The Great Connected Television Debate: Will The Internet Be The End Of Television As We Know It? (IBC 2012)

About the debate

Will connected television render traditional channels irrelevant?

During the IBC 2012 session ‘The Great Connected Television Debate: Will The Internet Be The End Of Television As We Know It? (IBC 2012)‘ two teams were  speaking for and against this will debate whether the emergence of video devices and displays connected directly to data networks will make traditional television channels redundant and obsolete.

Featuring the latest research into audience behaviours and consumption patterns the panel the speakers discuss their position with on the one hand those that believe that the internet will disrupt television fundamentally, while on the other the ones that argue that traditional television continues to dominate most people’s viewing. Below a summary of each speaker providing insights from both sides of this debate.

About the Speakers

Saul Berman, IBM

Saul Berman is Partner & Vice President, Global Strategy Consulting Leader & Innovation and Growth Services Leader at IBM Global Business Services. Mr. Berman wrote a paper in 2005 called ‘The End of Television as we know it’ (which served as the inspiration for this blog during my university courses in new media & television).

Read more about Mr. Berman’s perspective on The End of Television as we know it.

Jon Honecutt, Discovery

Jon Honeycutt is EVP and COO for Discovery Networks International. He argues that people have always been talking about the death of TV industry or the death of linear channels. And although the industry has been through changes when free terrestrial was joined by paid cable and the analog signal became digital.

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Nick Thexton, Cisco

Nick Thexton is CTO for the Service Provider Video Technology Group at Cisco in the UK. He most recently served as SVP and CTO at NDS before the acquisition of the company by Cisco this year. Het argues that it’s the channel that is changing and has to go through a transformative process, and that some of the channels will fail.

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David Brennan, Media Native

David Brennan was Research and Strategy Director at Thinkbox from its launch in 2006 until August 2011, when he set up his own media consultancy – Media Native – specialising in the role of TV in the communications mix in the 21st Century.

Read more about Mr. Brennan’s perspective on The End of Television as we know it.

Anthony Rose, Zeebox

Anthony Rose is Co-founder and CTO of Zeebox, a new platform that turns live TV into a two-way, social and interactive viewing experience on the seconds screen. Previously he headed up BBC iPlayer from 2007 to 2010, taking it from pre-launch to major success story.

Read more about Mr. Rose’s perspective on The End of Television as we know it.

Nigel Walley, Decipher

Nigel Walley is Managing Director of Decipher the media strategy consultancy, and Chairman of the Decipher Group of companies. Since founding Decipher in 1998, he has worked on interactive media and technology projects for a wide range of clients including NTL, Telewest, ITV, the BBC, Sky, UKTV, Channel 4, Sony, the UK Govt (DTI), and Viacom.

Read more about Mr. Rose’s perspective on The End of Television as we know it.

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