Broadband Briefs for 10/19/09
• In-Stat: DTVs aim to be hub of home
By CED staff
With digital televisions (DTVs) supplanting analog models in much of the world, manufacturers are adding new features such as Internet connectivity and wireless HD capability to broaden their appeal, according to research firm In-Stat.
“DTVs are competing with computers to be the entertainment hub of the home,” says Brian O’Rourke, an In-Stat analyst. “Sets with Internet connectivity are already commercially available in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Models from Hitachi, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp and Sony can connect directly to the Internet without a home computer.”
• Recent research by In-Stat – “DTV 2009: Declining Costs, Increasing Shipments and Networking Capability” – found the following:
- 36 percent of digital sets sold in 2013 will be network-enabled.
- DTV revenue in Asia-Pacific will see a 6.3 percent CAGR from 2008 to 2013, the fastest growth among the major regions, except for rest-of-world.
- DTVs are now the only TVs available in most of North America, Western Europe and Japan.
- Silicon TV tuners capable of demodulating both analog and digital television signals in a single chipset are beginning to replace Can TV tuners in high-end models.
• Verizon's big ad push for Android targets iPhone
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is running an aggressive TV ad campaign for a new Motorola phone, squarely targeting the iPhone and championing Google software as an alternative.
The spots for the "Droid" phone, which started this weekend, list features that the iPhone lacks, such as a physical keyboard and the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously. It ends with the tag line "Everything iDon't. Droid does." The spots don't show the phone or reveal a price or a launch date more specific than "November."
It's not clear how much money Verizon is putting into the campaign. It comes at a sensitive time for the iPhone, as user frustrations have been mounting with the network run by AT&T, the sole U.S. carrier for Apple Inc.'s phone.
• OpenTV on timeline with Nasdaq over rule
By CED staff
Last week, OpenTV received written notification that the company no longer complies with Nasdaq’s audit committee requirements.
Since Eric Tveter resigned as a member of the company’s board of directors – effective Oct. 7 – the company no longer complies with a Nasdaq rule requiring listed companies to maintain an audit committee comprising at least three members, all of whom must be independent.
Nasdaq has provided the company with a cure period in order to regain compliance within the following timeframe: until the earlier of the company’s next annual shareholders’ meeting or Oct. 7, 2010. If the next annual shareholders’ meeting is held before April 5, then the company must evidence compliance no later than that date.