Abolishing the Fear of Failure- Do What You’re Afraid to Do!

June 27, 2014
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An impersonator of an Elvis impersonator gives his best move.

Introduction: On June 26th, Stanford Education & Psychology Professor John D. Krumboltz told a sold out Commonwealth Club-Silicon Valley audience to “stop being afraid of failure. Learn to accept and even enjoy it,” he said in his opening remarks. Prof Krumboltz is the co-author of the book, Fail Fast, Fail Often- How Losing Can Help…

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Viodi View – 06/23/14

June 23, 2014
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An image showing how swarms of insects and birds as an analogy for what autonomous vehicles will do in the future.

My aha moment from last week’s SMPTE ETIA Conference was triggered by the FCC’s Matthew DelNero’s excellent presentation on the history and status of Net Neutrality. That is, and it’s something that has been said for years by many experts, the entire telecom legal and regulatory morass needs to be simplified and flattened in a…

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

June 19, 2014
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A screenshot of different audio profiles in a demonstration from Dolby Labs.

Some 80% of those with hearing loss do not use a hearing aid, according to Philip Hilmes of L126/Amazon at SMPTE’s Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age Conference. Given yesterday’s announcement of the Amazon Fire phone, Hilmes’ brought interesting insight into the topic of immersive and personal audio and how Amazon is using feedback from…

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The Autonomous Vehicle and What It Means

June 12, 2014
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Image showing what a vehicle might look like without a steering wheel.

Editor’s Note: An automobile industry executive and subject matter expert, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote the article that follows this preface. It is in response to my June 2nd article that speculated on Google’s long-term plans for the autonomous vehicle. This article provides additional insight into the AV market with some excellent references, while…

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Broadband TV Conference- Part 3: The Problem and Solution for WiFi Delivered Video Content -Why Can’t We Watch Any Content, on Any Device in Any Room in the Home?

June 12, 2014
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An image of AirTies Mesh network configuration.

Introduction and Backgrounder: The number of mobile devices in the home is exploding. Most “Pay TV” operators (like Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FioS, and AT&T U-Verse) are supporting multiple screen viewing as part of their “TV Everywhere” services. The content is mostly OTT VoD, video clips, or real time sporting events available by subscription (e.g. MLB.TV,…

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Broadband TV Conference Part 2: How to Measure Streaming Video Quality

June 11, 2014
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Block diagram showing possible quality of service impairments from source to sink.

Introduction: This second article on the 2014 Broadband TV Conference summarizes a presentation by OPTICOM’s CEO on streaming video quality measurements. We think that topic will be very important for many players in the OTT streaming video and connected TV markets. In particular, we believe it’ll be quite valuable for adaptive bit rate OTT and mobile video streaming providers,…

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Broadband TV Conference Overview & Summary of MPEG-DASH Video Streaming Standard

June 9, 2014
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An image showing where DASH fits in the streaming ecosystem.

Introduction: The fifth annual Broadband TV Conference, held June 3-4, 2014, in Santa Clara, CA dealt with many key issues on a variety of subject matter, in commercial free panel sessions and individual presentations. The multi-track conference covered topics such as: Is Television As We Know it Sustainable? The Future of Second Screen, Augmented TV…

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Viodi View – 06/09/14

June 9, 2014
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The garage is no longer needed to house a car with a vehicle-on-demand service.

Wayne Gretzky’s quote of, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been,” has become an oft-used metaphor in presentations in the telecom world. An important point, not mentioned in his quote, is to be aware of the external factors that could the alter the path of that puck (e.g.…

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Meeker: Mobile is King of Internet Access and Content

June 6, 2014
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1cast application on the Gphone

Mary Meeker of KPCB puts out an Internet Trends report every year that is chocked full of interesting data on Internet, social, mobile and e-commerce trends.  In this year’s report at the Code conference in Southern California last week, Ms. Meeker said that while growth in overall Internet usage was slowing (especially in developed countries), it has increased rapidly…

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