Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Postcard from NYC

Greetings from New York City. I'm visiting our office over here for a few days. It'll be interesting to see how the market has progressed from when I lived over here up to eighteen months ago. There's clearly a higher level of consciousness, but my initial impression is that community functionality is being emphasized (my blog will revert to US spellings whilst I'm here..) over a televisual experience - the web is embracing video rather than television embracing the internet.

Certainly the story that Rupert Murdoch is trying to offload DirecTV is seminal. The world of asynchronous television has gone and Murdoch has seen through his astute purchase of My Space the power of interaction.

Everything else seems to be wall-to-wall Youtube. Google's acquisition is looking smarter to me by the day as advertisers clamor for the eyeballs the service delivers - ad agencies are still obsessed with quantity over quality; I guess that's the next stage of development.

The lack of progress for new IPTV services by the likes of AT&T and Verizon shows how badly Microsoft are struggling with their IPTV application and is not dissimilar to the issues BT seem to be facing in the UK.

I'm particularly going to take a close look at Net Neutrality, which I believe is under greater threat than ever.

More to come after I've had my bagel and stroll in Central Park!

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