Category Archives: Video

The VCR Story

Revisiting the VCR’s Origins By Tekla S. Perry Posted 26 Jul 2016 | 19:00 GMT Photo: iStockphoto 1975: The VCR JVC and Sony transformed an ingenious concept pioneered by Ampex into a major industry (The following article was published in … Continue reading

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Tipping Point for Online Video

In the third quarter of 2013, Netflix reached 31 million subscribers in the U.S., compared with 28.7 million domestic subscribers for HBO, according to SNL Kagan.

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Tipping Point for Internet Video vs. TV

According to Ypulse (via eMarketer), among high school and college students between the ages of 18 to 30, 70% reported watching Internet-streamed TV in a typical week, while 66% watched programs on a regular TV set. In contrast, among those … Continue reading

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From the Dead Media Archives: Laserdisc

Early optical Laserdisc technology was invented by David Paul Gregg in 1958. By the time Gregg had patented his transparent videodisc system in 1961 and again in 1969 he decided to sell the patents to electronics manufacturer Philips. Philips had … Continue reading

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Highlights of ComScore’s Summary of 2011 in Information

From comScore’s just-released  2012 U.S. Digital Future in Focus Social: Social Networking accounted for 16.6 percent of all online minutes at the end of 2011 and is on track to surpass Portals as the most engaging online activity in 2012. … Continue reading

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Online Video Vs. DVDs-by-Mail Vs. DVRs

Internet Tipping Point*: In 2006, the number of Netflix subscribers to its DVDs-by-mail service surpassed, for the first time, the number of TiVo subscribers.

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Fresh Data (from Pew) on the Rise of Video


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Pew on Why Microsoft Bought Skype

“…online phone calling has taken off as a quarter of American adult internet users (24%) have placed phone calls online. That amounts to 19% of all American adults. On any given day 5% of internet users are going online to … Continue reading

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Betamax Launched

Today in 1975, Sony announced the launch of the Betamax videocassette format in Japan. Sony’s corproate history explains the origins of the name: “‘Beta’ is the Japanese word used to describe the way signals were recorded onto the tape. From this … Continue reading

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