If the government’s auction of some of the most valuable broadcast spectrum succeeds, broadcasters and consumers should be wary.
Once broadcasters relinquish their valuable spectrum, who will inherit their longstanding commitment to local service? The broadcast industry may have its warts, but when it comes to meeting the information needs of local communities, nobody does it better — not cable and not the Internet or wireless service providers. When the flood waters rise or the cell towers fail, local broadcasters are the go-to medium for news, weather and safety information from coast to coast.
via Broadcasters and Consumers Should Be Wary – NYTimes.com.
The Federal Communications Commission wants some local TV broadcasters to sell back their airwaves so the government can auction them to telecommunications companies for better mobile phone service. This sale could earn broadcasters billions of dollars for something the government first licensed to them for free, but could signal the end of many local TV stations.
via Does the F.C.C. Spectrum Auction Make Sense? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.
Research from Parks Associates shows mobile consumption of video is driving usage of TV apps, with 55 per cent of US smartphone owners and 61 per cent of tablet owners using a TV-related app at least once a month.
via Mobile video driving TV apps usage | Advanced Television.
(Reuters) – The volume of data crossing U.S. mobile networks will grow almost eight-fold by 2018, and demand for Internet-connected devices will also skyrocket, according to a report released on Wednesday that poses questions about U.S. spectrum policy.
via U.S. mobile data traffic to jump nearly eight-fold by 2018: Cisco | Reuters.
Summary:Average mobile data use in North America nearly doubled in 2013 to 1.38 GBs a month leading the world. The U.S. isn’t the biggest data hog — that would be Japan — but LTE is driving consumption.
via Cisco: The U.S. officially enters the gigabyte era of mobile data consumption — Tech News and Analysis.
Knight-Ridder produced a video in 1994 demonstrating their faith in the tablet newspaper of the future. Below is the video in its entirety.
We may still use computers to create information but we’ll use the tablet to interact with information.
via Paleofuture – Paleofuture Blog – Tablet Newspaper (1994).
MisterDTV – Just to underscore the point. As “far out” as this piece seemed to the newspaper industry in 1994, I feel like folks think of Sinclair in similar light. The future of Broadcast Television demands change. We must be the innovator to change our otherwise similar certain future. We need a “Next Generation Broadcast Platform”.
Heterogeneous networks, in which small cells are most tightly-coordinated with large cells, are vital to accommodate escalating data traffic demands. HetNets, including LTE Advanced technologies standardised in 3GPP Releases 10 and 11, spread traffic loads optimally, maintain performance and service quality at cell edges by managing radio interference, while reusing spectrum most efficiently.
via Mallinson: Carriers need to deploy LTE Advanced HetNets – and fast – FierceWireless:Europe.