Stop treating symptoms and start curing diseases

Enforcement

The debate about copyright enforcement – whether rights holders’ unshakable conviction in the effectiveness of graduated responses is rational – has reached a watershed. This is not to say that there aren’t any ongoing, well-funded lobby campaigns around the world aimed at convincing policy makers to revert to the practice of some form of graduated response. Nor am I saying that there aren’t any other important considerations, such as the rights of citizens and intermediaries, to be weighted in when debating copyright enforcement, lessening the case for such practices. Rather, what I am saying is that arguing for graduated responses can no longer be done on efficiency grounds without at the same time being intellectually dishonest. Continue reading

Understanding the value of interactive video

Interactivity

It is 20 years since the birth of video on demand (VoD). Time Warner was pushing the envelope in Orlando, US, over cable networks. BT in the UK made Colchester the VoD capital of Europe. All this was driven by the vision that interactivity would change our approach to video/TV consumption. Ericsson’s first major broadband push was around Residential Interactive Broadband Services. What can we learn from the first 20 years of interactive/on-demand video, and why will the next five years in the Networked Society be very different? Continue reading

TV still bringing us together

TV still bringing us together

Ericsson ConsumerLab just released its annual report about how we’re watching TV. As we at Ericsson sat around the table thinking about which highlights to write about in the press release, several of us reacted to the news about pensioners increasing how much they’re watching streaming video.

Maybe it’s not fair to be surprised that this age group is savvy to the ways of Netflix – so I thought I’d conduct my own personal survey, right here, over the internet. Continue reading

Seamless screen shifting will soon be standard

Screen shifting

With consumers having access to multiple screens, new usage patterns have emerged, such as watching TV and interacting with smartphones or tablets on the side. As a content provider, it is key to offer an integrated experience, so the second screen does not become an escape away from the main screen into the social media world. What can we expect when every screen is integrated into one holistic experience? Continue reading

The consumer has spoken but is anyone listening?

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One would expect that listening to your customers’ needs and wants is a basic prerequisite for any business active in a competitive industry. It also is understandable that no business can satisfy all of its customers’ needs nor always meet the basic needs for most of its customers. This is where a competitive market and assistance of adequate regulation comes into place. It’s about correcting the behaviors of non-performers. Continue reading

Getting to grips with video traffic

Main drivers of video traffic

Internet strategists have long been puzzled by how to deal with the growing video traffic and how to monetize the traffic growth in networks. With 90 percent of the internet traffic expected to be video, this is a key industry question. This is the first story in a collection outlining the nature of video-driven traffic and networks, and that we will deal with how these can develop in the future. Continue reading

More personal stories from the new media landscape

New media landscape

In my last post, my colleague Anders Erlandsson shared some of his experiences from the new TV and media landscape. I would like to again share some observations, this time from our colleague, Niklas Rönnblom. Niklas’ experiences are further example of how our TV and media habits are dramatically changing in the Networked Society. You can read about these and other trends in our 2013 TV and Media report. Continue reading

It’s time for the smartwatch

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2013 is projected to be the year of the smartwatch. This is the biggest inflection point for the USD 60 billion watch industry since the launch of the Swatch in 1983. So how will smartwatches make life different in the Networked Society? Continue reading

Verizon buys out Vodafone – why you should care

Vodafone buyout

Verizon Communications announced this week that it is to buy out Vodafone’s 45 percent ownership in Verizon Wireless and take complete control of the North American mobile operator in a deal worth USD 130 billion. That is more than the annual GDP of more than 70 percent of the countries on the planet. So given that, who really cares and why? Continue reading

Tales from the new TV and media landscape

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In this post, my ConsumerLab colleague, Anders Erlandsson, is going to share a few personal experiences from the new TV and media landscape. Anders’ observations typify the incredible transformation that is occurring in the way we consume TV and video – trends that are also backed up by data in our 2013 TV and Media report. Continue reading