The MIT/Stanford VLAB has an upcoming event that ought to be of interest to those of you with an interest in the convergence of television and mobility:
Television Breaks Out of the Box: The Mad Rush to go Mobile
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
6:00 – 7:00 PM Networking/Hors d’oeuvres reception
7:00 – 8:30 PM Presentation and panel discussionregister now
Philip Alvelda, Chairman, CEO & Co-founder, MobiTV
Moderator:Rafe Needleman, Editor-at-Large, CNET
Seamus McAteer, Co-founder, Chief Product Architect & Senior Analyst, M:Metrics
Panelist to be announced from GoTV
Scott Raney, Partner, Redpoint Ventures
Event Description: Join VLAB moderator Rafe Needleman in a spirited exploration of mobile entertainment featuring Philip Alvelda, Chairman, CEO & Co-founder of MobiTV. MobiTV bravely launched its first service in 2003 with Sprint – at a time when transmission rates were painfully slow. Fast forward to July 2006, a zippier world & a brand new $70 million “C” round of financing. Will it be enough? We will hear from the competition (GoTV), an industry analyst & a VC who has serious money on the table.
Every week, the potential field of competitors grows larger and more diverse (ranging from start-ups such as Sling Media to Apple and Google). Standards and alliances are forming, technologies are evolving from single-cast to broadcast. There is a lot at stake as new upstarts seek to move television from the big to the small screen. Join us in an exploration of the elements of risk and success in this highly sought-after space.