Archive and Search your every conversation with Silentale

September 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Don’t lose track of who you know and what they’ve said, try SILENTALE (currently in beta).

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As explained on their web site, ‘the philosophy behind Silentale is simple: with the rise of social networks and mobile internet, the number of communication channels is exploding. Today, almost anybody can be reached through two or three email addresses, social platforms, instant messaging, micro-blogging, text and SMS. It becomes exhausting to try and follow all these fragmented conversations.

Silentale is a new way to keep track of who you know and the conversations you have, no matter how or where you communicate. Whether you start a conversation on email, continue on Twitter and finish with a SMS, Silentale automatically captures, stores and indexes all your messages, including the contact details and attachments. We provide a simple interface and tools for you to find, retrieve and manage this information, in your browser, on your desktop or your mobile.’

In a recent  article, TechCrunch Europe highlights the present and future issue of dealing with the amount of data we are day after day producing. According to one estimate the total data storage capacity produced by humans each year is expected to surpass 1 Yottabyte by 2013. Demand for storage is doubling every 18 to 24 months. And the mountains of content being produced by ordinary people as lifestreaming* becomes more and more popular is only adding to that growth.

Silentale is aiming to store all your digital conversations in one place and allow you to access them from anywhere. Founded by Paris-based French Canadian entrepreneur Laurent Féral-Pierssens and his team, Silentale is going to set out with a very clear business model: they’ll aggregate everything you do out there: Twitter, Email and even SMS. they’ll store it and let you search it. Simple.

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Check out as well the article in TechDigest.

Another start-up offering very similar services is LifestreamBackup. The more services you use, the more information you leave about yourself around the web. The more your pictures, data, and information are scattered about the web, the more likely it is that you will lose some part of it. Lifestreambackup.com is your insurance policy against losing that data.

* Lifestreaming is the cumulative stream of information about yourself that you leave on sites all over the web. Blogs, social networks, twitter, facebook, youtube, these are all services that comprise lifestreaming.

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VoD market size, forecast…

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

As some of you already know, I take some pleasure animating the GLITNER group on LinkedIn. Recently, André Lange from the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) has posted the following question:

Does the cable consumer spend more for VoD than the IPTV subscriber?

One of Screen Digest assumption in assessing the VoD markets in Europe is that a cable subscriber will spend more in VoD than an IPTV subscriber. Does anyone have any evidence on such thesis?

It is true that when researching the net looking for some evidence of such thesis or looking for some available market studies, it is disappointing to find out that often, the info, articles and/or reports found have conflicting forecasts and statements. In order to keep track of the most updated (and relevant) info, I have listed here below some my key findings of the last few months:

–       Global annual revenue from rental transactions of full-length movies and TV shows on pay-TV and online platforms generated $2.2bn in 2008. This is forecast to grow to $3.7bn by 2012 (source: Adam Media Research a division of Screen Digest).

–       VoD will generate $330 million a year (in the UK) in ‘direct revenue’ by 2013 (source: PaidContent:UK quoting Claire Enders speaking at the Westminster eForum on September 15th).

–       The sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand, Internet, and P2P) will account for over 91 percent of global consumer traffic by 2013. Internet video alone will account for over 60 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2013 (source: CISCO – Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology 2008-2013).

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–       Digital media revenue will jump about 270% between 2009 and 2013 to $3.28 billion (according to a Futuresource Consulting research).

–       The total home entertainment market in the US (all platforms – DVD/BD, TV-based VoD, online video and mobile video) is projected to generate over $25 billion in revenues in 2009. “Paid-for VoD revenues are expected to witness steady growth moving forward, as the closure of VoD windows increases the appeal of premium on-demand content. However, looking ahead, packaged media will remain a significant revenue generator for the home entertainment industry, accounting for close to 70% of total revenues by 2013,” said Carl Hibbert, business consultant, Futuresource Consulting (source: one to one).

–       Global revenue for digital formats will grow to $2 billion in 2013, from about $500 million this year. US revenue in the first half of the year was about $140 million, with a significant growth in EST – electronic sell-through (source: Screen Digest analyst Arash Amel cited in an article of videobusiness.com).

–       Over-the-top video (delivery of internet video to the TV) will grow nearly six-fold in the newt five years, from a meager $1 billion in 2009 to $5.7 billion in 2014 (source: TDG – Broadband-Enabled TV: Rise of the OTT Provider).

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–       On December 2008, the EAO has counted 691 on-demand audiovisual services in Europe: 142 in the UK, 108 in France, 92 in Italy and 55 in Germany.

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–       Eight percent of all consumers in Britain, France, Germany and the United States admit to downloading video illegally from the Internet (source: Reuters UK according to a survey).  I have done the math (based on Universal McCann Wave 4 Social Media Tracker): there are 158 million active Internet users in those 4 countries, from which 12.6 million (8%) are therefore downloading video illegally…

–       VoD server revenue tripling by 2013, date at which telco service providers are expected to derive about $56 billion worldwide revenue from IPTV services offered, not including mobile IPTV services  (source: Infonetics Research).

–       While overall streaming video is more popular than downloading video, users still in the US lean towards downloading when it comes to long-form video content in particular (source: an IPSOS study summarized on Reelseo.com)

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–       Total videos viewed per month went up from 7.2 billion in Jan ’07 to 21.4 billion in July ’09. The number of online videos watched per viewer per month went up from 59 in Jan ’07 to 135 in July ’09. The number of minutes of video watched per average viewer went up from 151 minutes (2 hours 31 minutes) in Jan ’07 to 500 (8 hours 20 minutes) in July ’09 (source: comScore as reported on the VideoNuze web site).

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–       HD online revenue will reach $2.25 billion by 2012 (source: AKAMAI presentation at the Content Delivery Summit in NY May ’09).

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As you can see, the VoD business, which barely registered as a revenue stream 3 years ago, has almost overnight changed the content distribution business. I strongly believe that VoD has a great promising future.

Creating better technology: the Red Hat way

September 16, 2009 1 comment

Reading this morning the different friends’ blogs, I found this on David’s (David Cushman): a short video from Red Hat (via Chris Brogan) which shows how a company find it helpful to succeed by contributing and participating in communities via the networked world.

If interested by social media, David will be speaking at ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about social media but were afraid to ask…‘ conference to be held in Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire), Friday, October 2nd from 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM. More details here.

Dotan – Since I saw you

September 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Dotan … since I saw you…can’t download you!!!

I’m always amazed (and surprised) about HOW complicated it can be to download sometime legal music on the net… a quick experience I like sharing with you.

My wife and I were in the Netherlands (Holland) during the summer break. We came across a new upcoming artist (discovered on MTV): DOTAN. ishot-0909141We liked his music, rythm and song. We took down the artist’s name, so when back home in Paris (France) we could go (like we usually do) to iTunes store and download this new song into our library.

Surprisingly, we couldn’t!! Dotan’s song was (an still is) only available on the Netherlands iTunes store (not the French one).  My wife (being Dutch), tried to get an iTunes account in the Netherlands (giving her parents Dutch address)… that doesn’t worked either: the credit card details were France based!

Frustrated… YES!

Dotan is from the net generation, using social media to share his content. He has his own web site (and blog), his Facebook, MySpace and Hyves page, and his music video clip is available on YouTube.

So you can stream it as many times you want on your PC, your iPOD, iPhone etc… but you cannot own it!

For the last 5 years, I’ve been in the entertainment industry, working weekly with producers, rights-holders, authors, software vendors (such as Apple and Microsoft), has dealt with DRM issues, content identification, fingerprinting, watermarking and all these filtering technologies used by YouTube, Dailymotion and others… and had great difficulty to explain (simply) to my wife – a consumer – why it was SO DIFFICULT for her to get that song from a European artist, discovered in a European country, where goods are supposedly to circulate freely…!

As you may or not know, currently, most online retailers (including Apple) limit sales of digital media to either the countries in which they are based, or where the buyer is based, due to complex copyright rules and fees across Europe.  In fact, each E.U. country has its own collecting society, which has the exclusive right to collect royalties for the use of music of songwriters in that country. A percentage of the royalties is passed back to the artist who has contracted the society to look after its copyright.

The good news is that, apparently, music rights holders are nearing agreement on a pan-European music license, which would enable music to be bought online across the European Union, as stated last May by the European Commission (here). The commissioner Kroes notes Apple‘s statements that if iTunes is readily able to license rights on a multi-territorial basis from publishers and collecting societies, it would consider making its content available to all European consumers, including those in EU countries where iTunes is currently not available.

Let us hope that this multi-territorial music licensing issue is dealt with rapidly, so that consumers are (still) encouraged to ‘legally’ download and for Dotan to get his music out of the Dutch boundaries!

Teens, Europe and Twitter…

September 8, 2009 Leave a comment

While some have valued lately Twitter to $10 billion dollars, a number of other recent reports also suggest:

–       that number of continental European users are certainly growing but have not yet reached the million users.

In France, a recent poll shows Twitter with only 28% of awareness level when compared to 93% for Facebook.

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(Source IFOP France – poll executed June 2009)

The number of French Twitter users could be as high as 100,000 at end of June.

In Germany a recent research shows a quick growth in number of users reaching the 150,000 level last July.

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–        that teens are one demographic that just doesn’t seem to be embracing Twitter (like the rest of us).

In a recent TechCrunch post written by guest Geoff Cook, cofounder and CEO of social networking site myYearbook, he highlights the top reasons why Twitter is not more popular among teens:

  • Teens already update their status religiously on other sites like Facebook, MySpace, and myYearbook.
  • Teens use MySpace to keep up with musicians and celebrities, which MySpace differentiates on.
  • As a group, teens are not major consumers of news from any outlet, making “staying current” a poor driver of mainstream adoption — though of course there are exceptions.
  • Teens use both MySpace and Facebook to keep up with friends they know.

Given the above, it is no surprise that teen penetration is not higher. The value proposition of Twitter to the majority of teens is the issue.

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–        that FaceFacebook enhances your intelligence but Twitter takes it away as very recently claimed by psychologist Dr. Tracey Alloway, from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Now, regardless of how Twitter could be valued today or tomorrow and whether millions of people would have lost some or all of their brain cells, one thing is for sure: the number of active users in Europe are growing very fast.

We are seeing as well new innovative services built around Twitter like the recently launched Twitemploi, in France a micro-blogging job twitter service. Post an offer on Twitemploi and it will appear on the site, at the @twitemploi account and/or or your Twitter account with hastag #emploi.

If Tweets are surely limited to 140 characters, the number of new services developed around Twitter are surely unlimited.

Apple’s Apps Store is a huge success. Will Twitter Apps follow the same path?

New HD TV with internet connection: next killer app?

September 2, 2009 1 comment

A new wave of HD TVs — some already in stores — let the viewer connect the Internet directly to the TV set. Beyond serving as normal TVs, these sets are built to stream a host of Internet sites, including YouTube and Picasa, as well as video-on-demand services.

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What analysts are saying?

Analyst Carl Howe of the Yankee Group says the transition to the connected living room is “very early now,” but he sees tremendous growth. There will be 3 million connected Blu-ray players from LG and Samsung in U.S. homes by the end of the year, he says, growing to 8 million next year.

Web-connected TVs are a bigger market. There will be 6 million in place by the end of the year, growing to 11.7 million in 2010, and 50 million by 2013, Yankee projects.

The sets aren’t built for full-fledged Web browsing. “I think the direction we are heading is the transformation of the TV into ‘Internet lite,’ ” says Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst for Parks Associates.

Big changes aren’t likely to happen immediately, but Mike McGuire, research VP and media analyst for Gartner, says this is bound to cause “serious disruption” in the way people consume TV.

“It won’t (happen) in the short term, but as companies see the opportunities and the experience becomes seamless, all of a sudden you might see more than a few consumers thinking to themselves, ‘Why am I paying so much for cable? Why am I paying so much for video on demand?’ ”

What media experts & CEOs are saying?

Sonic Solutions’ CEO Dave Habiger sees his company’s big future as providing software for electronic delivery of movies to digital devices and selling and renting the movies online via its Roxio CinemaNow service. As his company prepared for a transition from DVD to Blu-ray, it ended up concluding that the business as we know it of renting and selling DVDs — think Netflix, Blockbuster, the corner video store — is poised for an exit. Habiger believes the time has finally come for movies to be delivered via the Internet to a slew of devices including TVs.

“These Web enabled TV sets are going to significantly increase the rate of video streaming,” David Poltrack, chief research officer and president of CBS Vision,  says. “I think you’ll see people experimenting with this by the end of the year. And, barring a bad experience, you’ll see content in this form by 2010. Five years from now, I think it will be a significant contributor of revenue to both content providers and distributors.”

 

LG introduced two models in May, rival Samsung has two, and many more are expected by the end of the year, along with TVs that can receive preloaded Internet channels, such as CinemaNow — or Blockbuster’s online channel, which is run by CinemaNow.

One thing is certain: these TVs are coming and fast.

Web-enabled TVs on the market:

LG 47LH50 LCD HDTV (47-inch)

LG 50PS80 plasma TV (50-inch)

Panasonic TC-P54Z1 (54-inch)

Panasonic TC-P54V10 (54-inch)

Panasonic TC-P50V10 (50-inch)

Panasonic TC-P54G10 (54-inch)

Panasonic TC-P50G10 (50″)

Panasonic TC-P46G10 (46″)

Panasonic TC-P42G10 (42″)

 

Coming soon:

Vizio SV422XVT (47″ – Oct.)

Vizio SV422XVT (42″ – Nov.)

Vizio VF552XVT (55″ – Dec.)

 

Sources for this post are from Variety and USAToday.

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Success Secrets of Reid Hoffman LinkedIn’s Founder

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

• It’s okay to be brief
When people asked him about work/life balance, he just laughed. But he tries to be time-efficient by scheduling meetings in appropriate increments –15 minutes or less sometimes. He has also tried to build a culture that understands writing brief e-mails is not emotional coldness.

• Be willing to change course
Entrepreneurs tend to believe, “I’ve got my idea, I’ll go until I die.” But he advises them to take seriously the questions about whether their [business] plan is irredeemably flawed and whether they need to change what they’re doing. Be diligent about failing fast so that you don’t spend five years doing something that’s just going to fail.

• Don’t be a perfectionist
He frequently tells Internet entrepreneurs, “If you’re not somewhat embarrassed by your 1.0 product launch, then you’ve released too late.” There’s value in launching early, getting engaged with customers, and learning from them. That can direct your progress.

Full story here on Fortune Magazine and video.