Television


China Tightens Online Video Controls, Jolting Investors

U.S. News

Three popular Chinese internet services have been ordered to stop streaming video after censors complained it contained improper comments about sensitive issues.


VidCon is more than just online videos

USATODAY

USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham talks to people attending VidCon about how the annual convention of online video content makers has evolved. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham talks to people attending VidCon about how the annual convention of online video content makers has evolved.


This Bloemfontein Firm Valued at R130m Wants to Simplify AI, Machine Learning

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A pioneer in the AI and machine learning space, Xineoh's distinctive algorithm bears similarities to those used by the likes of Amazon.com and Netflix, tapping into user behaviour to predict potential purchasing behaviour and serve users bespoke information likely to incite conversion. Yet unlike these tried and tested models, Xineoh's algorithm relies on available rather than inputted information, creating associations based on the way other users have interacted with the same product or service, thus enabling it to be used across a wide variety of industries and generate uncannily accurate recommendations. "The major problem with streaming services today is that they tend to offer up recommendations based on how much you will like a specific movie or show," explains Chinner. With Video Llama, we've tapped into our algorithm to serve up realistic recommendations based on the behaviour of others, serving the types of movies or shows you're likely to stream based on the time of day, your company and various other latent variables."


Sci-Fi TV Doesn't Have to Be 'Prestige'--It Can Just Be Fun

WIRED

It's American Gods, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Westworld, The Leftovers. Dark Matter, Wynonna Earp, and Killjoys, all of which are revving up new seasons on Syfy this month, are just the beginning. "Premium" shows like Game of Thrones might spend $15 million on an episode; commodity sci-fi spends around $3 million, maybe less when you take into account tax credits for shooting in Canada. "I'm sure the guys making massive genre prestige TV love their stuff, but I don't know if they love it more than someone making it on a shoestring budget."


AI's place in marketing : Is it a competitor or a collaborator?

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What marketers need to understand is that AI can relieve them of all of the mundane manual tasks, provide them with amazing insights, and allow them to spend time on the creative aspects of their jobs. It will also personalize that content based upon segmentation of target audiences. This information led them to make the decision to purchase the American version of "House of Cards" for $100 million. In the future, consumers will be fed only what AI shows will be of interest to them – whether that is the news they get, the TV shows that come on, the social media content they find in their feeds (this is already the case, especially on Facebook), and the push marketing and notifications they receive on their devices.


AI's Place in Marketing : It's a Competition Or a Collaboration?

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What marketers need to understand is that AI can relieve them of all of the mundane manual tasks, provide them with amazing insights, and allow them to spend time on the creative aspects of their jobs. It will also personalize that content based upon segmentation of target audiences. This information led them to make the decision to purchase the American version of "House of Cards" for $100 million. In the future, consumers will be fed only what AI shows will be of interest to them – whether that is the news they get, the TV shows that come on, the social media content they find in their feeds (this is already the case, especially on Facebook), and the push marketing and notifications they receive on their devices.


Conviva nabs $40M for AI-based video analytics, now valued around $300M

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Investors include Australia's sovereign wealth fund Future Fund, NEA, Foundation Capital, and Time Warner Investments. The company has been around since 2006 (originally it was called Rinera when it was founded by Hui Zhang and Ion Stoica, alums from Carnegie Mellon), and in its time has danced around different aspects of providing live video services. The company says that its software sensors are deployed in "2.5 billion devices globally, measuring over 1 billion streaming minutes per day" of premium video content. Active customers include HBO, Sky, Turner, and others.


Miley Cyrus lets Google Translate feed her very wrong lyrics to pop songs

Mashable

If you've ever taken a language course over the last 10 years or so, you know that Google Translate isn't exactly the most reliable source. The meaning is often lost when translations become a little too literal. Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus explored the possibilities of these wacky renditions by singing Google Translate's versions of popular songs during Wednesday's The Tonight Show. Honestly, Miley's twisted take on Shape of You by Ed Sheeran is kinda catchy.


Roku vs Apple TV vs Amazon Fire TV--which is the best?

USATODAY

The market has since exploded, with 5 major streaming platforms currently: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Google's Chromecast, and Android TV. The Siri remote is still a sore point among users (especially the iffy touchpad), but it's a big improvement over older Apple TV remotes and includes voice search. What we don't like about Apple TV: The main TV app doesn't feature full support for searching Netflix's catalog of titles, and there's currently no support on the Apple TV at all for Amazon Prime Instant Video (it's slated to debut this fall). What we like about the Fire TV: Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick both now ship with a voice-enabled remote that allows you to query Alexa, just like you can with its smart speakers like the Echo and Echo Dot.


The science behind attraction explained

Mashable

Physician Dr. Roshini Raj explains 8 ways your mind & body subconsciously look for a breeding partner in the premiere episode of Love University. Love University is a new mini-series from Mashable and Bravo. Adulting is harder than ever in Netflix's'Friends From College' Grandpa jamming to Metallica proves you're never to old to rock