Twenty years after Napster, piracy is still a plague for media companies of all types. As awards season began late last year, screeners of La La Land were leaked on pirating sites. These leaks have real bottom-line repercussions. Research suggests pirated screeners can decrease box office sales by as much as 19 percent, an issue that can significantly impact both popular successes like La La Land and smaller-budget projects alike.
After years of bubbling just under the surface of mainstream awareness, the era of virtual reality is upon us, and poised to be the next big thing in advertising. Tech leaders such as Facebook and Google have been charging full tilt into the field. Even binge-worthy episodic VR content is on the horizon with Singapore-based Warrior9’s production of the world’s first animated sci-fi VR series, The PhoenIX. Some analysts believe VR will become a $150 billion field by 2020, and the nation’s leading content creators in advertising have been diving into the new space. Read More
As we move toward 2020, television services will likely pivot even more, but not necessarily in expected ways. Yes, we live in the era of the cord-cutter, but that’s not the end of the story. Millions of people still receive television over the air for free, and the technology will soon be updated to be 4K ready and accessible to mobile devices. Updates in cable internet speeds will also open up new pathways to content we’ve only dreamed about. Read More
After proving to the world that it was a genuine media force, the exploding field of esports is expected to conquer fertile new ground in 2017 with lucrative new partnerships with both traditional broadcasters and online streaming services. The sporting world will also likely see the line between real-world sports and esports begin to blur into a stunning new kaleidoscope that redefines the concept of fandom. Read More
When it comes to net neutrality, few people, it seems, are actually neutral.
On the one hand, many federal officials, consumer advocates and corporations want to preserve net neutrality rules established by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015. On the other hand, skeptics would like to see the softening of certain aspects of these rules. Read More
Technology is evolving faster than humankind itself. And we’re living in a world of our own invention. Behavior and business have merged to redefine content, workflows and revenue streams.
It’s The M.E.T. Effect℠, a cultural phenomenon fueled by hybrid solutions and boundless connectivity that’s changing the very nature of how we live, work and play.