Future of TV
For the last few months Amazon and Google have been at logger heads. Google pulled YouTube from the Echo show as Amazon refused to sell Google products on Amazon.com. In the interim it seems that Google have developed their own version of Echo Show, called the Smart Display platform. However Google isn’t making its own hardware to cater for this platform. They are leaving it up to partners to create their own displays, with Lenovo being the first to launch at CES this week.
Does Alexa now face significant competition? Google’s strong presence at CES this week shows the company is serious about competing with Amazon in the digital assistant arena. At Rerun, we wonder how Apple's HomePod will fair in this growing market.
"Suicide Forest" is a now infamous video posted by Logan Paul, in which the YouTube star recorded and made jokes about the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. This is again bringing into question YouTube's ability to remove content that blatantly violates its community standards. And how it fosters the environment for content like this to be published in the first place.
YouTube, which failed to do anything about Paul’s video, has now found itself wrapped in another controversy over how and when it should police offensive and disturbing content on its platform—and as importantly, the culture it foments that led to it. YouTube encourages stars like Paul to garner views by any means necessary, while largely deciding how and when to censor their videos behind closed doors.
Paul's lacklustre punishment came on January 10 when YouTube announced it had removed the star from Google Preferred, its top-tier advertising program that allows creators to have access to revenue from premium advertisers. But his channel will remain, with almost 16 million subscribers.
Twitch is a fascinating platform as every streamer is essentially running their own TV broadcast. They come complete all the production value you'd expect from a traditional TV broadcast, like dynamic graphic overlays, effects, switching between video feeds, picture-in-picture, and more.
This new beta product from Streamlabs, the favoured streaming platform for Twitch users, has made it easier than ever to get started and to manage your stream.