Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Apple and Comcast in Talks for Streaming Partnership?

March 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Could Comcast users say goodbye to fuzzy, buffering videos and hello to fast, HD-quality content thanks to a rumored deal with Apple?

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Sam Champion Wants to Make The Weather Channel a One-Stop Shop for News

March 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age Sam Champion Age 52 New gig Managing editor, anchor,The Weather Channel Old gig Weather anchor, Good Morning America You’ve said that your new morning show, AMHQ, will cover news, business, sports and other nonweather topics. Will that all be through the prism of weather? Weather affects every story—whether the event happened, whether people got there on time. If you’re talking about the president’s State of the Union address and he’s going to talk about climate change, how does that story “go through the prism of weather”? It’s a factual story. Weather is part of it.

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Broadway Review: ‘Rocky’ the Musical

March 14, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Whatever your expectations going into “Rocky,” you come out rocking the technology.  No mystery about where the $16.5 million capital investment went in this musical iteration of the 1976 movie that made an iconic hero of Rocky Balboa. Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens no doubt took their pittance for scoring the book by Thomas Meehan... Read more

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You Won’t Believe How Big TV Still Is

March 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As the upfronts approach and the NewFronts try again to imitate them, expect to hear a lot about the twilight of traditional television with the rise of digital video. But don’t believe it. A new study from Nielsen reveals the depth and breadth of both universes, and comparative viewership numbers aren’t even close. The study, conducted with ad targeting firm Simulmedia , contains plenty of insights, but among the most striking is the size of either industry. Nielsen rarely pulls back the veil on exactly how big the TV and video worlds are (they do mint the currency in the former, after all), but here it is in black and white: There are 283 million television viewers monthly (the population of the United States is 313 million), each watching an average of 146 hours of TV. Compare that with 155 million online video viewers averaging just shy of six hours monthly on mobile and almost six and a half hours over the Web. So while TV’s audience is still almost twice that of digital video, the amount of money in digital isn’t even 5 percent of the mammoth $74 billion chunk of change in television. What’s going to bring about growth in the former, said Amit Seth, Nielsen’s evp, global media products, is equivalency. ABC already offers digital options for audience deficiency units (ADUs, or makegoods), and Fox said last year it would provide Hulu inventory for the same purpose (neither network was able to provide comment by press time), but Seth said he foresees greater porousness between digital video and TV. The company isn’t just hoping for that—Nielsen’s oft-delayed DPR product, which measures non-mobile streaming video, is set to finally launch in the spring. Nielsen also will be continuing to refine a tool that other third-party data miners are already selling: purchaser data that gives a measurable ROI to advertisers. “We have access to 90-plus percent of credit card transactions, anonymized through a third-party data provider,” said Seth. “Do you shop home improvement? If so, do you shop at Home Depot or at Lowe’s?” Nielsen now knows. Content producers like NBCUniversal have pioneered similar initiatives, but it’s impossible to overstate the importance of third-party measurement as the analytics world gets more complicated. Lest this sound like too much progress too quickly, Dave Morgan, founder and CEO of Simulmedia, says not to worry. Business as usual will probably continue apace for a while. “The silos aren’t coming down anytime soon,” said Morgan

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This Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Is Convinced Social Media Is Ruining Our Lives

February 14, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Brandi Glanville Age 41 Accomplishments Star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; author (her new book, Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance, will be released Feb. 11) Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I guess it would be the weather. Later, I listen to the news on the radio—always very kid-friendly news because I drive my kids to school in the mornings. We also listen to Kiss FM, Ryan Seacrest .

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The Dream of the 90s is Alive in Virtual Reality

The Dream of the 90s is Alive in Virtual Reality

February 3, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Talk NYC is kicking off its new contributor series with Jordan Holberg, Director of Technology at TBWA/Chiat/Day NY —The Oculus Rift changes everything. If 40% of those words meant absolutely nothing to you, that’s ok… for now. Soon enough you’ll understand. But know this now: the unambiguously important shift the Rift represents isn’t a fad, it’s not a gimmick and this isn’t the 90s Virtual Reality trend all over again. The Rift (and the industry it's about to spawn) is the most important entertainment device of the next ten years. If I’m wrong, feel free to beat me with a spoon.

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4K Is Great for Everybody Except the TV Networks

January 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Most of it you'll just see in the video, but Michael Bay was not able to make it through the presentation he was supposed to be giving in Las Vegas at CES 2014 because of what appeared to be a problem with the text crawl behind the audience. "The type is all off. Sorry. I'll just wing this," he said, before a brief, valiant attempt to improv his way through the introduction of Samsung's giant 105-inch curved-screen TV. Then he gave up. Video below courtesy of the quick-fingered Joshua Topolsky at the Verge . Bay later apologized, saying he'd skipped a line. He's not an improv comedian, people! Samsung's new TV will probably be the best place to watch the new season of House of Cards, as Netflix said it will definitely be streaming it in the super-duper-hi-def 4K format that was the belle of last year's CES ball. The streaming service announced partnerships with Samsung, Sony, LG and others; Amazon also announced a partnership with Samsung that includes content producers

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Check-In CES: Rise of Curved Glass

January 6, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Check-In CES: The Virtual Reality Flood

January 3, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch Needs More Time

December 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As a kid, you might have dreamed of the day where you could own a smartwatch like the ones you used to see in old Dick Tracy comics, or on “The Jetsons.” Well, that day is here: Wearable wrist computers are finally a reality. But they’re not quite ready for primetime yet. Qualcomm is the latest company to join the likes of Samsung, Sony and Pebble in releasing a smartwatch this year. Qualcomm’s entry is called the Toq (pronounced “tock”), and it serves as a companion to an Android smartphone. It displays any notifications you might receive on your phone, provides access to weather and stock information, and allows you to perform a limited number of tasks, such as controlling your phone’s music player. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Gear , however, it does not have a built-in microphone, so you can’t use it to make phone calls, and there’s no integrated camera. I’ve been testing the Toq with the Nexus 5 Android phone for the past week, and it performed its functions well. It also showcases some cool technology from Qualcomm (the company is best known for making the chips that go inside smartphones and tablets) that could be useful in future smartwatches, the most notable feature being the always-on display that’s readable even in sunlight, and doesn’t drain battery life.

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