How Many Streaming Stocks Can Consumers Sustain?

July 18, 2019 | 95 views

Netflix's (NFLX) position in the new landscape of cord cutting raises one key question: Is there enough demand to sustain so many players? The company is feeling the weight of encroaching competition from the likes of Disney (DIS) , AT&T (T) , Amazon (AMZN) , and others as well as potential aggregation aims of Apple (AAPL)  , adding to the stock's decline provoked by sliding subscriber numbers in its latest earnings report. CEO Reed Hastings has remained confident that the company can indeed produce content capable of keeping subscribers aboard. "There's a real battle for who will pay for content around the world," he acknowledged. "But it's not a zero-sum competition. I think everybody gets that. People will subscribe to multiple shows."

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Genius Brands International Inc (GNUS)

Genius Brands International, Inc. "Genius Brands"​ (NASDAQ: GNUS) is a publicly traded leading global media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children's entertainment properties and consumer products for media distribution and retail channels. Led by award-winning creators and producers, the company distributes its content worldwide in all formats, as well as a broad range of consumer products based on its characters.Genius Brands'​ portfolio of "content with a purpose"​ includes all-new preschool properties Rainbow Rangers, premiering on Nick Jr. in November 2018, and Llama Llama, based on the award-winning, bestselling book franchise, which launched January 26 on Netflix starring Jennifer Garner; award-winning toddler brand Baby Genius; adventure comedy children's series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, and Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett. The Genius Brands'��� catalog also includes animated ser

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

Article | July 20, 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 | July 7, 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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Genius Brands International Inc (GNUS)

Genius Brands International, Inc. "Genius Brands"​ (NASDAQ: GNUS) is a publicly traded leading global media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children's entertainment properties and consumer products for media distribution and retail channels. Led by award-winning creators and producers, the company distributes its content worldwide in all formats, as well as a broad range of consumer products based on its characters.Genius Brands'​ portfolio of "content with a purpose"​ includes all-new preschool properties Rainbow Rangers, premiering on Nick Jr. in November 2018, and Llama Llama, based on the award-winning, bestselling book franchise, which launched January 26 on Netflix starring Jennifer Garner; award-winning toddler brand Baby Genius; adventure comedy children's series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, and Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett. The Genius Brands'��� catalog also includes animated ser

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ViewLift Rolls out Live 3.0 for Seamless Streaming

ViewLift | November 17, 2022

ViewLift, a global leader in end-to-end streaming and OTT solutions, today announced the rollout of LIVE 3.0. The new version from ViewLift allows streaming of events anywhere in the world and on any device – Web, iOS, Android, Connected TV devices, or Smart TVs. With the inbuilt Player SDK, Live 3.0 can stream events enabling sports and media companies to deliver high-quality live video.According to the latest report by ‘Reports and Data’, the global video streaming software market size is expected to reach USD 47.57 Billion in 2030 and register a revenue CAGR of 16.3% over the forecast period. Increasing use of mobile devices and internet, expanding demand for Video-on-Demand (VOD) streaming, technical improvements in the digital media business, and a growing requirement for transcoding to provide videos to large numbers of people are expected to be the main driving factors on projected market revenue growth. ViewLift’s sub-3 second glass-to-glass delivery with high performance low-latency live-streaming capabilities will be used by a large integrated sports and entertainment company – Monumental Sports & Entertainment – to launch a robust digital experience for Mid-Atlantic sports fans across all major streaming devices. The project, the largest and most innovative in ViewLift’s history, follows ViewLift’s recent announcement of its strategic alliance with Australia based SX Global to power the streaming channel WSX.TV and live stream the FIM World Supercross Championship series. Live 3.0 features Achieve 100% flexibility on ingest formats In-built Player SDK to live stream in content creator’s web app with no extra effort Host live events anywhere - Creator’s website, mobile app, or social media platforms. Or all of them, simultaneously Stream events anywhere in the world and on any device – Web, iOS, Android, Connected TV devices, or Smart TVs Live-to-VOD: Record and Publish event replays with a click of a button Major League Rugby in North America and Italy’s premier Basketball League (Lega Nazionale Pallacanestro) use ViewLift to give millions of viewers the joy of live games. ViewLift’s Live 3.0 services are also being used by leading media houses like Nexstar Media Group and TEGNA. The total number of hours of live stream from the last 12 months across all ViewLift’s clients stands at a whopping 66,000 hours. "Live streaming technology gives our clients a chance to delight their viewers and fans live in real time, with original and monetized content, and use it to scale live events globally to millions of viewers. ViewLift’s Live 3.0, clients launch live streams in less than a minute and stream events from anywhere in the world and on any device. That responsiveness and performance is perfect for today, and helps content owners future-proof for tomorrow.” -Rick Allen, CEO at ViewLift, About ViewLift ViewLift is a full-service digital content distribution platform empowering media companies, sports leagues and teams, broadcasters and others to monetize their content through native branded apps on all major OTT devices. ViewLift operates across the digital ecosystem, understanding each device's unique requirements and best practices. ViewLift offers clients a range of monetization models on a proprietary platform with advanced analytics, tracking performance in real-time.

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Velocity Offers Managed Solution for End-to-End Control of Hotel TV and Wi-Fi Operations

Velocity | November 09, 2022

Velocity, a rapidly growing managed solutions provider with a blue chip customer base, has rolled out a package of hospitality services designed to offer hotels a single source partner for delivering the highest quality internet and streaming tv in-room experiences to guests. The managed solution, the Velocity Hospitality Guest Experience, includes the following services: Fully managed network, data and voice services NOC and Call Center Support, 24/7 and 100% U.S.-based Wireless 4G/5G failover IoT (internet of things) Integration with Guest Wi-Fi, including door locks, fire sensors, panic buttons and more. On-site Field Technicians with nationwide coverage V-SELECT® Client Portal, a state-of-the-art tool offering a 'single pane of glass' view of all these services. Telecom/Technology Expense Management (TEM) services. Security Camera installation and ongoing monitoring and replacement. Digital Signage and Advertising, from the hardware to content to the content management system (CMS). "With this unique portfolio of managed solutions and service for hotels, Velocity is seeking to become the vendor of choice for delivery of the highest quality television and network experience, With one vendor, Velocity, hotels can now power every room, allow guests to customize their entertainment, and simplify their operations all while reducing operational costs." -Mark Walker, President and COO of Velocity A typical Velocity customer could be a large hotel, retail, or restaurant chain or any entity with numerous branch locations that can number into the hundreds of sites. Velocity delivers end-to-end management services by leveraging a network backbone of 13 redundant data centers and 5,500+ certified technicians across the nation, along with 450 carrier agreements supporting its status as a CLEC in all 50 states. About Velocity MSC Velocity delivers customized IT managed services such as IT support, network management, voice and data connectivity, multinational data networking, on-site repairs and service, field project rollouts and implementations, free-to-guest TV and Wi-Fi solutions, digital signage and DOOH media solutions, and more in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, and entertainment industries. Velocity is a privately held company with approximately 550 employees, 13 redundant data centers, 5,500+ certified technicians throughout the U.S., and 450 carrier agreements and is a CLEC in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.velocitymsc.com.

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nClouds Achieves the AWS Service Delivery Designation for Amazon EKS

nClouds | October 28, 2022

nClouds, an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) and a leading provider of managed cloud services, announced that it has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Delivery designation for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), recognizing that nClouds has proven success in helping customers architect, deploy, and operate containerized workloads on top of Kubernetes. Achieving the Amazon EKS Service Delivery designation differentiates nClouds as an APN member that has a deep understanding of Amazon EKS, demonstrated experience, and proven customer success in helping customers manage, deliver, and optimize containerized workloads with Amazon EKS. To receive this designation, APN members must possess deep AWS experience and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. nClouds is proud to receive the AWS Service Delivery designation on Amazon EKS, said Shaun Ritchie, CEO. Our team is dedicated to helping companies achieve their business and technology goals by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides. Amazon EKS enables our customers to deliver innovation at speed with agility and scalability. AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Service Delivery Program to help customers identify APN Consulting Partners with deep experience in delivering specific AWS services. nClouds has deep AWS skills to offer its customers – particularly in modernization efforts. nClouds has been partnering with the AWS Application Modernization Services Acceleration Team (SAT) on containerization and serverless solutions since early 2020 and has supported the AWS launches of Amazon EKS Blueprints and Amazon EKS-Anywhere on Bare Metal. nClouds is improving the DevOps workflow for Cequence deployments," said Ameya Talwalkar, CEO & Founder at Cequence, a security software company that designs a platform to protect customers from malicious API attacks. "We are using (Amazon) EKS clusters that have helped us achieve improved reliability, security, and scalability. Overall, our deployment methods are more straightforward, secure, and easier to maintain. "nClouds has been our extended team, helping us build a modern infrastructure with AWS that empowers us to transform continuously, a global insights and strategy firm at the intersection of entertainment and technology. "nClouds' expertise with containerization and (Amazon) EKS has enabled us to achieve agility and scalability together." -Shlomi Ronen, Vice President of Engineering at National Research Group About nClouds nClouds is an award-winning, technology-enabled provider of cloud and DevOps services. The company partners with customers to build and manage modern infrastructure solutions on the cloud that enable organizations to deliver innovation faster. nClouds provides services in the areas of modern cloud operations, DevOps, cloud migration, site reliability engineering (SRE), data & analytics, 24/7 support, and staff augmentation. The company is a leading public cloud MSP. For more information, visit nclouds.com and follow at twitter.com/n_Clouds. Industry recognition: CRN MSP 500 – Pioneer 250 (2022, 2021), CRN Fast Growth 150 – #10 Fastest-Growing IT Solution Provider in North America (2021) at 235%, ChannelE2E MSP 250 (2021, 2020), HfS Research Hot Vendor 2018, and DevOps Dozen 2017 – Best New DevOps Solutions Company.

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ViewLift Rolls out Live 3.0 for Seamless Streaming

ViewLift | November 17, 2022

ViewLift, a global leader in end-to-end streaming and OTT solutions, today announced the rollout of LIVE 3.0. The new version from ViewLift allows streaming of events anywhere in the world and on any device – Web, iOS, Android, Connected TV devices, or Smart TVs. With the inbuilt Player SDK, Live 3.0 can stream events enabling sports and media companies to deliver high-quality live video.According to the latest report by ‘Reports and Data’, the global video streaming software market size is expected to reach USD 47.57 Billion in 2030 and register a revenue CAGR of 16.3% over the forecast period. Increasing use of mobile devices and internet, expanding demand for Video-on-Demand (VOD) streaming, technical improvements in the digital media business, and a growing requirement for transcoding to provide videos to large numbers of people are expected to be the main driving factors on projected market revenue growth. ViewLift’s sub-3 second glass-to-glass delivery with high performance low-latency live-streaming capabilities will be used by a large integrated sports and entertainment company – Monumental Sports & Entertainment – to launch a robust digital experience for Mid-Atlantic sports fans across all major streaming devices. The project, the largest and most innovative in ViewLift’s history, follows ViewLift’s recent announcement of its strategic alliance with Australia based SX Global to power the streaming channel WSX.TV and live stream the FIM World Supercross Championship series. Live 3.0 features Achieve 100% flexibility on ingest formats In-built Player SDK to live stream in content creator’s web app with no extra effort Host live events anywhere - Creator’s website, mobile app, or social media platforms. Or all of them, simultaneously Stream events anywhere in the world and on any device – Web, iOS, Android, Connected TV devices, or Smart TVs Live-to-VOD: Record and Publish event replays with a click of a button Major League Rugby in North America and Italy’s premier Basketball League (Lega Nazionale Pallacanestro) use ViewLift to give millions of viewers the joy of live games. ViewLift’s Live 3.0 services are also being used by leading media houses like Nexstar Media Group and TEGNA. The total number of hours of live stream from the last 12 months across all ViewLift’s clients stands at a whopping 66,000 hours. "Live streaming technology gives our clients a chance to delight their viewers and fans live in real time, with original and monetized content, and use it to scale live events globally to millions of viewers. ViewLift’s Live 3.0, clients launch live streams in less than a minute and stream events from anywhere in the world and on any device. That responsiveness and performance is perfect for today, and helps content owners future-proof for tomorrow.” -Rick Allen, CEO at ViewLift, About ViewLift ViewLift is a full-service digital content distribution platform empowering media companies, sports leagues and teams, broadcasters and others to monetize their content through native branded apps on all major OTT devices. ViewLift operates across the digital ecosystem, understanding each device's unique requirements and best practices. ViewLift offers clients a range of monetization models on a proprietary platform with advanced analytics, tracking performance in real-time.

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Velocity Offers Managed Solution for End-to-End Control of Hotel TV and Wi-Fi Operations

Velocity | November 09, 2022

Velocity, a rapidly growing managed solutions provider with a blue chip customer base, has rolled out a package of hospitality services designed to offer hotels a single source partner for delivering the highest quality internet and streaming tv in-room experiences to guests. The managed solution, the Velocity Hospitality Guest Experience, includes the following services: Fully managed network, data and voice services NOC and Call Center Support, 24/7 and 100% U.S.-based Wireless 4G/5G failover IoT (internet of things) Integration with Guest Wi-Fi, including door locks, fire sensors, panic buttons and more. On-site Field Technicians with nationwide coverage V-SELECT® Client Portal, a state-of-the-art tool offering a 'single pane of glass' view of all these services. Telecom/Technology Expense Management (TEM) services. Security Camera installation and ongoing monitoring and replacement. Digital Signage and Advertising, from the hardware to content to the content management system (CMS). "With this unique portfolio of managed solutions and service for hotels, Velocity is seeking to become the vendor of choice for delivery of the highest quality television and network experience, With one vendor, Velocity, hotels can now power every room, allow guests to customize their entertainment, and simplify their operations all while reducing operational costs." -Mark Walker, President and COO of Velocity A typical Velocity customer could be a large hotel, retail, or restaurant chain or any entity with numerous branch locations that can number into the hundreds of sites. Velocity delivers end-to-end management services by leveraging a network backbone of 13 redundant data centers and 5,500+ certified technicians across the nation, along with 450 carrier agreements supporting its status as a CLEC in all 50 states. About Velocity MSC Velocity delivers customized IT managed services such as IT support, network management, voice and data connectivity, multinational data networking, on-site repairs and service, field project rollouts and implementations, free-to-guest TV and Wi-Fi solutions, digital signage and DOOH media solutions, and more in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, and entertainment industries. Velocity is a privately held company with approximately 550 employees, 13 redundant data centers, 5,500+ certified technicians throughout the U.S., and 450 carrier agreements and is a CLEC in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.velocitymsc.com.

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nClouds Achieves the AWS Service Delivery Designation for Amazon EKS

nClouds | October 28, 2022

nClouds, an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN) and a leading provider of managed cloud services, announced that it has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Delivery designation for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), recognizing that nClouds has proven success in helping customers architect, deploy, and operate containerized workloads on top of Kubernetes. Achieving the Amazon EKS Service Delivery designation differentiates nClouds as an APN member that has a deep understanding of Amazon EKS, demonstrated experience, and proven customer success in helping customers manage, deliver, and optimize containerized workloads with Amazon EKS. To receive this designation, APN members must possess deep AWS experience and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS. nClouds is proud to receive the AWS Service Delivery designation on Amazon EKS, said Shaun Ritchie, CEO. Our team is dedicated to helping companies achieve their business and technology goals by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides. Amazon EKS enables our customers to deliver innovation at speed with agility and scalability. AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Service Delivery Program to help customers identify APN Consulting Partners with deep experience in delivering specific AWS services. nClouds has deep AWS skills to offer its customers – particularly in modernization efforts. nClouds has been partnering with the AWS Application Modernization Services Acceleration Team (SAT) on containerization and serverless solutions since early 2020 and has supported the AWS launches of Amazon EKS Blueprints and Amazon EKS-Anywhere on Bare Metal. nClouds is improving the DevOps workflow for Cequence deployments," said Ameya Talwalkar, CEO & Founder at Cequence, a security software company that designs a platform to protect customers from malicious API attacks. "We are using (Amazon) EKS clusters that have helped us achieve improved reliability, security, and scalability. Overall, our deployment methods are more straightforward, secure, and easier to maintain. "nClouds has been our extended team, helping us build a modern infrastructure with AWS that empowers us to transform continuously, a global insights and strategy firm at the intersection of entertainment and technology. "nClouds' expertise with containerization and (Amazon) EKS has enabled us to achieve agility and scalability together." -Shlomi Ronen, Vice President of Engineering at National Research Group About nClouds nClouds is an award-winning, technology-enabled provider of cloud and DevOps services. The company partners with customers to build and manage modern infrastructure solutions on the cloud that enable organizations to deliver innovation faster. nClouds provides services in the areas of modern cloud operations, DevOps, cloud migration, site reliability engineering (SRE), data & analytics, 24/7 support, and staff augmentation. The company is a leading public cloud MSP. For more information, visit nclouds.com and follow at twitter.com/n_Clouds. Industry recognition: CRN MSP 500 – Pioneer 250 (2022, 2021), CRN Fast Growth 150 – #10 Fastest-Growing IT Solution Provider in North America (2021) at 235%, ChannelE2E MSP 250 (2021, 2020), HfS Research Hot Vendor 2018, and DevOps Dozen 2017 – Best New DevOps Solutions Company.

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