Cloud Spotter's Journal
Pay-TV Market Shakeup Or Shakedown?
Will 2015 mark the death of the pay-TV bundle? Probably not, but events of the past few weeks have suggested that it may be on life support.
Cord-Cutter Gear: Three Antennas and a Pre-amp
Programmatic Ad Technology Proliferates
What Tom Said: About Richard Friedel
Closing FCC Field Offices Could Lead to ‘RF Anarchy’
NAB 2015: Notes From the Floor on Three-Sensor 4K Cameras
McAdams On: The Ongoing Transition
What to Expect at 2015 NAB
McAdams On: TV Stations With No Signal
Gearing Up for the 2015 NAB Show
What Tom Said: Hollywood Stays In Control (For Now)
Remembering the Early Days of L.A. Television
Crappin’ Out on the Lossy Drag
Amazon’s Agenda Fits Streaming Expectations From Researchers
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What Tom Said: The Push for Drones
 
Apr 21, 2015 / 01:00 PM
Basics of Software-Defined Networking
By now you have likely heard some of the hype about “Software Defined Everything.
Jan 28, 2015 / 09:00 AM
Understanding Virtualization and Containers
This column will review the key aspects of compute virtualization and application containerization as used in the data center and the cloud.
Jan 16, 2015 / 12:00 AM
Cloud Performance—Noisy Neighbors And Bare-Metal Servers
Utility computing and job performance are at odds.
Oct 06, 2014 / 12:00 PM
Summarizing the 2014 State of the Cloud
Each week the big cloud vendors generate enough heat and noise to confuse most onlookers. One relatively impartial observer of the scene is the vendor RightScale.
Jul 15, 2014 / 03:19 PM
New Dimensions in Media Streaming
Audio/video streaming is the heart and soul of the media facility—think Serial Digital Interface, AES3 for audio, HDMI and other transports that move audio and video from point to point in a timed, continuous fashion.
Mar 05, 2014 / 02:41 PM
Progress Towards the All-IT/Cloud Media Facility
Media facilities—some production, post-production, broadcast ops—still have strong components of AV-specific gear. Much of this infrastructure is not IT/cloud-friendly.
Jan 13, 2014 / 02:59 PM
SMPTE Looks at All-IT Media Facilities
At SMPTE’s Annual Technical Conference in Hollywood in late October, I had the privilege of chairing the session, “The Move to the all-IT Media Facility.”
Oct 31, 2013 / 03:00 AM
A Business Case for the Cloud
We are swimming in the cloud. Consider how universal the cloud is with the Web services of apps, email, search, social, games, video, music, messaging, docs, personal storage and so much more.
Aug 22, 2013 / 02:45 PM
Real-Time AV Transport Over Ethernet
The SMPTE-defined Serial Digital Interface, and the switching ecosystem surrounding it, is the king of video transport technology in the media facility.
Jun 19, 2013 / 01:00 PM
The Move to the All-IT Facility
From a nonscientific survey, about 3–5 percent of the 1,600 vendors at NAB 2013 had breakthrough products, meaningful advances in technology, and bold new ideas related to IT/IP/cloud.
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