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Are VPNs legal in Canada?

Do you use a VPN to watch American TV? You may want to read this… The evolution of the virtual private network (VPN) truly exemplifies the innovation of digital societies to re-purpose a technology for multiple needs. The VPN originated as a means of providing greater security for conducting online transactions or accessing confidential documents,... Read More »

Oculus Rift, or the Incredible Potential of Virtual Reality

Barely two years ago, a 19-year-old Californian, Palmer Luckey, was fine-tuning the first prototype for what was to be the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that is the first to create an immersive experience worthy of the name. Last week, Palmer Luckey sold his company, Oculus VR, to Facebook for the tidy sum of... Read More »

Plumbers Rule in the Kingdom of Pipes

The video content revolution has numerous facets that have been explored extensively on this blog: new distribution scenarios (TV Unbundling in Canada – Stakes and Opportunities), new screens (Is 4K Technology Worthy of all the Buzz?), new formats (OTT, VOD, IPTV, DVR... The alphabet soup of new TV), and new competition (Canal+ Canada: The Trojan... Read More »

Is 4K Technology Worthy of all the Buzz?

At the beginning of January, at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), the audiovisual industry’s main players took colossal means to promote their new 4K screens. Apart Samsung stealing the show when it Qunveiled an immense 105” curved TV (intended mainly for the Chinese and Middle-Eastern markets), LG, Samsung and Panasonic all presented 4K (Ultra HD)... Read More »

What New Gen Consoles Have in Store for TV

For a little over 10 years now, the video game universe has been the battleground for a merciless war between two powerhouses, Microsoft and Sony, with Nintendo looking on from a safe distance. Last week the two gaming platform giants unveiled the latest generation of their consoles: the Xbox One (Microsoft) and the PS4 (Sony). Beyond... Read More »

Connected TV: an Ecosystem in Need of Convergence

In 1926, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created the very first American radio network – the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) – because they figured people would buy more radios if they had interesting things to listen to. Thirteen years later, in 1939, RCA president David Sarnoff introduced the first television broadcast on the... Read More »

How Content Delivery Plays with Game Technology

Current generation game consoles – Sony’s PlayStation 3, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii – have a lot more going for them than gaming. Their technology gives content creators new ways to reach untapped, as well as existing, audiences. The choices range from over-the-top services and second-screen possibilities to gesture and voice recognition. Over-the-Top (OTT)... Read More »

Big Data: The Future of Television?

In 2011, Canadian spending on online advertising reached $2.593 billiion, a 16% increase over 2010, according to IAB Canada. At the same time, ad spending on all forms of television, including public and private traditional, pay TV and specialty channels, totalled $ 3,578 billion – a much more modest increase of 4.5% (source: Statistics Canada). The gap... Read More »

Emerging Video Creation Platforms

YouTube and Vimeo, launched in 2005 and 2004 respectively, started as ways for the general public to share videos. Today both services host thousands of hours of professional content as well. A number of significant new video platforms have also emerged thanks to the evolution of social networks, the availability of mobile devices for people... Read More »

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