We had a great time at The Cable Show two weeks ago, as you could likely see from the photos and previous posts. It was great hearing from industry leaders – customers, partners and competitors alike – about their thoughts on trends and developments in the market. Here are some of the key themes we saw at this year’s Cable Show:
1) Personalization – Today, cable and telco providers are searching for ways to provide consumers with personalized content where they want it, when they want it and how they want it – whether it’s on the living room TV, on their tablet device, with their laptop or on their smartphone. People want the ability to customize and tailor content to their personal preferences, situations and routines.
2) The Cloud – Accessing and leveraging the cloud to provide consumers with the best offerings was loud and clear at the show. Of course, we’ve long believed in the cloud as witnessed by our Cable Show 2010 announcement of a cloud-based home entertainment platform, which now includes our Medios Xperience platform. It will be interesting to see how the industry truly taps into the powers of the cloud and, ultimately, delivers unmatched experiences for the consumer. Great to see Comcast doing some interesting stuff in this space with their Xfinity demo during the Thursday General Session.
3) TV everywhere – This is a concept that has been talked about for years, but it’s really here now – finally! With streaming devices like Televation, customers will soon be able to fully practice the concept of the connected home with multi-screen viewing and TV everywhere. The convergence of home networks and mobile devices is here.
So, what do you think? What were the most notable themes in your eyes? What do you dream of doing with these new capabilities?