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More Than a Pet Rock

Amidst terror and tragedy the past two weeks, something fun and amazing happened. The world discovered Pokemon Go – a new augmented reality app that allows users to find and capture virtual Pokemon characters in real world locations using their smartphone cameras. In Internet terminology, this app has gone viral, taking off faster than anything […]

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Better Late Than Never

Interesting news last week that Netflix and Comcast have come to an agreement to include a Netflix app on Comcast’s next generation X1 set-top box. Given that Netflix has been streaming since 2007, one might be forgiven for asking both parties what took so long? Now that it’s finally happening, however, what does it mean […]

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Strange Days

Forrest Gump has nothing on me. Through sheer coincidence I spent the past two weeks on holiday in London. As anyone on the planet with a screen now knows, the UK voted via public referendum to leave the EU (i.e., ‘British Exit’ or Brexit). This, in turn, cost Prime Minister David Cameron his job and […]

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HLS Doing DASH?

The recent announcement by Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) to support the same container format as Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) is a reminder that putting together streaming video systems is complex. It may be tempting to draw the conclusion that HLS now supports DASH, and the industry has reached a single way to […]

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History Has Its Eyes On You

Fascinating drama in Congress this week as Democrats staged a 1960s-style sit-in to protest the legislature’s inability to tackle gun violence. Regardless of how one feels about the politics of the issue, the way it played out on video was remarkable. The Republican majority cut off the main video feed to the floor of the […]

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Subtracting Ads

The Next TV Summit was held this past week in San Francisco. One panel in particular caught my attention. At the session on reshaping business models, Rob Gabel, CEO of Tubular Labs, identified a very large elephant in the room when he said, “[Millennials] don’t want to see an ad. Why am I stopping what […]

The Power of Competition

Dueling announcements from Sony and Microsoft this week around the videogame industry’s big E3 show in Los Angeles. Microsoft revealed an incremental hardware upgrade called Xbox One S that includes 4K UHD video support and will ship August 31 for $299. For its part, Sony announced that the much-anticipated Playstation VR headset would ship on […]

Supply and Demand

Creator edged Destin by a nose to win the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes this weekend. Seems like it was an exciting race. I missed it, and I’m betting you did, too. Sports viewers are drowning in content these days. In addition to the Belmont, this past weekend (including Friday) featured the NBA Finals, […]

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Cardboard Pong

Fun news in the world of VR this week as the Minnesota Twins announced they are going to give away 5,000 team-branded Google Cardboard headsets at their home game against the Chicago White Sox on July 29. Fans with a smartphone and the willingness to look dorky in a public place will be able to […]

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Chewbacca Mom

The future of TV is a funny place. Both funny ‘strange’ and funny as in ‘ha ha.’ At least that’s what I learned watching the Chewbacca Mom saga this week. Texas Mom Candace Payne started with a talking Chewbacca mask and a smartphone in a Kohl’s parking lot. One week and one Facebook Live post […]

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All Roads Lead to Rome

I finally watched Ex Machina this weekend (and recommend it highly). Science fiction retains a unique power to bring elements of the future to life in a way that a dry forecast (ahem) never could. In the movie, an eccentric billionaire founder of the world’s leading search engine (Bluebox!) creates a super-powerful artificial intelligence (AI) […]

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Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

I just returned from Streaming Media East, held last week in New York, and as always enjoyed checking in with old friends and new acquaintances in the broadband video world. In addition to moderating a great panel on the future of VR, I attended a fascinating session by Mario Armstrong on live social broadcasting. Mario […]

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