Digital Tipping Point: Cable companies have more Internet subscribers than TV subscribers

TVinternetBruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc.:”With the addition of more than 30 million broadband subscribers over the past decade, cable providers have clearly expanded well beyond their roots in cable TV service. As of the end of 2Q 2014, the top cable providers now have more broadband subscribers than cable TV subscribers.”

Peter Kafka, Re/code:”The top cable guys now have 49,915,000 Internet subscribers, compared to 49,910,000 TV subscribers. And to be sure, most cable customers are getting both services. Still, this is directionally important. The future for the pay TV guys isn’t selling you pay TV — it’s selling you access to data pipes, and pay TV will be one of the things you use those pipes for.”

Marcus Wholsen, Wired: “What this means for the future of TV is still tough to predict. While these figures may suggest the inevitable transition to an internet-dominated future, nearly 50 million cable subscribers don’t appear ready to cut the cord just yet. Even with a plethora of on-demand options, people are still watching TV like they used to, which means a business model still based around ads and subscription fees. But that’s still a loss of millions of cable subscribers over the past half-decade, while the number of broadband subscribers has climbed at a much faster clip.

Meanwhile, traditional TV as a format already is being engulfed by the open-endedness of the internet. From mainstream streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video to niche sites like Funny or Die to YouTube celebrities—to name just some of the options that fall under entertainment—the kinds of moving pictures available and the ways to consume them have never been greater. Within this broader spectrum, cable as a concept could become just another niche, one channel among many as the insatiable internet swallows everything it encounters.”

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Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2014





Source: Gartner

Note that the Internet of Things has replaced big data at the top of the “peak of inflated expectations” (see Gartner’s 2013 Hype Cycle). Both will take another 5 to 10 years to reach the “plateau of productivity” in Gartner’s estimation. Data Science is a new category for Gartner’s Hype Cycle this year–IMHO, it’s more a new discipline than an “emerging technology”–and it’s interesting to see that Gartner gives it a shorter time-to-maturity (2 to 5 years) than big data. This rapid ascendance is helped by the numerous undergraduate and graduate programs answering the demand for data scientists and the fact that it is evolving out of established practices and existing educational programs in business analytics, operations research, statistics, and computer science.

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What Chief Data Officers Do (Infographic)



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Josh Wills on Machine Learning in a Business Setting

Academic machine learning is all about optimization. Machine learning in a business setting is all about understanding: “My focus is always on how do I understand what the system is doing, come up with new hypotheses about this very complex system, test them, and then use what I’ve learned from those tests to find new ways to improve the system.”

An overview of Cloudera’s current data science tools, including Oryx and Spark for building and serving machine learning models, Gertrude for multivariate testing, and Impala for ludicrously high-performance SQL queries against HDFS.

Josh Wills is Cloudera’s Senior Director of Data Science

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Jeanne Ross on Why You May Not Need Big Data (Video)

“I think you grow into Big Data”

Jeanne Ross, Director of MIT’s Sloan School Center for Information Systems Research, interviewed by Dave Vellante and Paul Gillin at the CDOIQ Symposium, July 23, 2104.

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What Happens on the Web in 60 Seconds (Infographic)


Source: Qmee

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What is the Internet of Things? (Infographic)


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