Archive for Tag ‘paywall‘

Comcast XFinity: TV (Almost) Everywhere

There’s been lots of industry buzzz about Time Warner and Comcast’s TV Everywhere plan, which would allow subscribers to fixed-wire cable offerings access to premium content over internet connections, freeing content from the cable box (or cable card). Although it isn’t exactly setting content free on the web, it does seem a positive step in the direction of moving beyond the cable box and cable as the only distribution mechanism for certain kinds of premium content. Users want greater control of what they watch, when they watch it, and where they watch it: TV Everywhere falls short of giving complete control but takes a step in the right direction.

Earlier this month, Comcast launched Fancast XFinity, their branded name for their version of TV Everyehwere. Essentially, XFinity is a distributed authentication system, in which users prove their association to an existing cable subscription, and receive corresponding entitlements to an online video catalog.

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Who Pays for Content? What’s in it for Me? Vote!

Pardon the brief, self-promotional nature of this post, but I just realized if I don’t get one up soon I’m going to miss the deadline – voting for SXSW Interactive 2010 ends this Friday!

Photo by ehnmark, cc-by license

Photo by ehnmark, cc-by license

I’ve submitted two panel proposals this year – each is described below with a voting link.


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New Devices, New Approaches, New Hope?

Last week, a number of articles appeared with additional entries in the search for new media business models for existing, old media companies.

Hope. Which Way? (Photo by bixentro, cc-by license, click through for details)

Hope. Which Way? (Photo by bixentro, cc-by license, click through for details)

Mass High Tech, which I still read in print, featured on its front page Richard Anderson from Village Soup and Alan Baker of the Ellsworth American. (The article is online here: Two Maine newspapers test the future of newspapers’ plans). Additionally, there were a number of articles about Amazon’s new Kindle, and how e-Readers in general might represent new hope for publishers.

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