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Hackers vs. “The Media”

April 8, 2016 12:28 pm

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This article was written by Benjamin Brown for Akamai. We’re used to hearing about cyber attacks against financial institutions and retailers. But another industry faces a growing threat:...

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Instagram upgrades us all up to 1 minute streaming video from 15 second video clips

April 8, 2016 11:48 am

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Last week, Instagram extended the 15-second limit of its videos to 60 seconds, a pretty big increase in allowable playback time and video length. Instagram had extended the...

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Mobile phone screens are the streaming video playback device of choice for those under 25

April 8, 2016 10:01 am

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Watching streaming video on mobile phone screens is becoming the norm. 81% of Americans who use smartphones are now streaming video on those phones — a trend driven...

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1151 Lorane Hwy Eugene OR 97405

March 25, 2016 11:32 am

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Guest Privacy, south hills w/ Views Eugene, OR, United States Master bedroom on top floor of 3 floor home with breathtaking views, high end linens, and complete privacy....

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Example / Sample of HLS Streaming player with video m3u8 with demo

March 2, 2016 3:12 am

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How to embed HLS video player m3u8 video (various streaming methods) HTTP Live Streaming requires a metadata pointer file called m3u8 (e.g. ‘myvideo.m3u8’). The .m3u8 file is a...

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Live Streaming Conferences and Meetings

December 7, 2015 7:30 am

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Want a few reasons you should be live webcasting your conference or live broadcasting your event?

  • Stream key parts of sold out venues to extra viewers
  • Provide a more complete and added value service to companies and presenters
  • Show past events and presentations for on demand viewing to supplement live broadcasting
  • Increase event importance through broadening and globalizing audience
  • Broadcast preshow material to help build interest
  • Create sample videos to generate interest and lead to premium content spending
  • Highlight sponsors’ products in videos or interview exhibitors’ executives
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15 Reasons Why Professional Marketing Videos Fail

November 30, 2015 1:59 am

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Professional Marketing Videos and the reasons they fail us as the producers.   Videos can fail for 1 big reason, but more often than not we see a...

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Machine makes ‘analog’ techno music with vinyl records

November 30, 2015 1:52 am

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I thouught this was an interesting article because of some analog meets digital projects I’ve had going on in my own life. Take a look at me playing...

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Encoding mobile streaming video and audio for Blackberry

September 29, 2015 2:26 pm

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This article provides information on transcoding audio and video files into a format that can be played on a BlackBerry smartphone.

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Position Available: Multimedia Production Assistant

September 28, 2015 2:11 am

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Hey, we’re Gravitylab. Gravitylab is video hosting for business, radio, live concerts and broadcast television.   We also just helped open a music venue in downtown Eugene, and...

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Streaming Video OTT FAQ: Acquiring video, Multiscreen streaming including Android and iOS, Streaming Video CC Compliance

June 4, 2015 7:30 am

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Learn more about streaming video OTT with some questions and answers. Focuses specifically HLS, DASH, Closed Captioning, Video Monetazation and more.   What challenges can I expect ingesting...

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You Are f*cked Without a Backup Plan: 94% of companies without a backup recovery plan are out of business within 2 years of loss

April 29, 2015 2:43 pm

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Why is backup so important? One answer to that question is that it’s not IF you will lose your data, but WHEN. Loss may be due to a contractor hitting the wrong switch and deleting critical data, or deletion by a trusted and valuable employee who didn’t notice the server GUI changed. You may have to cope with intentional vandalism by a rogue vendor with access to your network, or a massive attack of thousands of infected computers. Losing your data is a business reality. The question is, can you get your data back … and how fast?

 

The type of data you have, and what that data is precisely, will be a factor in how the data is backed up. Here are some critical tips to approaching backing up your company’s critical data.

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Space Invaders with Real Lasers is Dangerous, but I’d give this a shot.

March 23, 2015 9:11 am

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“I was inspired to make a physical version of the classic game, space invaders. It’s got aliens, lasers and general destruction so what’s not to love, especially if...

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H.265 versus H.264 Video Streaming: What’s the best choice today? Your Best Options for H.265 Video

March 7, 2015 1:07 pm

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H.264 vs H.265: Choosing Your Best Options for Streaming Video distribution, an overview with video and presentation hand out.

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Over the Top TV from Traditional Broadcasters: Many choices, Price Pressure Downward, but Confusion

March 6, 2015 9:21 pm

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Want to watch HBO on your tablet? There’s an app for that. Want to watch CBS too? Get another app. NBC? You betcha they have an app for...

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How to encode SD, standard def video, into HD… also how to: VHS to DVD

March 6, 2015 2:46 pm

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Transferring / encoding SD Video to HD Digital Video, a few notes on the capture and transcoding of legacy formats.  Specific instructions for capturing video and transcoding to...

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Android HLS Streaming & Encoding, Getting Android & iOS video together

March 4, 2015 11:29 am

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Here is a ‘how to’ overview of some best practices for HLS streaming transcoding to Android and iOS without needing to do it twice. Keep in mind that...

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BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device

March 4, 2015 9:40 am

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BlackBerry has an experience for you, they’ve been holding back with resources like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it’s going to be much more liberal in the...

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How Digital Video Can Achieve The TV Standard: Verification AND Viewability

February 26, 2015 11:54 am

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How Digital Video Can Achieve The TV Standard: Verification AND Viewability by Alvin Bowles The lines between what we watch on TV, desktop and mobile devices continue to...

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WSJ: YouTube doesn’t make money, despite billions of viewers

February 26, 2015 11:47 am

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YouTube has never made money. Despite the top 3 videos on YouTube having well over 3 billion viewers, hosting millions of other (some viral, some ignored) clips and bringing in over a billion users per-month, YouTube can’t generate enough revenue to pay its employees and keep the doors open on its own. Why?

An easy answer is that the infrastructure that makes Google’s video empire possible (and all youtube’s video content partners), is not free as in beer or information. All the bandwidth used for watching high school kids ghost ride their parents cars, the server and datacenter infrastructure, video storage (think billions of GB of storage), transcoding (think millions and millions of hours of transcoding), and related video services has always required Google to have a revenue stream from YouTube besides “advertising” which they haven’t built out. I remember talking about this in 2007: how can youtube possibly sustain itself? Well, it doesn’t need to.

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Electronics makers from every consumer device manufacturing segment are betting big on 4K: Shipments soar 699% in 2014

February 22, 2015 1:09 pm

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There isn’t really much 4K UHD content available, but that doesn’t mean companies that make electronics and their manufacturers aren’t fully ‘all in’ to help get the 4K/UHD ball rolling, already...

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Here it comes: Sports Networks Are Setting Up Deals to Make Money from Live Broadcasts Online

February 22, 2015 12:28 pm

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The NFL online? Besides the World Cup, the NFL is the sports based ultimate stress test for at home broadband. The Chernin Group CEO Peter Chernin says NFL games, as well as other major live sporting events, is lumbering towards the year 2005 and making their content available online. Money is a funny thing when it comes to bringing pro sports owners together.

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Target’s internet video service you didn’t use is shutting down

February 12, 2015 12:21 pm

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  Following in the tracks of other retailers like Walmart (Vudu) and Best Buy (CinemaNow), Target launched its own video on-demand service in late 2013, but now it’s...

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Sling TV p0wns the millenial demographic grabbing ESPN, ESPN2, AMC… including ‘The Walking Dead’

February 11, 2015 9:32 pm

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“There has been a remarkable expression of consumer interest since we first announced Sling TV one month ago,” Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said. “We believe Sling TV is a game-changing service that enhances the existing television landscape. Now underserved audiences have access to the best of live TV at an affordable price.”

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HLS video javascript redirect for mobile video {ios / iphone / ipad / Blackberry / Android} or rollover to protected flash / rtmp

February 6, 2015 3:44 am

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  Instead of trying to force players to work well across platforms, occasionally we’ll find it better to redirect certain devices away from the embedded player directly to...

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Imagine Communications, Sony to Tackle 4K Transport

February 4, 2015 6:07 pm

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DALLAS — Imagine Communications announced a huge initiative underway with Sony (their Wonder Technology Lab!) to enable ultra high-definition/4K, and transitions from legacy SDI to IP-based network infrastructures....

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Using Video Services to increase sales, with examples

February 3, 2015 11:09 pm

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Using Video Services to increase sales, with examples via GravityLab – Streaming Video Hosting Services: CDN, encoding, live webcasting service   Some great examples of how to use...

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Why has Netflix’s Transition to 4k HEVC been so challenging so far

February 3, 2015 10:39 pm

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Netflix’s chief product officer, Neil Hunt, talks about Netflix’s switch to HEVC, or Ultra high definition, or 4K content, refers to the size of images in pixels in...

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Why has Netflix’s Transition to 4k HEVC been so challenging so far

January 20, 2015 8:43 pm

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Netflix’s chief product officer, Neil Hunt, talks about Netflix’s switch to HEVC, or Ultra high definition, or 4K content, refers to the size of images in pixels in a stream. Full HD or 1080p content has images with 1920×1080 pixels while 4K has 4096×2160 px images.

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Moog revives its massive modular synthesizers

January 20, 2015 2:36 pm

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Moog’s new modular synthesizers feel “…like you’re playing pure light.”   In 1973, Moog started manufacturing its extra large format modular synthesizers that bring you a wall of...

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Why you need to limit bots

January 20, 2015 9:49 am

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The use of bots and scrapers continues to surge, and they are pounding your web server resources, cloud or not. Bot behavior is for the most part benign, but poorly-coded and malicious bots can hurt site speed and performance. They look like DDoS attacks. They may be part of a rival’s competition monitoring, or re-purposing your content and presenting it as their own.

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Amazon, YouTube, Netflix rank 1, 2, 3 in brand perception in US

January 18, 2015 10:52 pm

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Streaming media companies Netflix and YouTube claimed two of the top three spots in this year’s YouGov Brand Index, with Amazon – which is a streaming service in...

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Youtube sports network Whistle Sports Tuesday said it had raised $28 million in a Series B funding round

January 14, 2015 4:50 am

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Youtube sports network Whistle Sports Tuesday said it had raised $28 million from investors Liberty Global, BSkyB and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Whistle Sports has programming aimed...

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