By: Frank Radice
Suffice it to say, I’ve had time to consider what changes may occur in the new year. The coronavirus isn’t the only reason that modern day life has moved on-line, but it the most important reason behind the speed of the overwhelming shift in lifestyle. Covid-19 pushed technology and media to accelerate what was already happening, and that’s why I’ve made these predictions now. I will leave them without supporting documentation, as I prefer them to be conversation starters. Agree or disagree as you will, but please, add to the list.
•Streaming will be the dominant visual…
Opinion by Frank Radice
With Disney+ hitting more than 86,000 subs (and predict it could reach 260,000 by 2024), Discovery+ about to bow, and Warner announcing its feature films will debut on HBOMax and big screens simultaneously, we’ve finally reached the tipping point in the content world where streaming has drowned out traditional broadcasting and cable.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said, “Disney+ has exceeded our wildest expectations.” So much so that they are raising their subscription price by $1.00 a month, (Netflix is too). And along with that will come some great new movies and shows from the world of…
Remember when a big part of your sales strategy was conference or Trade Show centric?
For me it was CES in Las Vegas, NATPE in Miami, PROMAX, and Digital Hollywood in LA. Now they are all virtual. But even the ones that set up virtual “floors” and meeting rooms, haven’t really made a workable sales environment yet.
The schmooze is mission critical.
Face to face meetings at meals, private gatherings in conference rooms, hands on products on a display floor, or in hotel suites, is the order of the day, and the way business gets done at these big gatherings.
Back in the day, you’d wait with great expectation for the next big album of your favorite band or singer to drop, then you’d head off to the record store and wait in line to get it.
What had the artist created this time? Ballads, hard rock, reggae, R &B, or some combination of all the genres? It was exciting when the album had a single concept like Green Day’s “American Idiot,” or The Who’s classic “Tommy.”
Today, the record store of the 21st century is streaming.
According to a report by The Verge, streaming includes paid subscriptions to…
As soon as I heard CES would be all virtual this year, I began to think about what was and what could be.
Each year in January, Las Vegas becomes Nerdstock.
It’s a gathering for 170,000 or more people in and around tech.
The best way for me to explain the CES experience, is to tell you how I navigate the biggest electronics show on the planet.
It begins with a visit to the CES website to register as a member of the media.
The next thing to hit my inbox is an email which includes my Press credential barcode…
On the morning of September 11th. (early afternoon in France) the phone in our room rang. It was my office at NBC news in New York telling me to watch the TV…now. I turned it on just in time to see the 2nd tower get hit by an airplane.
Almost instantly there was a knock at my door. 2 members of the gendarmerie and an armed military team were there telling us that all the Americans in the hotel were in danger, and would we please gather in the lobby for a briefing.
Thus began a sleepless 3 day journey…
What happens when you can’t produce a show in a studio or an event space full of techs, talent and audience members? You shoot it from home!
The most ambitious attempt at a virtual production so far in the pandemic is the political convention. Done with varying degrees of success, the Democratic National Convention was a first of its kind historic shot at this new type of program. On Thursday night, when Joe Biden, now officially the Democratic nominee for president, gave his rousing acceptance speech, viewership hit 21.78 million people across ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN…
When I recently moved into my new apartment in New York City, the first thing I did was to buy two 55” Samsung 4K smart TV’s. I didn’t even have a bed or a chair, but my priorities are my priorities.
For the first time, I chose not to buy cable with my Wi-Fi package.
In the past, it has been typical to purchase a cable bundle with a landline and a Wi-Fi router. But I didn’t want to pay for a bunch of channels I’d never watch and have a wired phone I’d never use. So I saved myself…
The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of the things people have gotten used to in their daily lives, but maybe one more than anyone could have expected. The huge losses at the box-office brought on by social distancing have opened up the online distribution of new major feature films.
All the Warner films will be released in theaters and on the stream simultaneously. Movies like Wonder Woman 1984 and NBCUniversal’s new movie releases , The Invisible Man, The Hunt, Emma, and the Trolls World Tour were available to rent at home only a few days after theatrical release. …
Brave New World
All you have to do is visit Times Square in New York City, Piccadilly Circus in London, or Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, and the empty streets tell the story. What once were crowded, brightly lit by huge electronic billboards, public squares, have become something out of a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie. If there is no one there to see the ads, it’s like a tree that falls in the woods.
Busses still run, with their sides covered in art for the latest movie or fashionable product, but those ads suffer the same fate. If there is no…
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