Former Ericsson exec Ho has been at the company only seven months, but you’d never know she was such a TiVo newbie. Already an integral part of the organization as the lead on its consumer and metadata teams, she was particularly instrumental in the recent launch of TiVo’s metadata packages for studios, broadcasters and networks. Cord-cutting, Ho says, will continue to dominate industry conversation. “The trend is picking up steam as the younger generation has very different habits on paying for and consuming media entertainment.”
Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones.” She emerged from being a victim to a strong, confident and courageous woman who believes in herself. Though she may have started out as naïve and idealistic, she has learned from her experiences and is now a fearless leader who doesn’t hesitate to make tough decisions. She is empathetic and loyal but has a strong sense of purpose and principle that she stays true to. At the same time, there is still a soft side to her that yearns for connections.
What industry topic do you think will dominate industry headlines in 2018 and why?
Everyone has been talking this for quite a few years—but I think cord-cutting is going to continue to dominate the conversation in 2018; the trend is picking up steam as the younger generation has very different habits on paying for and consuming media entertainment. They are still willing to pay for entertainment, but to providers who are deliver content that matches their interest and in a way that matches their lifestyle.
What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
Marie Curie, the physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911. Her achievements included the development of the theory of radioactivity (a term that she coined) techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. She had to overcome tremendous barriers and prejudices that were placed in her way because she was a woman. I would like to hear her story and what drove her to persist and succeed even with all the challenges she faced.
Best advice for relieving stress?
Spend time with people that bring you joy.