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The Web Is Virtual Reality’s New Playground

Does the future of virtual reality depend on the web? Many see in this practice a way to popularize VR with the general public. The web and virtual reality (VR) could become increasingly intertwined in the coming years, according to giant Oculus. In a presentation given during the F8 Developer Conference in California, the Facebook... Read More »

TV Transformed: Inside the Shift to Streaming

How did streaming, binge watching and second-screening change the way TV content is written and distributed? A group of industry executives and academics share insights and research. In the world of television, digital transformation has made itself apparent in a number of ways, and they have been nothing short of industry-rattling. We are in the... Read More »

The All-Video Era on Social Networks

Video has taken over social networks and transformed how content is created. What impact has this social shift had on video and how to take advantage of it? Whether streamed on a live or deferred basis, whether lasting one hour or one minute, whether with or without audio, video is currently taking over all Internet... Read More »

Not So Auto-Save

How can we future-proof digital content? It’s an important question as the ever-evolving systems that support these works become incompatible, inaccessible, or obsolete. A look at “digital memory” with William Uricchio and Sarah Wolozin of the MIT Open Documentary Lab. The time-ticking need to find digital documentary preservation solutions, systems and policies is the inspiration... Read More »

The Internet Economy:  Insights on Canada vs. the U.S.

The results are in. The Internet is estimated to be worth $1.12 trillion to the U.S. economy. That translates to the equivalent of 4.1 million full-time jobs and an additional 6 million derived or indirect jobs. But what do these findings mean for the tech landscape north of the 49th parallel? First, a little background.... Read More »

FundingNomad: Equity Crowdfunding Portal for Entertainment Projects in Canada

This article originally appeared on CMF's Crowdfunding in a Canadian Context information website. Equity crowdfunding can be perceived as an expensive and cumbersome method to finance a cultural project. FundingNomad, the first equity crowdfunding portal for entertainment projects in Canada, wants to change that perception by streamlining the process and making it easier for producers to tap... Read More »

South by SouthWest: No Future Without AI

Three technology trends dominated this year’s South by SouthWest festival: artificial intelligence (AI)—which is increasingly intrusive everywhere and still holds the potential of being a complete game changer—, new conversational interfaces (bots and voice) and, last but not least, altered realities (virtual and augmented) that continue to progress. The growth of (newly ubiquitous) artificial intelligence... Read More »

Speed Watching: An Analysis of Accelerated Consumption

Speed watching is testimony to how media consumption has mutated in this era of overabundant content. It is difficult to know exactly how widespread this practice is, but it is a reminder of viewers’ increasing empowerment over what they watch. When VCRs hit the market a quarter-century ago, the way content was viewed changed forever,... Read More »

TV: The Mobility Centric Replaces the Couch Potato

Ericsson Consumer Lab makes a clear observation: television viewers want custom content that is available at any given time and through any given device. They are not turning their backs to television but refuse to accept the constraints of linear, standardized and rigid broadcasting models. Traditional broadcasters still have the opportunity to adapt, but it... Read More »

Indie Identities: The Rise of Independent Entrepreneurs in Canada

Can indie game developers be entrepreneurs with commercial intents and do meaningful and innovative work? “Absolutely!” says Jason Della Rocca, cofounder of Execution Labs, who looks back at the growth of independent game studios in Canada. As I write these words, I am sitting in Casablanca having just witnessed a truly emotional moment where a... Read More »

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