“Communication Devices Provide Entertainment For Every Age and Every Taste – But are they Really Making Us Happier or More Self-Reliant on Virtual Feelings”

#AceMediaNews says “Communication Devices Provide Entertainment Options for Every Age and Every Taste” but are they really making us Happier or More Self-Reliant on Virtual Feelings”

Entertainment Options for Every Age, Every Taste

“Too many 40-year-old adolescents, felons, power drinkers and trustees of modern chemistry.” – Dalton, “Road House,” Silver Pictures, 1989

It’s interesting to watch the TV networks and cable providers brawl over who is/should get the biggest share of the entertainment payment pie.  Especially when both sides are making handsome profits.

But they always seem to “work things out.” Cost is simply passed along to you!

But fewer folks are tolerating the constant increases because today consumers have more options … a lot more options.

Those that do … its habit!

For Gen Yers who grew up always knowing the Internet was there for them, it’s become their first choice for entertainment with almost limitless “TV” channel choices.

And it all happened relatively quickly:

–        1999 – Victoria’s Secret fashion show “aired” online, choking the Internet

–        2000 –  Samsung introduced the first cellphone with a built-in camera and people started uploading all their best stuff to the web

–        2005 – YouTube formed but online video infrastructure could barely support viewing activity

–        2010 – a team of scientists/engineers send a GoPro camera into near space (80,000 ft) and the online video has been viewed more than 3B times and copied hundreds of times

–         2012 – the 4.13 minute Gangnam Style video was posted on the web with duplicates at YouTube and Facebook. To date, there have been more than 20B GS views, 40M copies downloaded, billions of mentions/likes/links around the globe. No one said taste was a prerequisite for being on the web!

New choices keep coming every time we turn on our smart TV set, tablet or smart phone.

Smart Options – Today’s smart TVs, like some of LG’s units, are not only being bought by consumers, they are finally being connected to the Internet  with streaming media players like the Nuvola as people begin to move beyond the standard cable/satellite bundled offerings. With the Internet, people can find and enjoy content that is of interest specifically to them, rather than the general audiences networks try to appeal to. The anything, anytime audience is also gaining the attention of marketers and advertisers.

The Times Warner Cable/CBS negotiations (and blackout) will probably help a whole bunch of people realize they do have an option to the constantly rising cable bill.

Dalton warned both sides, “I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.”

Connection Options

Today’s smart TV can be connected to TV sets with your Xbox, PS, NanoTech Nuvola or Roku to deliver a world of news, information and entertainment.

Sure, everyone would like to upgrade their screen to a smart TV; but face it…even with prices coming down they ain’t cheap.

And it’s hard to justify a new set when the present one is only a year or two old if the content isn’t 4K quality.

Dalton calmly said, “I want you to remember that it’s a job. It’s nothing personal.”

That’s why, according to ABI Research, the global market for smart streaming devices and dongles will surpass 18 million units this year. The research firm projects the market for smart units and dongles will grow at a rate of 10.8 percent through 2018, thanks to areas like the Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Then too, people like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes are producing their own entertainment to compete with cable networks.

Freedom of Choice – The rising cable/satellite company monthly charges plus the younger generation that is growing up on the Internet (who never had a conventional TV connection) are helping people seek out new options for their TV time. Cable cutting is only a minor movement but it is forcing the entire entertainment industry to take a fresh, new look at its business model.

Rising monthly charges and professional alternative content are making it very easy for more and more people to cut the cord and move their viewing to the Internet.

Of course, there’s always the tablet or smart phone for viewing.

If you’re connecting at home, you’re probably using a cable operator, cheaper but still…

The number of online video viewers this year will be about half of the 2B plus people who use the internet.

Cable Plus

But it’s not always a matter of cutting the cable.  There are a number of reasons people want to watch their content over the internet or add the online activity while viewing cable shows.

My TV – Consumers around the globe are adding the Internet to their TV/entertainment viewing options on all of their devices. In many instances, people blend plain-old-TV with Internet connected device activities.

What does bother the content selling side of the cable company is the trend that is being set by the younger generations to simply do everything on the Internet.

Researchers at RVA recently found that more than 25 per cent of under-35 broadband users consistently got all of their television/movie programming through the Internet and didn’t access broadcast or cable programming at all.

Life on the iNet – While cable/satellite companies continue to have good viewing numbers, they also see those numbers decreasing. They are really focused on the Gen Y and teen generation audience which has had never bothered to sign up for the rising annual TV fees but has always taken advantage of Internet-available news, information, entertainment.

About half of this group had never purchased programming from a cable or satellite television provider.

Across all age categories, a growing number of broadband consumers are now receiving all of their programming from the Internet.

Content owners think that direct relationship is a natural growth, so expect a mish-mash – pay TV and OTT coming to your smart TV or smart dongle/box.

Traffic Boom

The video/audio content over the iNet push has surprised (thanks to the kids showing the way).

Global internet traffic has skyrocketed:

–        1992 – 100GB/day

–        1997 – 100GB/hr

–        2002 – 100GB/sec

–        2007 – 2,000GB/sec

–        2012 – 12,000GB/sec

–        2017 – 35,000GB/sec

Wade looked at all the potential entertainment coming across the wire/airwaves and said, “I’ll get all the sleep I need when I’m dead.”

Content suppliers are feeding an almost unquenchable demand and infrastructure folks are rushing to keep up because according to a recent study, 60 per cent of the streams suffer quality degradation leading to re-buffering, slow start-up or poor picture quality.

FTTH (Fiber to the Home) folks in the Americas like to say they’re going to be the ones that meet the demand but people like Cisco, Ericcssen and Alcatel take a less myopic view and look at the global demand.

Infrastructure Build-Out – Consumers have kept the leading Internet suppliers and providers very busy (and profitable) by demanding higher-quality video content. The demand for content on any device is projected to continue to increase to the point where video will be the primary consumer of Internet traffic in the near future.

All forms of IP video (Internet video, IP VoD (video on demand), video files exchanged through file sharing, video streamed gaming, and videoconferencing) will reach 86 percent of total IP traffic.

By 2015, Internet video will account for 55 percent of all consumer iNet traffic.

By 2017, global IP video traffic will be 73 percent of all iP traffic.

Internet video to TV will be 14 percent of consumer Internet video traffic by 2017 and by then, VoD will be equal to six billion DVDs/month!

But it isn’t all just about mindless entertainment.

The smart TVs, boxes and dongles will deliver a lot more to the home viewer/user.

Resource Center – Almost every segment of business is finding new opportunities to deliver news, information and entertainment over the Internet. Cable and telco firms see growing sales/service opportunities, while other business segments see opportunities to get closer to their customers.

Over the next few years, we’ll also localize and personalize our communications, messaging, shopping and music/visual entertainment.

Telcos and cable folks are also “encouraging” us to upgrade our appliances, connect them to the iNet and manage our homes from anywhere.

The healthcare industry is also focused on newer, better and more advanced/complete ways of monitoring and delivering healthcare.

All of it–not just to your lowly flat screen but also to your tablet, smart phone and, oh yeah, computer.

As Dalton said, “It’ll get worse before it gets better.

Then, he looked at both sides in the contract negotiations and said, “My way… or the highway.”

Courtesy of #AceMediaNews 


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Love Of Money And The Route Of All Evil Comes Home To Roost In 2013-2016

Are banks still too big to fail?

The worship of Mammon

The worship of Mammon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course they are, as the banks were allowed to build a system designed only to favour themselves! Based on the premise they will eventually not need us, as we and our debts created by them, will bring them down! It is true that we funded their corrupt system, but we are now their biggest liability, and not the cash cow we once were! So to stop that happening, we will become surplus to requirements and they will close their doors to us, and using their system control this world from their ivory towers!

There are three areas of control in this world that holds the very fabric of society together, these are food, clothing and our homes! By invading the privacy of our homes, with Smart TV’s and Google Glasses they begin to spy on us! By watching us like lab rats in our own environment the way we eat, what we eat and how we live our lives ,using smart fridges, smart meters and smarter computers , they will control our very existence!

Once they have amassed all this information in servers bigger than 10 story buildings, they will know how we think and using this information, sell it to the highest bidder! This will then allow those that buy it, to control our lives like never before, deciding not just what we eat, wear or what house we live in, but designing the environment around us, to fit their design, not ours!

If and when they control our food, clothes and homes ,they will control our lives and by controlling our lives ,will control all of us! Then if we step out of line refuse to toe the line or just disagree with their design, we will become surplus to their requirements! We become the pestilence that needs eradicating, that is using up all the “Earths” resources thus not leaving enough ,for the “Haves” our foraging turned into greed, to be stopped anyway they can!

This is when the “ Love Of Money Becomes The Root Of All Evil” and the world of man becomes the world of haves controlling the have-nots ,by their so-called “Power” thus eradicating “God” from our conscience and leaving “Evil” to rule the “Earth” in the name of “Mammon” !

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