Internet Invades TV Industry’s Business?

Terror attacked Mumbai, and two Bangkok airports were closed due to occupation by anti-government protesters.

Thailand is a heart-warming Buddhism country, even if whatever happens, the king can resolve whole things finally.   I’m concerned about the situation in India rather than that in Thailand.

CNN International has arranged a-week-long special coverage of Indian business this week, their correspondent Andrew Stevens would have live reports from Mumbai, but its programming and staffs has been entirely turned to those for terrorism reporting.

There are some influential media companies in India, one of them is “Network 18”, they’re operating a news channel “CNN-IBN” jointly with CNN.

Temporarily CNN-IBN’s TV feed is now available on “Live Station”, an Internet streaming service venture headqurtered in UK, even CNN international uses live pictures brought by Live Station, and also reporting the situation with satellite images provided by Google Earth and discussion with some bloggers living in Mumbai.

Even now here in Japan, there is a boundary between “broadcasting” and “telecommunication” in terms of legal perspective, but I think this week’s terror reporting by CNN is a case that Internet agressively invades TV business.

Streaming service provider “Live Station” does only re-transmit TV news feeds for Internet connection as far as I see, I’m very interested in how they make money from their business.

I found Om Mark from his tech blog “GigaOM” features an interview of Live Station’s CEO.

I watch CNN-IBN every night.   I’m getting used to listen to dialects in Indian English.

Just like big changes happening in science technologies when we face energy crisis,
every time war and terror-related big news is coming up, news medium change their forms and appearances.

It’s a cynical fact.

Dinner with Jason Calacanis and Influensive Bloggers

Founder of human powered search engine “Mahalo”, and also co-founder of Tech Crunch 50, Jason Calacanis is now in Tokyo, I was invited to his dinner party.

Mr. Umihiko Namekawa and Mr. Nobuo Takahashi, translators of TechCrunch Japanese Edition,
Dan Kogai, a well-known blogger as well as former CTO of Livedoor,
Mr. Motohiko Tokuriki from Agile Media Network,
Masato Kogure authoring famous blog “Netaful”, Mr. Masaki Ishitani from blog “Mitaimon”,
and Mr. Serkan Toto, Tech Crunch writer.

Everyone is witnessed often on the blogosphere.

I’ve posted several stories to Asiajin, I saw its organizer Akky Akimoto there for the first time.

One of TechCrunch translators, Takahashi-san gave me his brandnew book translated by him.

It was written by the founders of a San Francisco-based consulting firm “Adaptive Path”, and they’re famous as inventing the terms such as “Ajax” and “blog”.      I started reading it and I will post my comment on that later.

We did split the bill there, Kogai-san did not have enough amount of Japanse yen to pay, he looked so cheerful and paid in Euro instead.

Last weekend, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi-UFJ stopped their teller machines nationwide due to the maintenance for large-scale scheduled system migration, I was not able to withdraw my money from my account, it causes lacks of Japanese yen in my wallet as well.   Only U.S. Dollar and Korean Won left.

The New Context Conference 2008

Day 2, the New Context Conferenfce 2008, Ebisu, Tokyo.

I didn’t have enough time to attend the entire event despite it’s been held in my office’s neighbourhood.   I attended only the last session of the event.

It’s titled, “What’s the Next Big Thing?”

This phrase reminds me of the blog written by Don Dodge, Business Development Director for Microsoft Corporation.    I think I’m not only one who remember that with the name.

Almost all of the panels at the last session were entrepreneuers and venture capitalists coming from Silicon Valley, they concluded basically “everyone should go to Silicon Valley for start up somthing new without fearing failures.”

On the other hand, in terms of advertising reach to large number population, China and India are very attractive.   That’s one of the reason why Google starts developing Android cellphone platform.   I’ve been feeling the emerging growth of China even at these kind conferences in these days.

I’m finishing my write-up because I’m a little bit busy today to prepare for an in-company meeting tonight and for contributing to a magazine.

Finally, I appreciate organizing such a great conference and the hard work of Digital Garage and Mr. Joi Ito, although it’s hard time now for them because Digital Garage showed 2.4billion yen loss in the previous accounting period.

Web 2.0 Expo Tokyo has been canceled, maybe New Context Conference is this year’s last one of this kind conference in Japan.

Thank all who got things done.