All posts by Chris Tribbey

HTC Drops Vive VR Price (SSN)

In a bid to stay competitive with the likes of the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, HTC Aug. 21 lowered the price of its Vive headset to $599, a $200 price cut. With 420,000 devi... More

AT&T Debuts DirecTV Now-Driven Tablet (SSN)

AT&T Aug. 25 will street a new tablet, dubbed Primetime, for $200, with the company pushing its own DirecTV Now service as part of the deal. The 10-inch tablet comes pre-package... More

Prime Focus Details ‘Game of Thrones’ Breach

On Aug. 4, a link to view episode four of season seven of “Game of Thrones” bearing a Star India watermark appeared online three days before its airdate as an outcome of an ill... More

Irdeto: Adapting to Changing Content Security Needs

Founded in 1969, Netherlands-based security firm Irdeto is coming up on its 50th anniversary, and the company’s longevity can be tied to adapting to the changing needs of its cli... More

Vast Media Smart Screen Round-Up: BBC, Fox Offer Up VR

Here’s a run-down of recent second screen-related entertainment items, via Berlin-based research and consulting company Vast Media. • On Aug. 13, Fox worked with YouTube and... More

Cisco Promotes Goeckeler to EVP (MESA)

Cisco has promoted long-time company vet David Goeckeler to EVP of networking and security, giving him responsibility for more than $32 billion of the company's tech business, over... More

Keynotes Set for Oct. 18 HITS Fall Summit in L.A.

The Hollywood IT community will gather again on Oct. 18 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles for its bi-annual Summit, providing 500-plus studio leaders and their technology partn... More

Content Protection, Metadata and More: An M&E Entertainment Day Wrap

More than 300 people were on hand July 25 at the inaugural Microsoft Media & Entertainment Day event in New York City, attending four tracks of programming catering to represen... More

TiVo Posts Major Q2 Revenue Uptick

The successful integration of TiVo’s products and brand into the company that once was Rovi, along with a series of successful pay TV and consumer electronics deals, helped the c... More

Bot Applications Stretch Beyond Media and Entertainment

Dale Linemann, program manager for Microsoft has been working hands on with media and entertainment partners on bot technology for a while, addressing issues in their usage in ever... More

Carnegie Mellon’s Smith: Changing Piracy Behavior No Easy Task

When a recent summer blockbuster hit theaters, pirated copies of the film were available the very next day, and yet some news reports said the box office performance of the film ha... More

Human Element: Going Beyond the Role of ‘Vendor’ for Creative Services

For nearly 15 years, Los-Angeles-based Human Element has handled most everything a media production requires, from VFX and motion graphics, to audio mixing and color correction. ... More

SIGGRAPH Sees Heavy VR Push

The annual computer graphics and interactive tech conference SIGGRAPH saw a number of new virtual reality and interactive tech debuts, including mid-air, touchable holograms and a ... More

Azure Media Exec: AI is Making Content Better

Martin Wahl, ‎principal program manager for Azure Media Services, was a big fan of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books growing up. And today, he’s seeing something sim... More

Blockchain Tech Could Make Life Simpler for M&E, Experts Say

Eric Iverson, CIO for talent firm Creative Artists Agency (CAA), can only shake his head at how some media and entertainment companies make life harder for themselves nowadays, whe... More

CNBC, Viacom Increasingly Look Toward Metadata

Jeff Jacobs, SVP of production planning, strategies and operations for Viacom Media Networks Music and Entertainment Group, spent a good chunk of his dozen-plus years with Viacom w... More

NexGuard’s Tholen: Protecting Content is Protecting Jobs

It truly is the “golden age of content,” according to Harrie Tholen, managing director, of Kudelski-owned content protection company NexGuard. Speaking July 25 at the Conten... More

Stanbury: Third-Party Audits More Crucial Than Ever

It’s a truth about the state of content security today: while the level of effort to cause damage coming from hackers and content pirates is surprisingly low, the level of effort... More

Cloud 19: Adapting to Post Services Needs for the Digital Age

The origins of Cloud 19 Media can be traced back to a much simpler time: the boutique post-production firm first launched during the early years of DVD, with the goal of giving con... More