Archive | Video communication

Building Blocks for High Tech Ecosystems: Steel and Concrete

With the sophistication of today’s gadgets, it’s easy to forget that the media transmissions that bring these electronic wonders to life are coming from heavy and rugged infrastructure: cables on poles or buried underground, transmission antennas on giant towers, and communication satellites in orbit around the earth. The vulnerability of this infrastructure (especially for wireless […]

Will IP Transform the Broadcast Industry?

It might be argued that the difference between new video-service providers and the old ones (broadcast via cable, satellite and terrestrial) is that the new ones are simply using a different pipe (Internet) to get content into homes and to personal devices. This is true to a point but, of course, overly simplistic. There are […]

A 360-Degree Video Future? Codec is Key

Today, encoding standard 6:9 4K video footage is well served by the newest codecs. But getting to a future of fully immersive 360-degree video recording is where encoding will go next. That destination will be dependent on massive processing power and the most efficient codecs possible that deliver high-quality results. Consumers’ astounded initial reactions to […]

Facebook Video Needs to Take the Last Hill

Facebook is the world’s largest and most recognizable social network, but it’s fast on its way to becoming its foremost video power. With ad dollars flowing from broadcast TV to the Internet, Facebook, already an advertising behemoth, is cashing in. The rise of Facebook video has been meteoric. At the start of the year, users […]

The Hybrid TV Vision: Is Common Sense Advancing?

You’ve been invited to a party. The invitation promises a horn of plenty filled with all your favorites (including the premium stuff) and also the individual favorites of your friends, family, neighbors and fellow citizens. In fact, everyone gets anything they want, at any time they want it, from this horn of plenty. Sound too […]

Why Microsoft Bought Skype

Monday May 23, 2011 – Stewart Wolpin Socializing with my tech reporting peers at a couple of events this past week, the Microsoft-Skype deal was a popular – and puzzling – topic of conversation. No one could quite grab the love handles on this deal, why Microsoft would spend $8.5 billion on a company that […]

If You Build It, They Will Videophone

Monday February 8, 2010 – Stewart Wolpin Avatar‘s success is stoking 3D HDTV excitement, but another, more profound technological and sociological change is about to engulf the living room: the videophone. Yes, futurists have been prognosticating ubiquitous videophones since, well, since futurists have been prognosticating; in 1964, the Bell System actually initiated a short-lived video […]

Chatting it Up: Desktop Video Communications Explodes

Monday February 1, 2010 – Maya Jasmin It’s no longer just for the big shots ensconced in expensively equipped board rooms. High-speed IP networks, low-cost web cams and improved video compression are letting the rest of us in on video conferencing and video chatting. It has been a foregone conclusion that many consumers would embrace […]