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  • 7 online streaming technologies which have improved our TV viewing experience

    Technologies in online streaming have come a long way over the past few years. With the birth of Netflix, Amazon Prime and other popular streaming sites we have watched as a wave of television viewing alternatives have vastly improved the way in which we enjoy the tube. From sports streaming apps to virtual reality streaming apps and everything in between, when it comes to TV viewing today there is no shortage of exciting and satisfying means by which we can fill our entertainment void. Here are seven streaming technology that have virtually redefined how we enjoy television today. Not only...

  • ShowMax finally comes to Apple TV, Chromecast

    After more than six months, and the entry of the world's leading incumbent into the South African market, ShowMax is finally available to Apple TV and Chromecast users. The Naspers-owned video streaming service announced the long-awaited updates through a couple of press releases. While some may question why the features weren't baked into the service from day one, the team at ShowMax will be hoping that, together with a crackdown on VPNs such as UnoTelly, they help convince people to move across from Netflix. Apple TV users can access ShowMax by searching for it in the Apple TV App...

  • Ros Atkins: how digital has changed the BBC’s approach to news

    The best news presenters are their authentic selves, no matter which platform they're working on. That was the message from BBC presenter Ros Atkins, who on Thursday addressed the IAB Digital Summit in Johannesburg about the impact digital is having on TV programming, news gathering and reporting. Here goes. About to speak at #DigitalSummit2016 in Joburg. Full house... pic.twitter.com/k9AGR6vySg— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) March 3, 2016 Atkins began his talk with the truism that "we are all digital" now. He suggests that ignoring the influence of digital on news gathering and reporting is a recipe for failure. Acknowledging digital, he said, goes...

  • MailOnline to enter SA market, appoints ad partner

    The world's most visited English-language newspaper website, the Mail Online, is set to enter the South African market as it looks to leverage the large readership it already enjoys in the country. The popular, and frequently controversial, site sits just outside the country's top 50 sites above the likes of Supersport and the BBC. There is plenty, then, for some of South Africa's biggest online pubishers to be scared of. As the publisher looks to expand it's African focus, it's appointed AddSuite -- the Ole Media-owned digital advertising services company offering ad-serving solutions, real-time-bidding, programmatic buying and...

  • You can help turn this Cape Town-made animated trailer into a graphic novel

    A little under a year ago, an animated teaser trailer surfaced on Vimeo. The video, for a project called Kariba, quickly racked up over 250 000 views and made it to the front page of Reddit. This online success led to features in Variety, Animation and the respected industry website Cartoon Brew. Now, with the goal of raising funding for a full-length feature film, the team behind Kariba, Blue Forest Collective, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a graphic novel expanding the story. Set in Zimbabwe, Kariba interweaves history and mythology through an imaginative retelling of the...

  • BBC Click to air 360 degree video episode

    This is pretty cool. BBC World News' flagshsip technology programme CLICK is set to launch its its first ever 360 degree programme on Saturday 12 March. The episode, which is set to feature never before broadcast views of CERN’s famous Large Hadron Collider, will also include a number of other 360 degree firsts. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, viewers will also be privy to the world's first 360 degree magic trick -- created in concert with Derren Brown’s trick designer Anthony Owen -- and the world's first 360° game review. They will also explore a remote Swiss glacier...

  • Don’t let anyone tell you that tech has killed PR

    Late last year, a man who once ran the largest public relations firm in the world released a controversial book entitled Trust Me, PR Is Dead. The sentiments in this book are nothing new, really. For the past few decades, the role and importance of traditional PR have continuously been called into question. There’s no denying that today’s practice of public relations looks quite different than it did 20 years ago. Staples such as physical press kits and fax machines have given way to tweets, emails, and other forms of digital and real-time communication — but in no way...

  • Should DStv just embrace Netflix?

    Make no mistake, DStv sees Netflix as a threat. Or, more specifically, its parent company Naspers does. It wouldn't have launched ShowMax, its own video-streaming service, if it didn't. But is there an argument to be made that the pay-TV operator should actually embrace Netflix? As it turns out, there might be. According to a new report from IHS Technology, a number of international operators have baked Netflix into their offerings. Many of these, including Virgin Media and BT TV, say that doing so has had a largely positive impact on their offerings. According to IHS, Netflix currently has...

  • Al Jazeera launches audio-streaming app aimed at low bandwidth markets

    The market for providing news to areas starved of bandwidth appears to be growing. Al Jazeera this week announced a new audio web app that will give users in low-bandwidth regions access to a live audio stream of the Al Jazeera TV broadcast on their devices. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the service will help Al Jazeera reach new audiences where low internet speeds limit access to video. The primary markets being targeted are Africa, the Middle East, and South-East Asia. It's not the first broadcasting house to take this approach. In 2015, the BBC World Service...

  • GoPro and Periscope integrate and extreme sports fans are now in heaven

    So you thought that things couldn’t get more intense than watching GoPro footage of a base jumper soaring through canyons before landing in the snow? Turns out you were wrong. Soon, you can watch it live as well, with all the added tension of a live unfolding drama. In a mouth-watering move, live-streaming app Periscope and action-camera maker GoPro have announced a partnership which means that GoPro users “can now broadcast their daring adventures live through Twitter’s Periscope app, opening the door to a whole new dimension of real-time video sharing”, according to the Guardian newspaper. This collaboration...

  • Netflix releases fourth quarter earnings, lays out ambitious plans for 2016

    Netflix has released its fourth quarter earnings for the year ending 2016. The company reported a massive revenue of US$1.82-billion and earnings per share of 10 cents. The results are not far off from what analysts had estimated for the company. Netflix beat the estimates where it matters most though: profit. While analysts were expecting the company to report a revenue of US$1.83-billion, it reported US$1.82-billion in revenue. When it came to its profits, Netflix did a lot better than the earnings per share of two cents estimated by analysts. The earnings sent the stock up more than eight percent in...

  • Daily Maverick joins growing list of sites culling their comments sections

    The Daily Maverick, a South Africa-based news and opinion site, has joined a growing list of publishers who've shut down or suspended their comments sections. In a piece published by the site's editorial team, it confirmed that its comments facility has been "until such time as we can either moderate away those who feel entitled to spew hate speech on our property, or come up with some other solution that fosters genuine engagement rather than reductive trolling". The teams says it was forced to make the decision because, "a small but significant percentage of our commentators troll our...

  • 4 things we learned about BuzzFeed from CEO Jonah Peretti’s memo to staff

    If you’ve spent any time on the Internet during the last few years, it would be almost impossible to avoid the content juggernaut by the name of BuzzFeed. Its influence over what we share and the way we share it has seeped into all aspects of online culture. And the numbers prove it: in a new memo to the company founder and CEO Jonah Perretti declares that “Today we are a global, cross-platform, tech-driven network generating FIVE BILLION monthly content views from our site, multiple BuzzFeed apps, and over 30 other platforms including Facebook video, YouTube, and Snapchat.” Those...

  • Reddit officially lifts the curtain on publication site Upvoted

    Reddit is officially as big as Brazil. In terms of population size at least the link-sharing platform now boasts a massive 202 million monthly users. That's a heck of a lot if you take into account a platform like Twitter has just over 300 million monthly users. And like Twitter -- which is struggling to turn a profit -- Reddit is endlessly experimenting with new ways to leverage its highly engaged community. The tech company's new online publication -- or Redditorial, as it's referred to -- is called Upvoted and features original content in the form of articles, podcasts and videos produced...

  • 5 ways Africa is leading the way in the digital transformation of BBC News

    Digital innovation, falling mobile data prices and the proliferation of connected devices across the world mean that we are witnessing the most radical transformation of the way people consume news since the introduction of television. Audiences are not prepared to wait for a scheduled bulletin at a particular hour, they want the latest information wherever and whenever they have a spare moment. User data tells us that digital audiences lose patience with news providers that cannot provide relevance and authenticity. Digital news consumers want media to tell stories in accessible ways, breaking them down into digestible, easy to understand...