Viodi View – 07/24/14

Managed Broadband TV – A Decade Old Overnight Success

This is an example of what a possible TV user interface might look like as envisioned in the Viodi authored, June 2003, Streaming TV Whitepaper.
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It’s always fun to see industry friends face-to-face and last week’s NTCA Southeast Regional Meeting in Savannah, GA was the perfect venue for catching up with folks I hadn’t seen in a while. It was an honor to moderate a tech talk panel on the topic of video services. This video summarizes the opening comments I made and set a baseline for the presentations that followed from Mark Chambers of NRTC and Bob Saunders of Skitter.

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Building a Bigger Box

A picture of the Savannah City Hall at night.
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Growth was definitely the vibe of this week’s NTCA’s Southeast Regional meeting in Savannah. Operators and vendors provided examples and ideas for how to generate new revenue through the introduction of new products and services that complement the broadband infrastructure. Although one of the panels referenced the idea of “out-of-the-box” thinking, it is clear that operators want to build a bigger box by complement their broadband offering with services that help their customers and result in new revenue.

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“Rural America Is a Big Part of America” #Summit21

A picture of a waterfall in Warren, VT.
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It’s one thing to talk about or even see pictures of rural America, but it doesn’t compare to experiencing it first hand. Last April at the ACA 2014 Convention, I had a chance to catch up with the lone Representative from the very rural state of Vermont. Interspersed in the above interview with Representative (D-VT) Peter Welch are some images captured from my brief visit to Vermont from a couple weeks ago. The images reinforce Welch’s points about the unique nature of rural America.

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How Cable Began – The Rest of the Story #Summit 21

It is often difficult to receive over-the-air television broadcasts in the mountains.
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The following video interview captures the spirit of the folks who built a new industry decades ago. Most people in the telecom industry are probably aware that the cable industry sprung to life in rural areas that were too isolated to receive off-the-air broadcast signals. No doubt, many have heard about the guy with an appliance shop that was attempting to sell TVs and had to figure out a way to bring the signal from an antenna on top of a mountain to display the wonders of television to prospective customers.

Unfortunately, Viodi won’t be able to cover next week’s Independent Show in Kansas City celebrating the NCTC’s 30th anniversary, but the above video is an example of the many stories that could be told by long-time attendees to that event.

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Looking at the Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on How We Live

The sign that greeted attendees to the Autonomous Vehicle Workshop.
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“It’s time to think about the built environment,” said Shannon McDonald, an architect and Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. McDonald was referring to the impact that autonomous vehicles will have on the design of streets, buildings and associated infrastructure. She indicates that this is an important and timely discussion to have, as she compares autonomous mobility to the rapid changes to cities and the explosion in suburbs that resulted from the introduction of the car 100 years ago. She is in an expert in that transition, as she literally wrote the book on one aspect; parking and how it changed cities.

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Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

  • BYOB – Bring Your Own Brain – if this works as shown, it will be an affordable personal #robot
  • As follow-up to my interview with Carissa, this just released reel describes her new TV show that helps independent operators teach customers tech.

The Korner – The Solar Window Awning & Shade

Ken Pyle interviews Joseph Hui of Monarch regarding their solar solutions.
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Joseph Hui is on a world-changing mission; to help people live a comfortable and renewable lifestyle. This Arizona State University professor wants to help solve big problems, such as access to clean water, climate control, healthy food, information and transportation. Hui’s company, Monarch Power, is his vehicle for tackling these weighty challenges.

At International CES 2014, Monarch demonstrated some relatively low-cost solar power solutions; think less than $1 to $2 per Watt versus $5 per watt for a typical roof-mount system. Monarch takes a system approach to lowering the cost of technology to make it economically practical. As an example, in addition to providing shade, the Monarch window awning, shown in the above video, also generates solar electric power (280W) and heats water.

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