Last night's panel at MIT with Mark Cuban, boxee CEO/founder Avner Ronen and Akamai CEO Paul Sagan and yours truly, moderated by Prism's Woody Benson, was a freewheeling affair, with lots of controversy and plenty of humor. The topic was "IPTV: The Scrum for the Last Six Feet" and I think we covered all the relevant bases related to devices, over-the-top, content creation, sports and even what TV shows our kids are allowed to watch. For those wondering what compelled Mark to make the trek all the way to MIT, note the Mavs take on the Celtics at the Garden tonight. Next week I'll make the video available, and also highlight some of the fundamentally different ways Mark and I see the TV landscape unfolding.
If you're going to be in the Boston area next week, then please join Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks owner and head of HDNet), Avner Ronen (CEO/founder of boxee), Paul Sagan (CEO, Akamai) and me for a panel at the MIT Enterprise Forum on Thursday, Feb 3rd. The panel is moderated by Woody Benson, partner at Prism VentureWorks, who will do a 45-minute fireside chat with Mark prior to the panel.
The panel promises to be a freewheeling discussion of all the issues related to online video's invasion into the living room: who are the winners and losers? how will business models change? how likely is cord-cutting? And what is the timing for all of this change to play out? Needless to say it's a pretty dynamic group of panelists, so there will be no shortage of opinions exchanged and differences aired. For example, Mark and I recently had a spirited email debate over whether broadcast TV networks should allow Google TV and others to display their programs. I've written a couple of times that they should (here and here), while Mark has written (in his characteristically subtle way!) it's "probably one of the dumbest concepts ever."
VideoNuze is the authoritative online source for original analysis and news aggregation focused on the burgeoning online video industry. Founded in 2007 by Will Richmond, a 20-year veteran of the broadband, cable TV, content and technology industries, VideoNuze is read by executive-level decision-makers who need to get beyond the standard headlines and achieve a deep understanding of online video’s disruptive impact.