Mike Cronk

Mike Cronk

Mike Cronk is a media technology leader with track record in business change and programme delivery.

Traditional Broadcasting has to Adapt to Survive

Amazon’s new Video Direct brings a new model to the consumer video market further chipping away at the traditional broadcasting model

Today’s media coverage in the FT has three separate stories that highlight the inexorable change in the traditional broadcast model and the impact of the ever evolving consumer offer.

Open Source and Standardisation

If you are an owner of an open source technology or use it to develop applications that are part of an international standard, you may be interested in a growing debate around a recent EU communication - ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market published this week. Uninspiring the title may be, but the paper is worth a read.

The thrust of the early discussion is around FRAND. Never heard of it? The acronym stands for Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (or RAND in the US). It is the basis upon which the owner of an intellectual property right might license that IP to provide a service or product that is covered by an agreed standard. As a large part of the media and broadcast technology sector is underpinned by standards that are honed and agreed by industry stakeholders, often over many years, it is worth understanding what is planned.

Disruptive Technologies, Transforming the Business

You might wonder what some of the great and good of Fitness First, Coca-Cola, The Scout Association, Cancer Research and numerous other organisations, have in common and what had them gather at Celtic Manor today; the golf course famous for major events such as the Ryder Cup.  It was not, if it was your first thought, a charity golf tournament.

Fifty plus CIO’s from the high street, charities, media, public service, technology industry, financial services and manufacturing represented a number of industry sectors, gathered to have a conversation about digital transformation and disruption in their businesses.  If the range of businesses were surprisingly diverse, the challenges and problems were not.

Changing Times

Change is one of the most significant challenges that any organisation faces. The human condition is averse to change and even those who profess to be comfortable with it, often approach different or new tasks in a similar way. The processes in many organisations have hardly altered for years, however, with the arrival of digital technology new working practices, processes and interactions are now essential.

Organisations are now facing up to the changes imposed on them by digital technology affecting delivery, production, distribution and customer interaction. Additionally, with the emergence of new consumption methods like social networking and internet services, plus the introduction of alternative suppliers and business models, the ‘change challenges’ are magnified.

When Interference is a problem

The soaring demand for more bandwidth capacity poses increasing challenges for spectrum users that are dependent on it for their business. This, coupled in the satellite arena with the recent increase in interference and jamming for political purposes, provides areas of discussion in the regulatory forums. This article explores some of the issues facing administrations and poses some questions about what the broadcasters are doing to engage with the regulatory bodies.

Research published by Electronics.ca in March of this year predicts a demand for 7,150 36-MHz C and Ku-band transponders by 2012. Depending on the satellite design this means between 100 and 300 satellites over the next three years if demand is to be satisfied. These projections do not include the capacity needed for military use, communications, space exploration, GPS and other uses. If it is all delivered, users of all this capacity will welcome its arrival, as the alternative would be increasing competition for dwindling resources and inevitable price increases.