Online Streaming & Artificial Intelligence: A New Era for OTT

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Artificial Intelligence is shaking up the broadcasting landscape and media & entertainment industry. Players, both big and small, are racing to leverage AI to differentiate their services from the rest. The research around the technology has been extensive and the investments are in billions. AI is one primary factor that helps marketers identify their customers and realize their needs. By knowing individual needs, marketers foray into the territory of personalization and there, the concept of content branding originates. Personalization of products/services is becoming table stakes to stay relevant in this competitive industry.

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

Article | June 30, 2021

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 | June 14, 2021

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 | June 8, 2021

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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Sony Interactive aims to put games on the big screen

warc | May 22, 2019

Following the stellar success of DC and Marvel in migrating comic book heroes to the big screen, Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, aimed at taking some of its most successful games to the movies and TV.“We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories,” Shawn Layden, chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE told The Hollywood Reporter.“We feel that now is a good time to look at other media opportunities across streaming or film or television to give our worlds life in another spectrum,” he added. The production company has a potential goldmine of over 100 original games to trawl, from adventure and sci-fi to mystery and horror.“Instead of licensing our IP out to studios, we felt the better approach was for us to develop and produce for ourselves,” explained Asad Qizilbash, who will head the new company: “one, because we’re more familiar, but also because we know what the PlayStation community loves.”

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warc | May 22, 2019

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