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  • Sony BMG deal confirms potential of Nokia’s Comes With Music

    by David Mercer | Apr 22, 2008
    Nokia brought analysts together today to discuss the introduction of Sony BMG as the second major partner in its Comes With Music (CWM) digital music venture. T... ...
  • Blu-ray already saviour for US video market

    by David Mercer | Apr 18, 2008
    It's early days in the era of high def discs, but already it seems as though the post-DVD transition is having the desired effect for the studios. According to ... ...
  • Premiere deal secures NDS position as leading content security vendor

    by David Mercer | Apr 16, 2008
    Premiere, the biggest pay TV provider in Germany and Austria, yesterday confirmed what had been expected for some time, namely that it will begin using NDS’s Vi... ...
  • Blinkx Survey: Viewers Watching Web, not TV

    by David Mercer | Mar 28, 2008
    In contrast to my assertion that interactive TV was struggling, video search engine Blinkx claims that we are now a nation of interactive TV users. And althoug... ...
  • US DTV Transition: APTS survey adds to switch-off confusion

    by David Mercer | Mar 27, 2008
    My attention was drawn to the headline on the APTS's recent news item More Than Half of Over-The-Air Consumers Prefer Free Broadcast Television After The DTV Tr... ...
  • Blu-ray Disc in 29.4 million homes this year

    by David Mercer | Mar 25, 2008
    Advance warning of a press release we are distributing later today: Blu-ray Disc’s victory in the recent format war with HD-DVD will propel the technology into... ...
  • Off-the-shelf IPTV From Industria

    by David Mercer | Mar 14, 2008
    At the IPTV World Forum I spent some time with Gudjon Mar Gudjonsson, the founder and CEO of Industria. Gudjon is an Icelandic entrepreneur and Industria is his... ...
  • IPTV’s ARPU Challenge

    by David Mercer | Mar 12, 2008
    At the IPTV World Forum today, I chaired a panel during a session on IPTV ARPUs. The preceding presentations had demonstrated how difficult it is to stay focuse... ...
  • IPTV World Forum: Good signs for VOD

    by David Mercer | Mar 12, 2008
    IPTV World Forum’s main conference got off to a bad start today when it kicked off at 9am with hundreds of delegates still locked outside the venue. The chaotic... ...
  • Lower Xbox prices put renewed pressure on PS3

    by David Mercer | Mar 10, 2008
    Widespread rumours of Xbox console price cuts in Europe were confirmed today. The entry level SKU, Arcade, will fall to GBP159.99. The mid-range Pro will sell a... ...
  • IPTV World Forum preview

    by David Mercer | Mar 10, 2008
    This week at London's Olympia we are attending the IPTV World Forum, which has become one of the world's largest events focused on the subject. Last year's even... ...
  • Pioneer’s HD-DVD Moment: Plasma Exit Imminent

    by David Mercer | Mar 05, 2008
    News reports today suggest that Pioneer is about to bite the bullet and exit manufacturing of plasma displays. It is in negotiations to have the panels made by ... ...
  • Sony Targets OLED To Regain Panel Leadership

    by David Mercer | Feb 20, 2008
    As if to demonstrate that it was not resting on its laurels after Blu-ray's defeat of HD-DVD, Sony yesterday also announced new investment in OLED technology. T... ...
  • Microsoft Is Last Hope For HD-DVD’s Survival

    by David Mercer | Feb 18, 2008
    As Toshiba considers giving the last rites to the HD-DVD format, the last major objector is likely to be Microsoft. As Strategy Analytics has noted in its resea... ...
  • Digital TV Set-top Box Sales Break 100M Barrier

    by David Mercer | Feb 15, 2008
    Just an advance warning of a release we will be issuing next week on our latest set-top box research. Here is the gist of it: Worldwide sales of digital TV set... ...
  • German HD channels shut down: Is Europe’s HDTV in trouble?

    by David Mercer | Feb 14, 2008
    ProSiebenSat1, one of Germany's leading commercial television broadcasters, will close its two free-to-air HDTV channels (ProSieben and Sat1) from tomorrow morn... ...
  • Will it, Won’t it? The perils of digital airwaves

    by David Mercer | Feb 12, 2008
    The uncertainties of digital terrestrial broadcasting technologies have been highlighted on both sides of the Atlantic in the last couple of days. Survey house ... ...
  • HD on DTT: DTG responds to Ofcom

    by David Mercer | Jan 30, 2008
    At the Westminster eForum's Digital TV seminar today, I spoke on a panel discussing HDTV on the DTT platform. I was lucky enough to be drawn ahead of Dermot Nol... ...
  • Westminster eForum: Digital Dividend and Switchover

    by David Mercer | Jan 30, 2008
    Today in London the Westminster eForum held a seminar assessing the progress of the switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial television and the issues a... ...
  • Nokia hits 40% share: how long can it last?

    by David Mercer | Jan 25, 2008
    It's the classic business dilemma: where do you go when you're number one? And in the case of Nokia, which has dominated the global mobile phone market for near... ...

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