Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Speaking on Connected Television at IIC/Ofcom on May 2nd

It has been very quiet here for a while. I am of course active on Twitter, but I heard some of my readers don't use Twitter (you should, it is practical, don't tweet, just follow)

May 2nd I will be in London speaking on Connected Television. If you are around, leave a message. Maybe we can do coffee on May 3rd (or a beer late in the evening)

Connected TV and Platforms: evolution or revolution?

International Institute of Communications
UK Chapter Event

Connected TV and Platforms: evolution or revolution?
Market trends, dynamics, and policy implications
Thursday 2 May 2013, 17:00 for 17:30 Start

Kindly hosted by Ofcom
Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA

In yet another sign that convergence is finally upon us, TV sets are increasingly connected to the Internet, and advertising for television sets seems increasingly to focus on which ‘cool apps’ they feature, rather than their size or picture quality. And it’s not just TVs: DVD players or PVRs now come connected to the Internet. The possibilities are vast, yet this is only a nascent market – and one which already raises many questions.  
How prevalent will Connected TVs become in coming years? What impact will they have on the delivery of online and broadcasting content? How will broadband television change the TV market? What changes can be expect from Satellite TV?  How will demand and usage patterns for connected TV evolve? Are there risks of vertical integration and generally for competition? Will the second screen be the interactive part of television? And for the legal wonks: what are the implications for content regulation and audience protection, and should the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMS) be revised or renewed to accommodate the development of a connected device market?
To discuss this exciting and rapidly evolving phenomenon we will hear from a range of speakers, from different industries and from the public and private sectors:
-       David Mahoney, Director of Policy Development, Ofcom, will host and moderate the discussion
      Marcel Boulogne, European Commission
-       Rudolf van der Berg, OECD
-       Chris Hutchins, Vice-President, EU Affairs, Liberty Global
Numbers are limited and you are advised to register as soon as possible. Attendance is free to IIC Members and £30 for non-Members. 
Please note that registration for this event is now closed.   Please contact with CH1-13 in the subject heading for further information.
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DATE FOR DIARY: 21 MAY: 4G – Prospects, concerns and policy implications.
For further information or to register your interest contact
For enquiries please contact the IIC secretariat on +44 (0)20 8417 0600.