Tagged 'internet'

Is the Internet Killing Cable TV?

Posted by Bri Bauer on January 14th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Will 2013 be the year in which streaming digital TV goes mainstream? The numbers are in, and it doesn't look good for traditional cable TV.
A 2012 study by the ISI Group confirmed that American viewers continued to ditch their cable TV subscriptions in favor of accessing high-speed streaming services. Instead of flipping through “whatever's on TV” every night, these cord-cutters are hooking up their smartphones, laptops and tablets to traditional TV screens or gaming devices and accessing their programming via the Internet.
Cutting the Cable Cord
If you peruse cable.TV, you'll see an average cable package that includes 100-plus channels runs about $70-100 a month. Experience shows that most viewers regularly watch only four or five. What streaming digital TV offers is the ability for viewers to watch the content they want, when they want it, using much-cheaper (starting at about $8 a month) services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Apple TV, Roku and Slingbox. This may spell doom for cable operators, who are coming up with their own initiatives to prove their worth to current and potential subscribers.
They'd better hurry up. According to businessinsider.com, three of... Read more

Malware Monday: Thousands to lose internet, FBI warns of DNS Change

Posted by Amy Kauffman on July 5th, 2012 at 9:55 am

You may remember the “Operation Ghost Click” in November of last year when the FBI tracked down hackers who were attempting to control over 570,000 computers worldwide through malware causing a DNS change.
Unfortunately, shutting down the malicious hacker servers also meant shutting down the thousands of users’ internet that were infected with the DNS change, with the majority of users not aware the change occurred. To buy time and protect the affected public from the numerous scams they were now susceptible to, the FBI launched a safety net bringing in a private company to launch two clean servers to redirect thousands of computers from the hacker’s server and maintain internet access.
The temporary solution shuts down on Monday July, 9 and will leave thousands without internet should they not diagnose and fix the malware before the deadline.
Despite all the warnings from the FBI and notices from Facebook and Google if they suspect your computer has a DNS change, the AP reports that 227,000 computers are still infected worldwide, 64,000 of those residing in the US including 50 Fortune 500 companies. Internet providers like Comcast are also doing their part in educating and warning their customers through letters and messages, however thousands... Read more

Social Media, the Internet and Big Business: Influencing Everything from Store Inventories to MBA Programs

Posted by Drew Hendricks on June 1st, 2012 at 8:02 am

It should be no surprise to anyone that Web 1.0 technologies significantly changed business procedures. As reported by the BBC News in 2006, back when the dot.com boom was still freshly in memory, but old enough for people to have some perspective on it, internet sales reached $170 billion in 2006 (that figure is slightly down today, due to the recession). Business were saving (and making) lots of money online. Business schools were changing the way they operated and reorienting themselves in this new market.
How they were doing so may come as a bit of a surprise to the casual observer: they were using the internet to streamline backend processes such as inventory management by using faster, simpler and cheaper digital communications, rather than the clumsy old phone calls, faxes and letters.
This also allowed large companies to move manufacturing and other infrastructure overseas, since email allowed for rapid, near-constant and cheap communication between the main office and the far-flung hubs. It also allowed businesses of all stripes to reach customers and hold product in a way that wasn’t possible in the era of just... Read more

Turbulence on the climb out but what a time to be a pilot!

Posted by Dave Hills on October 15th, 2008 at 12:00 am

“Boy these are sure scary times!”  So exclaimed one of our entrepreneurs here at KPG last week at breakfast.  I have such respect and regard for all of our entrepreneurs.  That’s because I was a business operator for 26 of my 28 years in the media industry.  Fourteen of those in online.  I’ve only been a VC for about a year so there’s no spread-sheet-speak here.  Just an operator’s view having been at these points before and having sat right where you sit today.
If you do the math you’ll see that I operated businesses during some pretty turbulent times.  Each downturn started differently and all of them were supposed to be the end of the world as we know it.  Maybe one of them one day will be the end.  The greater likelihood is that hard work and innovation will pull us through this and we’ll experience incredible growth again.
What is assured is that entrepreneurs will be the engine that provides the growth as we come out of this current situation.  So here’s an operator turned VC’s view on moving through the turbulence.  Four simple things I’d like you to consider.
Check your company’s mission – Take some structured time and... Read more