Who doesn’t love The Sound of Music? Who? Introduce them to me and we’ll talk. Fifty years after it was released in theaters, this classic film about — well, you know what it’s about — was restored by Burbank’s Fotokem, home to one of the last feature film labs in the country.
The last two years have seen a rash of media company divorces. On one side, the steady television side where revenue and profits are largely flat. On the other, those oft-called “slacker” newspaper holdings with plummeting revenue as subscriptions to newspapers.
When they were newlyweds, both partners, tv and print, contributed equally as profitable businesses.
Video: Viral. Stock. Archival. Cut. Raw. Packaged.
Video. It’s on TV. It’s on your phone. It’s YouTube. It’s Vine. It’s in the paper (the digital kind.)
You can’t escape it. And to the naked eye—it may seem a streaming deluge—hard to consciously differentiate, but subconsciously, your mind takes note of some nuances.
For many years, the pace of change in mass market IT has dwarfed that of broadcast technology. For example, consumer camera phone resolution has increased over the last ten years by 30,000%. In comparison, broadcast resolution has barely tripled. With the development costs of consumer cameras amortised over hundreds of millions of units, there is no way that the broadcast industry can compete on the pace of progress. Nor should it try to.
File-based workflows are ubiquitous in the broadcast world today. The file-based flow has brought enormous efficiencies and made adoption of emerging technologies like Adaptive Bit-Rate (ABR), 4K, UHD, and beyond possible. Multiple delivery formats are now possible because of file-based workflows and its integration with traditional IT infrastructure.
This year’s Wrestlemania was the highest grossing, most viewed and most socially-centered event in WWE history. It generated gross revenues of $12.6 million and set a record of 142 worldwide Twitter trends, including 10 number one worldwide trends and exceeding any other broadcast or cable show that night. Yet WWE stock took an equally dramatic dive of 14.35% the day after, hitting bottom at $14, a 52% plunge from its 52-week high. What happened?
The buzz about 4K is at full volume now - how to record it; how to edit and package it; how to display it. And there is another consideration: how to test it for quality. Even though there is no widespread distribution of 4K content yet, that day is rapidly approaching, and broadcasters and
For decades, broadcast stations focused their monitoring efforts on the content they aired via conventional distribution chains. More recently, however, as the Internet has emerged as an increasingly viable and attractive means of delivering content, many broadcasters have seized the opportunity to extend their reach to a much greater geographic area and a much larger potential audience.
In the already overhyped cloud market, hybrid cloud computing is emerging as the next big thing. In many cases, it’s happening organically over time. Even as enterprise-sized media operations are deploying private clouds to increase agility and reduce costs for media workloads, they are also steadily increasing the number of IT workloads being run in public clouds. This is helping them in three key areas: test and development, burst media processing (typically transcoding), and ongoing growth of the business. IT managers have become unwitting intermediaries between their companies and cloud service providers, managing workloads and moving data among multiple clouds.
I was talking with a distant family member the other day, and he asked what I'm doing now. I said I help television companies deliver their shows over the Internet.
He said, "oh, that HBO thing."
Well, yeah. That HBO thing.
Of course, he meant HBO Now, the newly announced delivery platform for "Game of Thrones" and (some other stuff) on HBO.
In December 2014, NetNewsCheck published an article encouraging publishers to explore beacons in 2015. Being app developers ourselves, we pay close attention to anything that presents opportunity in mobile. If you’re new to the concept, a beacon is a small device that broadcasts a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) signal.
As we turn the corner into 2015, I want to highlight a once futuristic technology that is already changing our lives in many positive ways: computer vision—training computers to investigate images and understand them the way the human brain does, but without human fatigue and at massive scale. In years to come, this technology will continue to help make our lives safer and easier.