All posts by Jeff Berman

AWS Unveils Machine Learning-Powered Security Service at Summit, Adds Hulu

NEW YORK — Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced a new machine-learning based security service at its AWS Summit Aug. 14, while announcing new cloud service client wins that inclu... More

Questions Linger Over Disney’s Streaming Services, BAMTech Pact

Questions still linger after Disney announced this week that it upped its investment in streaming-video tech firm BAMTech to a majority stake, and planned to use that company’s t... More

Avid CFO: Company’s Long ‘Transformation’ Completed on Time

Avid Technology recently completed the “transformation” of its business that started four years ago and the company is now well-positioned for future growth, according to CFO B... More

Analysts Predict Impact of Planned Disney Streaming Service

Disney’s announcement that it plans to launch its own direct-to-consumer streaming service for its Disney and Pixar films in 2019 stands to hurt Netflix, although to what degree ... More

DXC Execs: Cloud Services Strength Gave Company a Q1 Boost

Strength in DXC Technology’s cloud services provided the company with a revenue boost during its first quarter (ended June 30), according to CEO Mike Lawrie. Shares in the com... More

CBS CEO: Company’s Expanding OTT Services are ‘Starting to Hit Their Stride’

CBS is expanding its over-the-top (OTT) streaming TV services on multiple fronts and the company continues to see enormous opportunities from them and the various “skinny” bund... More

Comcast, FX Partner on New, Ad-Free, 4K-Enabled Offering

Comcast will be making another ad-free service available to its Xfinity TV subscribers as an optional pay service, as part of a deal with Fox’s FX Networks, the companies announc... More

AT&T’s DirecTV Now to Add CBS, Showtime

AT&T’s DirecTV Now over-the-top (OTT) streaming service is adding CBS, Showtime and other CBS-owned networks, as part of a deal announced by the companies Aug. 7. Terms weren’t... More

Open Text CEO: Nascent Magellan AI Platform Turning Heads

Less than a month after its debut, OpenText’s new Magellan artificial intelligence (AI) platform has garnered “solid feedback” from both customers and company employees so fa... More

Viacom CEO: Company Continues to Seek Sub-$40 OTT TV Bundles

Viacom continues to search for sub-$40 over-the-top (OTT) “skinny” TV bundles to meet the demands of U.S. consumers who increasingly want access to content when they want it, a... More

Microsoft Senior Engineer: Azure’s Custom Decision Service Going Strong

NEW YORK — There’s been “very strong results” initially for Microsoft Azure’s Custom Decision Service (CDS), according to Markus Cozowicz, Microsoft senior research softw... More

Cognizant CEO: Company’s Shift to Digital Services Continued to Pay Off in Q2

Cognizant again saw growth in digital-related revenue during the second quarter (ended June 30) as the company continued its shift to digital services and solutions, according to C... More

Time Warner: Merger with AT&T Still ‘On Track,’ Q2 Gets ‘Wonder Woman’ Boost

As Time Warner continues to reap the rewards of the summer movie hit “Wonder Woman,” the company still expects that AT&T’s planned purchase of it will be completed before the... More

Microsoft, M&E Execs: Cloud, Collaboration are Keys to Solve Security, Other Challenges

Transitioning to the cloud and increased collaboration are among the keys for media and entertainment companies to solve the security and many other challenges they are increasingl... More

Dish Integrates TiVo Metadata Across Its Product Platforms

Dish Network has integrated TiVo’s metadata products across Dish’s platforms, including its DVR, linear TV and video on demand, the companies announced July 31. The migratio... More

Avid Exec: AI to Have ‘Surprising’ and ‘Exponential Impact’ on Industry

NEW YORK – Artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning and video analysis technologies, will have a “surprising” and “exponential impact” on the businesses o... More

Amazon CFO: Company’s Seeing Strong Momentum in AWS

Growth in Amazon Web Services (AWS) provided a major boost in revenue for Amazon during its second quarter (ended June 30) and the company continues to invest heavily in that busin... More

Ooyala’s Petro, Publishing Execs Stress Importance of Metadata

NEW YORK – Metadata plays an important role in the lifecycle of media and entertainment content, but companies continue to face challenges in being able to use it properly and ac... More

Digimarc CEO: Rapid Changes in Retail Landscape to Help Company

The significant changes that are being seen in the retail sector, including Amazon’s brick-and-mortar store initiatives and Walmart’s stepped-up e-commerce strategy, represent ... More