel 4.


Privacy is an issue that radiates throughout the web. My post, “The Virtual Self” examines the Hobson’s Choice between convenience and privacy on the web. (The piece was also posted on The Wrap this week, as well:)

Check out a useful Business Insider report on just exactly what Facebook gathers as you browse the web, and a Mashable report on the launch of a new company, appropriately called “Personal”, which seeks to be the data vault for your private information.  

While at #fmfgt, I encountered Social Fortress, an Atlanta start-up that offers a next-gen encryption platform. Available only for the enterprise right now, co-founder Adam Ghetti told me the consumer version will become available in Q1, 2012. 

Transmedia: Storytelling, Story Tools

My piece about the Story World Conference was posted at Tribeca Future of Film site. Earlier this month Tribeca hosted a panel on Transmedia for Documentaries at the New School, the video for which can be viewed here:

Bravo TV's digital chief Lisa Hsia weighed in with how Transmedia Storytelling is Changing TV on Mashable. Young adult author Michael Grant’s new transmedia property BZRK is getting a big marketing push from publisher Egmont  

More and more attention is turning to various platforms and toolsets, for instance this post about the new interface and features for Storify on Read Write Web, and another report detailing how “Storify comes into its own” as an aggregation tool for the coverage of Occupy Wall Street movement. I asked Twitter’s Director of Global Brand Strategy Joel Lunenfeld about Storify and other tools that leverage the Twitter API to present coherent stories, and his answer was unexpected and fascinating, basically that Twitter will be introducing new functionality in this area at an undisclosed date in the future. He would not tell me more, but I’ll keep you posted.

You may want to check out this report on a new tool for “online performance” called UpStage, from New Zealand. 

Flash Forward (not)

The web is still alive with chatter over Adobe’s announcement that it will no longer support Flash as a mobile development platform. Check out this roundup of comments from developers, produced by FWA (Favorite Website Awards).  

Bezos rising

Have you noticed the flood of words about the rise of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos as king of the web, esp. since Steve Job's death and the introduction of the Kindle Fire. Here's the best of the lot from WIRED.

#SOPA frenzy

Congressional hearings began over the “Stop Online Piracy Act” backed by the main trade groups representing copyright holders, and opposed by the Internet big-boys. Here is the case against.

And a report from showbiz journal The Wrap suggesting that the legislation goes too far, even for Hollywood’s allies.

AHA moments

Finally: You must check out "The Blu", a new site that allows users to explore the ocean online in an environment created by CG producers around the world. It's gorgeous, addictive and an unusual form of User-Generated Content.

My fave tweet quote this week: from coverage of the Future of Entertainment conference at MIT:  "That we don't have a venture capital model for creativity is one of the strangest things in contemporary culture." @grant27 #FoE5