4K Still Too Early for Widespread Adoption – But It Will Come

There is no substitute for great-looking content. Whether we’re comparing rich and colorful NFL Sunday night games in 1080p HD, the new Blade Runner 2049, a cinematic tour de force, or the binge-worthy Stranger Things 2 on Netflix, as viewers, we always appreciate and often expect the most compelling set of pixels we can get on the screens we watch our content on. Making that visual magic is no small feat. There is a complex art and skill required to process content pixel by pixel. If I appear to have some well-formed opinions on said pixels, admittedly I do. I’m not only a veteran of this process, but also a student of the science and fascinated at the process and the advances that seem to emerge every so often. The same goes for machine learning and video preparation, but that’s a discussion for another thread and time. Now though,
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Your Guide to Cutting the Cord to Pay TV (2017 Edition)

The rise of “cord cutting”—ditching legacy pay TV services like cable or satellite—is old news by now. There are more cord cutters year after year, and cable and satellite companies are losing ground just about every financial quarter. But maybe you haven’t quite made the jump yourself, and you’re wondering how to get started. If that’s you, read on. Below, we’ll talk devices, streaming video, and the biggest issue of all: whether or not you can actually save money by cord cutting.

Streaming and devices

From the start, cord cutting was about saving money. That’s the goal, here: ditch overpriced cable or satellite TV, and keep the cash. But we’re not all ascetics, of course, so cord cutting only really took off when it became easy to stay entertained without cable. Cord cutting owes its existence in a large part to the rise of streaming services like Netflix. Cable subscriptions
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Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Protesters in Venezuela have been mobilizing almost daily and in large numbers since the Supreme Court of Justice temporarily nullified the National Assembly on March 30, a move that many described as a “self-inflicted” coup. The change sparked international outrage. Although the court reversed course days later and reinstated the National Assembly, public unrest has continued, forcing public officials to confront the economic and political crisis that has been ongoing since 2014. Alongside political turmoil and rising rates of violent crime, the global drop in the price of oil, the country’s main export, has left Venezuela with staggering inflation rates for more than three years. Inflation has not fallen below 50 percent since 2014. It exceeded 100% in 2015, and reached 800% at the end of 2016. President Nicolas
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The Washington Post is putting a big bet on video (and trying to break into Daily Show-style comedy)

The Washington Post is on a roll. On Friday afternoon, it announced that it was adding 30 jobs to its video team as part of a three-year plan to expand its video offerings. Perhaps most remarkable in those plans: multiple hires for what looks like a Daily Show-style scripted humor initiative riffing on the day’s news. The Post is looking for a senior producer with “experience producing and writing comedy and will hire and manage a team of high-performing producers, writers and directors with a proven ability to deliver tightly produced, short, comedic segments on news-driven deadlines,” along with a producer/writer, director/writer, and videographer on the same project, which falls under the Post’s opinion section. “In the Opinions space, we see an opportunity to experiment with scripted programming that will bring to life key issues in smart, humorous ways,” according to a posting for an executive producer job. Continue reading "The Washington Post is putting a big bet on video (and trying to break into Daily Show-style comedy)"

Must Reads in Media & Technology: July 29

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  1. Expert Calls for Terror Attacks to Be Treated Same Way As Suicide When It Comes to Media Coverage (Victoria Craw / News.com.au)

  2. Apple’s Hard-Charging Tactics Hurt TV Expansion (Shalini Ramachandran and Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal)

3. By Creating MTV Classic, Viacom Continues Mining Past Hits to Help Its Future (Jeanine Poggi / AdAge)

  1. Vox Media Fills Long-Vacant Publisher’s Job (Sydney Ember / New York Times)
5. Pay It Forward: LaterPay, a German Payment Infrastructure Company, Offers Micropayments With a Twist (Shan Wang / NiemanLab)
  1. Despite Missteps, Yahoo Also Leaves Behind a Big Legacy (Lucia Moses / Digiday)

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Frontline is finding new mic-drop moments for good old-fashioned reporting

Raney Aronson grew up without television. Her mother and stepfather were back-to-the-landers who moved the family to a rural Vermont town when Aronson was eight, grew their own organic food, and occasionally took Raney and her brothers and sisters to the local theater to see documentaries. That gives Aronson, one year into her role as executive producer of PBS’s Frontline, something in common with the next generation of Frontline viewers: Watching stuff on TV isn’t a big part of their lives, either. Frontline’s original producer, David Fanning, never believed that Frontline was operating in some golden age of television, even in the pre-Internet era. “We have a minute to a minute and 30 seconds to prevent zapping,” he told The Washington Post in 1991. Frontline launched its first website, with supplemental materials for episodes airing on broadcast, in 1995, and began streaming some full-length episodes online in 2003. Continue reading "Frontline is finding new mic-drop moments for good old-fashioned reporting"