‘House of Cards’ is a house divided

Most people who watch House of Cards, of course, probably won’t binge-view all 13 episodes, because most people don’t have time for that. They’ll watch two or three at a time as with most TV shows on Netflix. But therein lies the paradox for Netflix.

Today in Cloud

One of China’s most well known Internet TV providers, Shanghai-based PPTV has picked Microsoft’s cloud service, Azure, to run its Asia TV Networks (ATN) service. According to the press release: “PPTV will adopt Windows Azure as the core infrastructure platform for PPTV ATN. PPTV ATN will provide a cloud-based Internet TV service to satisfy the growing global internet TV demand. PPTV will also continue to explore the collaboration opportunities with Microsoft on online TV, media service platform and Content Delivery Network (CDN) for  its next generation domestic market needs.” The Chinese Internet TV provider also has it eye on international expansion and believes Microsoft’s cloud can provide the scale, globally to meet its needs. According to the PPTV press release Microsoft is “making solid progress bringing Windows Azure to China through collaboration with local partners.” The deal is an interesting proof point on the adoption of Microsoft Azure, which appears to be making some headway overseas, despite a slow start here in the U.S.

Where to watch the 2012 State of the Union Address online

President Obama’s State of the Union address will be carried on all the major broadcast networks, as well as on all the cable news channels. But if you’re unable to watch on TV, the speech will be available online and on multiple mobile and connected platforms.

Apple’s TV plans: my takeaways from the WSJ report

On Sunday the Wall Street Journal published a report on Apple’s television plans. I had to read the story at least three times to really figure out what exactly Apple is doing when it comes to television. Here are my takeaways from the report.

Today in Social

I’m tired of Facebook financials – and I’m analyzing Facebook’s industry position and clout for Monday – so let’s talk about something else. Silicon Alley Insider suggests Facebook is the future of television. Our own Michael Wolf is way ahead of them, with much deeper analysis. I always thought on-screen trash-talking would be a killer TV app even though surveys I ran suggested otherwise. And future TV guides will definitely accommodate recommendations – from friends as well as algorithms and editors – and maybe what your friends are watching now. But wait, isn’t Xbox the future of TV?

Democracy is now Miro

miroAs the world of internet tv heats up, there are more and more options to keep track of. Joost has made the most noise, though YouTube has been a large internet-based presence. Well for most of the time there’s been Democracy Player, which allowed users to grab just about any internet video streams and play them in a single application.
If you’ve launched Democracy Player recently you may have found it’s ripe for an update – and a name change. It shall henceforth be known as Miro. Miro looks a little more polished, and boasts some great features. Many have been there all along, but the whole experience feels much more fluid now. Grab HD content, YouTube, BitTorrents, and just about anything else you can think of from around the web.
A nice update and change to a good piece of software. Have a look when you’ve got some time to kill.
Thanks to Chris for the tip