Posts about Streaming

In 2014, the number of smartphones sold worldwide topped 1.3 billion. That’s more than 3.5 million per day; 41 every second. Indeed, phones have become as much a fashion accessory as communication device, with many consumers upgrading their models every two years or less. Clearly mobility is here to stay, both in our personal and professional lives, and the enterprise needs to open up to mobile both as a means to connect employees and reach customers. The cloud can be of tremendous help in this effort but the enterprise needs to integrate the two carefully to avoid traffic tie-ups, miscommunication and security vulnerabilities. Indeed, it’s getting hard to distinguish mobile from the cloud, so closely do the technologies complement each other. According to...
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Am I the only one shocked, mouth agape at the valuation that music streaming companies are receiving? Isn’t that called a radio station, and weren’t they meant to be dead by now? The sheer madness of it forced me to pause and ponder it all for at least a moment or two. And, if you think about it enough, it all sort of makes sense … sort of. The epiphany came with the realization that business models, especially in the music business, have become very dependent on the average bandwidth consumers have access to. The iPod revolution was really about being able to buy just the song you want, when you want, and having the ability to build your own customized library of tunes to take with you anywhere. Finally, after decades of being a slave to the whims of record labels, the average consumer was back in the driver’s seat ...
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Posted by Dean Anthony Gratton on February 23, 2015

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Perhaps I should start by explaining the premise of TV here in the UK, for my non-UK readers. First and foremost, any viewer of TV in the UK needs to pay for a TV license, although there's a lesser known caveat to that: Any viewer of live TV needs to pay for a TV license. So, in other words, if you regularly tune in and watch a live broadcast from any channel, irrespective of platform, that is, a TV, tablet or mobile device, you must pay for a TV license. In my household, the wife and I do not watch live TV but, instead, we create our own channel by streaming the programmes we wish to watch, when we want to watch them ...
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Last week, an interesting study was published by Musictank, entitled “The Dark Side of the Tune: The Hidden Energy cost of Digital Music Consumption”. The report examines the environmental impact from an energy efficiency and carbon foot-print view, of the current shifts in content consumption from an “ownership of physical product” towards “access via cloud-based content services”.
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Over the weekend I was struck by the fragmentation of TV distribution. On Sunday afternoon, I found my wife with her iPad watching a rerun of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC iPlayer, my son using his iPod Touch to watch an episode of Peppa Pig via Slingbox and myself watching a pay-per-view rugby match. Aside from wondering why we don’t have stock options in Apple, I was struck by the splintering nature of TV consumption.
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