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Super Bowl LI: The Streaming Story

Super Bowl LI: The Streaming Story

The big game is over and wow, what a spectacle it was.  Every year, it seems we say that this game was better than the last.  And often, these statements are true.  But Super Bowl LI was, by any measure, extraordinary, breaking many Super Bowl records along the way.

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.