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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Saskatchewan reported 19 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday as the province hit a new single-day testing record.
Of the new cases, 15 are in the Saskatoon area, with 13 of them being linked to known cases or events, says the Ministry of Health.
Two new cases have been reported in the central east and Regina zones.
As of Saturday, Saskatchewan has a total of 1,863 reported cases. Two cases previously reported have been removed as they live outside of Saskatchewan, say officials.
There are 134 active cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, with a total of 1,705 people who have recovered from the virus.
Here is a breakdown of where Saskatchewan’s active cases are:
- Saskatoon: 83
- Regina: 19
- Central West: 8
- Central East: 5
- South East: 5
- South Central: 4
- North Central: 3
- South West: 3
- North West: 1
- Far North East: 1
- Far North West: 1
- North East: 1
There are eight people in hospital, all who are receiving inpatient care.
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Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 24 people.
Here is a breakdown of total Saskatchewan cases by age:
- 318 people are 19 and under
- 603 people are 20 to 39
- 577 are 40 to 59
- 303 people are 60 to 79
- 62 people are 80 and over
Women make up 51 per cent of the cases, men make up 49 per cent.
Officials said 931 cases are linked to community contact or mass gatherings, 279 are travel-related, 534 have no known exposure and 119 are under investigation by public health.
There have been 69 cases involving health-care workers.
Saskatchewan has completed 183,216 COVID-19 tests to date, up 2,984 from Friday, making it the highest daily number of tests performed to date, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health.
The previous record was set on Sept. 18, when 2,984 tests were performed.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.
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Bill Maher Scolds Media For Being “No Help Amplifying” His Concerns Donald Trump Won’t Leave Office Peacefully – Deadline
UPDATED with video: President Donald Trump pretty much secured the main talking point for this week’s Real Time With Bill Maher after a Wednesday press conference in which Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the November election to Joe Biden.
The topic of the concern over whether Trump would refuse to vacate the White House peacefully has been front and center for Maher for almost two years. It came up time and time again in Friday night’s show, from pressing Sen. Bernie Sanders on what a plan might look like if Trump declined to exit in January if Biden wins, to clear frustration that it’s taken “mainstream media” outlets so long to catch up to his concerns.
“It does f*ckin’ stick in my craw that nobody listened to me and that I got no help from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN — mainstream media, should have amplified,” he said. “Mainstream media — I got no help amplifying the point I was making.”
The subject took up the majority of the opening conversation from Sanders, who appeared via video (Maher was back in the studio for a third week in a row in front of a notably small, socially distanced audience).
“If Trump attempts to stay in office after losing, there will be a number of plans out there to make sure he is evicted from office,” Sanders said, echoing some of what he said in his last Real Time appearance in April. At one point during a Sanders answer, Maher nudged back, “I still don’t know what the plan is.” (See the entire video above.)
During the midshow panel with author and CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers and Manhattan Institute fellow and podcaster Coleman Hughes, an engaging discussion on race eventually turned back to what Maher called “the theme that has obsessed me.”
He showed two montages — one of previous Real Time episodes dating to April 2018 featuring Maher asking the question of what if Trump doesn’t leave office if he loses, another of Trump mentioning Maher’s theory during several rally speeches.
Afterward, he turned to Trump’s comments earlier in the week.
“There’s a headline I saw in the New York Times yesterday, ‘Trump Won’t Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power’ — and it was on page 15,” Maher said. “This was not the paper I grew up with, but OK.”
He relayed the main points of Trump’s comments, in response to a question from Playboy reporter Brian Karem, which included the president saying “we’re going to have to see what happens.” Maher read a passage from NYT reporter Michael Crowley’s report, which said in part that “Mr. Trump’s refusal — or inability — to endorse perhaps the most fundamental tenet of American democracy, as any president in memory surely would have, was the latest instance in which he has cast grave uncertainty around the November election and its aftermath.”
“I would put that on the front page – but that’s just crazy me,” Maher said.
He added that he was going to drop the subject — though that doesn’t seem likely with 38 days to go until the election.
Maher is off next week and returns with a fresh show October 9.
Molly Russell social media material 'too difficult to look at' – BBC News
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.css-14iz86j-BoldTextfont-weight:bold;Instagram has passed thousands of pages of “pretty dreadful” material from the account of Molly Russell to her family’s legal team, a court heard.
The 14-year-old killed herself in 2017 after viewing graphic images of self harm and suicide on the platform.
A pre-inquest hearing on Friday was told not all the material had been studied yet as it was too difficult for lawyers and police to look at for long.
A date for the inquest itself is yet to be set.
The inquest will look at how algorithms used by social media giants to keep users on the platform may have contributed to her death.
Oliver Sanders QC told Barnet’s Coroner’s Court how Instagram’s parent company Facebook had recently released a “significant volume” of material relating to the case.
He said: “We haven’t been able to review it all yet. Some of it is pretty dreadful and it is not something that can be reviewed in a long sitting and certainly not late at night.”
He added certain parts of the material had been redacted and lawyers and police were trying to find out why.
The court also heard the investigation was seeking the cooperation of Snapchat, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, although until recently only Pinterest had co-operated fully.
But Snapchat could not disclose data without an order from a US court, WhatsApp had deleted Molly’s account and Twitter was reluctant to handover material due to European data protection laws, the hearing was told.
Coroner Andrew Walker said “some or all” of those social media companies could be named as interested parties in the inquest as they would be “best placed” to give technical information for the case.
He also asked for a psychologist with expertise in the potential psychological impacts of viewing extreme material to be appointed to give evidence.
A further pre-inquest review is due to take place on 26 November.
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