I have been absent from 3Screens for a while.
No excuses here - but some reasoning:
1. Most of my focus has been on U-verse. It was very compelling when it was first launched because AT&T was the first operator in the U.S. to do real IPTV.
Without being a fan boy, I think they have done a great job in executing. Sure, along the way there have been hick-ups, but anytime there was a problem, their customer support on the phone and when they showed up in person was first rate. So way to go, AT&T.
I also thought it was interesting that AT&T was in the process of reinventing itself.
Other than making slight improvements there was not much more to write about, so I purposely scaled back coverage.
2. The other reason for not posting is that aside from my day job, I have also been populating another blog, Everywire, where I am writing about the vision of the wired home network - specifically, the new ITU standard, G.hn.
Moving forward, I am trying to look at what's ahead, particularly for U-verse. Here's a preview from my Everywire blog. Microsoft provides AT&T with the "middleware" the stuff that makes the interface pretty, let's you go through the menu, etc. Think of it as being the Operating System for your IPTV. The "Contoso" name you see is a made up brand. AT&T and other operators around the world can take all or just selected feature sets from Microsoft's Media Room offering.