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Will AI Power the Next Leap in Video Compression?

Artificial intelligence’s (AI) role in the digital content economy isn’t merely confined to better anticipating what TV series you’d like to binge watch next. It’s increasingly being brought to bear to solve a more challenging (and equally long-standing) technical problem: how to shave off bits from a video file without fatally compromising quality. While the […]

Capped America

Failed presidential candidate John Edwards once spoke of “two Americas.” While Edwards was making an economic pitch, his message, with a little temporal updating, could just as easily apply to the market for data. In one America—that of residential broadband—most users enjoyed unlimited data and zero restrictions. In another America, mobile broadband users faced tight […]

How to Understand the FCC’s Thinking in the Trump Era

It’s nearly impossible for most people to digest the flood of news issuing out of Washington since the inauguration of President Donald Trump and keep their day job. So it’s no surprise that his pick for Federal Communications Chairman, Ajit Pai, flew mostly under the radar. But Pai’s FCC will be at the center of […]

Why Google, Not Amazon, Will Win the Smart Home War

Every new technology brings with it a clash of competing standards, formats and operating systems. Veteran observers can recount the (rhetorically) bloody battles pitting Betamax against VHS, HD-DVD against Blu-ray, DVD-A vs. Super Audio CD, Mac vs. PC—we could go on. The format wars, as they’re colloquially called, are by no means over. There are […]

The One Arena Apple Still Rules

With iPhone sales seemingly hitting a plateau, many pundits have taken to bemoaning the Tim Cook era. But whatever one thinks about the future of Apple under Cook’s leadership, there is one area where Apple continues to hold an unquestionable lead: mobile video consumption. In a recent survey, the Streaming Video Alliance found that 47.42 […]

The Future of Mobile Video Is… DVD Quality?

When you think of the future of video, what words come to mind? If you’re like most observers, you’re likely rattling around words like “4K” or “high dynamic range” or possibly “8K” and potentially “virtual reality.” Unless you’re a mobile carrier, that is. In that case, the future of video conjures up the phrase….480p. The […]

The Two Big Questions Facing the Virtual Reality Camera Market

While the traditional digital still camera market continues its slow, smartphone-induced decline, a new camera category has reared its head: the 360-degree/VR camera. 2016 has served as a coming out party, of sorts, for 360-degree imaging as major brands such as Samsung, GoPro and Nikon threw their collective hats into the ring, alongside a host […]

The Two Big Headwinds Still Facing the Camera Drone Market

After a period of uncertainty and prolonged debate, the Federal Aviation Administration finally clarified the regulations governing consumer and commercial drone use over the summer. While a few finer wrinkles still need to be ironed out, the general guidelines are clear enough to seemingly open U.S. skies to wider camera drone use. And manufacturers have […]

Streaming Has Yet to Defang Piracy. It May Never.

The conventional wisdom surrounding digital piracy is that the vicious cycle of whack-a-mole, where authorities shut down pirate sites only to find new ones sprouting up instantaneously in their wake, would only be broken by making valuable digital content easier to access legally. While plenty of work remains, the content industry has made significant strides […]

In VR Race, Broadcasters Get a Jump on the OTT Disruptors

In sprinting and swimming, how an athlete reacts to the gun—leaping off the block or propelling themselves into the pool—can often make or break a race. This early-mover advantage isn’t confined to athletics. It can propel business fortunes as well. The gun has clearly sounded in virtual reality (VR), and thousands of players, large and […]