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TelcoTV: Big Telcos & Some VUDU

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- TelcoTV 2008 -- The keynote session here Wednesday was a TV love-in, as you may have read, but the varied styles of the speakers was remarkable.

Click on the image below to launch photo coverage of the proceedings:

The Big Show For AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), it was product placement, pure and simple: a bully pulpit used to push U-verse to a crowd that was simply looking to find out what they ought to do with their own networks. For Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), the keynote was a chance to extol the march of video on-demand (VOD) as the new way that we watch TV. Finally, for VUDU Inc. , the keynote session on Wednesday morning here was an opportunity to preach the convenience of broadband TV over the control of closed networks. Not exactly a message many here wanted to hear, but an important effort, nonetheless.

All photos by Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images. The captions are not his fault.

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading
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