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Now TV Lagging Far Behind for User Experience

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I use 8 different streaming services fairly regularly - Amazon Prime Video / Fire TV, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer, Channel 4 All 4, ITV Hub, Netflix, Now TV, and YouTube of course!

 

I use the various mobile and TV apps, widgets and boxes, but since I spend most of the time working or organising on my Desktop, this is the primary access point / device for most of those services.

 

My browser of choice is Chrome, followed by Firefox; I will then use Safari at a push, but am loathe to go ...

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DisneyLife at launch is a pretty decent stab at an all-round Disney streaming service

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Like many others, I grew up on Disney movies. The first thing I ever saw in the cinema was Disney’s Jungle Book; I had my 7 year old birthday party at the cinema watching Disney’s Robin Hood, and for the first 10 years of my life, the vast majority of cinema experiences were centered around Disney output - including all the Herbies, Escape to Witch Mountain, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea etc. - all present and correct in the current DisneyLife catalogue. Other fond films from Disney&...

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Video-on-Demand is really coming of age

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Readers of my blog will know that I am quite the armchair festival fan - avidly following at least Coachella and Glastonbury via live-streaming every year and from the comfort of my lounge. I believe at some stage in the near future, we will be able to view the entire 4-day spectacle via a festival attendee proxy, and be able to witness the whole immersive nature of these events via virtual reality headsets such as Oculus Rift. It would simply be a matter of selecting your POV Avatar Proxy and ...

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Media Owners are still out of tune with the reality of Global Reach

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Readers of this blog will know that I’m a big fan of music and movies. I subscribe to all manner of mailing lists and regularly read up on latest releases on a variety of online movie and music resources. On Facebook I am fan to countless musicians and bands, and am very aware when new releases are out in the marketplace. I initially wrote about this issue 10 years ago, and I’m sad to report that global media availability is still highly idiosyncratic.

 

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YouTube continues to set benchmark for live music streaming with latest Coachella coverage

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This is the 4th time I catch Coachella live courtesy of YouTube, and each time Google has made tiny increments which keep improving the experience. The interface is pretty much perfect now, with a clearer Live Schedule panel and Fan Photo Feed higher up the page - I still sort of prefer having the social updates to the right of the main panel as per the debut version, but overall, the current one has good balance - and I love how the page background changes contemporaneously with the evolving ...

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BBC 2013 Glastonbury coverage engrossing but glitchy online

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For some people Glastonbury 2013 belonged to the Rolling Stones, whilst the dance music fraternity had Chic featuring Nile Rodgers to celebrate - Chic for me was the highlight of the weekend. It drew me to arrive at the conclusion that there are actually inherent similarities between Keith Richards and Nile Rodgers in that they are both supreme proponents of the guitar riff, and pretty much all their biggest hits are derived from singularly catchy riffs - Stones is mostly blues-tinged though ...

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BBC's Hackney Weekend Coverage is Peerless, could do a lot more with Social Media though

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I’m an avid follower of the world’s leading music festivals - specifically how they are broadcast and ’packaged’ for the digital audience. I’ve kept tabs on the BBC’s and YouTube’s coverage of music festivals over the last few years, and reported back on how each has evolved their offering - benchmark events have been Glastonbury in the UK and Coachella in the US. In this Olympic year, there is no Glastonbury, so we will use BBC 1’s Big Weekend ...

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UK Consumers still getting a poor deal for on-demand video

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In order to further safeguard its future, HMV has just recently launched HMV On-Demand - a video streaming / download service running on the FilmFlex Movies Platform. This service introduces further competition to iTunes and LoveFilm, and comes just ahead of the 2012 launch of American video behemoth Netflix. There are of course numerous other movie services through set-top boxes and consoles - such as Movies on the Play Station 3, but the big four are seen to be Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant ...

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