Video Visionaries at NewTeeVee Live '09

VCs @ NewTeeVee Live

Spent the day down in Mission Bay at GigaOm’s NewTeeVee Live Conference. This was my second time at the broadcast-meets-internet-video meet-up and this year was equally enlightening with the usual news and announcements of upcoming tech gadgets and progress.
I could go into details but most of it was already blogged and publicized: Boxee is releasing a box (but not showing it until Dec), Comcast is releasing their version of TV Everywhere (but not until Dec), Adobe Flash (… Dec), and YouTube is going 1080p (not Dec, next week actually). The biggest takeaway is *everyone* is doing menu systems – game consoles, TVs, DVD & Blu-ray players, over-the-top boxes, …and even toasters.
I think the most revealing bit for me was being a 40-something sitting in a roomful of other 40-somethings and hearing everyone express the same ideas I’ve been having for the last six months: aggregation, social dynamics, multi-screen, better remote, etc. As a 40-something working along-side 20 & 30-something Facebookers who’s point of view all about virtual goods, I had thought my ideas were unique.
Saying this, will I return next year? Certainly. But for now I’ll be taking  time to re-examine my current projects to determine if they’ll truly be innovative, or even relevant, by the time they are released…

Spent the day down in Mission Bay at GigaOm’s NewTeeVee Live Conference. This was my second time at the broadcast-meets-internet-video meet-up and this year was equally enlightening with the usual news and announcements of upcoming tech gadgets and progress.

I could go into details but most of it was already blogged and publicized: Boxee is releasing a box (but not showing it until Dec), Comcast is releasing “on Demand Online” – their version of TV Everywhere (but not until Dec), Adobe Flash (… Dec), and YouTube is going 1080p (not Dec, next week actually). The biggest takeaway is *everyone* is doing menu systems with Netflix – game consoles, TVs, DVD & Blu-ray players, over-the-top boxes, …and even toasters.

I think the most revealing bit for me was being a 40-something sitting in a roomful of other 40-somethings and hearing everyone express the same ideas I’ve been having for the last six months: aggregation, social dynamics, multi-screen, better remote, etc. As a 40-something working exclusively with 20 & 30-something Facebookers who dream solely of virtual goods, I had presumed my ideas were unique.

Saying this, will I return next year? Certainly. But for now I’ll be taking  time to re-examine my current projects to determine if they’ll truly be innovative (or even relevant) by the time they would come to term…

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