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.