Gabriel Dusil – Sponsoring the Geekbeat.tv House

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Logo - Geekbeat.tvSince cutting-the-cord over three years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of Geekbeat.tv. Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides definitely have their finger on the pulse of the geek community. So I was honored to recently sponsor their new house.  Here is the link to the video where Cali acknowledges my contribution to the Wall of Fame Geeks! It’s my 6 seconds of fame… another 9 to go!

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OTT & Multiscreen • Turning Piratez into Consumers, II

Article - Visual Unity (IX. Turning Piratez into Consumers, II, title, web)

Blame the Internet?

i. Blame the Internet, Thank the Internet)

Figure i – Blame the Internet, or thank the Internet?

Many in the entertainment industry are quick to blame piracy for any revenue decline in their business. It’s valid to blame user behavior rather than the underlying technology that enabled change. But why not blame the Internet itself?Several marketplaces have had similar disruptions to their revenue streams thanks to the Internet. Figure i outlines just a few industries where consumer behavior was transformed and where the Internet upset classic business models:

  • In the communications industry, Skype essentially destroyed long-distance calling.
  • In the entertainment industry, the compact disc suffered due to the introduction of MP3[i] encoding for digital audio and the ability to “rip” music to a personal computer. The availability of larger and cheaper hard drives further accelerated the migration of music to computers. These capabilities created a perfect storm for moving music into the realm of computing[ii]. Then, services such as YouTube,[iii] as well as a plethora of subscription-based services such as Spotify[iv] and Rhapsody,[v] moved everything into the cloud. A recent study from IFPI[vi] shows that CD revenue and unit sales continued to decline after peaking in 1999. Incidentally, this decline began around the birth of Napster[vii] (launched in June 1999), so it’s easy to point fingers. In contrast, sales of music singles through online services have soared and are expected to continue doing so over the next several years[viii]. As shown in Figure ii, overall revenue generated from singles has not compensated for the decline in CD revenue. Consumer buying habits have demonstrated the need and want for more granularity in purchasing songs rather than entire albums. This is further complicated by the fact that OTT services such as YouTube contain a sizable library of popular music for free.
  • Email replaced faxing and helped progress the notion of the paperless office[ix].
  • Short Message Service[x] (aka. SMS or text messaging) suffered as mobile phones began to support WiFi and subscribers realized they could send messages to their friends over significantly cheaper data plans. Services such as Viber[xi], WhatsApp[xii], and eventually Apple’s iMessage[xiii] are all examples of Over the Top (OTT) Internet applications that bypassed traditional incumbent services.

ib. SMS estimated to be generally $30,000 per GB)

  • In print media, newspapers continue to suffer in favor of online posts. When news is delayed by anything greater than real time, users migrate to online services. Live news broadcasts are still the flagship of linear television, but even that is changing. The consumption of news is broader than that of broadcast journalism seeing as blog posts and social networking sites have made it possible for everyone to be a potential reporter. And thanks to smartphones having the ability to record video, a wider audience of bystanders now have the opportunity to capture breaking news long before professional journalists have a chance to arrive at the scene. Twitter[xv] and Facebook have also established themselves as sources for breaking news.
ii. Global CD & Single Shipments & Revenue ’98-‘11)

Figure ii – Global CD & Single Shipments & Revenue ’98-‘11

Thank the Internet?

As much as the Internet has disrupted long-established business models, it has also spawned new and creative applications:

  • Facebook and many other social networks offer consumers a fresh platform to fuel humanity’s desire to communicate. But it hasn’t replaced face to face communications. It has only complemented our need for human interaction.
  • Online shopping did not replace brick and mortar[xvi] shopping – consumers still enjoy visiting the local mall to try on a new pair of jeans.
  • Email didn’t replace the postal service either – consumers are just sending and receiving packages, rather than handwritten letters.
  • Likewise, mobile phones did not entirely replace landlines.

iiib. As the Internet proliferates, consumer propensity for choice increases)

The Internet may be viewed as destroying legacy business models, or it could be viewed as the catalyst to helping reshape consumer behavior. For every business that closes its doors, countless other Internet businesses open. Ultimately, consumers now have more choice in how they consume entertainment. Thanks to choice and content ubiquity, users are treating the cloud as their personal entertainment library.

Giving Consumers What They Want

iii. Internet Traffic split by file types that violate copyright)

Figure iii – Internet Traffic split by file types that violate copyright.

Internet piracy revolves around a risk to reward balance. Essentially, this is an assessment of the likelihood of being caught weighed against the ease of downloading content illegally. Within this balance, there are both inhibitors and motivations to stealing content. Some of those who infringe upon copyright laws feel vindicated because they cannot obtain content by legitimate means. Other motivations include the ability to completely circumvent the restrictions imposed by digital rights management (DRM[xix]) – measures that restrict the portability of the content. Once absent of DRM, content is easily transcoded into various formats, screen sizes, and bitrates. The ubiquity of content has also come at a cost. A study from Envisional shows that nearly a quarter of Internet traffic violates copyright laws[xviii]. BitTorrent traffic represents the largest chunk of such offences. A related study from PublicBT showed that out of the top 10,000 torrents, nearly half of them consisted of movies and television programs (Figure iii). Furthermore, less than one percent of posts were innocent of copyright infringement.

There are also several inhibitors that make illegal downloading quite cumbersome. To begin with, there is the issue of content management. Titles need to be downloaded, stored, and organized. Storage costs and database management can become a nightmare. Even with declining hardware costs, a 4TB hard drive can fill up quickly. Additional headaches include inconsistency in quality – it may take days to get a file, only to find it’s unwatchable. Malware infections that propagate through P2P networks can also wreak havoc on a home network and affect innocent family members. Finally, websites such as The Pirate Bay[xx] are sophisticated search applications at best, and cannot compare to a personalized OTT entertainment platform.

Figure iv – Illegal and Legal Drives & Inhibitors for Entertainment Consumption

Figure iv – Illegal and Legal Drives & Inhibitors for Entertainment Consumption

For subscribers that side with the law and use a legitimate OTT video service, content management is a non-issue as everything is streamed from the cloud. Consequently, there is no need to organize files or allocate hard drive space. Additional benefits include a pleasant and compelling user interface and user experience (UI/UX). This may include social interaction with friends, family, and communities of similar interests. Many OTT services also offer sophisticated search and discovery and recommendation engines that are personalized in order to satisfy each subscriber’s unique viewing behavior. The inclusion of reviews, trailers, rating statistics, and comprehensive metadata adds to an engaging interactive experience that attracts loyal subscribers. These platforms also offer a much more consistent level of entertainment quality.

Whether legitimate or illegal, consuming entertainment has radically changed over the past decade. Digital video is in a constant state of flux and consumer behavior is changing at an unprecedented pace – both in how people purchase and enjoy their entertainment. Bandwidth speeds have increased significantly in both the home and mobile environments, thereby disrupting the entire entertainment industry. Understanding consumer behavior in terms of their frustrations and motivations helps bring clarity to how this industry has shaped itself. A better understanding of the enemy may help content owners and distributors mitigate Internet piracy.

Knowing What to Fix •Ÿ Fixing What We Know

Some would argue that the entertainment industry hasn’t been able to keep up with the disruptions the Internet has created. Even with sizable improvements in digital video quality and Internet streaming, there are still shortcomings to address. These frustrations are summarized as follows:

Lack of Portability

Content owners are largely concerned that the digital delivery of their content will cannibalize lucrative cinema and broadcast TV revenue streams. This is partially the reason why entertainment portability is restricted across televisions, computer screens, smartphones and tablets. This is further complicated by the fact that content purchased on one operating system cannot be played on another platform. But consumers want universal flexibility and ease-of-portability of their purchases. Consumers want the flexibility to stream shorter content on their mobile devices and enjoy longer viewing experiences on larger screens. Cinema goers are willing to pay higher fees for an immersive experience on a 30-foot theater screen with THX[xxi] surround sound. The point is that one consumption method does not necessarily steal revenue from another. Audiences simply take different paths while consuming different types of content on different devices.

Lack of Upgradability

This issue centers around the irritating aspect of repurchasing movies as technology continues to improve. Content owners enjoy a resurgence of revenue for long-tail content[xxii] when new technology is introduced to the market. To be fair, this is mainly an issue for collectors rather than the average consumer. Movies purchased on VHS (240 horizontal lines) in the 80’s or DVD (480 lines NTSC or 576 lines PAL) in the 90’s required a new purchase on Blu-Ray (1080 lines) in the 00’s, and will eventually require a repeat purchase when 4K versions (2160 lines) are introduced by the end of this decade. “By 2020 there will be over 200 Ultra HD channels worldwide, rising to over 1,000 by 2025. The availability of Ultra HD TVs in the home and Ultra HD services by pay TV operators with advanced set-top boxes will drive the commercial opportunity for channel launches and content production,” says Tom Morrod of IHS Electronics & Media[xxiii].

Each new format makes the one it succeeded obsolete. Sizable video libraries turn out to be worthless virtually overnight. Interestingly enough, consumers have acclimated to the fact that a repurchase is expected when a new format is introduced. Content distributors attempt to entice collectors to repurchase content by packaging old titles into box-sets, director’s cuts, collectors’ editions, and other creative packaging strategies. The entertainment industry unfortunately never took a software upgrade approach to offering consumers an incremental purchase path as movies were released in a better resolution. The computing industry established this expectation from its inception. Now that entertainment and computing are converging into OTT services, this may provide a platform to offer the same level of granularity.

Lack of Breadth

Most online video services have relatively limited libraries, especially on a global stage. One of the main challenges is that content rights are costly to obtain across international borders. This poses a challenge for smaller OTT providers that simply don’t have the capital to purchase expensive premium content such as Hollywood movies. Geo-location restrictions are used to prevent accessing content outside of specific jurisdictions. This applies to live broadcasts such as news or sports events, but is also an issue for video on demand (VoD) services that offer movies or television shows. Shows such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” or Netflix’s “House of Cards”[xxiv] further complicate the issue by being offered exclusively in their home platform. This certainly helps OTT providers to differentiate themselves from the competition, but it doesn’t help consumers who want a central repository for their entertainment content.

Lack of Accessibility

The lack of accessibility of content on a global stage may be the single most important limitation of entertainment today. This arguably leads to the main motivations behind Internet piracy. Global theatrical and home releases are not available simultaneously. There are legitimate reasons for this delay: the negotiation of distribution rights, modifying or creating new promotional materials for each foreign market, dubbing services, and censorship approval – to name just a few. Even with these challenges, it may take years for some content to reach a foreign destination, if at all. Some passionate movie goers don’t have the patience to wait for a legal means to obtain what they want.

Lack of Quality

Some consumers are willing to watch a poor quality bootleg cam[xxv] for the bragging rights of being the first. But studies show that subscribers lean toward better quality video if it’s available[xxvi]. According to Ericsson research of over 400 million viewers around the globe, “High video quality is very important to consumers, and they are prepared to pay for it.” Anders Erlandsson, Senior Advisor, Consumer Insights, Ericsson Consumer Lab.[xxvii]Graphic - Buffering (spinner 4)

As video resolutions improve for Internet streaming, so does bandwidth. But problems still persist. No one likes the buffer symbol when streaming video on the Internet. Even though the technology has improved considerably over the past decade, many regions around the world lack the bandwidth and latency to stream a respectable level of video quality. This is further complicated by consumers wanting to watch content on their mobile devices where bandwidth is further restricted, and even comes at a higher cost.

Finding the Right Price

Online services such as Netflix[xxviii] have shaken the ownership vs. licensing business models. Owning an expensive Blu-Ray disc typically meant a sizable investment for the adrenaline rush of opening the package and the pleasure of watching it for the first time. The disc was then relegated to a living room shelf or drawer for the rest of its existence. Consumers are in the process of trading their need for ownership with accessing that content in the cloud at a much lower cost. As consumers opt for a more granular approach to their content, the industry continues to struggle to find the right balance between price, value, and flexibility.

Building the Right Playground

Comparing the user experience of yesterday’s TV’s electronic programming guide (EPG[xxix]) to today’s modern OTT service may not seem fair. But it’s a reasonable comparison in the context of fulfilling the subscriber’s hunger to find what they want. In the early days of television, the broadcaster would say, “Don’t change the channel, we’ll be right back” just before a commercial break. This approach was easier in the days when only 16 channels existed. As broadcast services moved to hundreds of channels, the EPG was created to help consumers find new and interesting content. But navigating TV menus was cumbersome. As we move to today’s digital era, consumers are accustomed to web surfing, clicking on applications, social networking, and googling. This level of interaction began in computing and is now integral to entertainment. Even with hundreds of channels available on a typical pay-TV service, consumers are still drawn toward less than 20 of them[xxx]. Websites such as IMDB[xxxi] and Rotten Tomatoes[xxxii] enable quick access to statistics, reviews, and metadata surrounding movies and television shows. Users have the ability to navigate scheduled release dates, user ratings, peer suggestions, trivia, frequently asked questions, and message boards. OTT services add recommendation engines, personalized advertising, favorite lists, and much more. This virtual treasure trove of information, offered at a granular level, increases consumer excitement and converges on the desire for a compelling environment where subscribers will stay longer simply because they are having fun. Quite a bit of developmental effort needs to focus on improving these virtual environments.

Viewing •Ÿ Owning •Ÿ Licensing

Figure v – Evolution of Entertainment Consumption

Figure v – Evolution of Entertainment Consumption

The origins of entertainment began with live performances in theaters and concert halls. At the turn of the 19th century, the motion picture industry began[xxxiii]. But the ability to sell music to consumers wasn’t possible on a grand scale until the second half of the 20th century. The vinyl record[xxxiv], and eventually VHS[xxxv] tapes for movies, allowed consumers to take their entertainment home with them. Many technologies changed hands over the decades: Vinyl ð cassette tapes ð CD’s for music, and VHS ð laser discs ð DVD ð Blu-Ray for movies. This century has evolved the buy-to-ownparadigm to a license-and-view business model. Some view today’s ubiquitous 12cm discs as the last physical technology for music and movies. In the future, everything will live in the cloud (Figure v). The desire to own entertainment is in the process of being replaced by the ability to easily access it.

Outlining the limitations of digital video and streaming services is only the first step in the journey to personalizing the consumer experience, recognizing Internet threats as entertainment opportunities, and uncovering new revenue streams.

Turning Piratez into Consumers, Part III

Part III of this series will look into the positive aspects of the entertainment industry and how various industries have adjusted themselves to capitalize on the changes in consumer behavior and international opportunities.

Synopsis

VIII. Turning Piratez into Consumers, I

VIII. Turning Piratez into Consumers, II

Content Protection is a risk-to-cost balance. At the moment, the cost of piracy is low and the risk is low. There are no silver bullets to solving piracy, but steps can be taken to reduce levels to something more acceptable. It is untrue that everyone who pirates would be unwilling to buy the product legally. It is equally evident that every pirated copy does not represent a lost sale. If the risk is too high and the cost is set correctly, then fewer people will steal content. This paper explores how piracy has evolved over the past decades, investigates issues surrounding copyright infringement in the entertainment industry, and outlines the steps necessary to convert Piratez into consumers in the digital age.

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I. Consumption is Personal

In the days of linear television, broadcasters had a difficult task in understanding their audience. Without a direct broadcasting and feedback mechanism like the Internet, gauging subscriber behavior was slow. Today, online video providers have the ability to conduct a one-to-one conversation with their audience. Viewing habits of consumers will continue to rapidly change in the next ten years. This will require changes in advertising expenditure and tactics.

II. Granularity of Choice

The evolution from traditional TV viewing to online video has been swift. This has significantly disrupted disc sales such as DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as cable and satellite TV subscriptions. With the newfound ability to consume content anytime, anywhere, and on any device, consumers are re-evaluating their spending habits. In this paper we will discuss these changes in buying behavior, and identify the turning point of these changes.

III. Benchmarking the H.265 Video Experience

Transcoding large video libraries is a time consuming and expensive process. Maintaining consistency in video quality helps to ensure that storage costs and bandwidth are used efficiently. It is also important for video administrators to understand the types of devices receiving the video so that subscribers can enjoy an optimal viewing experience. This paper discusses the differences in quality in popular video codecs, including the recently ratified H.265 specification.

IV. Search & Discovery Is a Journey, not a Destination

Television subscribers have come a long way from the days of channel hopping. The arduous days of struggling to find something entertaining to watch are now behind us. As consumers look to the future, the ability to search for related interests and discover new interests is now established as common practice. This paper discusses the challenges that search and discovery engines face in refining their services in order to serve a truly global audience.

V. Multiscreen Solutions for the Digital Generation

Broadcasting, as a whole, is becoming less about big powerful hardware and more about software and services. As these players move to online video services, subscribers will benefit from the breadth of content they will provide to subscribers. As the world’s video content moves online, solution providers will contribute to the success of Internet video deployments. Support for future technologies such as 4K video, advancements in behavioral analytics, and accompanying processing and networking demands will follow. Migration to a multiscreen world requires thought leadership and forward-thinking partnerships to help clients keep pace with the rapid march of technology. This paper explores the challenges that solution providers will face in assisting curators of content to address their subscriber’s needs and changing market demands.

VI. Building a Case for 4K, Ultra High Definition Video

Ultra High Definition technology (UHD), or 4K, is the latest focus in the ecosystem of video consumption. For most consumers this advanced technology is considered out of their reach, if at all necessary. In actual fact, 4K is right around the corner and will be on consumer wish lists by the end of this decade. From movies filmed in 4K, to archive titles scanned in UHD, there is a tremendous library of content waiting to be released. Furthermore, today’s infrastructure is evolving and converging to meet the demands of 4K, including Internet bandwidth speeds, processing power, connectivity standards, and screen resolutions. This paper explores the next generation in video consumption and how 4K will stimulate the entertainment industry.

VII. Are You Ready For Social TV?

Social TVbrings viewers to content via effective brand management and social networking. Users recommend content as they consume it, consumers actively follow what others are watching, and trends drive viewers to subject matters of related interests. The integration of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social networks has become a natural part of program creation and the engagement of the viewing community. Social networks create an environment where broadcasters have unlimited power to work with niche groups without geographic limits. The only limitations are those dictated by content owners and their associated content rights, as well as those entrenched in corporate culture who are preventing broadcasters from evolving into a New Media world.

About the Author

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal)Gabriel Dusil is the Chief Marketing & Corporate Strategy Officer at Visual Unity, with a mandate to advance the company’s portfolio into next generation solutions and expand the company’s global presence. Before joining Visual Unity, Gabriel was the VP of Sales & Marketing at Cognitive Security, and Director of Alliances at SecureWorks, responsible for partners in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Previously,

Gabriel worked at VeriSign & Motorola in a combination of senior marketing & sales roles. Gabriel obtained a degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University, in Canada and has advanced knowledge in Online Video Solutions, Cloud Computing, Security as a Service (SaaS), Identity & Access Management (IAM), and Managed Security Services (MSS).

About Visual Unity

Logo - Visual UnityVisual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

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[ii] “Entertainment vs. The Internet, Turning Threats into Opportunities”, by Gabriel Dusil, http://dusil.com/2014/01/27/entertainment-vs-the-internet-turning-threats-into-opportunities/

[iii] YouTube, www.youtube.com

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[vii] Napster, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napster

[viii] “Building the $100 Billion Music Business”, by Tom Silverman, Billboard, http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/1521562/building-the-100-billion-music-business-guest-post-by

[ix] Paperless office, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperless_office

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[xviii] Envisional – An Estimate of Infringing Use of the Internet (11.Jan), http://documents.envisional.com/docs/Envisional-Internet_Usage-Jan2011.pdf

[xix] DRM, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_rights_management

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[xxv] Bootleg Cam, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam_(bootleg)

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OTT & Multiscreen • Web Seminar • The Future of Over the Top Video Services

14.May.27 - Visual Unity Global (training, title)

• Web Seminar ’14 • #3 • The Future of Over the Top Video Services

• This presentation discusses how OTT continues to evolve.  This is presented in the context of how technology and consumer behavior is shaping OTT,  such as content discovery services, and social networking.  We conclude by presenting a vision of where OTT could potentially take digital video, into the future.

• Video Seminar

• 12 minutes 24 seconds

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OTT & Multiscreen • Web Seminar • Origins of Over the Top Video Services

14.May.27 - Visual Unity Global (training, title)

• Web Seminar ’14 • #2 • Origins of Over the Top Video Services

• This is the second presentation from our 2014 seminar series.

• To better understand where we are going, it helps to know where we came from.  This presentation investigates when OTT video services began to emerge, and the market landscape that made it happen.  We also look at how different regions around the world will be implementing OTT, based on their infrastructure capabilities, and where they reside in the OTT adoption curve.

• Video Seminar

• 22 minutes 10 seconds

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OTT & Multiscreen • Web Seminar • Setting the Stage for Over the Top Video Services

14.May.27 - Visual Unity Global (training, title)

• Web Seminar ’14 • #1 • Setting the Stage for Over the Top Video Services

• This is the first presentation from a series of seminars we recorded throughout 2014.

• This presentation sets the ground work for the terminology surrounding OTT & Multiscreen services, and sets the stage for future presentations that will explore the digital video landscape and corporate portfolio of Visual Unity Global.

• Video Seminar

• 12 minutes 29 seconds

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Visual Unity • Discovering the New Digital Video Ecosystem at NAB’14

14.Apr.5 - NAB '14, Las Vegas (Video, pro presenter, v4.7).mp4_snapshot_04.48_[2014.04.22_11.18.11]

• Differentiate & Engage with vuMedia™ OTT

• This is our second video created by Visual Unity Global, for NAB’14.  Our marketing strategy was to communicate the strong end-to-end capabilities of our vuMedia™ OTT platform.  The video was produced in collaboration with Striker Pictures – an amazing young start-up, based out of the Czech Republic.  In just four short weeks we developed the messaging strategy, storyboard, narrative, and final animation. Striker Pictures delivered an amazing and beautiful product within a very aggressive timescale! Thanks again, guys :)

Also, great job to our marketing team in putting this together, and for our stellar exhibition presence.  We even managed to exceeded our marketing goals by 96%!

We hope you enjoy it.

You can also found our first video posted here:

• Narration

  • Intro • As an Over-the-top solution provider, Visual Unity offers a complete, end-to-end OTT platform which manages your multimedia assets in a three tier modular architecture – from creation through to displaying video in the best quality possible – at each and every subscriber.
  • 1 • Create • No matter where your content comes from, Visual Unity is able to help reach new audiences, and enable new revenue streams. With over 15 years in Digital Video and over two decades of experience in Broadcast Services.
  • 2 • Contribute • Different content needs to be processed differently to ensure it is managed effectively. Be it live broadcasts or video on demand, Visual Unity understands the important roles that metadata and transcoding play in video management.
  • 3 • Manage • Once content is within the vuMedia platform, video can be packaged in as many ways necessary, to suit your strategy. Not only can you select where content will be available around the globe, but you can also package your assets to meet the varying needs of your international subscribers. Our dashboard enables you to see how successful your library is being monetizing. At a glance you can see what works and what doesn’t.
  • 4 • Deliver • Our proprietary content delivery network, provides the security, quality, and reliability to service subscribers across the globe. Visual Unity also partners with third party CDN providers when requested by our clients.
  • 5 • Consume: In order to engage subscriber’s in today’s digital society, a compelling user interface and user experience is vital to deploying a successful OTT service. Device detection along with fully customizable players and social integration give subscribers the ability to enjoy content to its fullest.
  • End • Visual Unity offers a true one-stop-shop for OTT and Multiscreen solutions. Our end-to-end workflow – from creation to consumption – is your critical success path to your OTT and multiscreen vision.

• Delivering the Future of Entertainment to Subscribers

I also wanted to take this opportunity to showcase some of the excellent desk top publishing skills out of our marketing department.  Below you will find our invitation and follow-up emails from NAB’14, this year.

NAB '14, Las Vegas (Invitation, v1.7)

NAB ’14, Las Vegas (Invitation, v1.7)

NAB '14, Las Vegas (thank you email, v1.7)

NAB ’14, Las Vegas (thank you email, v1.7)

About Visual Unity Global

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Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMedia™ platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMedia™ is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

For further information, please visit: www.visualunity.com, or contact us at: info@visualunity.com

Introducing Striker Pictures

Striker PicturesLogo - striker Pictures is a VFX and image production studio. Our mission is to create original imagery that is capable of entirely captivating its audience. From storyboard to the final polished frame, we offer an innovative and creative environment for our clients, accommodating a variety of production and execution methods. With a team comprising of 3D artists, producers and directors, we aim to create remarkable visuals for the entertainment, advertising, and enterprise industries.

Gabriel Dusil • Q&A on Startups with the University of Economics, in Prague

 

Graphic - Interviews with Gabriel Dusil (dusil.com)

• Video

• 32 minutes 14 seconds

• Q&A with the University of Economics

• This interview by arranged by Cole Castellarin and recorded at the Visual Unity Global office in Prague, on the 6th of May 2014.

• As part of the course, Managing Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Turbulent Times, students were asked to conduct an interview with a local start-up company. The objective of the assignment was to gain an in-depth understanding of how these companies operate and grow within the business environment. Students were encouraged to seek out the obstacles and challenges that start-ups face, relative to their large multinational competitors.  Also to determine which sort of advantages that can leveraged, to compete with established firms into the future. Conducting an in-person interview with the management team of a start-up allowed the students to obtain first hand, practical knowledge on the topic of start-up companies – specifically within the hi-tech industry.

• Vysoká škola ekonomická, Prague (VŠE)

Logo - University of Economics, VŠE, Prague

• The University of Economics, Prague (VŠE) is currently the largest public university of economics in the Czech Republic. VŠE offers its students the ability to learn in many different fields, having six different faculties including: Finance and Accounting, International Relations, Business Administration, Informatics and Statistics, and Economics. VŠE offers not only a Bachelor’s programs, but also Master’s and Doctoral programs. Through the schools accreditation with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), VŠE has been able to establish a strong international presence, partnering with over 200 other schools across the globe, and sending over 700 students on exchange programs on an annual basis.

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Entertainment • 30 Movies that Need a Sequel!

Attention, Fans of Cinema!

A lot has been written about Hollywood running out of original ideas.  In fact, it may be argued that this has already been partially addressed with the Hollywood “black list”, which started back in 2004 –  It’s a publication of the top 100 screenplays yet to be produced.

This blog post rather focuses on what Hollywood loves to do best – producing remakes and sequels. And I’m fine with that.  Maybe the following list of 30 movies (not counting follow-on sequels to round out trilogies, and such) will help guide the big-wigs in right direction. Mind you, I’m not privy to the politics, copyright tie-ups, or industry in-fighting related to the background of releasing these movies. So, apologies to those in-the-know if my list is a no-brainer, or already in pre-production (some in fact, already are planned to be released shortly).  If that is the case, then consider this post as affirmation that producers are on the right track.

…I take that back… no apologies from my side!  I’m just another humble movie lover, just like you (if you a reading my post).  I love being immersed in a great story, on a THX certified 15 meter screen with 22.2 surround sound, chowing down on popcorn that has been marked-up by 3,000%!

So here we go…  This is my collection of great movies that seriously need to be remade, or at least get green-lit for a sequel immediately – for no other reason than they were awesome, and are due for some serious modern-day production infusion. Have I missed anything? Chime in with your comments below.

Heroes

City Hunter (1993)

This movie was my introduction to Jackie Chan. Back in 1993, when I first moved to Prague, I went to the movies with my friend Rob Fridrich, deep in the suburbs of Prague, in an aging shopping mall. We were planing to see something totally different, and found ourselves sitting and watching City Hunter. We decided to give it 10 minutes – If we didn’t like it we would leave.  It was initially difficult to overcome the quirky English dubbing, but after that it was a wild ride through to the end, and the experience created two more life-long Jackie Chan fans. I just can’t figure out why he didn’t make a whole bunch of these.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451279/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Wonder Woman (TBD)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0217869/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Unbreakable (2000)

What’s taking so long!? Was Megan Fox asking for too much money? Just pay her what she wants, and make the film, so that my expectation-anxiety can be put to rest.  Anyway, it seems that something is already in the works. I wait with baited anticipation. Both Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis are at their best as villain and hero.  With Night (we’re on a middle name basis) not able to pull off the same level of brilliance in his recent pictures, maybe a sequel is in order, no?

 

Thriller

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289043/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

28 Days Later (2002 & 2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259521/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Please do “28 months Later”.  This then leaves room for “28 Years later”, to round out a beautifully constructed quadrilogy. This movie was simply brilliant! It redefined the horror genre for many people.  I can only hope that they will do a series of prequels and/or sequels.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1228987/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Let Me In (2010)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029234/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Martyrs (2008)

In fact, I loved the Swedish original “Let the Right One In” better than this one. Regardless, I think there is a lot of scope to turn this into a franchise. Granted, this is a very hard movie to watch.  But for the torture-porn genre, it’s a giant amongst men. The story-line is Hostel-esque, and deserves the same trilogy treatment.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1187064/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Triangle (2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0905372/?ref_=nv_sr_2

The Thing (1982 & 2011)

This is such a completely mind-blowing film. I’m surprised it hasn’t resulted in a franchise already. Prequel, sequel, remake! I don’t care!  Just make another one, two, or three more of these, please.

Drama & Suspense

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091635/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_33

9½ Weeks (1986)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Battle Royale (2000 & 2003)

Who, in my x-Generation, didn’t fall in love with Kim Basinger, and want to be cool like Mickey Rourke when this movie first came out? I think that a remake would be a real treat for the Millennial generation. Who’s with me? I had such an adrenaline rush when I saw this the first time ’round.  I think it would be an awesome Hollywood remake for today’s American audience.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119174/?ref_=nv_sr_1

The Game (1997)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080120/?ref_=fn_al_tt_5

The Warriors (1979)

This is another example of great story telling, with David Fincher at the helm.  I can’t figure out why they didn’t franchise this one, as well. I saw this in my teens, and it was riveting at the time.  I think it should be redone as a Mixed Martial Arts movie.  MMA fans chime in and let’s start a petition!

Historical

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075572/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4

Roots (1977)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172495/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Gladiator (2000)

Now that 12 Years a Slave won the best picture Oscar in 2014, maybe the world is ready for a reboot of this Alex Haley epic novel?  Looks like it may already be in the works How many times does Ridley Scott have to be asked in an interview if he will make a prequel/sequel to Gladiator, before he finally gives in? I think it’s Russell Crowe‘s Magnum Opus.

Fantasy

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416449/?ref_=nv_sr_2

300 (2006)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101272/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4

Addams Family (1991 & 1993)

The sequel is already in the theaters as I write this blog post. I’m just hoping for a trilogy. Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes stole the show, in my opinion! OK, I know that the brilliant Raul Julie died in 1994 (RIP), preventing this franchise from continuing. But there must be another way!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0448157/?ref_=nv_sr_1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1498780/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Hancock (2008 & TBD)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489099/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Jumper (2008)

We should have already seen this as a trilogy… like… a long time ago! Am I right?  What’s up with that? Will Smith was awesome.  This is another obvious trilogy in my view. IMDB is indicating that something is in the works… sigh! What happened to this story? I thought it was an obvious candidate for a sequel.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120737/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Lord of the Rings (2001, ’02, ’03)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117038/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Michael (1996)

I’m not talking about the Hobbit trilogy. Once they make a billion US$ from that, then please keep going and bring Silmarillion to the big screen. I understand that it will probably need some serious rewriting, but I’m confident that the artistic collective of Hollywood, and the Shire, can pull it off. John Travolta did a great job as a convincing angel.  There seems to be a lot of scope for many more angel movies.  How about “Gabriel”. Maybe I just have an affinity to angel movies :) Wink Wink Nudge Nudge.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663662/?ref_=nv_sr_1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2557478/?ref_=nv_sr_2

Pacific Rim (2013 & TBD)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0822847/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Priest (2011)

My boys and I loved this movie. Guillermo del Toro did an wicked job of bringing great characters together in this Godzilla + Transformers theme. Paul Bettany was fantastic in this flick. Please make it into a trilogy! Vampires in a dystopian future! What’s better than that?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113497/?ref_=nv_sr_1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2283362/?ref_=nv_sr_3

Jumanji (1995 & TBD)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253556/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Reign of Fire (2002)

Seems that something may be in the works. They buried the game at the end of the movie, for f’s sake! A sequel is a no-brainer. Bring back all the original cast, …even if they’re just cameos… pretty please! One of Christian Bale‘s pre-A-list movies.  I loved the dystopian + dragon story line.  This is one of the few live action dragon movies that I like.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0458481/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Sin City (2004 & 2014)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122718/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Small Soldiers (1998)

I know we are in for another one this year.  I just hope that Robert Rodriguez keeps making more of them. Wouldn’t today’s CGI be awesome for this story? I think it’s due for a long overdue reboot. Lots of scope here. Message to Hollywood: “It’s Toy Story on steroids!”

 

SiFi

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114746/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

12 Monkeys (1995 & 2014)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1731141/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Ender’s Game (2013)

This is early Brad Pitt as a crazy dude. Unforgettable!  Definitely scope for as sequel. What are you guys in Hollywood waiting for?  Can I help in any way?  Just give me a call… Something is in the works,… maybe? OK, I don’t know what Hollywood will do with this one, but there are six books in the series, right? Besides the fact that the poor kid has ‘ass’ and ‘butt’ in his name,… never mind… Asa Butterfield was brilliant! …I digress…
This movie is simply epic.  Best performances ever from Ethan Hawke and Jude Law.  I would love to see this as a mini-series.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Gattaca (1997)

 

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Gabriel Dusil is currently the Chief Marketing & Corporate Strategy Officer at Visual Unity, with a mandate to help expand the company's global presence. Before joining Visual Unity, Gabriel was the VP of Sales & Marketing at Cognitive Security, and Director of Alliances at SecureWorks, responsible for partners in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Previously, Gabriel worked at VeriSign & Motorola in a combination of senior marketing & sales roles. Gabriel obtained a degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University, in Canada and has advanced knowledge in Cloud Computing, SaaS (Security as a Service), Identity & Access Management (IAM), and Managed Security Services (MSS).

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