Technology and its discontents

Technology and its discontents The role of technology is under attack Today a “techlash” is under way. It comes in many forms, but two stand out. First, a belief that web titans such as Facebook, Amazon and Google have grown too dominant; and, second, a view that AI and algorithms are not transparent or accountable. Both…

Is OTT TV’s Death Knell?

 Is OTT TV’s Death Knell?


Television pundits have been claiming the death knell for television has been ringing for years. Yet, new research from Vimeo indicates that the future of video is already here and that OTT (over-the-top) streaming video is how video content is now shared, viewed by ever larger audiences.

The Vimeo survey is based on 3.6 million OTT subscribers spanning 230 countries but is still somewhat US centric as well as being geared towards the kind of relatively niche content hosted by Vimeo.

Nevertheless, the principle insights are common to most OTT markets and service categories, even if to varying degrees. For example, the underlying premise of the survey is that consumers are ditching cable TV en masse. While that may be true in many countries, the extent of the churn is much greater in the US. Research firm eMarketer estimates that by the end of last year some 22.2 million Americans cut the cord on their cable, satellite, or telco TV service. That represents a 33% increase from 16.7 million the previous year, which is higher than almost any other major developed country.

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Elias the language robot

Techno teachers: Finnish school trials robot educators   Students using language trainer robot Ellias during their lesson at the school in Tampere, Finland. — Reuters TAMPERE, Finland: Elias, the new language teacher at a Finnish primary school, has endless patience for repetition, never makes a pupil feel embarrassed for asking a question and can even…


How AI Can Stop Cybercrime

How AI Can Stop Cybercrime Most security breaches are caused by human error. Luckily, there’s an algorithm for that.   The past few years have exposed a staggering amount of personal and financial consumer information while damaging the reputations of major brands. The economic losses are significant. The average cost of a corporate breach was…


The Benefits of Using Broadcast RF IP Probes

  By Ned Soseman, The Broadcast Bridge A broadcast IP probe alarm can be a chief engineer’s best friend. A probe can notify a chief engineer, master control or transmitter engineer of issues, ranging from small changes to catastrophic events, perhaps even before viewers notice. The goal is to monitor and respond to atypical states…