Before the Game: The Real Market for VR/AR... Right Now

-2015 was the year virtual reality (VR) finally shed its niche status. -2016 was the year that VR made inroads into mainstream life. -2017 was the year VR and AR (augmented reality) finally joined forces. -2018 is the year VR/AR/MR (mixed reality) is ready for the masses.

Growing Overload: It's Possible We're Getting Too Many Great Entertainment Options

We believe (hope) the merger mania will lead to even more tentpole, blockbuster movies and a growing number of good, direct-to-streaming service TV shows.

Ripe Choices: Great Video Content Needs to be Easy to Find, Easy to View

OTT is probably going to be a good thing in the long term, rather like Darwin's survival of the fittest. The only problem is there is no such thing as natural selection when it comes to which streaming services you want.

Strong Mix: The Best Organizational Team Has Complete Diversity

The emerging pool of young people who will enter the workforce isn't offsetting the loss of experienced people who leave the workforce or retire.

New Privacy: Streaming Services Have a New Sales Feature … Personalization

The race is on to own the entire customer experience. The key is to dominate the viewer-centric content creation and delivery services and have a comprehensive data picture of the consumer to present more personalized subscription entertainment

Unsocial Social: Social Media Isn't Social, It's All About You

Because of the uproar the Facebook/Cambridge Analytics situation, governments around the globe are insisting on answers from Facebook on how they're going to protect their citizens' data from falling into the wrong hands and being misused/abused.

Options: Consumers Like the Value of the Right OTT Entertainment

Worldwide, people watched an average of 5 hours and 45 minutes of online video weekly last year, which is 34 percent more than the year before.

Coming At You: The 5G Content, Connected World Coming to Your Neighborhood

Ericsson noted that those who focus on vertical 5G businesses - connectivity, platform, apps for manufacturing, auto, utilities, smart cities, healthcare, finance - will see a 36 percent increase in revenue potential.

New Heights: Serving Viewers Who Want It All Is A Tough, Uncertain Challenge

In the coming year(s), people will move from the unlimited choice mode and choose the aggregated, curated and simplified solutions that best meet their specific needs and tastes.

Speak Up: Smart Things Still Don't Play Well Together

It was a simple software bug and we're seeing them all the time as we push technology and push AI beyond simple, repetitive tasks. Stuff happens. But who can get mad at a smart speaker that messes up when she has such a friendly name as Alexa?

Supported Streams: Don't Kid Me…You Like Free!

Regardless of how content is distributed and consumed, people are still getting their video fix, whether it's from the legacy or the new environment.

Protection: Security, Privacy Are Lost Causes... Get Over It

Every country wants its citizens' content private (not mined); but they also want - nay demand - the server owners make stuff available when they want it … better yet, give 'em the source code.

Lonely Toys: If Toys Are Getting Smarter, Maybe Parents Should Too

Consumer advocacy groups claim toy manufacturers aren't doing enough to protect children's information or advise parents what they're doing in collecting and using the stalking information. But it's really up to parents to do their own research for the toys

Home Smart Home: Smart Home Solutions Are Coming in Bits, Pieces

CES is all about "things." Things people can talk to; which, in turn, talk to other things as well as something somewhere else to come up with things to sell you; and so, the cycle continues.

AI Help…Less: AI Isn't Dangerous Unless You Allow It To Be

The generations that haven't known anything less than instant gratification and instant information will invite it in and allow it to make important choices for them

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