Leveling-Up the Video Game Industry with Blockchains

In 2017, the video game industry broke the previous year’s record for sales by reaching $116 billion in revenue (up 10.7 percent from 2016)1 . Blockchains stand to magnify this feat by introducing new ways to create value by enforcing asset ownership for gamers and reducing intermediation in exchange. However, gamers have very high expectations for intuitive user experiences, and if accessing the benefits of blockchains impedes their gameplay experience, the main value offered by blockchains is lost.Developing with blockchains requires new technical and design approaches that must be accounted for to create a bridge to the general and hardcore gaming audiences. Tools must also be provided for game developers to participate in the open blockchain economy so they can focus on what they do best: creating amazing content and experiences.

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Benchmark focuses on providing complete solutions for broadcast and post production applications. The spectrum of services and products offered starts from simple modules to complete turnkey system integration services for setting up a totally new TV station or upgrading / modernizing existing ones. We also provide a complete range of services from pre-sale consultancy, through systems design and integration to installation and user training. Our capabilities extend to configuration of comprehensive enterprise-wide solutions, application support, system installation and customer training and on several occasions, development of customized solutions.

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Netflix versus Amazon Prime Video – depth versus breadth

Article | July 20, 2022

The first half of 2021 has been a year of continued change and disruption for subscription video. The global incumbent subscription video on demand (SVOD) leaders, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, have been busy signalling to the financial markets how they intend to entrench their market dominance in light of the ongoing market acquisition pushes unleashed by the D2C disruptors following the D2C ‘big bang’ moment of Q4 2019 – Q2 2021. Netflix announced in January that it was no longer going to borrow on the financial markets to fund its day-to-day operations – specifically for its content acquisition budget, which is now driven predominately by commissioning original content for its service. This leaves the SVOD leader with $14.9 billion of outstanding long-term debt to service as it seeks to live within its means by commissioning future content from its ongoing cashflow. In Q1 2021 alone Netflix spent $500 million on servicing this debt pile versus $1.7 billion in net income generated over the same period.

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Microgaming Collaborates With Inspired Entertainment To Enhance Gaming Experience

Article | June 21, 2021

As part of the deal, both the firms will work together to enhance the network capacities of each other while also supporting the expansion plans significantly. It will diversify the Microgaming’s product offerings such as slots, virtual sports, table games, etc. and will give a boost to the outreach plans of Inspired’s content. Inspired will offer 20 of its most innovative and widely played online slot games through Microgaming’s interface. The games offered will include Anubis Wild Megaways™, Prison Escape™, and Stacked Fire 7s™ along with the infusion of virtual and table games in the near future.

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Solutions, Business

Games video creators can help attract new audiences to esports, if rights holders empower them to

Article | July 7, 2022

Those who have been following MIDiA’s games coverage for a while will have seen our posts about the growth problem of esports and suggestions around putting focus on the entertainment angle, rather than just on the sports angle, in order to most effectively capitalise on the opportunity. We have known for a while that esports viewers are only a subset of the broader games-related video viewing audience.We also know that esports audiences enjoy live entertainment in general, more so than many other entertainment consumer segments. MIDiA’s Q1 2021 consumer survey enabled us to dive deeper into how this opportunity can be approached. As a part of our upcoming Esports Viewer Dossier 2021 update, we have looked at the esports viewers, in comparison to consumers who say they watch games-related videos but not esports. The former represents the current state of play, while the latter represents esports’ potential audience growth opportunity.

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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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Benchmark focuses on providing complete solutions for broadcast and post production applications. The spectrum of services and products offered starts from simple modules to complete turnkey system integration services for setting up a totally new TV station or upgrading / modernizing existing ones. We also provide a complete range of services from pre-sale consultancy, through systems design and integration to installation and user training. Our capabilities extend to configuration of comprehensive enterprise-wide solutions, application support, system installation and customer training and on several occasions, development of customized solutions.

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ComingSoon Expands Entertainment News Coverage

PR Newswire | October 05, 2023

Evolve Media LLC, a passion-based publisher of some of the most influential internet brands since 1996, announced that its marquee entertainment site ComingSoon is continuing to grow and expand its coverage areas. ComingSoon will expand to new coverage areas, including Bollywood With traffic up 79 percent since April 2023, ComingSoon is expanding in order to continue its rapid growth since a redesign was launched in December 2022. The site is now broadening its entertainment coverage into new areas, including Indian films and television, Korean dramas, reality television, documentaries, and true crime. All of these new verticals will be easily accessible in the site's revamped navigation bar as coverage is rolled out. ComingSoon will also further commit resources to delivering top-notch anime, documentary and horror coverage, which have become key elements of the entertainment site. It will also continue to produce top-quality features and reviews that are just as engaging as they are informative, while also conducting interviews with some of Hollywood's biggest directors and stars. "Our goal is to make ComingSoon a one-stop destination for media consumers all over the world," said Todd Jacobs, Director of Content & Operations at Evolve Media. "With these strategic investments, ComingSoon will exponentially expand their global audience." "Thanks to streaming, we've seen entertainment around the globe become pop culture phenomenons," said Tyler Treese, Frontpage Editorial Manager of Evolve Media's Entertainment and Gaming Division. "International hits like Squid Game and Jawan have shown that Korea and India are producing incredible content, while anime continues to grow in popularity. We'll finally be able to cover these areas with the news coverage they deserve, and help fans figure out the next show to binge or what film to invite their friends over to watch." About Evolve Media, LLC Evolve Media is a premium publisher of leading enthusiast destinations for influential men and women. Leveraging proprietary advertising and publishing technologies, as well as hundreds of talented content professionals, Evolve Media offers premium and engaging content to its readers, while offering marketers the tools needed to execute custom, content-led marketing solutions that reach its audience of over 78 million people globally each month.

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Vecima Supports Record Demand for FIFA World Cup Video Streaming

Vecima Networks Inc. | December 12, 2022

Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) announced that its MediaScale™ unified video streaming platform is experiencing record levels of international traffic from live broadcasts and video streams for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.Vecima’s MediaScale Cache is a comprehensive multi-tiered caching solution that reduces latency and network utilization for video service providers to maximize the delivery of over-the-top and ‘TV Everywhere’ video services to their customers. Currently, the MediaScale platform is serving subscribers across more than 50 operators in six of the countries participating in the World Cup. With World Cup 2022 breaking viewership records globally, operators need the scalability and reliability of Vecima’s MediaScale platform, said Kyle Goodwin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Content Delivery & Storage for Vecima. “The World Cup is arguably the biggest international draw in sports, so it’s critical that operators manage explosive demand while maintaining pristine video streaming. MediaScale, Vecima’s unified streaming video solution, optimizes quality of experience and efficient delivery of Live Linear, nDVR, and Time-shifted TV, and VoD services by providing market-leading solutions to ingest, produce, store, protect, and stream your valuable video content. MediaScale can expand capacity while servicing a diverse client device ecosystem, including IP-enabled set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets, and other streaming devices. “Vecima is proud to support our customers in bringing the excitement of the FIFA World Cup to their subscribers in their homes and on their mobile devices,Quality, reliability, and low latency take a front-row seat on this global sports stage. From Super Bowl LVI to the World Cup in Qatar, Vecima continues to deliver high-performance video streaming.” -Clay McCreery, Chief Operating Officer at Vecima. About Vecima Networks Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) is leading the global evolution to the multi-gigabit, content-rich networks of the future. Our talented people deliver future-ready software, services, and integrated platforms that power broadband and video streaming networks, monitor and manage transportation, and transform experiences in homes, businesses, and everywhere people connect. We help our customers evolve their networks with cloud-based solutions that deliver ground-breaking speed, superior video quality, and exciting new services to their subscribers. There is power in connectivity – it enables people, businesses, and communities to grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.vecima.com.

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Pier 4 of CommonWealth Partners becomes the first in Boston to deploy fire drills for virtual reality

businesswire | January 19, 2021

Pier 4 is the first multi-occupant place of business in the city to utilize computer generated reality to direct fire drills. With numerous individuals telecommuting because of the COVID-19 pandemic, CommonWeath Partners selected to send augmented reality innovation to help guarantee all inhabitants realize how to react in a crisis at whatever point they are in the workplace. Created by AK Preparedness, a Seattle-based crisis readiness and life security organization, the new SafetyNetVR arrangement includes making a photograph sensible 3D model of a structure's inside and afterward inserting data about flights of stairs and life wellbeing hardware. Web VR fire drills permit building tenants to utilize their cell phones, tablets or PCs to investigate their environmental factors, find flights of stairs and fire dousers, and leave the structure. As clients explore their structure all through the VR experience, they can figure out how to utilize a fire douser or crisis telephones, discover what happens when the structure goes into alert, and get video-based guidance from a fireman. They can likewise find out about reacting to a wide scope of different crises. The estimation of the VR fire drills will stretch out a long ways past the COVID-19 circumstance; it will empower building inhabitants to prepare their workers on crisis rehearses whenever, instead of sitting tight for intermittent in-person trainings which may just happen once every year. AK Preparedness is a main public supplier of crisis readiness arranging, preparing, and innovation arrangements, helping a huge number of business office properties, partnerships, government associations, and private structures diminish chances through more viable life wellbeing programs. Established in 1981, AK gives crisis reaction plan improvement, on the web and portable crisis reaction apparatuses, live preparing and penetrates, tabletop works out, life security preparing recordings, and different administrations. Ward Partners LLC is a vertically incorporated, exclusive land venture, improvement and the board association. Settled in Los Angeles, CWP has resources situated all through the United States, including Boston, New York, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and San Diego.

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ComingSoon Expands Entertainment News Coverage

PR Newswire | October 05, 2023

Evolve Media LLC, a passion-based publisher of some of the most influential internet brands since 1996, announced that its marquee entertainment site ComingSoon is continuing to grow and expand its coverage areas. ComingSoon will expand to new coverage areas, including Bollywood With traffic up 79 percent since April 2023, ComingSoon is expanding in order to continue its rapid growth since a redesign was launched in December 2022. The site is now broadening its entertainment coverage into new areas, including Indian films and television, Korean dramas, reality television, documentaries, and true crime. All of these new verticals will be easily accessible in the site's revamped navigation bar as coverage is rolled out. ComingSoon will also further commit resources to delivering top-notch anime, documentary and horror coverage, which have become key elements of the entertainment site. It will also continue to produce top-quality features and reviews that are just as engaging as they are informative, while also conducting interviews with some of Hollywood's biggest directors and stars. "Our goal is to make ComingSoon a one-stop destination for media consumers all over the world," said Todd Jacobs, Director of Content & Operations at Evolve Media. "With these strategic investments, ComingSoon will exponentially expand their global audience." "Thanks to streaming, we've seen entertainment around the globe become pop culture phenomenons," said Tyler Treese, Frontpage Editorial Manager of Evolve Media's Entertainment and Gaming Division. "International hits like Squid Game and Jawan have shown that Korea and India are producing incredible content, while anime continues to grow in popularity. We'll finally be able to cover these areas with the news coverage they deserve, and help fans figure out the next show to binge or what film to invite their friends over to watch." About Evolve Media, LLC Evolve Media is a premium publisher of leading enthusiast destinations for influential men and women. Leveraging proprietary advertising and publishing technologies, as well as hundreds of talented content professionals, Evolve Media offers premium and engaging content to its readers, while offering marketers the tools needed to execute custom, content-led marketing solutions that reach its audience of over 78 million people globally each month.

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Vecima Supports Record Demand for FIFA World Cup Video Streaming

Vecima Networks Inc. | December 12, 2022

Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) announced that its MediaScale™ unified video streaming platform is experiencing record levels of international traffic from live broadcasts and video streams for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.Vecima’s MediaScale Cache is a comprehensive multi-tiered caching solution that reduces latency and network utilization for video service providers to maximize the delivery of over-the-top and ‘TV Everywhere’ video services to their customers. Currently, the MediaScale platform is serving subscribers across more than 50 operators in six of the countries participating in the World Cup. With World Cup 2022 breaking viewership records globally, operators need the scalability and reliability of Vecima’s MediaScale platform, said Kyle Goodwin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Content Delivery & Storage for Vecima. “The World Cup is arguably the biggest international draw in sports, so it’s critical that operators manage explosive demand while maintaining pristine video streaming. MediaScale, Vecima’s unified streaming video solution, optimizes quality of experience and efficient delivery of Live Linear, nDVR, and Time-shifted TV, and VoD services by providing market-leading solutions to ingest, produce, store, protect, and stream your valuable video content. MediaScale can expand capacity while servicing a diverse client device ecosystem, including IP-enabled set-top boxes, smartphones, tablets, and other streaming devices. “Vecima is proud to support our customers in bringing the excitement of the FIFA World Cup to their subscribers in their homes and on their mobile devices,Quality, reliability, and low latency take a front-row seat on this global sports stage. From Super Bowl LVI to the World Cup in Qatar, Vecima continues to deliver high-performance video streaming.” -Clay McCreery, Chief Operating Officer at Vecima. About Vecima Networks Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) is leading the global evolution to the multi-gigabit, content-rich networks of the future. Our talented people deliver future-ready software, services, and integrated platforms that power broadband and video streaming networks, monitor and manage transportation, and transform experiences in homes, businesses, and everywhere people connect. We help our customers evolve their networks with cloud-based solutions that deliver ground-breaking speed, superior video quality, and exciting new services to their subscribers. There is power in connectivity – it enables people, businesses, and communities to grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.vecima.com.

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Technologies

Pier 4 of CommonWealth Partners becomes the first in Boston to deploy fire drills for virtual reality

businesswire | January 19, 2021

Pier 4 is the first multi-occupant place of business in the city to utilize computer generated reality to direct fire drills. With numerous individuals telecommuting because of the COVID-19 pandemic, CommonWeath Partners selected to send augmented reality innovation to help guarantee all inhabitants realize how to react in a crisis at whatever point they are in the workplace. Created by AK Preparedness, a Seattle-based crisis readiness and life security organization, the new SafetyNetVR arrangement includes making a photograph sensible 3D model of a structure's inside and afterward inserting data about flights of stairs and life wellbeing hardware. Web VR fire drills permit building tenants to utilize their cell phones, tablets or PCs to investigate their environmental factors, find flights of stairs and fire dousers, and leave the structure. As clients explore their structure all through the VR experience, they can figure out how to utilize a fire douser or crisis telephones, discover what happens when the structure goes into alert, and get video-based guidance from a fireman. They can likewise find out about reacting to a wide scope of different crises. The estimation of the VR fire drills will stretch out a long ways past the COVID-19 circumstance; it will empower building inhabitants to prepare their workers on crisis rehearses whenever, instead of sitting tight for intermittent in-person trainings which may just happen once every year. AK Preparedness is a main public supplier of crisis readiness arranging, preparing, and innovation arrangements, helping a huge number of business office properties, partnerships, government associations, and private structures diminish chances through more viable life wellbeing programs. Established in 1981, AK gives crisis reaction plan improvement, on the web and portable crisis reaction apparatuses, live preparing and penetrates, tabletop works out, life security preparing recordings, and different administrations. Ward Partners LLC is a vertically incorporated, exclusive land venture, improvement and the board association. Settled in Los Angeles, CWP has resources situated all through the United States, including Boston, New York, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and San Diego.

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