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What Will Be The Legacy of Legacy Formats?

Recent reports of the demise of the compact disc feature elegies tinged with funereal nostalgia for what was once a bold, new and literally shiny technology.  Those might as well have been elegies for all physical media including the CD’s video packaged-media analogues: DVD and Blu-ray. Neither of which is quite ready for a final […]

ATSC 3.0: The Secret to Success May Not be Technical

Now that the ATSC 3.0 standard is finalized and South Korean broadcasters gave the next-generation system its inaugural run at the recently concluded 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, what’s next? Now, planning and testing in the U.S. is underway, with select broadcasters and industry participants refining their strategies for technical, structural and business plans. […]

Music Mystery: Can Spotify Ever Make Money?

The streaming music service Spotify is preparing for an initial public offering this year, which has renewed the focus on the streaming service’s economic health and the viability of the streaming market more broadly. While Spotify hasn’t fully cracked open its books, the company reportedly lost nearly $1 billion in just two years. Despite the […]

Do we know from where cord cutters are watching TV?

What if the common belief that the losses in traditional pay TV subscribers are due to mainstream video streaming services is wrong? Or, that belief is an oversimplification of a complex problem? Not only is there an increase in video-streaming subscriptions for SVoD services like Netflix and “live streaming” services such as DirecTV Now, there […]

It’s Time to Worry About AI Video Technology

It’s a widely known (if little discussed) fact that the adult film industry often serves as a pioneer for video technology. It was the industry’s early backing of VHS that helped to bury Betamax and its embrace of Blu-ray that helped shovel dirt over rival HD-DVD. So we should all take notice of a series […]

I Saw the Integrated Future at CES

CES is traditionally a wonderland of new devices and new technologies, some frivolous and some functional, some ready-for-prime-time and some preparing for a hopeful or eventual future. Also, traditionally, most of these new devices and technologies exist by-and-large in siloes, distinct product categories or distinct applications designed to work, perhaps, tangentially, complementary or supplementary with […]

Get Ready: 8K TV is Next Up

At the recent CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the managers of the new Sharp Corp. rolled out their vision for an 8K consumer video future featuring 8K Super Hi-Vision (SHV) TV. Sharp, now under the direction of giant Taiwan electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision/Foxconn Electronics, has set its sights on leading the development of this […]

Why the Last Great Push in Smartphone Sales is in India

With smartphone sales waning in most big markets around the world, suppliers want to squeeze the very last drop of growth out of India. After smartphone market saturation occurs in India, smartphone sales are destined for lower growth. That’s why the smartphone-industry push is so forceful today. Now that international and Chinese smartphone brands have […]

Hedy Lamarr Finally Gets Her Spread Spectrum Due in ‘Bombshell’

AI, voice control, VR/AR, IoT/connected devices, autonomous cars—all these and more are going to be prime topics at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. But as a scoop of sherbet cleanses the palate, instead of diving right into CES, I’d like to discuss a new documentary about movie siren Hedy Lamarr. And, yes, her story is […]

Three Tech Predictions 2018: More Gold rushes, AI & Internet Regs

1. The Bitcoin bubble bursts. This one is a no-brainer. As we write this, the crypto-currency Bitcoin has grown over 1,000 percent in 2017. Despite a recent, sharp downturn, the currency is poised to finish out 2017 strong. The gold-rush mentality has led, predictably, to a speculative mania exemplified by the absurd spectacle of the […]