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Pick Your Dance Partner Carefully … Even More So With Technology

Pick Your Dance Partner Carefully … Even More So With Technology

Online video has seen a great deal of change in its 17-plus years of existence.  From the format wars of years past to the current evolution of AVC to HEVC, one thing is evident: change is constant.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Change often means that you are adapting to new trends - maybe even setting them.

Seeing is Believing: What is Your (Virtual) Reality?

Seeing is Believing: What is Your (Virtual) Reality?

I’m a big fan of the latest HBO hit show ‘Westworld’.  The premise is that Westworld is a massive theme park (think Walt Disney World on some serious performance enhancement substances) where visitors interact with some very realistic artificial beings (robots).

The More Things Change, The More They Continue to Change

The More Things Change, The More They Continue to Change

With apologies to the old adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” it seems that every time we overcome one challenge in the streaming space, we are faced with another.  Welcome to ‘Whac-A-Mole’,  streaming style.  And I, for one, wouldn’t have it any other way.

NFL TV Viewership Down, But No One Seems To Know Why

NFL TV Viewership Down, But No One Seems To Know Why

It is the most popular sport in the US.  Its popularity extends beyond the borders of the US and counts millions of fans worldwide. It generates billions of dollars in revenue and has traditionally driven the strongest broadcast television ratings without exception. But the NFL has a problem.

Cast a vote for the Presidential video experience. Who you got?

Cast a vote for the Presidential video experience. Who you got?

This year, the Presidential election - and debates - will rely a great deal on video, and for good reason. An entire segment of voters now use smartphones and tablets as their primary means of connecting with candidates and consuming their messages - and video. Strap in and let’s explore. 2016 has been a year for many historical firsts.

Having the Right Tool for the Right Job

Having the Right Tool for the Right Job

We’ve all heard the adage I’ve called out in my headline before.  Whether you’re hanging a picture on a wall, fixing the wheel on your child’s bike or tweaking and tuning video compression, it always pays dividends to have the proper tool for the task at hand.

The Themes and Trends at IBC 2016

The Themes and Trends at IBC 2016

Another year is in the books for one of the largest broadcast and technology conferences in the world, the International Broadcast Conference (IBC). Attendance again broke records with nearly 56,000 people visiting the show over this past weekend.