In This Week’s Edition – November 28, 2013

Hulu’s First Great Original Series

-Gives Viewers a Reason to Subscribe

The reviews are in, and the verdict is: Hulu has finally released an original series worth talking about.

The catch-up TV and OTT streaming site has a growing pool of original series, but nothing that has generated “House of Cards” or “Alpha House”-level buzz. Luckily for Hulu, its show, “The Wrong Mans” does just that.

The series is created, written and directed by James Corden and Mathew Baynton, who are known for their hit show in the UK “Gavin and Stacey.” Corden also worked on the Tony-winning play “One Man, Two Guvnors.”

The series, “The Wrong Mans” is a co-production with BBC Two – much like Netflix has done with its original series “Derek” starring Ricky Gervais. The show has already been released on BBC Two, to a warm reception. It is currently available in its entirety to Hulu Plus subscribers.

With a compelling original series on its programming plate, Hulu is now in the OTT big leagues… Full story here.

 

HomePlug Vendors Make Major Foray into China

– Shows Hisense Smart TV with Built in HomePlug & Wi-Fi, Purchased from Local Store

– Emphasize nVoy (IEEE 1905), Embedded, SmartGrid & HomePlug’s Maturity

Soon TV sets and other devices will come with powerline networking built in so that when they are plugged into an electrical outlet, they will automatically connect to the home’s network and via it to the Net.

China’s CE giant Hisense demonstrated a 58-inch smart TV with built-in HomePlug AV and Wi-Fi at a November 15th HomePlug Alliance Summit in Beijing. No external adapter or Wi-Fi security key is needed to connect the TV to the Net. Hisense also showed an air conditioning unit with HomePlug AV embedded, which allows for remote control and automation.

The set was purchased from a local retail store.

Hisense and its rival Haier are quietly becoming major suppliers of CE products in the States. Walmart, for example, offers sets from both.

The TV and AC unit were connected to a D-Link router that also had both HomePlug AV and Wi-Fi inside. Rob Ranck, HomePlug Alliance president, said, “That shows the progress we’ve made: shipping real products with HomePlug inside – all the products were purchased in China at retailers.”…Full story here.

 

Verizon’s Nationwide TV Strategy Coming into Focus

AT&T may be thinking Europe but Verizon seems to be thinking USA, as in a nationwide wireless and wireline pay TV service.

Verizon is reportedly still the most likely acquirer of the Intel OnCue broadband-delivered pay TV service. Bloomberg.com this week reported that Intel is asking $500 million and that Verizon has talked to content owners about getting rights for the service.

It’s a major strategy consideration for Verizon. Does it want to take on AT&T and all the cable TV companies on a nationwide basis? Can it get content deals? It has a better chance of getting them than Intel did because of the success of its FiOS pay TV service and its near-nationwide cellular service, which with LTE technology can deliver HD videos to smartphones, tablets and to TV sets in homes that have its in-home cellular service.

A major consideration is whether it can get the rights to major sporting events — as BT has in the UK…Subscribe for the full story.

 

Windows RT Likely to Be Odd Man Out at Microsoft

There are several indications that point to the demise of the RT version of Windows 8 for tablets.

1. Microsoft plans to reduce the number of Windows versions it offers and the most likely one is the so-far-unsuccessful ARM-based Windows RT. Microsoft’s The company’s head of hardware, Julie Larson-Green, EVP of Devices and Studios at Microsoft, told attendees at a UBS Technology Summit last week, “We have the Windows Phone OS. We have Windows RT and we have full Windows. We’re not going to have three,” according to ZDNet…Subscribe for the full story.

 

 

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