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Newsletter Issue 12 - Dicembre 2019

We're celebrating three years for our Quarterly Newsletter. Thank you for continuing to support and following us. We stick to the same objectives as when we started - that is to help combat information overload and bring you handpicked industry stories every quarter that you might have missed. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve, do let us know.

On this last issue of 2019, we bring you stories on 8K, OTT wars, 5G and Broadcasting, and without doubt, a couple of articles on deep learning and AI. We also have some features on how video affects radio, digital transformation don'ts, DVB-I, and biased algorithms. We hope these articles provide you some leisurely reading as the holidays come close.

Speaking of holidays, we don't want to pass up this opportunity to thank you for another amazing year and wish you more happiness and success in 2020. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

MediaPower joins key MAM vendors in Ovum's Market Radar report

Original Publish Date: 14 Dicembre 2019
Author: Rishi Kaul, Ovum

MediaPower joins key MAM vendors in Ovum's Market Radar report

MediaPower's Arkki EVO joins the ranks of key MAM players in this Ovum Market Radar report. The report compares seven media asset management (MAM) solution vendors to understand how they approach and address the current and future opportunities and issues of media and broadcast customers.

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The days of threatening your cable company with cord cutting to get a cheaper rate are over

Original Publish Date: 06 Dicembre 2019
Author: Christopher Zara, Fast Company

The days of threatening your cable company with cord cutting to get a cheaper rate are over

If you’re still paying for cable, don’t expect to be able to scare your provider into giving you a cheaper rate. That’s one of the key takeaways in a new report from analyst firm MoffettNathanson, which recently hosted a cord-cutting-themed summit in which it discussed the future of the pay-TV industry with major stakeholders. Thing is, this isn't the only report that says so. In another article from Forbes, a separate study also says that cord cutting is slowing down.

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Biased Algorithms Are Easier to Fix Than Biased People

Original Publish Date: 06 Dicembre 2019
Author: Sendhil Mullainathan, The New York Times

Biased Algorithms Are Easier to Fix Than Biased People

Racial discrimination by algorithms or by people is harmful — but that’s where the similarities end. In this insightful article from the New York Times that picks up on a series of articles on algorithm biases, University of Chicago Professor Sendhil Mullainathan says "It is much easier to fix a camera that does not register dark skin than to fix a photographer who fails to see dark skinned people."

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News Podcasts and the Opportunities for Publishers

Original Publish Date: 03 Dicembre 2019
Author: Nic Newman, Reuters Institute

News Podcasts and the Opportunities for Publishers

The latest report from Retuers on news podcasts and the opportunities for publishers looks at the 15-year-old phenomenon that is suddenly a ‘hot topic’ in the publishing industry, addressing two areas that we think have been lacking in previous research: monetisation options beyond advertising and podcasts in non-Anglophone countries.

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Common video workflow bottlenecks

Original Publish Date: 28 Novembre 2019
Author: Brian Reisdorf, ProMAX

Common video workflow bottlenecks

For the video editors out there, or at least those of you interested in what bottlenecks affect video workflows, this article is for you. Brian Reisdorf of our tech partner ProMAX talks about common bottlenecks in a video workflow. It focuses on three aspects - ingest time, footage prep time, and render time and how using the fastest method for each could tremendously improve video workflows.

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5G: The Impact on Broadcasting

Original Publish Date: 28 Novembre 2019
Author: James Pearce, IBC Technical Papers

5G: The Impact on Broadcasting

As 5G deployments gain momentum into 2020, the media and broadcast industry is looking at ways of capitalising on this next-generation mobile tech. Explore how in technical papers from the BBC, KPN, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Nokia.

While you're at it, you might also want into this 5G and Live Production article from The Broadcast Bridge.

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Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictions For 2020 From IDC and Forrester

Original Publish Date: 22 Novembre 2019
Author: Gil Press, Forbes

Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictions For 2020 From IDC and Forrester

IDC and Forrester issued recently their predictions for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2020 and beyond. While external “market events” may make companies cautious about AI, says Forrester, “courageous ones” will continue to invest and expand the initial “timid” steps they took in 2019.

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Using tech to bring spectacle back to cinema

Original Publish Date: 20 Novembre 2019
Author: David Davies, IBC 365

Using tech to bring spectacle back to cinema

Cinema tech: Could improved images & sound bolster fluctuating audiences? Declining cinema attendance in Europe means that a greater focus on higher-resolution images and immersive technologies is inevitable, writes David Davies.

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Video did not kill the radio

Original Publish Date: 31 Ottobre 2019
Author: Alana Foster, IBC Technical Papers

Video did not kill the radio

The linear medium of radio has faced enormous changes and challenges with the digital revolution but despite the growth of video and streaming options, radio remains an extremely popular – and important – medium for the public. As the broadcast and media industry evolves digitally and technically, so too does radio. Explore how in technical papers from IRT, Jutel Oy, Rai Italy, VRT and the BBC.

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Top 7 digital transformation trends shaping 2020

Original Publish Date: 29 Ottobre 2019
Author: Vala Afshar, ZDNet

Top 7 digital transformation trends shaping 2020

Here are some trends experts forecast for 2020 based survey research from over 850 global IT leaders, 9,000 consumers, and third-party findings. The research identifies case studies of each trend highlighting how CIOs of leading global companies are starting these trends. But before that, it might be worthwhile also learning from Digital Transformation fails in a couple of articles: (1) Companies That Failed At Digital Transformation and (2) Digital transformation: 10 sneaky money-wasters.

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The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier

Original Publish Date: 29 Ottobre 2019
Author: Hannah Lucinda Smith, Wired

The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier

Dodgy energy deals, loose regulation, and dubious characters—with links to the Hillary Clinton email hackers—are fueling a burgeoning crypto industry that could provide an end run around US sanctions. In this Pulitzer Center supported article, Hannah Smith dives into the cryptocurrency boom on the post-Soviet frontier.

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The Secret Behind 8K Upscaling

Original Publish Date: 08 Ottobre 2019
Author: Michael Hicks, TV Technology

The Secret Behind 8K Upscaling

*This article is reprinted by permission from TechRadar.
This article gets into the history of upscaling technology and how traditional or conventional upscaling methods wouldn't cut it for upscaling to 8K. Techradar through interviews with Samsung covers the secret behind 8K AI upscaling technology.

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How deep learning could revolutionize broadcasting

Original Publish Date: 04 Ottobre 2019
Author: Max Kalmykov, Tech Radar

How deep learning could revolutionize broadcasting

Broadcasters and movie studios alike are starting to explore the huge potential of modern technologies to bring a new generation of filmed entertainment to our TV sets and cinemas. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning are the buzzwords that excite video executives with promises of revolutionary new abilities for video creation and editing.

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Streaming Platforms: Here comes the competition

Original Publish Date: 30 Settembre 2019
Author: MIP Markets

Streaming Platforms: Here comes the competition

Netflix currently dominates the streaming world, with 150 million-plus subscribers worldwide. But with Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Sling, HBO Now and CBS All Access, among others, already providing strong competition, and Disney+, HBO Max and Apple TV+ also entering the fray, the balance of power among platforms may well be able to change. Just this week, even Pirate Bay and Plex have launched their own streaming services.

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Can DVB-I help broadcasters tame the wild west of internet video?

Original Publish Date: 26 Settembre 2019
Author: Goran Nastic, CSI Magazine

Can DVB-I help broadcasters tame the wild west of internet video?

With content steadily moving onto the internet as a platform, the DVB has been working to bring traditional video technologies onto the internet in a way that is familiar. Through a standardised set of open APIs and other key elements, it wants to create a common, consistent and uniform approach to bringing TV onto connected devices in a way that consumers are used to seeing.

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