An Extensive Weighing on What is CDN & How it Benefits Video Streaming

August 28, 2018 | 84 views

A content delivery network is a spine that keeps internet content up and running. The social media posts, youtube videos, e-commerce websites, live streaming, everything that we skim on a daily basis, makes us to come in contact with CDN.CDN is deployed in different physical locations/countries known as Points of Presence – PoP that captures cached versions of content and deliver when requested, thus, delivering content faster within the CDN’s proximity.When it comes to streaming, more specifically, live streaming and video streaming, the entire process relies on the functionality of CDN. Without video CDN, what might take around 300ms(milliseconds) to travel across the globe for a one-way latency (ie., for the data to be transmitted one way.) can be reduced to half the time consumed. A round trip latency would drink up even more time than a single trip. Though the time taken for transmitting the content might not seem like a great loss, it completely changes the way live streaming and on-demand videos would be approached.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

Article | August 3, 2022

Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Article | July 27, 2022

Apple is continuing to investigate headsets like its "AR Glasses," as part of its exploration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems. One such headset in future may utilize sensors that can detect angular rotation, such as that experienced when the device is placed on a user's head or removed. "[It] may be beneficial for the VR headset to be able to detect when a head-worn device (e.g., headset, eyeglasses, headphones, etc.) is being removed from the user's head, is being placed on the user's head, or both," says Apple in US Patent No. 10,557,724, "Angle detection of a rotating system using a single magnet and multiple hall sensors."

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Game On: These Entertainment Stocks Hit New Levels

Article | July 13, 2022

Some Chinese entertainment stocks listed in the U.S. got a boost last week after the People Bank of China (PBOC) said it would pump $173 billion into the economy. Since news of the report from Beijing hit the street, one of the biggest gainers was Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) NetEase, a partner of California-based Blizzard Entertainment in China, traded as low as $317.48 per American depositary share within the last couple of weeks, and soared as high as $347.95 apiece last week. NetEase rolled out its international presence in recent years in Japan and North America, lowering its China dependency.

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The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

Article | February 10, 2020

Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-generation machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to the 4K/HDR-capable machines of today, and that divide will grow even larger once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future? More than once console makers have tried to break new ground, by focusing on functionality beyond gaming, but for the most part those attempts have failed. Nintendo has found the most success with specialized hardware that still focuses on games first, while Sony and Microsoft have seemingly understood that building powerful general purpose machines that are akin to PCs is their best and safest bet.

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ClearOne Launches CHAT® 150 BT Group Speakerphone for Enhanced Audio Conferences

ClearOne | January 31, 2023

On January 30, 2023, ClearOne, a provider of conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions, launched the new CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The device was created in response to the rise of unified communications software applications and mobile devices for conference calls. It provides an enhanced conferencing experience for the finest in business-class performance. The CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone can easily and instantly connect to personal computers, mobile devices, or Bluetooth-enabled desk phones. It offers users an economical way to upgrade home offices, executive offices, and mid-size meeting spaces with BYOD simplicity and superior audio clarity for video meetings and audio conferences. The speakerphone's audio bridging feature lets far-end USB-connected conference participants using conferencing apps, local users, and Bluetooth-connected far-end mobile callers, join the same call and clearly hear each other. With a steerable microphone array and first-mic priority feature, it intelligently activates the microphone closest to the speaker, reducing ambient noise. Like all ClearOne microphone products, the device is compatible with popular collaboration platforms such as ZoomTM, WebExTM, Microsoft® Teams, Google® MeetTM, and many more. The new BT model preserves all the original CHAT® 150 speakerphone features, such as Advanced Noise Cancellation, Full Duplex Distributed Echo CancellationTM, and Automatic Level Control algorithms, allowing for precise and natural audio capture and playback. It also has an NFC tap-to-pair feature and a wired USB connection to maintain compatibility across all modern devices. In addition, the CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone is portable, weighing just over a pound, and features a touch interface with control of volume, mute, and Bluetooth functions in a sleek design. Derek Graham, the interim CEO of ClearOne, shared, "Every product we design has the shared goal of making it easier for companies and individuals to communicate remotely with excellent audio quality and class-leading simplicity." He added, "The CHAT 150 BT upgrades our customer-favorite speakerphone to enable even more flexible usage that's ideal for today's ever-changing needs and reflects the growth of BYOD conference calls and meetings. ClearOne continues to evaluate the needs of businesses and individuals working in today's complex office environments, and we're proud to deliver innovative features and benefits to make every meeting easier and more productive." (Source – Business Wire) About ClearOne Headquartered in Salt Lake City (Utah), ClearOne enables conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions. Founded in 1983, the company has been improving communication and collaboration for organizations worldwide, from Fortune 500 to small and medium businesses and institutions, for nearly 40 years. ClearOne is the best-in-class option for any industry or organization that relies on teamwork and collaboration to be successful, from mobile conferences to the largest meeting venues

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Arena Group Acquires Fexy Studios to Increase Video Production and Distribution

Arena Group | January 13, 2023

On January 12, 2023, The Arena Group acquired Fexy Studios, an award-winning creative agency that produces television series, streaming and digital video programming, and branded content across mobile and desktop web, OTT, broadcast television, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, Facebook, webinars, and more. The Arena Group will utilize the strength of its core brands and continued audience growth, as well as Fexy's production and branded video capabilities, to enhance streaming, sponsored content, and television programming while boosting sales and revenue across The Arena Group's properties. Rob Barrett, The Arena Group's President of Media, stated, "Fexy Studios has demonstrated a great ability to create compelling programming and digital video content that resonates deeply with viewers and advertisers. By adding that capability to The Arena Group, we will provide vibrant content and experiences across formats and mediums while building new horizontal, multichannel advertising opportunities throughout our portfolio." Source- Businesswire As CEO of Fexy Studios, Cliff Sharples will increase TV, streaming, and cross-platform advertising opportunities and a wide-ranging show portfolio for The Arena Group's verticals. After the acquisition, the Arena Group's food coverage will expand within Parade Lifestyle Media Group. Kathy Kingsley, GM of TV Programming and Executive Producer on ‘Moveable Feast’ Kaarina Aufrance, GM of ‘Roadfood’, and Bruce Hunter, Head of Sales at Fexy Studios, will join the firm. The transaction will be paid with company stock and cash on hand. About The Arena Group The Arena Group, a tech-powered media firm, combines excellent technology, legendary brands, and marketing ability to bring vivid content and experiences to over 120 million consumers each month. It supports brands and creators by delivering technical solutions, distribution, and monetization, enabling journalists, editors, and content creators to impact, enlighten, educate, and entertain people globally. In addition, the company produces vital online destinations that engage consumers with robust journalism and news about their favorite sports teams, investing advice, personal finance, and lifestyle basics.

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Cosm Acquires C360, an Immersive Video Production Company

Cosm | January 12, 2023

On January 10, 2023, Cosm, a significant immersive media and technology producer, acquired C360 judiciously to power immersive experiences. C360, established in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), delivers immersive video solutions to major broadcasters, digital partners, sports media firms, leagues, and multiple government agencies and initiatives. Cosm was the lead investor in C360 in early 2022 when the company effectively raised funding to broaden its capabilities with major leagues, teams, and broadcasters and activate its technology in arenas, stadiums, and significant sporting events worldwide. Since Cosm's investment, the two companies have discovered more growth potential with broadcast and league partners and will continue to leverage related technological resources. Jeb Terry, CEO and President at Cosm, said, "We invested in C360 last year to fuel its growth and, over the past twelve months, recognized the incredible opportunity for us to go further, together." He further added, “We have validated Cosm's best-in-class tech stack with our history of innovation, recent R&D developments, and well-defined roadmap. Now, with C360 as part of our team, our capabilities become even more formidable in the immersive and linear production space. This acquisition reinforces our commitment to our broadcast partners and the value-add approach we take to deal making. It is a testament to our aligned visions of redefining the way the world experiences content and bridging the gap between the experience economy and immersive technologies." Source: PRNewswire C360's software and technology will add complementary elements to Cosm's sequential offering by capturing content in-house for its completely immersive venues, including its recently announced venues in Los Angeles as well as Dallas, and clients and partners in sports, entertainment, science and education, parks and attractions, and other industries. About Cosm Cosm is a multinational technology company that creates end-to-end immersive experience solutions. It is transforming the way the world consumes content. With 75 years of experience, the enterprise delivers the world's most immersive experiences with unique technology and state-of-the-art venues that flawlessly blend virtual and physical realities, redefining the realm of possibility. The company offers a full-stack experience solution, which involves physical design, engineering, and manufacturing, in addition to the software, display engine, and content requirements for delivering immersive experiences at scale. Its technology allows people to enjoy entertainment in innovative ways in three primary markets, i.e., sports and entertainment, science and education, and parks and attractions.

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ClearOne Launches CHAT® 150 BT Group Speakerphone for Enhanced Audio Conferences

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On January 30, 2023, ClearOne, a provider of conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions, launched the new CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The device was created in response to the rise of unified communications software applications and mobile devices for conference calls. It provides an enhanced conferencing experience for the finest in business-class performance. The CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone can easily and instantly connect to personal computers, mobile devices, or Bluetooth-enabled desk phones. It offers users an economical way to upgrade home offices, executive offices, and mid-size meeting spaces with BYOD simplicity and superior audio clarity for video meetings and audio conferences. The speakerphone's audio bridging feature lets far-end USB-connected conference participants using conferencing apps, local users, and Bluetooth-connected far-end mobile callers, join the same call and clearly hear each other. With a steerable microphone array and first-mic priority feature, it intelligently activates the microphone closest to the speaker, reducing ambient noise. Like all ClearOne microphone products, the device is compatible with popular collaboration platforms such as ZoomTM, WebExTM, Microsoft® Teams, Google® MeetTM, and many more. The new BT model preserves all the original CHAT® 150 speakerphone features, such as Advanced Noise Cancellation, Full Duplex Distributed Echo CancellationTM, and Automatic Level Control algorithms, allowing for precise and natural audio capture and playback. It also has an NFC tap-to-pair feature and a wired USB connection to maintain compatibility across all modern devices. In addition, the CHAT® 150 BT group speakerphone is portable, weighing just over a pound, and features a touch interface with control of volume, mute, and Bluetooth functions in a sleek design. Derek Graham, the interim CEO of ClearOne, shared, "Every product we design has the shared goal of making it easier for companies and individuals to communicate remotely with excellent audio quality and class-leading simplicity." He added, "The CHAT 150 BT upgrades our customer-favorite speakerphone to enable even more flexible usage that's ideal for today's ever-changing needs and reflects the growth of BYOD conference calls and meetings. ClearOne continues to evaluate the needs of businesses and individuals working in today's complex office environments, and we're proud to deliver innovative features and benefits to make every meeting easier and more productive." (Source – Business Wire) About ClearOne Headquartered in Salt Lake City (Utah), ClearOne enables conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions. Founded in 1983, the company has been improving communication and collaboration for organizations worldwide, from Fortune 500 to small and medium businesses and institutions, for nearly 40 years. ClearOne is the best-in-class option for any industry or organization that relies on teamwork and collaboration to be successful, from mobile conferences to the largest meeting venues

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Arena Group Acquires Fexy Studios to Increase Video Production and Distribution

Arena Group | January 13, 2023

On January 12, 2023, The Arena Group acquired Fexy Studios, an award-winning creative agency that produces television series, streaming and digital video programming, and branded content across mobile and desktop web, OTT, broadcast television, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, Facebook, webinars, and more. The Arena Group will utilize the strength of its core brands and continued audience growth, as well as Fexy's production and branded video capabilities, to enhance streaming, sponsored content, and television programming while boosting sales and revenue across The Arena Group's properties. Rob Barrett, The Arena Group's President of Media, stated, "Fexy Studios has demonstrated a great ability to create compelling programming and digital video content that resonates deeply with viewers and advertisers. By adding that capability to The Arena Group, we will provide vibrant content and experiences across formats and mediums while building new horizontal, multichannel advertising opportunities throughout our portfolio." Source- Businesswire As CEO of Fexy Studios, Cliff Sharples will increase TV, streaming, and cross-platform advertising opportunities and a wide-ranging show portfolio for The Arena Group's verticals. After the acquisition, the Arena Group's food coverage will expand within Parade Lifestyle Media Group. Kathy Kingsley, GM of TV Programming and Executive Producer on ‘Moveable Feast’ Kaarina Aufrance, GM of ‘Roadfood’, and Bruce Hunter, Head of Sales at Fexy Studios, will join the firm. The transaction will be paid with company stock and cash on hand. About The Arena Group The Arena Group, a tech-powered media firm, combines excellent technology, legendary brands, and marketing ability to bring vivid content and experiences to over 120 million consumers each month. It supports brands and creators by delivering technical solutions, distribution, and monetization, enabling journalists, editors, and content creators to impact, enlighten, educate, and entertain people globally. In addition, the company produces vital online destinations that engage consumers with robust journalism and news about their favorite sports teams, investing advice, personal finance, and lifestyle basics.

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Cosm Acquires C360, an Immersive Video Production Company

Cosm | January 12, 2023

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