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Viodi View – 01/27/17

Even though it hasn’t been a month, International CES 2017 seems like a blip in the rear view mirror of life. Fortunately, this video captures glimpses, along with commentary of some of the more impressive mobility developments and provides a preview of ViodiTV interviews yet to be published.

New Mobility Directions & Models at #CES2017

Driverless cars may look like living rooms on the inside.
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Vehicles are increasingly becoming consumer electronic items, as evidenced by the number of companies and booths at International CES 2017 that were dedicated to creating the next great ride. The embedded electronics allow even the most utilitarian vehicle to become an extension of its rider. What was on display at CES 2017 was evidence of a shift in the auto industry from the Detroit-centric transportation era to more of a software-oriented Silicon Valley approach that is potentially much more human-centric.

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Governments vs Technology | Pro-Active vs Non-Active – Road to Revolution by Michael Robinson

Governments and regulations may be bigger challenges than technological hurdles, as outlined below.
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In the suddenly fast changing mobility space, technology is sometimes secondary to the pace of government action in terms of the introduction of new features and services. In his drawing, Michael Vernon Robinson provides a synopsis of some of the more significant legislative attitudes and responses to these changes. He also compares and contrasts proactive and non-active stances that a sampling of countries are taking to ease the integration of autonomous vehicles into society.

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The 500k Combination of Consumers, Channels and Choice

Jonathan Hurd discusses the Altman Vilandrie survey regarding the skinny bundle.
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With a myriad of new alternative cable solutions from established entities (e.g. Hulu, AT&T, Sony, etc.) how will traditional video service providers stand out from this onslaught of competition? This is a question that Jonathan Hurd and his team at Altman and Vilandrie sought to answer late last year and in doing so, looked at things such as consumers’ price sensitivity to specific channels and different packages of channels. Hurd will be providing more detail of his study at NCTC’s 2017 Winter Education Conference in New Orleans, February 20th-21st. In the meantime,

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Crowd Source Announcing #CES2017

Here is a way to crowd-source announcing at local high school sports games.
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Producing high-quality video of high school sporting events has become easier and more widespread, thanks to the continued drop in prices for low-cost, high-quality camcorders. Generating “color” commentary is challenging because of the cost of audio mixing gear and finding talent. Debuting at CES2017, Spalk has a solution for anyone want to add commentary to a live stream and could be an interesting tool in the local content producer’s toolbox.

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An Opportunity to Better Understand the Network #CNV2016

Kaela Loffler of Netrounds, AB talks about virtual testing.
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One of the major benefits of network virtualization is that it allows operators to decrease the time of product launch and improve quality through better testing prior to launch. An example of this was the announcement this week by Calix (a Viodi, video production client) of its AXOS Sandbox, which virtualizes the traditional lab environment onto a PC, allowing developers to test in parallel and not have to vie for physical hardware time. Netrounds, AB complements the virtual lab concept by allowing operators to test layers 2 to 7 in a live network before moving a particular feature or bug fix into a production environment.

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 Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

The Korner – An On-Going Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. that Speaks Volumes (LinkedIn)

An honor to judge at the 2017 MLK Speech and Debate Awards Ceremony
An honor to judge at the 2017 MLK Speech & Debate Tournament

It’s ironic that the best teaching moments are often those times and places where we don’t want to be and from teachers we least expect. My moment of learning came this weekend as a judge for the quarterfinals of a three-day speech and debate tournament that drew teams from Minnesota, Colorado, and as far away as Taiwan. The good news was that I would be only one of three judges, so my indecisiveness and lack of actual speech and debate experience would be offset by people with real judging experience.To see why I came to the conclusion that any business would be wise to hire candidates with speech and debate experience, read the entire post here (LinkedIn).

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on independent telcos’ efforts to offer video to their customers. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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