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    Albert Lai on October 7, 2014

    The international Broadcasting Convention (IBC) finished up last month, attracting a record crowd of over 55,000 attendees to Amsterdam. This renowned event allows attendees from all over the world to learn about developments that are shaping the industry, interact with the latest technology, and experience world-first product demonstrations. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on September 30, 2014

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously ruled against the Sports Blackout Rule today, eliminating the rule that forces cable and satellite companies to black out any games that are also blacked out on local broadcast TV. Although the rule applied to all sports leagues, the National Football League (NFL) was the most vociferous opponent primarily because NFL games are still available on broadcast TV. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on June 19, 2014

    This article originally appeared on June 13, 2014 in Streaming Media.  Read More →

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    Albert Lai on June 18, 2014

    Amazon is set to unveil an innovative new product on Wednesday, June 18, and rumor has it the device may be Amazon’s first attempt at a phone. But reports are circulating that the device is no ordinary phone; it could be a smartphone with 3D interface that moves as the user tilts their head. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on May 19, 2014

    WWE made headlines again on Friday, though not necessarily the spotlight that Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was hoping. With fanfare and anticipation from both wrestling fans and industry observers, WWE launched the WWE Network in February. Despite the bumpy start, the service signed up 667,000 subscribers. Despite falling short of the whispered breakeven goal of 1 million subscribers, WWE saw its stock price climb to a 52-week high of $31.98 in March. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on April 28, 2014

    As I mentioned in my "Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device -- Advanced Mobile Developments" NAB Super Session panel, the biggest news was HBO GO falling over during the Game of Thrones season premiere, its second in the past couple of months. I anticipated that the rest of the month would be spent discussing King Joffrey’s wedding, Arya and Jamie’s new “golden” fist. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on March 28, 2014

    Apple and TV. When those words are mentioned in the same sentence, tech and media industry watchers take note. So while it's not the Apple TV news we've been anxiously awaiting, rumors that Apple is in talks with Comcast about a streaming relationship are understandably getting a lot of attention. Thus far, there is a hesitancy to embrace this news as "set in stone"--or to declare it as the driving force behind a massive industry shift. Read More →