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Motive attends National Association of Broadcasters Conference 2013
Motive Television was well represented at NAB 2013, with executive presence from our Board, Chief Executive, US management and global sales.

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16 April 2013
Motive attends National Association of Broadcasters Conference 2013

Motive Television was well represented at NAB 2013, with executive presence from our Board, Chief Executive, US management and global sales. At NAB there were partnership meetings with our co-founder of Tablet TV, Granite Broadcasting. We also had discussions with prospective clients for Mocast as well as high-level meetings with companies related to our work on Tablet TV, including the full-featured demonstration rollout announced on March 27th.

NAB itself was unexpectedly dominated by a series of bold statements by News Corp President, Chase Carey. In response to the recent legal victories of Aereo, the service which takes local broadcast signals and redistributes them for a fee via the internet without compensating the broadcaster, Carey said that “One option could be converting the Fox broadcast network to a pay channel, which we would do in collaboration with both our content partners and affiliates.” Aereo had won a key legal battle only the previous week and Carey was not allowing that decision to get stale before he responded. In other words, if Aereo is allowed to survive legally, broadcasters will have to respond to protect the dual revenue stream. His statement put not just retransmission fees (the payments that cable systems make to over-the-air stations in order to have permission to redistribute the stations) and Aereo front and center, but focused a spotlight on all means for delivering local broadcast signals to viewers by alternative methods.

The implications for Tablet TV were immediate and clear. Our solution lines up beautifully against Aereo and the Mobile TV alternative represented by Dyle TV and the Mobile 500 Alliance. Our picture quality is a beautiful full screen HD, unlike the SD Mobile TV experience. Once our device is available in the market, we will offer immediate access to every local station, unlike the market-by-market rollouts of Aereo and Mobile TV. Tablet TV alone will deliver the valuable consumer experience of on-demand programming in addition to live local broadcast. And our personal recording function will be broader than what is currently on offer from Mobile TV and not cloud-based, so therefore not dependent on an internet connection, like Aereo’s. NAB 2013 confirmed that Tablet TV and Motive Television are well positioned to compete in the coming battles to reshape the US content distribution business.

David Woodman, Managing Director of the Americas for Motive