This week, IDC released new data showing the remarkable growth of smart connected devices with 916 million IP-connected tablets, smartphones and PCs shipped in 2011, totaling a whopping $489 billion. Additionally, Motorola Mobility was featured in Multichannel News and Broadcast Engineering; both discussed our recent deal with EdgeCast Networks for content delivery network systems. In other news, Peter Kafka of All Things Digital discussed convergence in entertainment and what happens when you combine TV with the Internet. He anticipates many new opportunities for social TV on the horizon. According to FierceCable, Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern predicts an evolution of the current cable TV model to one similar to music streaming service Pandora – imagine if your favorite programs automatically started playing the moment you turned on the TV! How would you feel about this new personalized cable TV model?
1. IDC: nearly 1 billion ‘smart connected devices’ shipped last year (Mar. 28) By Zach Honig, Engadget: Know that gadget you’re currently using to read this article? It may be one of 916 million “smart connected devices” that shipped in 2011, with global revenue totaling some $489 billion last year.
2. Motorola Hops Into CDN Market With EdgeCast (Mar. 26) By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: Motorola Mobility is filling a gap in its portfolio through a deal with content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks, under which Motorola will offer the latter’s CDN solutions to cable operators and other service providers worldwide.
3. Motorola Mobility inks deal to distribute EdgeCast Networks CDN systems (Mar. 28) By Staff Writer, Broadcast Engineering: Motorola Mobility and EdgeCast Networks have announced an agreement under which Motorola will distribute EdgeCast’s portfolio of content delivery network (CDN) systems to service providers worldwide.
4. The Social TV Gold Rush Is Smaller Than You Think (Mar. 30) By Peter Kafka, All Things Digital: What happens when your TV and your Internet merge?
5. Time Warner Cable exec: Cable TV’s future looks a lot like Pandora (Mar. 30) By Dan O’Shea: Is the cable TV industry ready for Pandora’s box to be opened?