Archive for August, 2017

Apple wrangles with Hollywood over price of 4K movies that it plans to re-sell.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Image courtesy Stephen Lam / Getty

“But the bigger story for Apple is that this used to be a fight that Apple would ultimately win, because Apple was the dominant player in digital media. That’s not true anymore.

Apple is pushing for 4K movies because it is adding 4K support — the ability to watch stuff in super-high definition — to its revamped Apple TV box it will roll out next month. Apple hopes the new capability will help it reclaim market share from cheaper video boxes and dongles sold by Amazon, Google and Roku.

You can argue whether 4K TVs are a niche product that will ultimately go mainstream — or just a niche product. But adding 4K support alone certainly won’t help Apple leapfrog the competition right now, and Apple doesn’t have anything else on tap to help Apple TV stand out.

This isn’t where Apple thought it would be in 2017.

For years, Apple had very ambitious ambitions in TV: Steve Jobs wanted to build an integrated TV set/pay TV service, but he never got close to the terms he would have needed from TV programmers to make it work.

After his death, Apple execs kept trying to get the TV service set up, but couldn’t get the deals they wanted, either — even though competitors, including Dish, AT&T and Google, did. Instead, Apple rolled out a souped-up version of its old Apple TV box in 2015, and announced that the future of TV would be apps — built by other people.

There are indeed lots of TV apps out there, and a handful of them — like ESPN’s new app that lets you watch four screens at once — take advantage of Apple’s hardware. But that hasn’t been enough to get everyone to buy the box.

In fact, for the last couple of years, you could argue that Apple TV owners were at a disadvantage, because Amazon didn’t have a native app for Apple TV, because Apple and Amazon couldn’t come to terms.

Apple seems to have agreed: It has worked out a deal with Amazon and will bring an Amazon video app to the box sometime this year*. Again: That will simply bring Apple’s box back to parity with the competition.

The flip side: Just because TV isn’t working out for Apple right now doesn’t mean it won’t be important someday. The company’s next big run at TV should start to show up in the next year or so, as it begins to deploy the $1 billion budget it has earmarked for original shows, produced by a team imported from Sony this summer. Maybe some of those will help move the needle.

* Though sources say the app may not be live in time for next month’s product launch.”

Source: Recode


Internet Troll Map

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The Web’s Most Toxic Trolls Live in … Vermont?

notTV Security Update

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Dear notTV Team and Members:

It is important to maintain a safe practice of web security.

Please use 2-factor authentication:

Download Google Authenticator (Android Download / iTunes Download) or LastPass Authenticator (Android Download / iTunes Download) on your phone and get a LastPass account to create more secure passwords.

When you have the opportunity to enable two-factor authentication please do. You will be shown a QR code, which the app you have downloaded will scan and provide a 6 digit code to login securely to your account. The backup to this method is that you will be emailed a code if you cannot access your authenticator app.

Please protect your email password as well.

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A Very Dumb Mistake Costs Cryptocurrency Investors Big Time

A great example of a well formatted tutorial

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

This tutorial gets right to the point, offers a choice between a video walk-through or a written tutorial with pictures.

WordPress for beginners

notTV Comment on our Facebook Page

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

notTV Comment

Hi Cathy. Yes, I can well imagine you’re al busy! Yeah, I think people really love the idea and there seems to be some interesting and energy, so I don’t get the “value gap” or inertia in some people. I wonder if it’s a case of people thinking, well, my small subscription won’t make a difference as these guys need big backers to keep them going at it full time to launch. ? Yes, I will share again! A lot of my FB friends are back in Ontario, however, and they’ll need to see the broader importance, not just to the Okanagan…. Hm. My new mindful local friends are already aware and dig notTV. But I will do what I can! Is it always you when “notTV” likes something? ?

Reddit rolls out its own video platform

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Image Courtesy TechCrunch

Reddit today is officially launching its own native video hosting across both desktop and mobile. The platform, still in beta, was one of the company’s promised initiatives following its recent $200 million round of funding that valued its business at $1.8 billion, announced earlier this summer.

Source: TechCrunch

Kids will shape the future of TV

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Image Courtesy Kidscreen

Image Courtesy Kidscreen

TV in the 2020s may not even look like TV as we know it. Here are four ways kids’ viewing habits and expectations are set to shape the future of TV:

  1. Participation
  2. Need for 360-degree brand development
  3. Constant freshness
  4. Embracing different types of inclusivity

Research questions to consider:

  • Where is their room in your show for viewers to participate and give feedback?
  • How will audiences want to experience your content off-screen, and how can you best plant the seeds for those experiences?
  • What are the best ways for your show to stay fresh in kids’ eyes?
  • How can your content be inclusive and diverse while staying true to your story-world? Does your audience view your content as inclusive and diverse?



August 11, 2017


Facebook paid to have first-rights to series

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Two companies said they were paid between $10,000 to $25,000 per episode for their shows. They’ll also receive 55 percent of the ad revenue while Facebook takes the rest.

In a move that could be seen as a direct competitive move to YouTube, paid series have to debut episodes on Facebook, according to the publishers. However, they are allowed to move episodes off-platform to their own owned-and-operated players or YouTube after a certain period of time. Though Facebook was encouraging publishers to use their player off-site, the goal is to get as many people watching Facebook shows on Facebook itself, multiple sources said.

Facebook has just made a case to increase the cost of advertising on the Internet. In a brazen move the corporate behemoth started paying content creators for a limited time license to their content. In a statement

If Facebook succeeds in getting more people to watch its original series on its platform, it could help the company solve a major issue they are facing: Having too many ads. The company has acknowledged its NewsFeed is growing overstuffed with ads. If people watch shows, they’ll be spending more time on Facebook. That would allow the company to charge more for ads because users are more engaged, without having to increase the number of ads on the platform.

The Internet moves quickly.

It’s time to position.

Too many options for big brand creators, not enough for small to medium sized creators

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

This is pulled from the Spotify website:


podcast distribution challenge

not.TV solves this challenge!

(as a side note, this webpage describes how to get your content on Spotify)

Getting Started with Ethereum

Friday, August 11th, 2017


How to Use Ethereum


Getting Started as an Ethereum Web Developer


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