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A Cord-Cutter Comes Back: Behind the Cost of A La Carte Video

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In 2014 I cut the cord. We live in Toronto, Canada, are not a sports family, and watch mostly drama. The kids watch only Netflix, so for them, cutting the cord really had no impact. We made the conscious decision to buy whatever we wanted to watch, as I suspected we would never come close to the monthly cable bill we had just shed.  But the truth is always more …

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The NEW News: Why Publishing Must Embrace Tech More Than Ever

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[ED NOTE: Several years ago I was contracted by the Globe and Mail to help them improve their online commenting, and raise the tone and the manner in which readers participated online. Since then I have kept a keen eye on the media publishing biz, as I believe that a strong and independent fourth estate is crucial to a healthy, functioning democracy. I feel an obligation to help institutions like …

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Reaching Millenials with multiscreen

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Will Richmond recently published an article on how the Millenial cohort poses a unique acquisition problem for Pay-TV providers. As Will explains, the hot debate centers around whether Millenials, who appear to want only particular shows on demand, will ever subscribe to cable. He quotes Charlie Ergen, who’s DISH Network just secured OTT rights to Disney / ESPN channels, and goes on to support the notion that a $20-30 lower priced bundle …

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The coming battle for bandwidth

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{As published in the February issue of SeaWell’s ADAPT Newsletter} Recent articles, bandwidth slowdowns and indeed, acquisition activity point to a growing concern that we may be in for a storm in the Internet video delivery business. If you are Google, Facebook, Apple, or even Netflix, it makes sense that you’re investing some of your billions in the infrastructure that delivers your data and ensures your company’s ongoing success (Google’s capital spending rose …

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Love is in the air: Pay TV consolidation hints at an OTT future

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. Comcast has expressed its love for Time Warner Cable. With 45 billion reasons. There’s a lot of love going on in the video content delivery business. Brightcove loves Unicorn. Ericsson loves Azuki. Verizon loves upLynk. And EdgeCast OnCue broke up with Intel but then quickly fell in love with Verizon. And behind the scenes, Apple is quietly, but forcefully,expressing its love for fiber. What’s this all about? Is it an early spring? Well, …

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The future of TV Everywhere is good data

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A survey did the rounds yesterday from Informa Telecoms & Media (take the survey here). It was a “future of TV” survey, with the normal questions about how you see the TV and advertising changing over the next few years. This survey was different in a couple of respects: It put a very specific timeline on the questions, of three years, and it got at the notion of change from …

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4K Streaming: Can content owners afford the bandwidth? Probably

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At CES this year 4K streaming was the most talked about topic between vendors and industry executives. There was a lot of technical talk about encoding, chips and devices, but according to Dan Rayburn, no one addressed the cost or QoS issues associated with 4K streaming. Yes, he notes, the technical challenge may be solved by HEVC but what about the business challenge? In the article, he touches on the …

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Watching Video No.1 Activity: Why audience targeting is essential

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What is the number one activity on PC, mobile and tablet? According to an article from www.digitaltvnews.com on the latest report from GlobalWebIndex, the answer is video. GlobalWebIndex is world’s most detailed, on-going survey of digital behaviors and attitudes, and they recently released their largest-ever report on US Internet use. The Details The report demonstrates that the active usage picture is incredibly complex, with wide variations by device and target audience. The …

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Philosophy and Online Community (posted on Sequentia’s Blog)

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Q: What’s the common thread running between a playwright, an Egyptian reformist, and a social media marketer?  A: They are all looking for universalities of human behaviour. If you can pinpoint what people really like to do – in fact, what they are predisposed to do – then you have a better chance of creating compelling content, a Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or software that promotes engagement and possibly “community”. The point is that, …

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