Why Apple’s iTV Needs FaceTime

While there’s excitement over the supposed 99-cent TV show rentals on the new iTV, my belief is that won’t be enough to make iTV a success. There are a few other important things Apple needs to do to make this device more than just its hobby.

FollowUp: A Lightweight Email Reminder Service

Do you sometimes forget to follow up on important emails, or struggle with adding follow up reminders to your calendar? FollowUp is a useful, free and easy-to-use service that you can use to automatically send yourself a reminder to follow up.

FCC Plows Ahead With Broadband Plan Despite Comcast Ruling

The FCC today began the long process of building a regulatory regime for the broadband communication network during an open meeting in which it sought comments on several sweeping policy changes, including reforming the subsidy for providing rural telephone access, but questions over its authority linger.

Vid-Biz: Warner Bros., Kit Digital, Panasonic 3D

Warner Bros. Acquires Turbine, Developer of Lord of the Rings Online; Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the video game division of the Burbank movie studio, said it has acquired Turbine Inc., a Massachusetts developer of massively multiplayer online games. (LA Times blog)
Kit Digital to Power Tribeca Film Festival Video Site; the Prague-based video services company will power video on the Tribeca Film Festival site, which will feature several live events and clips from films from this and previous festivals. (Beet.TV)
Lions Gate Board Rejects Icahn’s Increased Hostile Takeover Bid; the maker of the Saw horror films rejected Carl Icahn’s increased bid to buy the studio for $7 a share, calling the offer “financially inadequate.” (Bloomberg)
Panasonic Ups 3D TV Production by 30%; Panasonic has already increased its 3D television production by 30 percent, as the company has been encouraged by a “strong reaction” to the technology from the general public. (Tech Radar)
CNET to Launch Slate of Web Video; CNET is adding to its growing collection of original video shows with the launch of three new series: CNET Tech Review, Tap That App and preGame. (MediaWeek)
Top China Video Site Steps Up Its Piracy Fight; Youku.com is trying to shed its reputation for abetting piracy by taking a page from YouTube’s playbook: using technology to “fingerprint” videos, making it easier to find unlicensed copies. (Wall Street Journal)

The Changing Smartphone Landscape

Adoption of smartphones by consumers has pushed them to tremendous growth. In spite of the number of smartphones in the marketplace, until yesterday you could count the number of significant OSes using a few fingers. The smartphone playing field has changed, and not just a little.

Cable Is Saved?

When you’re drowning, you grasp at straws to try to stay afloat. Sometimes you actually convince yourself that you’re standing on dry land. That seems to be the collective response of the traditional TV industry to a recent survey from Parks Associates.

2010: The Year Comcast Embraces Convergence

Comcast today reported fourth-quarter and 2009 earnings that showed remarkable subscriber growth in a down economy. But this year could be a turning point for Comcast, which has laid the groundwork for fast, ubiquitous broadband while also trying to avoid becoming a dumb pipe.