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If you’ve been to a media industry conference in the past year, chances are you ran into Avner Ronen, King of the media industry conference circuit. What I like about Avner is that, unlike most company figureheads who speak at events, do interviews and get quoted, he speaks what he thinks AND has an intelligent perspective on a variety of media, business and technology topics. He doesn’t have PR “handlers” to make sure he regurgitates the same doodie he’s regurgitated 1,000 times before.
Anyhoo, I sat down with Avner at the Streaming Media East conference in NYC last week. boxee is the scrappy young start-up taking on media behemoths such as Comcast, Apple and (now) Google. He had just finished participating in a panel, The Impact of Broadband-Enabled TVs, Gaming Consoles, and Devices, when I caught up with him.
With the number of new broadband-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players expected to be sold, along with devices such as the Xbox, Roku, TiVo, and PS3, consumers now have many ways to get their video fix. So what are the new business models that will be created from these new devices? What hurdles need to be overcome so that content can be monetized for multiple platforms? Explore with this panel the role of current consumer entertainment devices in this new convergent world and how these devices will play together to offer a superior video experience.
So, among other things, we talked about connected devices, TV Everywhere, pushing content out through a variety of channels and devices, and….the whole point of pushing content to where consumers spend their time and want to watch, consumer and interact with content….monetization models: pay-per-view, subscription, advertising and syndication.