Over-the-web, over-the-air, cable and a few things I am personally thankful for.

November 21, 2007

The past 12 months have been anything but uneventful over-the-web. Things are changing at break-neck speed and there is no sign of letting up. You have to wonder when consumers will say enough is enough. I am not sure. I do know with all the upstarts –  some successful, some not –  that the web video space continues to fragment and that the one major issue now is navigation, i.e. you’ll never be able to watch video that you can’t find.

The past 12 months have been anything but eventful over-the-air (network television through local affiliates). While in the midst of an unprecedented transition to all digital broadcasting, the powers that be seem to be spending more time looking at over-the-web opportunities than over-the-air. Are we forgetting that February 17, 2009 is coming? Why is that? Is it because the number of devices capable of high speed access far outnumbers traditional televisions? Maybe. Is it because digital broadcasting is confusing at best? Might be.

That brings me to cable. Raise your hand if today, the day before Thanksgiving, you are thankful for your cable provider. That’s what I thought. Last Saturday night I was having dinner with a nice couple who 3 months ago purchased their 80+ year old father a 42” HDTV…just in time for the college football season. Nice. The only problem is he hasn’t used it yet because the cable company hasn’t hooked up a digital set-top box to it. It seems they don’t have any in stock. The couple looked at me quizzically when I said, “Get Gramps an antenna. He doesn’t need cable for HD.” It seems most people don’t yet know that, but it is a story that needs to be told. HD is free. All you really need is an antenna, most likely a simple indoor one. 

So, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Titan continues to grow into the company we all want it to be. We remain focused on connecting broadcasters to viewers and viewers to broadcasters. Over-the-air and over-the-web both matter to us and providing a simple-to-use single-point-of-navigation for entertainment content continues to be the end game.

As I do every year, I take stock in the things for which I am thankful…

…for our three beautiful children…

…that TitanCast 1.5 made it easy to syndicate content over-the-web… 

…that my beautiful wife put up with me for another year…

…for Jury Duty (the show)…and Vinny…

…for our developers, each and every one…

…that Effron joined me…then Morgan…

…Keith joined us and then assembled a pretty smart sales team…  

…for digital broadcasting…

…Liza joined our team to build upon her platform…

…that our data engineering group has convictions about perfection…

…that Michael makes me laugh and that he isn’t in medical school.

…for Kathy Benedict and her loyalty to the company…

…that transcoding on the fly is now easy…and cheap…

…that Brandon chose us over my cross-town hiring rival (Score: Jack 1 – Rival 0)…

…that TJ Maxx isn’t open 24/7…

…that the people who use TitanTV.com use it nearly 40 times per month…

…for Labes, LvS and the rest of the NYC team…

…that Ken Follett finally wrote World Without End

…for our guys in IT…

…for the upcoming release of TitanTV 2.0 (sorry, can’t tip my cards)…

…to be writing this Blog and that you are reading it. Happy Thanksgiving 2007!