How Will Streaming Video Hit Traditional TV?

In the wake of broadcast networks’ controversial decision to block their Web sites from Google TV devices, the power of the broadcast and cable networks to determine how their content will be viewed is top of mind everywhere from Silicon Valley to Hollywood and New York. I was hoping that a panel that was to include executives from NBC Universal and CBS would shed some light on the logic (or at least provide some fireworks), but those two panelists dropped out, as did ESPN and Turner Broadcasting executives on an earlier panel. Apparently fireworks is the last thing these folks want.

Nonetheless, there was plenty to talk about at the Streaming Media West panel “How Streaming Video Is Changing the Television Landscape.” On the panel: moderator Paul Alfieri, VP of communications and marketing for Limelight Networks; Sibyl Goldman, VP of entertainment at Yahoo!; Bhavesh Patel, VP of interactive media at Fox Sports International; and Lenny Altschuler, director of multi-platform marketing at Televisa.

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The Long-Awaited Boxee Box Gets a Hollywood Preview

Few consumer electronics devices have been more widely anticipated, at least by the more geeky set, than Boxee‘s settop box for bringing Internet content to the TV–since Google TV debuted three weeks ago, anyway. The uniquely shaped Boxee Box will debut on Nov. 10 in New York, adding a potent new player to the rapidly expanding market for Internet-connected TVs and add-on devices.

Today, Boxee CEO Avner Ronen offered a preview at the Streaming Media West conference in Los Angeles, where such devices are viewed with much more wariness and even fear than in Silicon Valley. First, he offered his version of the landscape (paraphrased at times):

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Cutting the Cord, Part 2: Still Small, Still Scary for the TV Biz

It’s the topic du decennie for the television industry: How many people are cutting the cable cord and getting their TV and movie fix from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and other services on new TV add-on boxes such as Apple TV, Roku, and the like, or from other less savory sources? I explored the topic a bit a few days ago, since I’m taking a close look at where television is headed.

This morning, a panel of TV luminaries offered their take at the Streaming Media West conference in Los Angeles. On the panel, entitled Cutting the Cord on TV: Will Online Video Really Lead to Cable’s Demise?, were moderator Jonathan Hurd, director of research firm Altman, Vilandrie & Co.; Bruce Eisen, BP of online content development and strategy for Dish Network; Greg Kampanis, senior VP of content strategy and operations for South Park Digital Studios; and John Paul, executive VP of products for Sling Media.

Hurd said those viewing TV episodes on the Internet daily is still small at 15%, but that’s more than double a year ago. “Cord-cutting, if it’s happening, is relatively small,” he says–about 2% to 4% depending on age group. But the firm asked its survey group if they’ve seriously considered dropping subscription TV services. Most said not, but those aged 18-24 are much more willing–about 25% of them.

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Here Comes Google TV: The Fans (and the Skeptics) Weigh In

If there are many skeptics of Google TV, today at the Streaming Media West conference, a panel of (mostly) fans discussed the potential for the search giant’s newest obsession. On the panel were moderator James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research; Ashish Arora, VP and GM of Logitech‘s Digital Home Group; Christy Tanner, GM of TV Guide Online; Shalini Pai, group manager for partner solutions for YouTube and Google TV; and Jim Lanzone, CEO of Clicker.com. (For more from Google itself, check out my post on Google TV lead product manager Rishi Chandra’s keynote this morning at TechnologyReview.com)

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