Live Webcasts of Major Events: The Inside Story

The people who brought you live online coverage of Olympics, Tiger Woods’ epic U.S. Open win, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Oprah’s web casts and the presidential debates share tales from the trenches today at NewTeeVee Live.

  • Tom Morgan, Chief Strategy Officer, Move Networks
  • Eric Schmidt, who runs Microsoft Silverlight’s monetization and adoption efforts
  • Mark Taylor, SVP, Level 3 Communications
  • Alex Withers, Director of Digital Media for USGA

Om: Live video is exploding on the web so let’s talk about the business and economics of live video. The cable and telephone companies like to talk about live video breaking the Internet. But today, do you think Oprah can bring the network down?
Morgan: In the old days it might have, but with new CDNs the capacity to scale the business and grow the business is growing exponentially. Read More about Live Webcasts of Major Events: The Inside Story

SiRF Cuts Jobs, Wipes Out Mobile TV

GPS chip maker SiRF Technology has reduced first-quarter sales estimates and implemented a cost-savings plan that will cost about 50 people their jobs and result in the closure of SiRF’s offices in Stockholm and South San Francisco. Aside from general economic malaise softening demand for personal navigation systems, the other whammy for SiRF was a lousy mobile-TV market. According to the release, it’s getting out of the market altogether.

“Although SiRF has made considerable progress on the development of its mobile TV technology, the market for mobile TV has been slow to ramp up. In view of this, the Company has stopped further product developments in the mobile TV space and will focus its efforts on its core business.”

Much of the data has pointed to this, but companies, such as Broadcom, which has pushed its mobile TV chips into higher-volume production and Dish Networks, which recently bid $712 million for spectrum that can be used for mobile television, still haven’t gotten the memo. Either they can afford to play now at a loss, in hopes of a slow market eventually arriving, or they know something we don’t.