November 3, 2015

Data Can Help Publishers Understand What Readers Want

Posted by Mitrankur Majumdar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:59 AM

What it means for the New York Times to hire a scientist  [Source:]

Despite the vast amount of digital content available today, I love my daily newspaper. Many readers, like me, continue to enjoy reading newspaper for its depth of coverage and unique experience. However, there is no ignoring the fact that newspaper circulation has dropped significantly over the last three decades.

Publishers are still trying to come to grips with a new generation of digitally-connected consumers, who use non-traditional channels such as mobile devices to access news from social media and apps. At the same time, newer entrants to the publishing market such as The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed are attracting more readers with free, shareable online content, that increases engagement and readership.

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April 22, 2014

A Fair-weather View of the Future

Posted by Mitrankur Majumdar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:29 AM

This Day In History 4-22-1964 The New York Worlds Fair Opens In Manhattan [Source:]

To Star Trek fans, it's no surprise that when the first commercially available cell phones really took hold in the 1990s, they were "flip -phones" that had an uncanny resemblance to the communicators used by the fictional crew of the Enterprise. When science fiction visionaries, or even corporations for that matter, have a healthy, optimistic view of what might be in store for society, it's amazing how many of our collective ideas can come to life.

Some 50 years ago, the last major World's Fair opened in New York City and exposed more than 50 million visitors to an array of gadgets and concepts. Most of them came from the corporate pavilions. The World's Fair amazed audiences with a selection of items that seemed so far off into the future to ever become a reality. Here are some of my favorites; you'll be surprised at how many of them were right on the mark.

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October 17, 2012

What's New on Cable?

Posted by Mitrankur Majumdar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:50 AM

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With U.S. cable operators offering telephone and broadband services, telecom companies entering the cable's television stronghold, and Internet upstarts joining the fray, everyone is now in the same race. Amidst cutthroat competition and the blurring of lines between telephone, Internet and cable providers, cable companies are stepping up their innovation efforts to achieve differentiation and growth. This is ushering in an exciting new phase, where the focus is on delivering better user experience and experimenting with different business models.  

Currently, most cable companies are full service operators, with a phone and Internet offering on top of traditional cable programming. They're active in the home as well as the enterprise segment, from enabling simple business facilities for SMBs, such as email and Internet connectivity to offering backhaul and infrastructure for large enterprise customers.  However, the obvious gap in their suite of services is wireless or mobile communication. This is leading former rivals from the cable and telecom space to come together in "quid pro quo" alliances, whereby they leverage each other's complementary capabilities in addition to focused investments on Wi-Fi across their footprint.

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June 27, 2012

Ok everyone, become a couch potato!

Posted by Mitrankur Majumdar (View Profile | View All Posts) at 7:02 AM

Sometimes,  innovation can also mean more people sitting in front of the TV and for longer.  We kid around with jokes about "mean butt time" and creating the next generation of couch potatoes.  However, if you're a cable operator, this is what keeps you up at night.  That's why, I was excited to be at the National Cable and Telecommunications (NCTA) show held recently in Boston.  The upside is that there's so much innovation - even a few game changers - in the industry ecosystem.  But then again, I'll probably end up putting on a few more pounds enjoying the end result - a television experience tailored to my needs and preferences. This year the Show had so many ideas that caught my attention.

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