Gates on IPTV: Old lectures, AIDS research

With all the hubbub surrounding franchise legislation and infrastructure deployment hold-ups, there's been little space to cover content issues. In a report out of the VON show last week, apparently Microsoft asked its chairman, Bill Gates, what he would want to watch on IPTV. His answer as recalled by Microsoft's director of media services Shari Barnett: "Old Richard Feynman lectures, MIT research on AIDS, and Dora the Explorer" (for his daughter.) "I'll never miss a good golf tournament." The stunt certainly reminds the programmers at Microsoft just how much work they still have to do. Gates' response might as well have been, "everything." IPTV could be pay TV's answer to the Long Tail, but it's going to take a while, so let's focus on the coding, the buildout and the regulatory fights.

For more on Gates' content requests:
- see this article from CRN Australia

Suggested Articles

Comcast is calling on its cable brethren, Charter and Cox, for a new initiative called On Addressability focused on building a “sound, scalable and sustainable…

NCC Media and OpenAP are teaming up to allow national advertisers to use OpenAP’s audience segment definitions when buying across NCC Media’s linear, VOD and…

Comcast is launching new controls for its X1 television service that will allow people with certain disabilities to operate their cable TV systems using their…