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Why I Think Sony Made a Bad Decision in Shutting Down PS Vue

Vue suffered from a bad branding decision. But making a shut-down decision on PS Vue without trying to fix the obviously misguided and confusing branding decision, to me, you’re not working off high-fidelity information, then. To me, that alone means that Vue deserved at least one pivot & re-try. I remember seeing the PS Vue […]

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Tweet storm: Why Netflix Might’ve Hit it’s US Subscriber Peak

This is a tweet storm, so, I can see like a thousand ways to clarify this below but in the interest of preserving the “quick take” of the tweet storm format, I’m leaving it alone! 1/ Here’s my Devil’s Advocate take on the #NotABlip case for #Netflix . (Or, that sub numbers are at or […]

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Streaming Piracy is Pernicious: Credential Sharing in the U.S. is Not

Originally posted as a comment to this piece here. Full disclosure, I worked with this team during my run at Cisco SPVSS which turned into Synamedia. I know & like Rinat Burdo well and have tremendous respect for the team. Well, I have to disagree with the premise of this post. Industrialized, sophisticated piracy […]

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Is $340M a Lot of Money? For Pluto TV?

VIDEO IS HERE: Watch the Video Is $340M a lot of money? For Pluto TV? Well, in some ways, yes. Bob Bakish let loose a few eyebrow-raisers on CNBC this morning. First off, let’s talk markets. He’s calling this AVOD & quoting $8B in TAM – but that’s mostly YouTube & Facebook. So is Pluto […]

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Bloomberg Radio: Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr & Eben Novy-Williams featuring Brian Rolapp Chief Business Officer of the NFL

Great radio show from Bloomberg hosted by Scott Soshnick, Michael Barr and Eben Novy-Williams featuring Brian Rolapp Chief Business Officer the NFL #Sports #SMSports #NFL Sports News Roundup – $200M deal to turn AT&T Park into Oracle Park opens the starting gate for a wave of new sponsorships. A stadium deal can be foundational for marketing […]

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White Paper Executive Summary: 3Play Media’s State of Closed Captioning

3Play Media did a good job putting out survey but the vast majority of the responses were in higher education, so be careful not to overgeneralize these results below. Here were the key insights I took from it. Video Posted Annually 43% of businesses surveyed post >100 hours of video per year 13% posted >1,000 hours of […]

Continue reading Digital Perspective: Periscope is a Feature, Not an App. Here’s Why.

This was originally published by Sports Video Group in their new Digital Monthly Newsletter. Go to and sign up! I’ve shortened it dramatically here below. Have fun! Live-streaming app Periscope has been around for only a few months, but, oh my, how those months have been packed with insight. Live phone streaming has broken new […]

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Did AMZN’s AWS sell $500M of Cloud Video Processing & Management services in the TTM period? Holy cow!

I almost missed the news of Amazon’s first-ever financial report with AWS revenue broken out. (Life w/ kids is busy!) I’ve been eager to see this figure for years. At Ericsson my small crew and I spent 2 full years preaching the cloud video story and in my business case for cloud MAM I took a stab at estimating both this AWS top-line number and – […]

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Meerkan’t: Why Meerkat won’t be the app that defines Now-casting

Edited: Title changed – Fail was too strong a word – congrats to you guys Meerkat! But here’s why I think you won’t be worth bajillions.   I love live streaming. I love selfies. And I love social networks. But Meerkat? That’s not a name that’s going to stick. Let me qualify: Social selfie streaming […]

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Net neutrality matters — pay attention to this

Take a close look at the orange, blue and red lines — for Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T — an independent consortium is finding evidence of preferential treatment of traffic. As Michael Copps said: “We are guaranteeing an Internet future of toll-booths, gatekeepers, and preferential carriage.”

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