INTERNET OF THINGS AND ENTERTAINMENT - THE SMART ARENA

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We all love our live entertainment. From sporting events to music concerts to monster truck rallies, arenas and stadiums entertain of tens of thousands of visitors day in and day out in an industry that has expanded to over $5 billion in North America alone. Yet visitor safety and customer experience are set to improve dramatically as venues begin to adopt new technology that allows a more connected experience.

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The NFHS Network

The NFHS Network is a joint venture among the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state high school athletic associations and PlayOn! Sports. PlayOn! Sports is the largest high school sports media company in the country. As THE PLACE for high school sports, the NFHS Network streams tens of thousands of events every year. From the regular season all the way through the playoffs, watch the top high school athletes in the country live on any device.

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This time Amazon really does have Bond in its sights

Article | May 20, 2021

MGM, which holds the largest film and TV library in Hollywood, is finally in play – and likely to be acquired by tech major and video streaming behemoth Amazon. With a rumoured price tag of $9 billion, the deal, while substantial, is merely equivalent to 8.3% of Amazon’s Q1 2021 earnings of $108.5 billion. Indeed, the 44% year-on-year (YoY) increase for its Q1 results alone would pay for the deal more than four times over. When it comes to investment capital to deploy, the tech majors led by Amazon and Apple are in a financial class of their own. This is the kind of deal that helps to explain why AT&T was so keen cut its losses and incur a $66 billion loss on its Warner Media assets by merging the former Time Warner media major with Discovery for $43 billion in cash and receiving 71% in equity in the new combined entity in return. It also follows on from Amazon’s 15.4x increase in what it is willing to pay to secure exclusive NFL Thursday Night Football coverage for its US Amazon Prime customers.

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Applications of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Article | June 21, 2021

Our healthcare system has never been pit against an enemy such as Covid 19, forcing us to look for innovative solutions that make global healthcare more flexible and future-ready for such disruptions. Global Healthcare is turning to Virtual Reality, which certainly makes for a lucrative prospect for the future. It is helping in better preparing our healthcare systems for pandemics and global health crises, such as the one we face now. And while other industries are jumping on the VR wagon, hospitals, medical institutions, and healthcare tech companies are adapting to VR space equally well.

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Why video streaming needs to stop fighting the last consumer war

Article | May 28, 2021

Video streaming services have achieved mainstream engagement, with binge viewing now eclipsing linear TV viewing as the leading form of TV show consumption. While the digital disruptors may revel in their newfound status as the masters of TV consumption, and the TV and film industry are forced to adapt to this new reality, a subtler shift in mindset needs to occur. Streaming services, led by subscription video on demand (SVOD) hegemon Netflix, still operate in the mindset of having a digital native consumer base. For these streaming incumbents, the success of SVOD still rests upon their ability to appeal to younger consumer bases who have a) grown up in a digital environment, and b) are by definition young and eager for new and constantly evolving consumer experiences. Add to this the post-second world war presumption that popular entertainment should always be youth-centric focused, and streaming is still de-facto a youth-orientated proposition.

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Why Shares of AMC Entertainment Are Surging Today

Article | April 28, 2020

It was just two weeks ago that it looked as if the COVID-19 pandemic would push AMC into bankruptcy, as forced theater closures shut off revenue to the world's biggest cinema operator. The company also slashed its dividend, and executives all took pay cuts to help conserve cash. Investors should still be wary, even if AMC is able to open many of its theaters sooner than the mid-June date it had been eyeing.

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Spotlight

The NFHS Network

The NFHS Network is a joint venture among the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state high school athletic associations and PlayOn! Sports. PlayOn! Sports is the largest high school sports media company in the country. As THE PLACE for high school sports, the NFHS Network streams tens of thousands of events every year. From the regular season all the way through the playoffs, watch the top high school athletes in the country live on any device.

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