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CES Preview: Content Takes Center Stage (Top 5 Storylines For Media & Tech) – Forbes

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Well, it’s that time of year again. No, not the holidays. I’m talking about the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that kicks off the new year to showcase the latest and greatest in tech (and snap us all out of our holiday hibernations). And, this time, media, entertainment and content share the stage with all the new gadgetry in this annual gathering of the tribe. Jeffrey Katzenberg (the quintessential Hollywood mogul) and Meg Whitman (his NorCal tech titan doppelganger) will keynote the event to discuss their pioneering new mobile-first video service Quibi and reveal Quibi’s first mini-sodes. The dynamic duo’s “Hollywood meets Silicon Valley” Quibi storyline serves as the perfect mantra for this year’s CES. NBCUniversal’s secondary keynote adds more content fuel to the CES punch. Execs from the Peacock will also discuss their upcoming entry into the overall subscription video on demand (SVOD) wars – which, for better or worse (you be the judge), is actually called “Peacock.”

Here’s a preview of CES’s headline stories for media, entertainment and tech execs.

(1) The Great Streaming Wars of 2020

Netflix versus all SVOD comers – and there are now lots of them – is the headline media story for CES. Netflix, of course, remains the undisputed champ amidst long-time SVOD rivals Amazon Prime Video and Hulu (respectively 2 and 3 in the U.S.). But 2020 promises to be a whole new world for the champ, since both Disney+ and Apple TV+ are now immediate mega-players with mega-cash. I recently wrote about Netflix’s daunting future for Forbes, and all other SVODs also face an uncertain future given the intensity of the competition amongst goliaths. Perhaps Disney+ is least immune and most certain to be a long-term winner, given that Disney holds content and franchise crown jewels that no others can match (not even close). These include Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, the Disney Princesses, and its new Fox and friends (X-Men, Avatar, The Simpsons). CES gives each SVOD contender a chance to tell its story and convince us that it can win amidst this SVOD fever.

(2) The Coming 5G Wave

5G promises to be a massive overarching story at CES for myriad reasons, not the least of which is its anticipated transformational role in our media and entertainment experiences. 5G speed and capacity mean that we all will have more reason to live our lives heads down on our mobile devices. Gone are the days of pixelation and buffering. We will voraciously consume copious amounts of video content on our smallest of screens since our movie and television experiences will be even more impactful. But it’s much more than video. 5G promises to accelerate the already explosive growth of eSports – a $1 billion plus industry today that will double in just a few years. Cloud-based gaming takes center stage as 5G networks deploy, since latency becomes a thing of the past (think Google’s Stadia and Apple’s Arcade here). 5G also means that, at long last, augment reality’s (AR’s) mass market promise begins to reveal itself given the edge-based computing 5G facilitates.

(3) AR Gets Real

Speaking of AR, 2020 promises to be its break-out year due, in large part, to 5G’s transformational power. Expect the AR ecosystem (both content/experiences and the hardware/glasses that facilitate them) to immerse CES as a result. Apple’s great hope (and our collective expectation) for its “next big thing” may be its long-anticipated AR glasses. Many expect to see those enter the marketplace in 2020. Maybe that’s why Apple will actively participate at CES this year for the first time in nearly three decades (yes, decades!). (Of course, Apple also faces pressure to convince us that Apple TV+ will be a breakout hit, because results have underwhelmed so far). Many attendees will also look for long-time AR darling Magic Leap to see how it plans to justify its near $3 billion investment to date. Entertainment experiences drive a significant part of its story, and now it’s time for Magic Leap to deliver a real, significant and scaling monetization story (rather than a semi-immersive promise of one).

(4) AI’s Home Invasion Accelerates

Artificial Intelligence (AI) already has transformed our entertainment experiences in significant ways. Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri have become our new DJs, serving up our favorite music choices on demand in our homes and on our smart speakers (which are sure to abound at CES). The music business benefits greatly from this home invasion, which is yet one more factor that continues to drive annual double-digit growth for a long-starved industry that is expected to more than double in size to $45 billion by 2030, according to Goldman Sachs. AI moves beyond music in 2020 and begins to actively transform our video experiences as well, and we will see those early efforts on display at CES. AI-born virtual beings will also join us in Las Vegas this year, giving us an early sign of the mind-blowing things to come.

(5) TV’s, TV’s & More TV’s

CES wouldn’t be CES, of course, without TVs filling every inch of Las Vegas’s convention walls and halls. Each year, the industry gives us yet more reasons to ditch our existing living room screens for their “next big thing” – always bigger and better (after all, TV size and resolution have no limits, do they?). And, now that the great streaming wars have kicked off in earnest – and our SVOD-driven premium television and movie programming choices are better than ever – we have even more reasons to listen to the tech pitch people. Let’s also not forget about our new “TV’s” – our mobile devices. New mobile form factors will fill the halls (remember last year’s foldable phones?), especially with the coming onslaught of 5G. That’s good news for mobile-first Quibi. Katzenberg and Whitman have timed it well.

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Pitt Meadows city council uses new social media use guidelines to speak out against divisive online activity – Maple Ridge News

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The City of Pitt Meadows staff put forward a new report to council during their online meeting Tuesday (June 2) outlining a new social media use policy.

Director of corporate services, Stephanie St. Jean, who presented the report, said staff made a revision to the policy to make it more concise and provide it with a ‘more positive tone.’

“What remains is a straightforward framework intended to guide council’s use of social media,” she said.

Council used the discussion of the report to point out how difficult it can be to sit as an elected official in the age of digital harassment, and pointed out how important it was to rise above the fray with their own use of the various platforms in order to set an example.

READ MORE: Pitt Meadows council’s social media policy blasted

Councillor Anena Simpson pointed out the majority of her interactions with the public online have been perfectly pleasant.

“Ninety-nine per cent of our community plays fair and they fight fair, even when there’s challenges,” she said.

“There’s of course always a very small number who don’t,” she added. “Who are aggressive and intentionally want to harm others and this is a real shame and the costs are very, very high for this as it affects those who want to be involved in our civic engagement.”

Coun. Bob Meachen agreed with his colleague and pointed out some of the hurdles he has had to face as a first time councillor.

“I took on the role of councillor to help my community… and I expected to become recipient of some criticism and that’s all fair.

“I welcome the feedback of this community and even criticism that perhaps goes against something I’ve agreed to…but what I don’t appreciate are some of the inflammatory and misleading statements that are aimed at – frankly – hurting me personally.”

Meachen said he tries to comport himself online as he does in person and expressed hope the new policy would encourage his colleagues and their critics to take the higher road.

“We’re only here to manage what we can manage on a personal level and I think that this new policy certainly helps us get there, and makes it clear as to what the policy of this council is.”

READ MORE: Spouses not in Pitt Meadows social media policy

Coun. Nicole MacDonald went into the dual nature of social media.

“It really is a double-edged sword,” she said.

“So much good is done through social media these days… it’s such an effective means of communication for us to inform the community what’s going on.”

“However it can also be a tool of toxicity, negativity, bullying, misinformation, lies and defamation.

She shared some of the negative experiences she has had to deal with since running for election in 2018.

Her character, integrity, and business and family have all been attacked, she said.

“I’ve received anonymous and threatening emails, I’ve had lies spread by a handful of people on public social media sites, and [I’ve had] my character maligned with lies and name-calling on an anonymous website.

“But I have not once engaged back and I believe this is important to share with the public.

“I signed up for this, and like I have in previous roles in my life, I have a thick skin.”

MacDonald said she is more worried about future prospective councillors being turned off the role.

“I don’t want it to deter others to from running and being a part of local government and standing up.”

To close the discussion, Mayor Dingwall weighed in on the matter.

“It is OK to provide critical and fair comments and to voice complete disagreement to a decision or a position, but in the age of social media it is easy to cross way over the line from critical and fair comment to bullying, harassment and defamation.

“Unfortunately a very small handful continue to be mean-spirited and spiteful with a relentless onslaught of negative or inaccurate misinformation that appears intent on hurting myself or my reputation, my colleagues or the good work this council is doing.”

Dingwall said he has blocked some individuals from his personal social media accounts.

“I’m choosing not to invest precious and positive energy worrying what they think of me or their negativity.

“I’m investing my energy where it needs to be as the mayor of this wonderful city. There is much more for this council to accomplish and I know our focus is on the community and leaving it in a better position for generations to come.”



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LA Galaxy to meet with Katai after wife's social media posts – TSN

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LOS ANGELES — The LA Galaxy will meet with new Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai on Thursday to discuss a series of alarming social media posts by his wife.

Tea Katai made the since-deleted posts on her Instagram story this week, the Galaxy confirmed Wednesday night in a statement that called the posts “racist and violent.”

The team says its meeting with Katai will “determine next steps.”

Tea Katai’s posts included a profane call, written in Serbian, to “kill” protesters. Another called protesters “disgusting cattle,” also in Serbian.

The 29-year-old Katai joined the Galaxy in December after spending his first two MLS seasons with the Chicago Fire. He has made nine appearances for Serbia’s national team, including three last year in Euro 2020 qualifying matches.

“The LA Galaxy strongly condemned the social posts and requested their immediate removal,” the statement continued. “The LA Galaxy stands firmly against racism of any kind, including that which suggests violence or seeks to demean the efforts of those in pursuit of racial equality. The LA Galaxy stand with communities of colour, and especially the Black community, in the protests and fight against systemic racism, social inequality, bigotry and violence.”

Katai signed with the Galaxy as a free agent on Dec. 31. He scored 18 goals in 62 appearances over the previous two seasons for the Fire, who acquired him from Alavés in Spain’s La Liga.

Katai got off to an impressive start to his MLS career with 12 league goals in his debut season for the Fire, but his production slumped last year, leading Chicago to decline its team option for 2020.

He spent the first eight years of his pro career in Europe, including 69 games with Serbian powerhouse Red Star Belgrade.

Katai started the first two games of the current MLS season for the Galaxy, who expected him to become a key part of their attack alongside Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and Cristian Pavón.

MLS play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but several Galaxy players returned to the club’s training complex two weeks ago to begin individual workouts and rehabilitation.

MLS and its players’ union agreed to a six-year labour contract on Wednesday. The teams are expected to return to competition with a five-week tournament in Florida this summer.

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LA Galaxy to meet with Katai after wife’s racist social media posts – Sportsnet.ca

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LOS ANGELES — The LA Galaxy will meet with new Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai on Thursday to discuss a series of alarming social media posts by his wife.

Tea Katai made the since-deleted posts on her Instagram story this week, the Galaxy confirmed Wednesday night in a statement that called the posts “racist and violent.”

The team says its meeting with Katai will “determine next steps.”

Tea Katai’s posts included a profane call, written in Serbian, to “kill” protesters. Another called protesters “disgusting cattle,” also in Serbian.

The 29-year-old Katai joined the Galaxy in December after spending his first two MLS seasons with the Chicago Fire. He has made nine appearances for Serbia’s national team, including three last year in Euro 2020 qualifying matches.

“The LA Galaxy strongly condemned the social posts and requested their immediate removal,” the statement continued. “The LA Galaxy stands firmly against racism of any kind, including that which suggests violence or seeks to demean the efforts of those in pursuit of racial equality. The LA Galaxy stand with communities of colour, and especially the Black community, in the protests and fight against systemic racism, social inequality, bigotry and violence.”

Katai signed with the Galaxy as a free agent on Dec. 31. He scored 18 goals in 62 appearances over the previous two seasons for the Fire, who acquired him from Alaves in Spain’s La Liga.

Katai got off to an impressive start to his MLS career with 12 league goals in his debut season for the Fire, but his production slumped last year, leading Chicago to decline its team option for 2020.

He spent the first eight years of his pro career in Europe, including 69 games with Serbian powerhouse Red Star Belgrade.

Katai started the first two games of the current MLS season for the Galaxy, who expected him to become a key part of their attack alongside Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Cristian Pavon.

MLS play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but several Galaxy players returned to the club’s training complex two weeks ago to begin individual workouts and rehabilitation.

MLS and its players’ union agreed to a six-year labour contract on Wednesday. The teams are expected to return to competition with a five-week tournament in Florida this summer.

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