Today in Connected Consumer

In my Weekly Update this week I give Microsoft its props for its latest digital living room moves. But there is plenty more connected-TV action to come.   Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference opens on Monday and many analysts are expecting a major TV-related announced. And dark horse Intel may be getting ready to make a major move with a new set-top box with built-in facial recognition technology that can target ads at specific viewers in a household. Meanwhile, cracks are growing into major fissures within the TV business itself over the availability of premium content on digital platforms. Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen has gone to war with the networks over the increased amount of pay-TV content available online, while former ABC Entertainment chairman Lloyd Braun warned a group of network executives earlier this week that they’re not making enough of their content available online. Expect the debate to get louder.