This week, Motorola Mobility’s CTO, Geoff Roman, spoke with Todd Spangler of Multichannel News about bridging the gap between the mobile and home worlds via experiences like multiscreen capabilities. Roman discusses how the number of screens available to us continues to multiply and that through advancements in areas like coding will greatly shape the future of video delivery. In other industry news, ABC News and Yahoo announced a partnership that will focus on online news programming designed for the Web. Additionally, the popular streaming music source Spotify entered the connected TV space by adding its subscription service to the WD (Western Digital) TV media player.
Finally, the LA Times posted an article that focused on how MTV is remaking itself to connect with the millennial generation, citing that “smart and funny is the new rock and roll.”
1. Behind Motorola’s Multiscreen Agenda (Oct. 3) – By Staff Writer, Multichannel News: Motorola Mobility chief technology officer Geoff Roman spoke last week with technology editor Todd Spangler to recap the Motorola Mobility’s annual customer conference in San Diego.
2. ABC News, Yahoo Announce Partnership (Oct. 3) – By Georg Szalai, Hollywood Reporter: ABC News and Yahoo on Monday unveiled a strategic alliance focused on online news programming designed for the Web.
3. Spotify comes to the TV screen with new WD player (Oct. 6) – By Janko Roettgers, GigaOM: Spotify took a big leap towards the connected TV space Thursday by adding its music subscription service to the WD TV media player
4. Motorola: Cable MSOs may upgrade plant beyond 1 GHz (Sept. 30) – By Steve Donohue, FierceCable: Some of Motorola Mobility’s (NYSE: MMI) cable MSO customers are considering upgrading their plant to support the ability to deliver more than 1 GHz of data, the company said this week.
5. MTV remakes itself for the millennial generation (Oct. 2) – By Meg James, The Los Angeles Times: For MTV, the situation was more than awkward. In fall 2008, the network was bingeing on manufactured reality shows that celebrated wealth and excess just as the country was staggering into a recession.