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Richard A. Chance

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Piracy is back

The streaming wars are driving people back to piracy. In an era where keeping up with every buzzy show spread across HBO, Apple TV+, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix can run you more than $50 per month, illegal downloads are starting to look appealing again. (Vice)

Disney + and ‘The Mandalorian’ Are Driving People Back to Torrenting

What would be true innovation in the TV space is a centralized service with literally everything from all the providers that allows you to simply pay for a specified selection of shows. Breakdown the channels even further into individual shows. This is essentially what people do with torrents. Unfortunately

What would be true innovation in the TV space is a centralized service with literally everything from all the providers that allows you to simply pay for a specified selection of shows. Breakdown the channels even further into individual shows. This is essentially what people do with torrents. Unfortunately what's best for consumers would wreck havoc on many companies and there's just too much money to be had for a service like this to take over.

So there is value in the model of separation between content creation and distribution. Like what cable co’s used to do... or movie theater chains and studios... ultimately an independent carrier that allows consumers to pick from many creators is the ideal state...

Interesting to see that this is

So there is value in the model of separation between content creation and distribution. Like what cable co’s used to do... or movie theater chains and studios... ultimately an independent carrier that allows consumers to pick from many creators is the ideal state...

Interesting to see that this is one area with evidence of consumer harm (higher prices) and yet, the FTC and DoJ have allowed for consolidation and vertical integration of content creation and distribution (eg: AT&T + Time Warner, Comcast + NBC Universal)...

I live in South Africa and I wanted to watch The Mandalorian but since we’re not one of the countries that get Disney+ I of course pirated the show. Even though I have Netflix I barely watch the original shows and getting three more subscriptions to watch one or two shows from each provider seems ludicrous

I live in South Africa and I wanted to watch The Mandalorian but since we’re not one of the countries that get Disney+ I of course pirated the show. Even though I have Netflix I barely watch the original shows and getting three more subscriptions to watch one or two shows from each provider seems ludicrous. While it seems like the consumers are winning with more options the economics don’t support it IMHO.

They didn't see this coming? Too many providers all wanting fees to provide limited numbers of quality shows. I have cable with hundreds of channels and little worth watching. If it wasn't for PBS TVO BBC and TCM I would stick to broadcast. In all likelihood to cut down the piracy the production companies

They didn't see this coming? Too many providers all wanting fees to provide limited numbers of quality shows. I have cable with hundreds of channels and little worth watching. If it wasn't for PBS TVO BBC and TCM I would stick to broadcast. In all likelihood to cut down the piracy the production companies could sell individual programs copying the music business.

This is now very similar to the music industry with Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Tidal, and Apple Music. A lot of common content but also a lot of exclusives to each channel. At the end of the day consumers will make a choice and miss out on content where their willing to pay is less than the asking

This is now very similar to the music industry with Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Tidal, and Apple Music. A lot of common content but also a lot of exclusives to each channel. At the end of the day consumers will make a choice and miss out on content where their willing to pay is less than the asking price. This is healthy competition and will result in better services overall, more content and lower prices for consumers.

Extremists find new platforms

Bolivian election turmoil

The future of music

An app lets you hear concerts as sound engineers intended. Mixhalo allows you to plug in headphones and hear the mix of musicians coming from the venue's soundboard—and even customize it to focus on a particular instrument or vocal part.

The future of live music lives on your smartphone

I get to try out a lot of new technologies in my role, and this is one of the very few times I’ve felt floored by something new in a long time. I feel like this technology could be revolutionary for the way we experience live events. This is like what HD TV was for video. If it takes off, live events

I get to try out a lot of new technologies in my role, and this is one of the very few times I’ve felt floored by something new in a long time. I feel like this technology could be revolutionary for the way we experience live events. This is like what HD TV was for video. If it takes off, live events will never be the same again.

For those of us who remember awful-sounding stadium concerts in the 90s, recent advances in speaker quality and acoustics have meant that musicians can’t mess around any more. If this takes off, bands will have to raise their game even further.

Game. Changer.

Live mixing is super hard and gets very expensive in large venues to ensure all speakers are calibrated with delays and power settings so the sound doesn’t become a chaos of reverberated cacophony on its own. And then there is the crowd on top of it.

As the article mentions: every

Game. Changer.

Live mixing is super hard and gets very expensive in large venues to ensure all speakers are calibrated with delays and power settings so the sound doesn’t become a chaos of reverberated cacophony on its own. And then there is the crowd on top of it.

As the article mentions: every seat now can have a great audio experience. You might want to pay for more expensive seats in order to get closer to the stage.

I do not doubt whatsoever this is the future for how live performance will be experienced. An awesome example of how brilliant innovations seem obvious in retrospect.

Charting the political spectrum

Team Trump in trouble

Trump's tax returns will become public if the Supreme Court follows precedent. The high court must decide whether to grant the president's new petition for review. If it does, that won't necessarily bode well for Trump.

If the Supreme Court follows precedent, Trump’s tax returns will become public

It’s a weird one... on the one hand, the long history of state vs federal reach and powers is a struggle that shaped the constitution by the framers. And on the other hand US presidents have also traditionally voluntarily disclosed their tax returns...

Sitting president aside, this is one to watch

It’s a weird one... on the one hand, the long history of state vs federal reach and powers is a struggle that shaped the constitution by the framers. And on the other hand US presidents have also traditionally voluntarily disclosed their tax returns...

Sitting president aside, this is one to watch: it’s far reaching in the implications towards the ever expanding executive powers...

Yesterday Trump filed a petition to the US Supreme Court seeking to block a subpoena that will force his accountants to turn over his financials. The prior cases on related matters didn't turn out well for presidents Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton. But Trump is making much of the distinctions here and

Yesterday Trump filed a petition to the US Supreme Court seeking to block a subpoena that will force his accountants to turn over his financials. The prior cases on related matters didn't turn out well for presidents Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton. But Trump is making much of the distinctions here and hoping the justices will agree that this case, arising from a state grand jury investigation, is unconstitutional.

The mind of the millennial

Millennials would rather stay in, thanks. What does the outside world provide that a bubble bath and Netflix—not to mention the gratification of posting about both on social media—don’t?

Why millennials never want to leave their apartment anymore

If you're home alone and posting on social media...are you really home alone? Did you reap the same benefits as you would have in true solitude? I'm really asking.

I consider this trend a personal victory against the grownups who insisted I should play outside with other kids, when I was growing up

A key thing about introverts that psychologists always stress is that they don't so much want to be "alone" as much as they want to be with a select group of people with whom they feel comfortable. All of the things that we end up doing alone at home, we could technically be doing with a group of close

A key thing about introverts that psychologists always stress is that they don't so much want to be "alone" as much as they want to be with a select group of people with whom they feel comfortable. All of the things that we end up doing alone at home, we could technically be doing with a group of close friends. You know, like watching a TV show on Netflix, facepacks etc (maybe not the bubble bath, unless your group of close friends is REALLY close). But I guess what technology has also done is made it harder to really connect with people and siloed city life doesn't help either. Sigh, it's another case of the chicken and the desperate need for some connection.

Perhaps this goes without saying, but city life is expensive for millennials. Those bars, restaurants and Art Gallery biennales don't come cheap, and if you're tired from hustling to pay rent and groceries (and Netflix, and Spotify, and Uber...) why would you spend more money on luxuries like public eating and drinking?

Having a “fun night in” is cheaper, easier, safer, completely in your control, and did I mention cheaper? What’s not to love? Now if I could only find someone to share it with...

Psychologically speaking

Psychologists vs. climate change. The leaders of psychological associations from more than 40 countries signed a proclamation to use their expertise to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.”

Psychologists from 40 countries pledged to use their jobs to address climate change

Interesting article. Back in the early 90’s I worked in a pilot plant for some of the new products to replace the CFC’s that we’re creating the hole in the ozone layer. This problem was urgent and demanded cooperation on many levels to solve. The problem is similar to the one we are attempting to address

Interesting article. Back in the early 90’s I worked in a pilot plant for some of the new products to replace the CFC’s that we’re creating the hole in the ozone layer. This problem was urgent and demanded cooperation on many levels to solve. The problem is similar to the one we are attempting to address with Climate Change but on a much smaller scale. Back then as now the solutions were already worked out. There were replacement products that were known but it was necessary for industry and governments to participate. The Montreal protocol, an international accord was agreed upon to phase out CFC’s and the major manufacturer of CFC, DuPont (no I did not work for DuPont), unilaterally decided to stop manufacturing CFC. When DuPont made that decision the rest of the industry followed. The efforts were successful although the problem still exists and will be for another 30 years or so.

At the time of the Montreal protocol the policy makers were aware of climate change. The problem is much bigger and demands even more cooperation to address. Like the hole in the ozone layer the solutions have already been worked out. It is time for governments and industries to adopt and implement. It would be very helpful if the major energy companies show some leadership like DuPont did in the late 80’s. When the problem is finally adequately addressed like as with the hole in the ozone layer it will still be with us for a while. How long depends on when we act and how seriously we do so. We are all in this boat and we will float or sink together.

Here is an interesting video from Vox that more closely addresses the topic of the article: https://youtu.be/DkZ7BJQupVA .

Come back soon!

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TikTok is helping Indians learn English. The video-sharing app has essentially created virtual miniature classrooms, and by watching short, free, and entertaining videos, users are learning English phrases from minor celebrities. The platform claims to have more than 200 million Indian users.

Read more on Quartz

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  • This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people

    This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people works in its favour. For the next court case, TikTok will at least have something positive to show for why it should be allowed to stay in the country.

  • Indians are using a Chinese app to teach one another English. Although it's an innovative use of social media, I'm a bit skeptical about TikTok's ability to revamp its image. The app's parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing. The specter of Chinese influence looms large.

  • It seems like ByteDance is trying to use the massive popularity of TikTok for something other than just being really fun.

  • TikTok is definitely the app of the moment in the non-Western world. Agree that they’ve had a lot of negative press, but I wouldn’t underestimate the potential of EduTok to change people’s lives. People aren’t going to get degrees because of it, but it might pique some people’s interests (especially

    TikTok is definitely the app of the moment in the non-Western world. Agree that they’ve had a lot of negative press, but I wouldn’t underestimate the potential of EduTok to change people’s lives. People aren’t going to get degrees because of it, but it might pique some people’s interests (especially youth) to the point they’re motivated to learn English in more detailed ways, to the point that it can change their lives. Why restrict it to English though - there’s opportunity to learn the various other dialects of India’s own hundreds of languages or even other countries’ languages, even if the aspirational quality of English positions it higher than other candidates.

  • This reeks of paid-for PR.