Here's some news of note from the realm of broadband content and ITV:
That round will attempt to see how well a variety of ETV applications and "user agents" -- the Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) "player" that goes inside set-tops -- run when deployed to a wide range of set-top box models. It's a noble goal, but one that's been difficult to achieve during the early days of EBIF. (See Zodiac Expands EBIF Support and TV Apps Teams Face Cable Conundrum.)
Responses to the CableLabs RFI are due Friday, Jan. 29. So, let's get to work, people.
Cord-cutting is the notion that consumers will get rid of their traditional cable TV subscriptions and use broadband and over-the-air digital TV to fulfill all their video needs. Although there's little evidence that it is anything but a limited phenomenon at this juncture, TDG thinks a [ed. note: cliché alert!] "perfect storm" is underway that could take it closer to the mainstream. Among the elements driving this tempest of change: testy retransmission negotiations, network neutrality disputes, and, of course, a growing variety of TV alternatives.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News