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It’s a worldwide phenomenon. People all over the world have left their homes in search of Pokémon. If you don’t know, Pokémon is a video game series started in the mid-1990s. In the decades since, it has grown into multiple TV series, five feature films, and now a mobile-gaming first. It’s been a rocky start for the mobile game. As I learned more about Pokémon Go,...

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samsung gear vr headset

Would you pass up the opportunity to get a free virtual reality headset? I couldn’t. Not long ago, I got my brand new Samsung Gear VR, for free, as part of a promotion for the Galaxy S7. It took several months to arrive, but when it did, I felt the need to document the occasion with an unboxing video. [embed]https://youtu.be/lchKGKjBlpg[/embed] The Gear VR really is cool. But it isn’t...

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There’s been a lot written about cord cutters and how over-the-top (OTT) programming is going to replace broadcast platforms like Sky, BT, or Virgin. OTT is the delivery of TV or movies online through (or “over”) another device like a gaming system or smart TV using a service like Netflix. But is watching your favourite TV show through your Xbox One using Netflix or HBO Go,...

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Netflix has been in the news a lot lately. Not all of it has been good. They've been accused of violating net neutrality and losing most of their catalog. But they've also reached some milestones in the UK and have an Internet-busting amount of movies to stream. People’s viewing behavior has changed rapidly in the last decade, and Netflix is the leading example of how that...

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on demand streaming - pre-recorded video

If you've watched video on many websites, chances are you've used JW Player. Unlike a YouTube video, JW Player is integrated into a website which gives the owner more control over how it looks and what it plays. They reportedly have over a billion unique streams a month making them the most popular private video player online. Why a private player With so many public video platforms...

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Remember when 4k was the next big thing? It wasn't that long ago really when we were all lusting after the new bigger, higher resolution TVs. It wasn’t just me was it? As cool as they were, and are, there’s something even better: HDR. HDR stands for high dynamic range. According to EEtimes, it “effectively expands the range between the darkest and the brightest images a...

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When talking about the Internet, or online video specifically, it's hard not to think about YouTube. Perhaps that's why their Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl was asked to give a keynote address at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It was his second time giving a keynote, and he used his time to point out how right he was in his...

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When 2015 kicked off, many people had high hopes that virtual reality (VR) would finally become mainstream. And by that I mean VR content and devices would be readily available, at reasonable prices, and the experience would be good enough to drive adoption by the masses (that's you, me, and most of our neighbours). Now that we're halfway through December, it's safe to say VR hasn't...

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megabit

One way to understand why one video gets thousands (or more!) views and others are virtually ignored is to figure out what makes people watch. What is it that motivates them to tune in? You can imagine many organisations are studying those types of questions quite enthusiastically. Google is one of them. They have come up with a matrix of categories for why people watch the...

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Not too long ago I stumbled upon a resource Google provides called "Think with Google." They leverage their immense pile of data gathered from their search engine and other sources to provide insights to anyone that wants them. The data and analysis is provided for different industries, and usually is based on a global picture. Much of what they have is Google-centric – trends on YouTube...

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