This week, I’ve been accumulating lots of news about streaming TV. None of it seemed worthy of a long post, but all of it’s worthwhile. Let’s start with this video, embedded to the right of these words, of Roku vice president of marketing Chuck Seiber speaking on a panel discussion at Streaming Media West. Seiber said, “As it turns out, people are pretty comfortable watching TV a certain way. Very established behavior and it’s pretty hard to change that.” The original article is at StreamingMedia.com.
More streaming notes:
The Super Bowl last Sunday was streamed as well as broadcast over the air. CBS claimed that the event was viewed through “nearly 10 million live video streams, up more than 100 percent from last year, resulting in a record 114.4 million minutes streamed, which was up 46 percent over last year’s game.” But Dan Rayburn wrote at the Streaming Media Blog that the online version had “really bad video quality, lots of pixelation and a stream that look(ed) to be encoded at less than 1Mbps.” Rayburn summed it up by saying, “For all the people who talk of streaming media technology supposedly replacing broadcast TV distribution, this is just another example of many where one webcast can’t even be delivered to a small audience with HD video, or a reliable user experience.” Go read the rest!
Consumer Electronics Association president Gary Shapiro wrote an op-ed piece for USA Today with more about the CNet/CBS Best of Show disaster. I already wrote about most of the details, but this is the first I’d heard that the Hopper Sling had been the unanimous choice of the CNet editors before CBS butted in. Shapiro asserted that through this action, CBS destroyed its reputation and that of CNet. It also brought more attention to Dish’s new product than a relatively quiet Best of Show award.
On a related note, CBS also blocked CNet from reporting on Aereo, another company that CBS is suing. The Verge has the full report on that story, which seques to …
Jeff John Roberts just wrote a report for GigaOm from the inside of Aereo’s transcoding plant in Brooklyn. There are plenty of photos of the setup, including Aereo’s servers and proprietary transcoding devices. Go see how it works!