Anatomy of Smart TVs

While televisions became omnipresent a long time back, technologies that revolve around it have gone through an immense makeover by changing the way we perceive a TV’s quality, quantity and features via which content can be viewed, generated and distributed. Unlike Cell phones and mobile devices where the shelf life is quite short (less than two years), owing to its highly volatile ecosystem, the Television has managed to stick around its shelf for longer periods (typically 7-8 years). From the era of CRT screens to plasma/LCD/LED screens, the Television has changed not just in its physical appearance but has managed to instill a sense of intelligence within itself too. From a traditional Analog broadcasting to set-top boxes for a digital entertainment experience, it has evolved to a level of ‘smartness’ that has changed the way people access digital content and entertainment.

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Winter Circle Productions

Winter Circle Productions began in 2008 as an independent music event promotion and production house to attract music that its founders felt was missing from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Recipient of Offbeat Magazine’s 2011 New Orleans Promoter of the Year Award and having hundreds of events under its belt, including the annual BUKU Music + Art Project, WCP is now positioned as one of the most trusted tastemakers on the Gulf Coast.

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Media and Broadcasting, Business

The new chair of the FTC and antitrust 2.0

Article | August 4, 2022

The appointment of Lina Khan on June 15th to chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is poised to be a transformational one in the history of the world wide web. Khan came to prominence with an article in the Yale Law Journal, Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox, which identified the paradox of hegemonic tech service providers which bypass the US’ strict competition laws by offering lower prices to the end consumer. Under US antitrust law, the driving indicator of market monopolies are higher prices for the consumer – under this strict definition, none of the tech majors which dominate the digital economy are monopolistic. Indeed, some such as Alphabet and Facebook do not even directly charge the end user for their services. So, while both Google and Facebook dominate the global digital ad market, making an antitrust case against them under the current 20thcentury era regulatory framework is nigh on impossible. However, the absence of meaningful competitive challengers to these two incumbents in search and social advertising over the previous 15 years, despite the lucrative high margin business opportunities, implies that the competitive market is not performing according to classical economic theory. Khan has built a subsequent career on trying to square this circle, and now the Biden Administration has empowered her as the key instigator of the sweeping regulatory update required for a digital-first century.

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Technologies, Virtualization

The Quest Is The Second Generation Of VR. You Charge It Up, Stick It On And It’s Great

Article | July 27, 2022

Ever since the adoption of VR gaming to the gaming market, it sure has seen upheavals—disruption by significant players in the industry like PSVR, Rift, and the Vive. PSVR has been the best-selling VR headset ever since its launch, selling over 5 million units on December 31st, 2020. While these numbers portray PSVR as successful, its hardware is lacking behind, and still, no sign of upgrades has been hinted by Sony. Speaking of which, a lot of gamers have long been waiting for a hardware upgrade or a hardware sequel—PSVR 2—from Sony, but very little or nothing has been said on this matter.

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Technologies, Virtualization

FILM PRODUCERS FLIP BARGAINING TABLE WITH UNIONIZING EFFORT

Article | August 2, 2022

Movie producers often find themselves negotiating with talent and crew members, and/or their production union representatives, over pay and benefits. But a group of 108 producers flipped the script Thursday in announcing they were looking to form a union of their own.Higher minimum pay and health benefits were cited as the two major reasons. While the group, called the Producers Union, boasts some heavy hitters such as Chris Moore (Manchester by the Sea) and Rebecca Green (It Follows), they made it clear that the traditional image of a Hollywood producer is misleading. Many are just getting by, project to project, looking for a breakout hit to up their quote. According to a survey released this year, 41% of producers made less than $25,000 in the pre-pandemic boom times of 2019. The Producers Union has developed a constitution with provisions for dues and diversity initiatives, with the aim of eventually negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with distributors and other film financiers. Previous efforts by producers to unionize have been thwarted by the courts and the National Labor Relations Board, according to Variety, as the NLRB saw them as supervisors and employers – which creates a high barrier to organizing.

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Six Things Blockchain Can Do For Gaming

Article | April 14, 2020

Since their foundation in the 1970s and 80s, video games have moved from fringe interest to a major media staple. The industry has enjoyed huge revenues from dedicated fans, especially over the past few months, and the growth shows no sign of slowing down. Gaming is also an industry renowned for its commitment to innovation, adopting technological developments and spawning a fair few of its own. Chief amongst technological developments over the last decade has been blockchain technology, the new system of trading and ownership built on transparency and decentralization, the standard-bearer of which is the digital currency.

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Winter Circle Productions

Winter Circle Productions began in 2008 as an independent music event promotion and production house to attract music that its founders felt was missing from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Recipient of Offbeat Magazine’s 2011 New Orleans Promoter of the Year Award and having hundreds of events under its belt, including the annual BUKU Music + Art Project, WCP is now positioned as one of the most trusted tastemakers on the Gulf Coast.

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Solutions, Business

Kargo Integrates Videobyte’s Connected TV Platform to Expand Its Portfolio

Kargo | February 07, 2023

Kargo, an advertising service provider, has recently integrated VideoByte, a video advertising platform for connected TV (CTV) and over-the-top (OTT) streaming, to expand its portfolio of video formats, commerce and exclusive social formats, and publisher tools with CTV advertising formats. This integration will enhance the connected experiences of the audiences between desktop, mobile, and now connected televisions, gaining the attention of different channels for its brand partners. Founded in 2020, VideoByte has become a prominent advertising service provider in CTV and OTT, integrating top media companies like LG, Tegna, and Viacom. Kargo has expanded its reach across the television advertising industry with this integration. It will launch new advertising products, and Kargo's current customers will get direct access to them. CEO of VideoByte, David Naffis, who will join Kargo as General Manager of CTV, said, "We are thrilled to join the Kargo team and are in lockstep with their mission to develop uniquely differentiated ad experiences that grab attention and drive performance for publishers and brands alike. Kargo's recent growth, scale, and reputation as market innovators will accelerate our go-to-market as we continue to push innovating new CTV formats." (Source - GlobeNewswire) Kargo's CEO and Founder, Harry Kargman, said, "Acquiring VideoByte is a clear next step in our growth and evolution. Kargo has been expanding across multiple screens and the Connected TV experience is calling for this kind of ad format innovation and disruption that Kargo has brought to the mobile screen. VideoByte shares our mission and vision to create unique and performant ad creatives, but they do it on the Connected TV screen which has not been in our product lineup. With VideoByte, we will bring an amazing Kargo experience to Televisions everywhere and change the landscape with new capabilities while driving massive value and success for both brands and publishers." (Source - GlobeNewswire) About Kargo Kargo, an advertising solutions provider, attracts consumer attention across mobile, video, and social advertising platforms for advertising brands with its exclusive omnichannel advertising suite and increases return on advertising spend (ROAS), incremental brand lift, and revenue per impression through creative targeting solutions. Headquartered in New York, it has had offices worldwide since 2003. It provides solutions for load time, identity problems, non-skippable video, poor creatives, advertisements, and infinite scrolls with direct integration and specialized market supplies, optimizing impressions from the best publishers.

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Technologies, Media and Broadcasting

Breezeline Offers Cloud-based, Integrated Streaming TV in Cleveland and Columbus

Breezeline | January 30, 2023

Breezeline, the eighth-largest cable operator in the U.S., has recently launched its brand-new cloud-based and integrated TV streaming in its service areas, Cleveland and Columbus (Ohio). Now, its customers can watch their favorite programs on any device they want! Using Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) technology, this cloud-based TV allows users to watch live and recorded TV on any device, whether they're at home or on the go. It will allow users to watch live TV, as well as record shows, watch programs on demand, and use streaming services. There are options to restart, rewind in real-time, and catch up. With Cloud DVR Max, one can record in high definition for up to almost 300 hours. By integrating Google Assistant, users can now use voice commands to do things like find or suggest a show, launch an app, or get the latest weather forecast. By late summer, all of its TV subscribers will have been migrated to the new system. It's open to new commercial and residential clients. Heather McCallion, Vice President, Products and Programming for Breezeline, said, “Since we acquired the Cleveland and Columbus operations, we’ve invested ten of millions of dollars into our network to improve reliability and performance. Now, we’re ready to deliver a powerful, versatile viewing experience on multiple devices inside and outside the home that is also incredibly simple to use.” (Source – Business Wire) About Breezeline Breezeline, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc., provides TV, video streaming, voice service, and internet networks to residential and business customers. It has its headquarters in Canada as well. It gives an updated entertainment experience with instant rewind, search, access to about 5,000 apps, cloud DVR storage, and many more features. In addition, it offers 100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps internet speed at a reasonable price according to the customer’s plans. Furthermore, it secures customers’ personal information and devices with WiFi Your Way™ Home, powered by Plume® HomePass. Its voice services include call waiting, 3-way calling, voicemail, and Breezeline Voice Manager.

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Technologies,Media and Broadcasting

Toshiba TV promisingly hits the mark with the stunning M550L

Toshiba TV | November 22, 2022

Toshiba TV was announced as the Official Television of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. From the craftsman's impressive collection of products set to storm the market, the stunner Toshiba TV M550L is high up on the anticipation list, and for good reasons.The M550L with its resplendent display quality and other rich features raises the bar in television technology and epitomizes Toshiba TV's commitment to quality craftsmanship. Sleek, slim, and nicely trimmed around the edges for borderless viewing, the M550L promises to make an effortlessly captivating statement at first sight. Delving into its visual capabilities, the Toshiba TV M550L displays the brightest, sharpest, and most colorful images for a sensational TV time. Its inbuilt Quantum Dot technology sees to this, designed with over a billion color shades, each one expressively brilliant for optimal viewing. The Full Array Local Dimming feature adds richness and depth to dark scenes on the M550L, making for remarkable contrast and shadow detail. Supported with the professional-grade REGZA Engine 4k Pro, every picture on the M550L displays in peak quality. The M550L does not compromise on quality sound for its splendid visuals. Supported by the nifty Dolby Atmos and the advanced REGZA Power Audio PRO, the Toshiba TV M550L spatially immerses viewers in every sound that emanates from its bass woofers and delivers every sound detail with unmatched crispness for the cinematic-standard experience. Efficiently capping the streak of Toshiba TV M550L's high performance is VIDAA TV, a superior operating system that blazes a range of smart, user-friendly features that make for a premium, and convenient experience. Combining vivid beauty with immersive real vision and the signature heart-shaking sound, the Toshiba TV M550L is made for high value by people who know and set store by excellent home entertainment. As an enthralling football event edges near and the world counts the days until its arrival, Toshiba TV rises to the occasion as the Official Television of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The exquisitely-designed all-rounder M550L assures a reliable source of pristine viewing for football lovers, friends, and families.

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Solutions, Business

Kargo Integrates Videobyte’s Connected TV Platform to Expand Its Portfolio

Kargo | February 07, 2023

Kargo, an advertising service provider, has recently integrated VideoByte, a video advertising platform for connected TV (CTV) and over-the-top (OTT) streaming, to expand its portfolio of video formats, commerce and exclusive social formats, and publisher tools with CTV advertising formats. This integration will enhance the connected experiences of the audiences between desktop, mobile, and now connected televisions, gaining the attention of different channels for its brand partners. Founded in 2020, VideoByte has become a prominent advertising service provider in CTV and OTT, integrating top media companies like LG, Tegna, and Viacom. Kargo has expanded its reach across the television advertising industry with this integration. It will launch new advertising products, and Kargo's current customers will get direct access to them. CEO of VideoByte, David Naffis, who will join Kargo as General Manager of CTV, said, "We are thrilled to join the Kargo team and are in lockstep with their mission to develop uniquely differentiated ad experiences that grab attention and drive performance for publishers and brands alike. Kargo's recent growth, scale, and reputation as market innovators will accelerate our go-to-market as we continue to push innovating new CTV formats." (Source - GlobeNewswire) Kargo's CEO and Founder, Harry Kargman, said, "Acquiring VideoByte is a clear next step in our growth and evolution. Kargo has been expanding across multiple screens and the Connected TV experience is calling for this kind of ad format innovation and disruption that Kargo has brought to the mobile screen. VideoByte shares our mission and vision to create unique and performant ad creatives, but they do it on the Connected TV screen which has not been in our product lineup. With VideoByte, we will bring an amazing Kargo experience to Televisions everywhere and change the landscape with new capabilities while driving massive value and success for both brands and publishers." (Source - GlobeNewswire) About Kargo Kargo, an advertising solutions provider, attracts consumer attention across mobile, video, and social advertising platforms for advertising brands with its exclusive omnichannel advertising suite and increases return on advertising spend (ROAS), incremental brand lift, and revenue per impression through creative targeting solutions. Headquartered in New York, it has had offices worldwide since 2003. It provides solutions for load time, identity problems, non-skippable video, poor creatives, advertisements, and infinite scrolls with direct integration and specialized market supplies, optimizing impressions from the best publishers.

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Technologies, Media and Broadcasting

Breezeline Offers Cloud-based, Integrated Streaming TV in Cleveland and Columbus

Breezeline | January 30, 2023

Breezeline, the eighth-largest cable operator in the U.S., has recently launched its brand-new cloud-based and integrated TV streaming in its service areas, Cleveland and Columbus (Ohio). Now, its customers can watch their favorite programs on any device they want! Using Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) technology, this cloud-based TV allows users to watch live and recorded TV on any device, whether they're at home or on the go. It will allow users to watch live TV, as well as record shows, watch programs on demand, and use streaming services. There are options to restart, rewind in real-time, and catch up. With Cloud DVR Max, one can record in high definition for up to almost 300 hours. By integrating Google Assistant, users can now use voice commands to do things like find or suggest a show, launch an app, or get the latest weather forecast. By late summer, all of its TV subscribers will have been migrated to the new system. It's open to new commercial and residential clients. Heather McCallion, Vice President, Products and Programming for Breezeline, said, “Since we acquired the Cleveland and Columbus operations, we’ve invested ten of millions of dollars into our network to improve reliability and performance. Now, we’re ready to deliver a powerful, versatile viewing experience on multiple devices inside and outside the home that is also incredibly simple to use.” (Source – Business Wire) About Breezeline Breezeline, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc., provides TV, video streaming, voice service, and internet networks to residential and business customers. It has its headquarters in Canada as well. It gives an updated entertainment experience with instant rewind, search, access to about 5,000 apps, cloud DVR storage, and many more features. In addition, it offers 100 Mbps to 1000 Mbps internet speed at a reasonable price according to the customer’s plans. Furthermore, it secures customers’ personal information and devices with WiFi Your Way™ Home, powered by Plume® HomePass. Its voice services include call waiting, 3-way calling, voicemail, and Breezeline Voice Manager.

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Technologies,Media and Broadcasting

Toshiba TV promisingly hits the mark with the stunning M550L

Toshiba TV | November 22, 2022

Toshiba TV was announced as the Official Television of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. From the craftsman's impressive collection of products set to storm the market, the stunner Toshiba TV M550L is high up on the anticipation list, and for good reasons.The M550L with its resplendent display quality and other rich features raises the bar in television technology and epitomizes Toshiba TV's commitment to quality craftsmanship. Sleek, slim, and nicely trimmed around the edges for borderless viewing, the M550L promises to make an effortlessly captivating statement at first sight. Delving into its visual capabilities, the Toshiba TV M550L displays the brightest, sharpest, and most colorful images for a sensational TV time. Its inbuilt Quantum Dot technology sees to this, designed with over a billion color shades, each one expressively brilliant for optimal viewing. The Full Array Local Dimming feature adds richness and depth to dark scenes on the M550L, making for remarkable contrast and shadow detail. Supported with the professional-grade REGZA Engine 4k Pro, every picture on the M550L displays in peak quality. The M550L does not compromise on quality sound for its splendid visuals. Supported by the nifty Dolby Atmos and the advanced REGZA Power Audio PRO, the Toshiba TV M550L spatially immerses viewers in every sound that emanates from its bass woofers and delivers every sound detail with unmatched crispness for the cinematic-standard experience. Efficiently capping the streak of Toshiba TV M550L's high performance is VIDAA TV, a superior operating system that blazes a range of smart, user-friendly features that make for a premium, and convenient experience. Combining vivid beauty with immersive real vision and the signature heart-shaking sound, the Toshiba TV M550L is made for high value by people who know and set store by excellent home entertainment. As an enthralling football event edges near and the world counts the days until its arrival, Toshiba TV rises to the occasion as the Official Television of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The exquisitely-designed all-rounder M550L assures a reliable source of pristine viewing for football lovers, friends, and families.

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