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By Ken Pyle, ken.pyle at viodi.com, Managing Editor, Viodi View
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then two hours of videos must be worth about 216,000,000 words. Two hours is about how much video we aired on ViodiTV at OPASTCO’s Winter Convention last week. Thanks to everyone who graciously stood in front of the camera, we were able to capture some interesting comments from the speakers and attendees.
In this opinion piece, I wonder if opening up the 700 MHz frequencies to unlicensed applications would provide a greater economic benefit than the $10 or $15 billion proceeds promised by the upcoming auctions.
Alan J. Weissberger looks at Sprint and their WiMAX plans in this brief article.
Moving away from the topic of wireless, Weissberger writes of Scott Kriens’ quest at Juniper to develop a culture of community at this $3B company that, “empowers people to do the impossible.”
Automattic, the company behind Wordpress.com, just received $29.5M in second round funding, some of which comes from the New York Times. This is significant because the already profitable Automattic is the force behind the open source software, Wordpress.org. Founder Matt Mullenweg, who just celebrated his 24th birthday, suggested in his blog post that the focus is on the long-term and about growing what they have started. This is good news for the future of Wordpress. Kudos to Matt and the virtual Automattic team, which numbered less than 20 people prior to the financing. [ViodiTV is powered by the Wordpress.org software].
IPTV was the topic of many of the panel discussions. Video was discussed more than voice at the 2008 OPASTCO Winter Convention. Read the entire article to see what one telco is doing as they go back to the future with their IPTV rollout [Club Viodi Members only].
Other recent Club Viodi posts include:
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We recently caught up with Ann Weinberg. Many of you will remember Ann from CHR Solutions and from her involvement with the Texas Telephone Cooperative Association. A little more than a year ago, Ann and her husband moved to rural Virginia to be nearer family. Subsequently, she joined a very interesting group, the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC). With a 700-mile optic backbone, this Cooperative is spurring economic development and making the region attractive to both U.S. and multinational corporations.
Jeremy Warnick of Seachange is making an interesting move, as he is leaving the cable industry for LoJack Corp. Instead of worrying about protecting content, Jeremy will now be concerned about car security and retrieval. I have to thank Jeremy for his contributions, including this one in the last issue regarding the Flip Video camcorder.
Don McCullough of Entrisphere/Ericsson also weighed in on his experience with the Flip Video camcorder. He has had more success than I did concerning video editing in non-linear editing programs (at least with Windows Movie Maker). Another reader commented on an HD resolution camera in the same price range as the Flip – see the comments here. Thanks for the comments!
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Viodi’s report, Video Business Case provides results to a survey of independent telcos and their business case for video. Most of the telcos that responded to the survey have figured out a way to deploy video services. This survey provides insight from the independent telcos as well as several of their Engineering firms.