2013: The Year Internet TV Went Mainstream

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Hulu#Internet TV#iTunes#Netflix#television center_img john paul titlow Something huge is happening in online TV this year. No, it’s not a new streaming set top box or Web-exclusive video series. It’s not even an app. It’s a milestone: 2013 is the year that Internet-first TV became truly normal. People have been watching TV programs online at places like Hulu and Netflix for years. But until recently, most that viewing has involved programs that had previously aired on broadcast or cable TV. There have long been geek-centric webisodes of TV-esque programming online, but nothing that everyday people would watch. This year, things are changing. “An Inflection Point For Online Television”For evidence of the mainstreaming of Web-first TV, look no further than the online revival of All My Children and One Life to Live. The classic TV soap operas are returning not to a broadcast network, but to Hulu and iTunes. It may sound like a distribution strategy fit for a tech video podcast or no-name Web TV series, but these are soap operas. TV doesn’t get more mainstream than this.(See also: The Internet’s Assault On Traditional TV Is Working)Citing an “inflection point for online television”, the shows’ backers are betting big on the notion that enough people watch TV online these days to make this a profitable endeavor. If recent history is any indication, it’s a safe bet.The first sign of Internet TV’s legitimacy among mainstream audiences came earlier this year with House of Cards. We still don’t know precisely how many people tuned into Netflix’s TV-quality political drama, but it’s clearly been popular among the service’s 29 million subscribers, as well as many critics.Most importantly, the show got people talking. Not just tech-savvy people living their lives online, but normal, everyday people. Suddenly, you could hear House of Cards being chattered about at parties as though it was the latest drama on HBO, whose U.S. subscriber count Netflix just surpassed. (Sort of, at least.)At 4 million subscribers, Hulu is markedly smaller than Netflix, but it’s growing fast. And unlike Netflix, Hulu lets non-subscribers stream shows for free from the desktop, so the potential reach of shows like the new All My Children isn’t capped at 4 million, or even 29 million, for that matter. Then there’s iTunes, through which viewers will be able to purchase individual episodes.The Imperfect Science of Measuring Web TVEven on these popular online services, these soap operas will almost certainly fall short of the kind of ratings numbers they used to see on daytime TV. It’s impossible to know for sure, since each of these services has different viewership metrics and they’re not particularly eager to share. Even Netflix, which proudly boasts the success of House of Cards, won’t say just how many people actually watched the show. The measurement challenge might begin to change soon, as Nielsen moves toward measurement tools that Internet sources into account. Next month, a temporary pilot run of its Nielsen Digital Program Ratings will track online views from the networks’ own websites. In time, the tracking method could become a standard utilized by an array of online video services, finally painting an accurate picture of what’s getting watched. Nielsen has a long way to go with Internet TV measurement, but the fact that it’s tinkering with a decades-old formula is a sign that online TV viewership is now too enormous for it to ignore if it wants to stay relevant.Before the year is halfway over, we’ll have another test of Internet TV’s mainstream appeal when Arrested Development‘s fourth season lands on Netflix. Like the soap operas, Arrested Development is making the leap from TV to online, but in this case the show is backed by eight years of anticipation and the same data-driven smarts that all but ensured House of Cards would be a hit. Again, we won’t know how many people will actually tune in to the new season of Arrested Development unless Netflix decides to share that data. In the meantime, we’ll have only limited, largely anecdotal clues to go from. Perhaps the most important: Are people talking about this? I don’t mean on Twitter, but at the bar. That’s how we’ll really know that a new era in television’s history is underway. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

How NEC brings cutting edge security to smart cities and public spaces

first_imgOne of the most interesting things about emerging technology is seeing traditional companies bring their years of experience to solve social problems for the greater good. An example is the work of Japanese company NEC who contribute to the development of smart cities and public safety with the use of cutting-edge technologies. I visited them at Mobile World Congress this year in Barcelona to learn more.Smart cities and public safetyNEC’s booth exhibited Cloud City Operation Centre (CCOC), an IoT platform that provides support for urban management. CCOC is operating in a number of locations including Santander, Spain and Wellington, New Zealand to simulate efficient and optimal management of urban resources by introducing visibility into data that is collected from the city.“NEC’s Cloud City Operation Center combines information from a multitude of sensors and data sources, geotags that data and then further enriches it with metadata and analytics for use by many different vertical applications,” explains Tim Packer, Head of Smart City Solutions at NEC New Zealand. “NEC is also partnering Wellington in its Living Lab project, through which the city seeks to explore how smart city technology can improve community wellbeing and the safety of its citizens.“In this project, existing data sources and assets, coupled with new sensory and analytical methods and technologies, offer insights into day-to-day street level trends, patterns and hotspots. This provides the agencies and city partners with the real-time information they need to alert and respond to issues as they arise and to assist informed decision making around social initiatives and policy to keep Wellington safe and vibrant.” NeoFace WatchNEC also demonstrated their premier face recognition technology and crowd density quantification solution. The real-time face recognition solution, NeoFace Watch, allows the detection of pre-registered Persons of Interest using CCTV camera footage. The system can also alert security guards in the field of the detection to expedite quick actions against potential threats. The behavior analysis and crowd detection technology enable the early detection of unusual or suspicious behaviors.The NeoFace Watch is specifically designed to integrate with existing surveillance systems by extracting faces in real time from existing video surveillance systems and matching against a watch list of individuals. When the system identifies an individual of interest from the watch list, it raises an alert, so appropriate actions can be taken rapidly to reduce the risk of public safety threats.Crowd behavior monitoringUsing the advanced techniques of the company’s unique machine learning video analytics technologies, NEC can trigger alerts when crowd behavior video surveillance indicates potentially illegal, undesirable or anti-social activity.The benefits include the ability to tacitly maintain and appropriate the level of surveillance that optimizes operations staff attention to the most important or critical situations. NEC’s video surveillance solution to detect and analyze crowd behavior in real time has been introduced at Tigre in Argentina.It can also spot dangerous drivers and suspicious vehicles, the detection of double-riding on a motorcycle, a common form of purse snatching, and license plate recognition to quickly identify stolen cars. Many people visit Tigre from both inside and outside the country, and on weekends the population of the city almost triples compared with weekdays. Because of this, improving the fundamental infrastructure of the city to solve problems related to the high volume of traffic and the high crime rate was an issue that needed to be addressed urgently so that both citizens and tourists could feel safe and secure.It was also vital to construct a management system that would allow the efficient integration of information to reduce incidents and accidents and improve public order, and also allow quick coordination between public organizations, including the police. This solution has successfully reduced vehicle theft by 80% from 2008 to 2013.NEC has installed over 500 safety and security related systems in 40 countries around the world and will continue to provide unique local solutions to local problems. Harbor monitoring network systemAnother interesting piece of infrastructure by NEC is the Harbor monitoring system, a threat detention service. It uses various types of sensors installed both on land and underwater to detect, track, and monitor small suspicious ships and divers — including those with underwater scooters — who trespass upon important facilities along the coastline.The ITV, hypersensitive camera, and infrared camera automatically search the target area in response to information about suspicious objects detected by radar. The system also uses multiple sensors installed on the ocean floor to detect and track divers invading underwater and small suspicious submersibles that cannot be detected by radar. Like the radar information, information about suspicious objects is sent to the ITV, hypersensitive camera, and infrared camera, which automatically search the target area to capture images of divers or submersibles when they surface.Information obtained by this system can be sent to related organizations, surveillance ships defending the periphery, other surveillance vehicles, and defense personnel via various types of networks such as wireless LANs. It can also be used as an environment monitoring system to detect potential disasters such as radiation and tsunamis.It is inevitable that as the development of smart city applications grows, the opportunity for utilizing technology for crime deterrence, prevention, detection and ultimately prosecution will grow. Such efforts are not new or unique, but are simply being made more successful through technological advancements.Understandably, few citizens like the ideas of being easily surveilled in public spaces. But citizens also like the idea of crime prevention and detection. The challenge is how the nexus between these two competing ideas can be successfully navigated. If the work of NEC is anything to go, future life in the cities will get even more interesting. Cate Lawrence How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Cloud City Operation Center#Facial Recognition#featured#harbour monitoring#MWC#MWC2017#NEC#New Zealand#Smart Cities#smart city#surveillance#top#Wellington last_img read more

In Assam, neglecting parents will cost dear

first_imgNine months after tabling a Bill in the Assembly, the Assam government has decided to implement the policy of deducting the pay of employees who do not take care of their parents and physically-challenged siblings.The suicide of an elderly couple, abused and neglected by their son, in Sivasagar on July 1 has influenced this decision. The State government will also make changes in the service rules of employees in accordance with the State Population Policy passed last year. This will make people with more than two children ineligible for government jobs and election or nomination to the Panchayat and other local bodies. “The suicide of businessman-theatre producer Rajani Khargharia and his wife was painful. It reminded us of the PRONAM Bill, 2017, that was passed by the Assembly [in September] last year,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday, warning employees who treat their parents shabbily.PRONAM, which stands for Assam Employees’ Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring Bill, aims at “accountability for employees of the State government or any other organisation in Assam in taking care of their parents and divyang (disabled) siblings and in matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”The purpose of the bill was not to interfere with the private life of State government employees but to ensure that their parents and siblings with disabilities, if neglected, could lodge a complaint with the employee’s department, Mr. Sarma said.Upon receiving the complaint, the department would then deduct 10% of the employee’s monthly salary and give it to their neglected parents and physically-challenged siblings, he said.The government, Mr. Sarma said, would also implement the two-child policy for jobs and elections to local bodies and Panchayats. The policy, passed in the Assembly soon after the PRONAM Bill last year, also proposes to disqualify MLAs ignoring family planning.“In case any MLA from the State flouts the family planning norms, say MLAs having more than two children, he/she may be disqualified from his or her membership and be debarred from contesting polls,” the policy, drafted by the Health & Family Welfare Department, said.Assam was the 12th State in India to come up with such a policy for barring people with more than two children from applying for government jobs, contesting polls, and from housing and other beneficiary schemes.“Assam is facing a dangerous population explosion,” Mr. Sarma had said last year to justify the population policy.According to the 2011 Census, the population of Assam increased from 2.66 crore in 2001 to 3.2 crore, with the decadal growth being 17.07%. Although there was a decline in the decadal growth of population, the rate of increase was at an unsustainable level, the government said.Various minority groups had panned the population policy as being anti-Muslim.last_img read more

Report: West Ham 1 Swansea 0

first_imgWest Ham 1 Swansea City 0: Sakho saves the day for Hammers Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 00:06 1/10/2017 Diafra Sakho - cropped Getty Images West Ham left it late, but ultimately sealed a much-needed home win over Swansea City. Diafra Sakho came off the bench to fire West Ham to a last-gasp 1-0 home win over Swansea and save Slaven Bilic from a fresh wave of scrutiny.Senegal striker Sakho bundled in a killer 90th-minute cross from fellow substitute Arthur Masuaku to secure a vital second victory of a difficult Premier League campaign to date.The Hammers had looked short on attacking ideas throughout a frustrating afternoon and the second-half substitution of Javier Hernandez was greeted with boos by the home fans, but they were soon in raptures as Bilic’s gamble paid dividends. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Under pressure after taking just one win from six league outings, the Hammers boss partnered Hernandez and Andy Carroll in attack in an attempt to outgun a goal-shy Swansea.But it was the Swans who settled the quickest into their new 4-4-2 as Paul Clement’s move to a diamond midfield resulted in a several tidy passing moves in a subdued first half.The second half continued in a similar trend until Sakho’s timely intervention, ruining what would have been the visitors’ first away clean sheet against West Ham.He scores when he wants! #COYI pic.twitter.com/iTtzLbWyVZ — West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 30, 2017 Michail Antonio passed a late fitness test to start on the right of a four-man midfield and the winger looked lively early on, forcing Lukasz Fabianksi to claw a miscued volley away from the top-left corner.Swansea joined the hosts in fielding two out-and-out strikers and a swerving effort from one of that pair, Wilfried Bony, drew a strong hand from Joe Hart in the 15th minute.Pablo Zabaleta then produced an important block to spare his goalkeeper from more work as the Swans began to turn their dominance of possession into an attacking threat.The visitors did receive a let-off just prior to the half-hour mark when Renato Sanches, who was dropped for last weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Watford, escaped with only a yellow card for a late, studs-up challenge on England full-back Aaron Cresswell.And, after Fabianksi collected a tame Andre Ayew header, both sides had reasons to welcome the end of a tepid first half.Carroll seemed destined to break the deadlock when Antonio dropped an inviting cross to the far post, but the ball just evaded the forward’s outstretched left boot.Bilic called Manuel Lanzini from the bench just after the hour in search of more creativity, although their growing momentum was momentarily halted when Fabianski required treatment following a heavy fall.With both sets of forwards failing to fire, Swansea left-back Martin Olsson almost surprised Hart when his clever right-footed attempt curled narrowly around the left upright.But, after Carroll struck the crossbar from one fine Masuaku delivery, the left-back repeated the trick in flashing a low ball across the face for Sakho to gleefully tuck away.Key Opta stats:- This game produced a total of just 15 shots; only Burnley v Huddersfield on September 23rd saw fewer in the top-flight this season (13).- West Ham have registered three clean sheets in their last four Premier League games, after managing none in the five before that.- Swansea have still never kept an away clean sheet at West Ham, conceding 75 goals in 32 games in all competitions, stretching back to an FA Cup match in 1922 (W2 D7 L23).- The Swans conceded their first away Premier League goal in 495 minutes of action, since Wayne Rooney scored for Man Utd against the Swans on April 30th.- Four of the 10 Premier League games that have seen winning goals scored in the 90th minute or later in 2017 so far have been against Swansea City.- Diafra Sakho netted his first Premier League goal since November 11th 2016, when he scored versus Manchester United.- Six of West Ham’s seven Premier League goals this season have come in the second-half, which equates to a league-high 86 per cent proportion. read morelast_img read more