Who Are You on Zoom?

Bad Backlight
By now, you’ve Zoomed with ’em all: The guy who looks like an unmade bed and never looks at the camera. “Backlight guy” who thinks you can see his amazing back yard, but all you see is his dark silhouette against the blinding light coming through the window. The would-be influencer who stares straight into her webcam, pushes out her chin and slightly clocks her shoulders until she’s ready for her close-up. The bald guy (whose head you know like the back of your hand) who, unfortunately, never looks up at the camera. The “check out my awesome greenscreen background" person. And, of course, the motion sickness–inducing “selfie rover.” By now, you’ve Zoomed with ’em all, and they’ve all Zoomed with you. Continue Reading →

PlayStation Vue RIP

PlayStation Vue
Blaming "the highly competitive Pay TV industry," Sony will shut down PlayStation Vue (its video streaming service) on January 30, 2020. Ironically, this announcement comes as Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia are all entering the business. Continue Reading →
streaming apps
Apple, Disney, WarnerMedia, and just about everyone who can configure a streaming server is getting into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) content business. In a couple of weeks, you’ll have so many options to pay for content à la carte, you won’t really know where to start. Wondering what all this will cost? Forget your calculator, you’re going to need a spreadsheet. Continue Reading →