Can Artificial Intelligence End Your Video Buffering Problems?

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Access to high-speed data and smartphone is disrupting many industries. Interestingly, high-speed data is the single most dominant factor behind the rising content consumption pattern. Tapping into this massive content appetite, online streaming giants such as Netflix, Viu, Balaji Telefilms, Amazon Prime video have disrupted the broadcasting, entertainment & media industry and their long-time rulers — cable TV channels and film industries!

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

Article | July 27, 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 13, 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 | February 14, 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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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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VIZIO Enhances Entertainment Experience with New Features in Its TV and Mobile App

VIZIO | January 27, 2023

On January 26, 2023, VIZIO launched a suite of updated features in its TV and mobile app interfaces to make them more user-friendly. VIZIO's Auto-update 2023 offers easy navigation, shortcuts to the Quick Menu, recent apps, and WatchFree+ Mini Guide for selected VIZIO TV owners. Similarly, the new VIZIO mobile app, accessible over Android and iOS, provides a time-saving feature with quick access to simple content discovery, voice control, WatchFree+, and subscription-management tools. Kaitlyn Collins, Vice President of Product Marketing for VIZIO, stated, "At VIZIO, the customer experience has been and always will remain the primary focus of everything we do." She adds, "We are dedicated to providing exceptional value with our products, even beyond the original purchase. By delivering new features and capabilities to VIZIO users with our free AutoUpdates, we amplify the value of our TV lineup." (Source – Business Wire) Steve Yum, Vice President of Product Management at VIZIO, remarked, "The redesign of our highly rated VIZIO Mobile app is a direct reflection of our commitment to deliver the best user experience for millions of users who start their entertainment journey with VIZIO on their smartphones." He added, "VIZIO Mobile has everything you need to control your VIZIO TV, plus additional features that extend the value of VIZIO products across the board." (Source – Business Wire) About VIZIO Headquartered in Orange County (California), VIZIO has been one of America's leading TV and sound bar companies since 2002. The company's goal is to provide consumers with products that serve as the nerve center of the connected home through its ability to deliver exciting lifestyle enhancements and immersive entertainment. With its innovative Smart TVs and robust SmartCastTM operating system, the company is shaping the future of television. It also has a variety of cutting-edge sound bars available to provide its customers with a more immersive listening experience.

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Tinuiti Acquires Ampush to Improve Client Social and Creative Performance

Tinuiti | January 25, 2023

On January 24, 2023, Tinuiti, the largest independent performance marketing firm, announced that it acquired Ampush, a leading growth marketing agency focused on social platforms that provide end-to-end performance creative and customer acquisition capabilities. The third acquisition since 2021 strengthens Tinuiti's industry-award-winning paid social capabilities and gives customers access to unique end-to-end social, creative, and measurement capabilities that use data through industry-differentiated technology. Ampush, founded in 2010, gained fame by helping digitally native firms create suitable customer bases. The Ampush tech stack and social capabilities have shown the capacity to leverage unique technologies and methods to match people with businesses. New Mountain Capital facilitated this transaction for Tinuiti, while PALAZZO served as Ampush's exclusive financial advisor. The acquisition's new offerings for Tinuiti's clientele include performance-driven creative for social, conversion-roadmap customization, and strategy-unlocking analytics. Zach Morrison, CEO at Tinuiti, remarked, "With Tinuiti's acquisition of Ampush, we're unlocking a new level of social capabilities for clients designed not only for today's landscape, but for long term success - an end-to-end offering with expertise that combines creative with differentiated landing page technology and data. Not only are they the right business fit, they are also the right cultural fit who shares similar values and core philosophies for creating employee happiness and establishing an environment that empowers its employees with a culture of ownership." (Source – Cision PR Newswire) Tinuiti and Ampush have a lot in common regarding corporate culture and their business philosophies. Both organizations value employee happiness as a key performance indicator and place a premium on fostering a culture of ownership in the workplace. Ampush's robust roster of industry experts and excellent executives is evidence of the company's shared values and dedication to keeping and attracting talent. About Tinuiti Tinuiti is the largest independent performance marketing agency across streaming TV and the triopoly of Google, Facebook, and Amazon. With over 1,000 people and $3 billion in digital media under management, Tinuiti has established itself as the industry leader in this space. It has a lot of experience in many areas, such as search and social media, Amazon and other online marketplaces, mobile applications, customer relationship management, email marketing, and more. The company knows that achieving success requires a combination of strategy and channel specialization. Each solution is implemented utilizing GAMMA, Tinuiti's performance planning framework, and is made possible by Mobius, the company's unique suite of marketing analytics and media activation technology.

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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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VIZIO Enhances Entertainment Experience with New Features in Its TV and Mobile App

VIZIO | January 27, 2023

On January 26, 2023, VIZIO launched a suite of updated features in its TV and mobile app interfaces to make them more user-friendly. VIZIO's Auto-update 2023 offers easy navigation, shortcuts to the Quick Menu, recent apps, and WatchFree+ Mini Guide for selected VIZIO TV owners. Similarly, the new VIZIO mobile app, accessible over Android and iOS, provides a time-saving feature with quick access to simple content discovery, voice control, WatchFree+, and subscription-management tools. Kaitlyn Collins, Vice President of Product Marketing for VIZIO, stated, "At VIZIO, the customer experience has been and always will remain the primary focus of everything we do." She adds, "We are dedicated to providing exceptional value with our products, even beyond the original purchase. By delivering new features and capabilities to VIZIO users with our free AutoUpdates, we amplify the value of our TV lineup." (Source – Business Wire) Steve Yum, Vice President of Product Management at VIZIO, remarked, "The redesign of our highly rated VIZIO Mobile app is a direct reflection of our commitment to deliver the best user experience for millions of users who start their entertainment journey with VIZIO on their smartphones." He added, "VIZIO Mobile has everything you need to control your VIZIO TV, plus additional features that extend the value of VIZIO products across the board." (Source – Business Wire) About VIZIO Headquartered in Orange County (California), VIZIO has been one of America's leading TV and sound bar companies since 2002. The company's goal is to provide consumers with products that serve as the nerve center of the connected home through its ability to deliver exciting lifestyle enhancements and immersive entertainment. With its innovative Smart TVs and robust SmartCastTM operating system, the company is shaping the future of television. It also has a variety of cutting-edge sound bars available to provide its customers with a more immersive listening experience.

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Tinuiti Acquires Ampush to Improve Client Social and Creative Performance

Tinuiti | January 25, 2023

On January 24, 2023, Tinuiti, the largest independent performance marketing firm, announced that it acquired Ampush, a leading growth marketing agency focused on social platforms that provide end-to-end performance creative and customer acquisition capabilities. The third acquisition since 2021 strengthens Tinuiti's industry-award-winning paid social capabilities and gives customers access to unique end-to-end social, creative, and measurement capabilities that use data through industry-differentiated technology. Ampush, founded in 2010, gained fame by helping digitally native firms create suitable customer bases. The Ampush tech stack and social capabilities have shown the capacity to leverage unique technologies and methods to match people with businesses. New Mountain Capital facilitated this transaction for Tinuiti, while PALAZZO served as Ampush's exclusive financial advisor. The acquisition's new offerings for Tinuiti's clientele include performance-driven creative for social, conversion-roadmap customization, and strategy-unlocking analytics. Zach Morrison, CEO at Tinuiti, remarked, "With Tinuiti's acquisition of Ampush, we're unlocking a new level of social capabilities for clients designed not only for today's landscape, but for long term success - an end-to-end offering with expertise that combines creative with differentiated landing page technology and data. Not only are they the right business fit, they are also the right cultural fit who shares similar values and core philosophies for creating employee happiness and establishing an environment that empowers its employees with a culture of ownership." (Source – Cision PR Newswire) Tinuiti and Ampush have a lot in common regarding corporate culture and their business philosophies. Both organizations value employee happiness as a key performance indicator and place a premium on fostering a culture of ownership in the workplace. Ampush's robust roster of industry experts and excellent executives is evidence of the company's shared values and dedication to keeping and attracting talent. About Tinuiti Tinuiti is the largest independent performance marketing agency across streaming TV and the triopoly of Google, Facebook, and Amazon. With over 1,000 people and $3 billion in digital media under management, Tinuiti has established itself as the industry leader in this space. It has a lot of experience in many areas, such as search and social media, Amazon and other online marketplaces, mobile applications, customer relationship management, email marketing, and more. The company knows that achieving success requires a combination of strategy and channel specialization. Each solution is implemented utilizing GAMMA, Tinuiti's performance planning framework, and is made possible by Mobius, the company's unique suite of marketing analytics and media activation technology.

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