Sleep When You’re Dead, Watch Video Instead

People will spend as much time consuming video-based entertainment as they do sleeping by 2013, according to a new study (PDF) from Solutions Research Group. But, the bells continue to toll for oldteevee as its share of that time will shrink.

SRG reports that currently American consumers over the age of 12 with Internet access spend 6.1 hours a day with some kind of video entertainment (guess Forrester Research’s concept of “OmniVideo” is already here). And while oldteevee accounts for 63.9 percent of those hours across the entire group, the young ‘uns are watching elsewhere, with oldteevee accounting for just 42.4 percent of video time for those aged 12 – 24.

Even worse for oldteevee, though the total number of hours consuming video-based entertainment across platforms will hit 8 hours a day (the same amount of time the average American spends snoozing), time spent with traditional TV’s will remain stalled at roughly 4 hours a day, with its overall share shrinking from 63.9 percent to 47.1 percent by 2013 as mobile devices and online video play a greater role.

Is 4G Via Satellite Destined to Fail?

Last Friday, four executives of satellite holding company TerreStar Networks suddenly resigned, leaving just three people behind to fill the void. I don’t expect this lack of management to last for too long, but until TerreStar calls me back with details, I’m betting that the change in management signals a change in TerreStar’s strategy in that it’s no longer looking for a larger partner to help it build and finance a combined 4G satellite and terrestrial network, but is preparing to move ahead alone.

TerreStar is the new name of a former pager company called Motient. In 2004 Motient scored the regulatory jackpot when, despite protests from the cellular carriers, the Federal Communications Commission approved plans for an ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) network. Since then, it has found itself tangled up in a web of financial transactions designed to maximize the value of its two bands of satellite spectrum.

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