Cloud Spotter's Journal
In 2014…
Every piece of technology in my household became obsolete.
McAdams On: FCC Schism and its Impact on the Auction
Is ATSC 3.0 for Real?
McAdams On: Our Clunky Tech
Auction-Displaced LPTV Costs Could Reach $1 Billion
McAdams On: Caveat Auctor
HBO, CBS Raise OTT Profile
McAdams On: SMPTE
Repercussions of Wheeler's 'Online Video' Blog
What Tom Said: About Appointment TV
IBC Reflections
Forward Thinker
C-SPAN Pay Wall Spotlights Multiplatform Challenge
It’s All Just ‘Television,’ Or Is It?
What Tom Said: Hatching the UHD Egg
Ready for YouTube’s Networks
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.
Apr 24, 2013 / 10:26 AM
Making the Cloud Invisible, Part 2
For sure, it’s not easy to create an invisible cloud environment. There are many aspects of Quality of Service that determine the user experience.
Feb 12, 2013 / 09:00 AM
Making the Cloud Invisible
In the context of an end user running a media-focused application, what parameters create an environment such that the user cannot discern if the app is running locally or in a remote cloud?
Dec 18, 2012 / 02:00 PM
A Store-and-Forget Cloud Archive
Imagine a program/data archive so durable, you never need worry about the mechanics of archive integrity for 10, 25, or even 50 years. Impossible? Read on.

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