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Viodi View – 07/19/15

What strikes me about this issue of the Viodi View are the many examples of independent rural operators that strive to make sure their communities remain competitive. Because these leaders live where they work and invest, that they understand the needs of their neighbors. I look forward to continuing the conversation with my rural friends at this week’s Independent Show in Boston. I will be the one with the rolling camcorder and the camcorder rolling.

A Ground Level View of Rural Broadband Expansion

Clifford Duncan and Rebecca Duncan discuss the challenges of operating a small cable system in a highly regulated environment.
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One of the more impassioned comments heard at the 2015 ACA Summit was from cable entrepreneur Clifford Duncan of Duncan Cable TV explaining how one-size fits all regulations impact small operators and their ability to extend broadband further into rural America. Duncan is an expert on this topic, having brought cable television to his rural Vermont birthplace and home. With only a handful of employees, Duncan wears many hats, including line technician, webmaster, TV personality, general manager and investor.

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Beyond TV – a Real World Example

An example of local content from NCTC.
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“The kids have been super excited about the Disney Jr. and Watch TV Everywhere experience,” according to Clint Carter Director | Technology and New Service Introduction of Tennessee broadband service provider North Central Telephone Cooperative. In the above interview, Carter discusses their experience in providing multiscreen video services. Befitting the idea that the younger generation has moved beyond TV, Carter indicates that, in their network, Disney Jr. has soared past Watch ESPN in terms of popularity.

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The Invisible Beacon – The Online Community Bulletin Board

An example of a beacon and an associated app.
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“Any time you can aggregate an audience with a common place and purpose – whether it is a concert or a museum or a church service – you have the ability to deliver the most beneficial information right there and then,” said George Henny, Co-Founder of Artifact Technologies. Many will recognize Henny from his leadership roles with independent telecom provider Whidbey Telecom and independent data center, FiberCloud (recently purchased by Greenhouse Data Center). His latest venture, Artifact Technologies, mixes an app, Mixby, with so-called beacon devices.

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Time for Personal & Persistent Numbers

Richard Shockey discusses the idea of persistent numbers at the 2015 IP Possibilities Conference.
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$229,500 is an awfully expensive wrong number. As has been widely reported, a Manhattan federal judge fined Time-Warner $1,500 for each of Time-Warner’s 153 unwanted calls to Araceli King resulting in the aforementioned hefty fine. Time-Warner’s Interactive Voice Response (e.g. robo-calling) system was calling the correct phone number. Unfortunately, for Time-Warner, that number was no longer associated with their customer, Luiz Perez, but with Ms. King.

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Partnerships Critical to Connected Home Success

Tom Kerber of Parks Associates moderating a panel at Connections Conference
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“The audience as well as the panelists agreed that partnerships were critical to success in the connected home,” according to Tom Kerber, Director of Research for Parks Associates. He was referring to the panel he moderated at the 2015 CONNECTIONS™ Conference and how different skill sets will be required to manage and create the best consumer experience. As was pointed out, this may mean working with potential competitors, but, as panelist Adam Meyer of Time-Warner suggested, that, to grow the market and compete in the future, it is necessary to work together today.

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The Korner – A 360 Degree View From One Sensor

An image captured from a video clip from the V.360 camera.
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A cyclops with a 360 degree view is what VSN Mobil’s V.360 could be called. This relatively low-priced ($449 for the V.360 HD kit) camcorder uses a conical lens to capture 360 degrees of fun on a single sensor that has up to 6480 x 1080 resolution.  The V.360 is more than a camcorder, however, as it snaps photos, does time-lapse, surveillance applications (triggers recording with built-in audio detect and/or video motion sensors) and even video conference applications (put one of these in the middle of the conference table and everyone gets in on the action)……….

This little one-eyed camcorder definitely has some interesting potential and it will be interesting to see the things people capture that otherwise would have been missed. It could be especially interesting tool for local content producers.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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