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

New TV: The Business of TV Changes When We Moved to OTT

Cable TV providers have seen the writing on the wall and determined it is in their best interest to embrace the flexibility of the type of bundled service(s) they provide and add OTT to give consumers the time/date/content choice they've come to want/enjoy.

Trucks First: Moving Goods Will Have A Larger Impact in Autonomy and Economy

The autonomy of trucking needs more governmental attention and support than personal vehicles or business and commerce will be stuck in some warehouse … somewhere.

Speed Kills: More, Better Content Drives Demand for Better, Faster Service

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, and his cohorts probably never envisioned a time when sending a message or picture across the country or around the globe would be faster than dialing a phone. Or that people would have a panic attack when they didn't have Internet access.

Playing to Win: New M&E Industry Advances Put Viewer in Charge

Since no one is yet certain which business model will be most popular with viewers, the streamers offer their content in a range of flavors - free (ad supported), SVOD (subscription), TVOD (event transaction).

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