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The internet: an open and immersive platform where you can find everything and anything, at any time. Well, that's the premise, but some countries, in fact, inhibit selected media and content - you know, for political gain or just nothing more than sheer bullying - that dictatorship thing; however, generally, it's open to all! Naturally, with impressionable children and whatnot, we need to have the ability to restrict access to certain content, which seems to be a more moderate and reasonable sense of "censorship," if you like ...

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Netflix is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style - announcing a record-breaking year in which both revenues and subscribers grew substantially faster than expected, surpassing the 100 million milestone during 2017 to reach nearly 118 million subscribers. Since the launch of its streaming service - which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary - Netflix has been instrumental in the disruption of the traditional video entertainment delivery model, having a significant impact on pricing models, content distribution, devices, network architectures, net neutrality rules and perhaps most importantly the video consumption patterns of individuals ...

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Digital-first companies like Google, Amazon, Netflix, Airbnb, etc. haven’t only disrupted, but downright transformed their respective industries. Consider the success of Uber, which revolutionized the taxi industry, reporting monthly trips in excess of 50 million, without even owning a single vehicle. How did they do it? This was accomplished by combining modern-day machine learning algorithms and analytics strategies with flexible business and pricing models, while offering unique benefits to both drivers and riders at the same time. In hindsight, it can now be safely said that the transportation service industry and a geolocation app are thick as thieves. Uber recognized this synergy and capitalized on it. It’s Economics 101: they created a dynamic demand/supply-based resource optimization and pricing model ...


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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday to support a series of rules that we more commonly reference as “Net Neutrality.” These rules will reclassify broadband Internet access as a Title II telecommunications service, subjecting them to regulation similar to that of a utility or common carrier. The concern driving Net Neutrality has focused on consumer broadband access and networks, highlighting such notions as blocking of internet sites and throttling of traffic such as BitTorrent. However, some of the associated headlines really have nothing to do with the access part of the network. Instead, they are related to network interconnects, which are the lurking issue under much of what we call Net Neutrality...


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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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