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The broadcast and media industries need bulk storage. While diskbased “nearline” storage solutions are often the preferred media repository for broadcasters, studios, advertising agencies, and postproduction companies, new formats, such as 4K, 360 degree, and 60 frame video introduce new storage challenges.

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MLG (Major League Gaming), a division of Activision Blizzard, is a worldwide leader in esports and serves as the operational foundation, partnership hub, and media production network for the Overwatch League and Call of Duty World League.

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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 | August 4, 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 27, 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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Major League Gaming

MLG (Major League Gaming), a division of Activision Blizzard, is a worldwide leader in esports and serves as the operational foundation, partnership hub, and media production network for the Overwatch League and Call of Duty World League.

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Brandlive Introduces Two New Solutions for Marketers and Event Professionals

Brandlive | February 01, 2023

One of the top video-led marketing events companies, Brandlive, recently announced two new solutions for event professionals and marketers. The two new solutions include Greenroom for iOS and Greenroom Recording Studio. Brandlive is a company that makes video-based webinars and events more interesting. It is already empowering presenters with its suite of event and creator platforms. The company's newest solutions expand on its video production studio in the cloud, Greenroom. Brandlive's integrated production software Greenroom now brings cinematic power into the presenter's pocket. One of the two new solutions added, the Greenroom app for iOS takes advantage of the world's most well-known and powerful camera, the iPhone. Before, the native Greenroom iOS app, the solution was only available on desktop browsers. It has better video quality than webcams, and presenters can use it whenever convenient. Greenroom for iOS takes away the fear that speakers will mess up their technology and gives them more confidence so they can focus on providing a powerful and impactful message. Using iPhone's cinematic mode, Dolby Vision technology and ProRes, the solution supports 24-frames-per-second, 4K resolution, live streaming, recordings, and multi-cam setup. Greenroom's new cloud-based Recording Studio feature set by Brandlive helps marketers easily make agency-quality content for webinars, events, and important work moments. The Recording Studio helps to streamline the recording process and make it easy to mix recorded and live content for the perfect show creation on a shot-by-shot and segment-by-segment basis. The solution simplifies with the help of powerful presenter tools, including a teleprompter, scripts, and visual cues. The presenters can now present at their best and deliver the right message without flaws. The solution eliminates the upload and downloads and makes it a simple drag and drop in a click. Organizers can layer graphics, overlays, titles, animations, and music to transform boring webinars, product launches, and marketing events into something memorable for the people. About Brandlive An enterprise software platform and service provider, Brandlive helps marketing events that bring elevated engagement with the help of high-quality video, which is from webinars to customer summits to internal town halls. Brandlive is a highly preferred platform for many Fortune 500 customers and has supported over 25000 events reaching 20+ million viewers since 2020. In addition, Fast Company magazine puts Brandlive at the top of the list of the 10 Most Innovative Live Events Companies of 2021 because of the launch of its easy-to-use video-making tool, Greenroom.

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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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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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Brandlive Introduces Two New Solutions for Marketers and Event Professionals

Brandlive | February 01, 2023

One of the top video-led marketing events companies, Brandlive, recently announced two new solutions for event professionals and marketers. The two new solutions include Greenroom for iOS and Greenroom Recording Studio. Brandlive is a company that makes video-based webinars and events more interesting. It is already empowering presenters with its suite of event and creator platforms. The company's newest solutions expand on its video production studio in the cloud, Greenroom. Brandlive's integrated production software Greenroom now brings cinematic power into the presenter's pocket. One of the two new solutions added, the Greenroom app for iOS takes advantage of the world's most well-known and powerful camera, the iPhone. Before, the native Greenroom iOS app, the solution was only available on desktop browsers. It has better video quality than webcams, and presenters can use it whenever convenient. Greenroom for iOS takes away the fear that speakers will mess up their technology and gives them more confidence so they can focus on providing a powerful and impactful message. Using iPhone's cinematic mode, Dolby Vision technology and ProRes, the solution supports 24-frames-per-second, 4K resolution, live streaming, recordings, and multi-cam setup. Greenroom's new cloud-based Recording Studio feature set by Brandlive helps marketers easily make agency-quality content for webinars, events, and important work moments. The Recording Studio helps to streamline the recording process and make it easy to mix recorded and live content for the perfect show creation on a shot-by-shot and segment-by-segment basis. The solution simplifies with the help of powerful presenter tools, including a teleprompter, scripts, and visual cues. The presenters can now present at their best and deliver the right message without flaws. The solution eliminates the upload and downloads and makes it a simple drag and drop in a click. Organizers can layer graphics, overlays, titles, animations, and music to transform boring webinars, product launches, and marketing events into something memorable for the people. About Brandlive An enterprise software platform and service provider, Brandlive helps marketing events that bring elevated engagement with the help of high-quality video, which is from webinars to customer summits to internal town halls. Brandlive is a highly preferred platform for many Fortune 500 customers and has supported over 25000 events reaching 20+ million viewers since 2020. In addition, Fast Company magazine puts Brandlive at the top of the list of the 10 Most Innovative Live Events Companies of 2021 because of the launch of its easy-to-use video-making tool, Greenroom.

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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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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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