So there are so many different video streaming companies out there.
Roku and Google are fighting but there is more to it than just money though that is a prime factor for all. It is also about streaming technology and new technology that allows streaming companies to send the same video with less bandwidth. But this change would mean Roku has to make new streaming sticks and devices with the processors to support this technology. Roku wants the streaming companies to pay more. In case you didn’t know it, every streaming company pays Roku to be featured on the Roku streaming devices. Roku makes money every time a new streaming service comes out as they charge fees for that to land on their device as they are the device of choice for most folks. But the chip change would mean that current streaming sticks may not be able to play the next technology and would force Roku to abandon older devices a bit more quickly than planned. But Roku likes to play hardball with all of the folks who put “channels” on Roku streaming devices.
By the way the largest streaming services are Netflix with 204 Million, Prime Video (which is part of Amazon Prime membership but can be purchased separately so this number may be skewed a bit) has 150 Million subscribers, Spotify, while not a video streaming services has 144 million subscribers and Disney+ has nearly 100 million. (these numbers are based on Visual Capitalist.com which is my favorite statistical graphing site. They find cool stats and make pretty graphs of them. By the way, Apple TV+ has just over 10 million subscribers.
So years ago I gave up cable for streaming services. I was paying nearly $200 a month to not watch but four channels. I have had Netflix for years swapping from their DVD mailing service to their streaming service when it became a viable option. I tried out Hulu and it was okay for a while. Then I tried out some of the others. Then YouTubeTV offered me their service for $35 a month. Over time it has doubled in channels but it has also doubled in price. When it added the Viacom channels, is when it really doubled in costs. But after comparing YouTubeTV with Sling and Hulu, I really like the search capability and the recording capability of YouTube. For nearly $70 a month I can search for shows coming in the future and set them to record. I can also look for shows that have already aired and often find them available for immediate watching or coming soon and it will offer to record it for me. It keeps recordings for up to 8 months which is good because I record so much and forget to watch it. When there is nothing on, I will watch something I have recorded months earlier. At some point I am going to watch all three Godfather movies back to back. The fact that I couldn’t pause some shows on Sling and Hulu really made me crazy and because originally they had no recording features, I turned away from them. Oh and not being able to fast forward past commercials made me crazy. Now if you are watching a VOD show (usually something that aired previously and you missed it but you can still watch), you usually can’t fast forward past commercials. I do not like YouTubeTV’s really short trial period. It is hard to figure out you like something only by watching it for seven days. But YouTubeTV really gelled with my family. However, we are back to watching four channels and paying for 70+.
Now a point I want to make here. A long time ago consumers pushed back against cable companies that charged so much for and we watched so little. Consumers began asking for Cable companies to go Ala carte, meaning, pick and pay for just the channels you actually watch. But the companies that create these networks bundle the channels and prevent cable companies and now streaming providers from splitting them out to just what you want to watch. So we are stuck and while I once paid nearly $200 a month for cable and 100 meg of Internet, before that I paid $120 a month to a satellite provider and $45 for Internet.
Now I pay for YouTubeTV, Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, AppleTV+ and Amazon Prime. While I purchased some of these as really great “deals” I am paying more than I did previously. And in some of these cases I bought them to watch one or two shows and now I am left wondering, got anything else?
Let’s look at the numbers:
YouTubeTV $69.00 per month
Amazon Prime $120 per year (essentially $10.00 per month)
Netflix $17 (four streams) per month
Disney+ (three years at $3.99 a month, a D23 Fan club deal before they went live)
HBO Max ($69.99 for six month deal so $12 a month after tax) to watch Wonder Woman 1984 runs out in July
AppleTV+ (so far free because I bought an Apple device) but it will run out in June.
Peacock (the free version so far)
Cost per month: $112.00 oh, and I pay $82.00 for 1 Gig Fiber Internet.
So far I won’t miss HBO Max, AppleTV+, or Peacock if they go away. Disney+ thanks to Marvel shows has gotten a lot of my viewing time and well, The Madelorian. That show rocked. Netflix has basically shown me everything I wanted to watch and sometimes they sneak in a cool show, so I will keep it but I could scale it down if my older kids got their own Netflix. Just saying.
That leaves Amazon Prime. I probably buy an item a week at least from Amazon so the free shipping probably saves me as much as I spend if not more. That leaves YouTubeTV. If someone else could create an interface like their setup and allow more freedom when recording, I could change services but so far YouTubeTV has been my favorite.
As far as Roku and YouTubeTV, well In the end, Roku will win a minor victory so that it doesn’t look bad and saves face. But in the end it may mean price hikes for some of us.
Apple and the Epic Battle
So you may or may not know this but every time you buy an app or a subscription or a service in the Apple App Store, Apple gets a 30% cut. So Epic Games, makers of Fortnite and many other games you may know and maybe even love, is suing Apple. Why? Well, Epic didn’t want to pay the Apple costs and so it started selling credits on its website so that you didn’t have to buy them from Apple. Then you would login and see your credits in the App on iPhone iOS devices. Apple said this was in violation of their terms of service and threatened Epic with removal. Epic said so and Apple pulled Fortnite from the Apple App Store. Epic sued. And other developers are showing support for Epic. Many complained to Apple and Apple said, the store is part of our device and if you don’t want to be on the device, you don’t have to be in our store. Still others fussed because this 30% is rough on mom and pop apps by small development shops. So Apple said if you haven’t’ made at least a million on your app, we will only charge you 10%. Epic is claiming Apple is using its monopoly to strong arm developers. Google does the same thing but in the case of Android, while dangerous, you can side load (meaning you can use an alternate way to install apps that isn’t the Google Play store) but this is dangerous as there isn’t any quality control or virus protection that way. Not saying Google Play store is a safe place to download anything but they try. This case will probably go to the Supreme Court and it could set a dangerous or helpful precedent. It is too early for my vote on how this will go. Both parties have valid points. But I also think Apple is being really greedy. But Epic is also greedy and charges too much for their games perhaps. In the end, it is who is the less greedy, right? We’ll see. Also the EU and the US Congress will put their two cents in. The EU is already saying Apple is abusing their monopoly power but locking down the ecosystem of Apple’s app store. Google is getting similar attacks and yes, some of this is self inflicted on both companies. So expect change here. But if history and governments have told us anything, it is hard to regulate what you don’t understand and in the end the consumer usually pays for bad laws.
This just in, Bill and Melinda Gates are getting a divorce. For profound reasons I am saddened by this. To me, no geek should be without a significant other. While Melinda is a techie as well, she isn’t the same level techie Bill Gates is and that is good, she is brilliant in many other areas and a geek needs someone to round them out. Our lives of all microchips and cool tech mean we look at the world a little dystopian so we need someone who isn’t thinking in ones and zeros 24/7. We don’t know the details but I am concerned about their foundation which while controversial in some ways has done a lot of good in others.
Next week’s episode will be about our Robot masters. Actually it will be about how tech, AI, machine learning, and robots are coming for our jobs and so we need to start thinking of retooling ourselves to be ready. There will be new jobs we have to do for skynet and we will have to be ready. Also from our not necessarily tech but related to jobs of the future, we will talk about Universal Basic Wage.
Boredom can improve our mental health. How? But allowing us to turn off all distractions and pull away from our phones and social media
It can increase creativity. How? When we are able to reflect internally and really think about ourselves, it can spark creativity. It allows us to think of things in different ways than what we may have previously.
Boredom causes us to seek novelty as we look for new things to occupy our time.
It motivates us to pursue new goals. Psychology Today stats a 2014 study found that boredom often means we are not doing what we really want to do.
Boredom helps us with our self control skills. Basically if we learn how to deal with boredom we will be better able to handle self control and self regulate ourselves.
I will link in the show notes so you can read more.
The point is, while we were trapped in our houses many of us became bored and we dealt with it in different ways, binge watching Netflix or Disney+ (which saw 100 million subscribers during the pandemic). Or maybe you decided to piddle around the garage, the living room, the office. Maybe you considered starting a podcast or a youtube channel.
Here is an AI generated transcript for the podcast. Either I need to speak more clearly or I really talk wrong.
Hey this is Roy Richardson, this is the one on technology, podcast live, and today’s topic is about the age of content creation. I think I take my headphones off. Think I think by now
I can. I can. I have a feeds us out what’s going on even in transit, so do you have a podcast,
the habit, a you tube channel, or maybe your huge overall tick, tock
or instagram or twitter?
Heaven forbid. He might even be big on facebook, because facebook discovered video recently and so dern pandemic. Something happen. We we all went, stir crazy and a lot of us. I mean really. A lot of us started blogs a week started, create a podcast or you do
channel or we started blogging every day, and so here we are we’ve gotten through majority the pandemic. Hopefully, hopefully we got to the pandemic and we are all vaccinated up or we’re social. This thing enough to stay away from catching the virus or we headed and we built an immunity to it. And so here we are
are the golden age of content, creation
of technology podcast. We’re has ruben patterson each week. They cover topics, news,
sit back, relax open your mouth,
you turn a pandemic, we were bored for a while. In fact, our psychology today has an article talks about the five benefits of boredom. First of all, boredom can improve your mental health. How, by allowing assaulted her off all distractions,
the turn off our phones to get away for social media and just have time and then second of all, it can increase creativity. How well were able to inflict real reflect on ourselves internally,
then we really think vr sales. I could spark creativity, we get. We like our minds you to wander if, if we’re not constantly bombarding it with information than our minds get to wander, and we have new ideas that we might not normally have and so good stuff, and then it also causes us boredom.
Third thing is epic: boredom causes us to seek the novelty to seek his ass. We look for new things, act, power, tab. You know it’s not really. I mean near when I’m bored I’m trying to find the next thing that next thing this can you retain me and you? It also motivates
us pursue new goals, because when we’re bored, then you’re gonna, two thousand fourteen study psychology. Today, if they was mentioned that they found the boredom often means that we’re not do what we really want to do, and so here I can are very fit there. With the pandemic, lots of people had opportunities to can reevaluate themselves
s a figure out what really made sense for them and last boredom also helps with our self control skills. And basically, if we learn how to deal with boredom, then we fear f, troll how self regulate.
This is a one of technology podcast and I am warehouse ravages than at each week as much an intro
yeah. We talk about tech topics in the news and how they affect you. So I assume links and show notes. I cannot take forceful about the theo
about boredom the fat fat. Things forbid if it’s boredom case your interest than that, and so the point is, is we been trapped in our houses in minneapolis became bored and we we dealt with it in different ways. We began binge watching netflix or dizzy, plus dizzy plus grew over a hundred
turn a pandemic. It’s it’s like sneaking up on netflix, which has about two hundred million subscribers and a week we’ve been washed everything netflix has a or maybe even pedaling, around your garage or your apartment or your living room or your office and maybe started doing crave. Endeavors you been new arts, air
and that kind of stuff and save even find different things, and I to quit. Do that same thing? It’s what caused me to revamp a podcast. There had been offline for over a year,
a few less world of yo, the first two seasons of the podcast who are were back season three. This is episode seven and I’m really excited I’m like this is great. I want to do the podcast again, I my my juices craved were flowing and I’m back in the mix and apart
gaskin and I wanna say thank you. Thank you so much to all the people there have been describing him up. I guess I may I would have thought you would go dormant and people are subscribing. So, thank you so much read this. The audio of this podcast is available on apple park. Yes, of course, google podcast
did sure spotify and amazon
during the pandemic. I went and started back toward working on my podcast, but I also got excited to get my youtube channel backup rang again and after last month I have been participating in elite, a challenge and, and leader word is laugh every day april and they have
have a challenge oftentimes in august as well live every day in august, and so I’ve been doing yeah, I decided two weeks ago or so three weeks now I would just do my podcast life and then I would do the audio take that audio and supplier cut it down
then released that neil daria from this to their momma. Let you go crazy. Why
I’m an analyst this has been our fun and listening out dirt appear to tell him. Also I’ve been doing a lot of research and reading different sources. I’ve been watching lots of. Ah here are shown candle videos on you, they’re their own advil watch a live stream pros.
I’ve been watching a impartial geek. Also think media impartial geek last year in pros will watch all those course. I was kind of something happened between laughter pros and dave. They have foster and so he’s gone off on his own and very much follow david he’s due it’s really cool stuff out. I’ve loria I gollum they’re great,
so I have no bone to pick any of those um
but he’ll different things and people are looking for. How can I turn my podcast or I can turn my life streams in two? No source of income and saving people think wow. I can magically become a youtube star. Indian people just go
watch my video and I know from personal experience that you’re. Currently it is my third live video for this channel and I’ve done views and pass fact. I have one crazy video that has fifteen thousand plus views, and then I have another video that has five thousand views, but then I must most movies are few
somewhere between eleven, the house and a hundred plus, and so it’s yeah. It’s a challenge here, trying to ah yeah. I want to deftly make contact before a watch and a lot of things on my youtube channel are tutorials, and so I’m gonna be publishing a lot more. Those and us be
are recorded content and that my laugh streaming, but this is my life’s dream, and
so, when you go through like the leader challenge, for example, we each day has a different challenge and you have to go through and find talk about. The things that make you you
yeah loria says you, uniquely you you’re trying to make a video that is lynn. Uniquely you, this news show personality, share your facial expressions. I like the taco, my hands hello there. How you doing is a vague idea of us not making you crazy.
I talk with my hands. I do and then year the face, expressions, inflections away, say things way too excited or not, and I am excited because this whole process has been so amazing, so we’re new introduction, video, hey my name, is view bro richardson
yeah and I was stiff as a board when I did that first, video for delete a challenge, and now I have opened up a lot more, an know and I’ve gotten worse know. The leader chao has led me to finally break down and hit the record button because I had been fearful. I have been trying
perfect everything. If you look at my set up, I have literally you would think my hobby was collecting things to be alive streamer, as opposed to actually being a live streamer, because I’ve got lights, bring lights, soft boxes, I’ve got to give different know. I
I’m investing in a new computer immediately. My mac book pro is seven years old. Okay, I have been using it right now. I’m doing have used it. I pushed it literally when I get ready to do this. I have to shut the hell every program this now since
in order to free up memory and free up cpu and get this done so I’m excited because I’m getting ready, get a mac mini and in later upset I’ll talk about watch as a mac mini over may be waiting for the new imax, which will be available for sale this week on the thirtieth of those people that are at I do.
I love the colors. I will get a purple one.
I just thought the purples was awesome looking and I would have done that, but it didn’t make sense because I’ve invested so much in different pieces, and so
I can’t make the jump to that yet,
but a mac mini will get me where I need to be, and allow me to do video, editing and streaming and use my fair software, which is e cam laugh, which is what I used from allow streaming or mac. If I were our pc, I probably v mix, I try to bs. No bs crashed a lot, it’s a guy
good program and if you are with their budget, oh bs is definite waco and so there’s so many people out there now on youtube, who are releasing videos to tell you how to be a you tuber had each of first, our subscribers um you how to do thumbnails, which is something I’ve got work on a very weak
with illness may say bath. There get some hints for me, I’m open form and you there are joke this. It’s literally the age of consecration. You can’t just take your phone and record vs here. I’ve been doing some streams on
facebook use. My phone calls me on the phone. Facebook were it out because I like to do landscape mode. It’s really important me landscape mode. For some reason, I don’t know why I get so crazy about that little new box in thing that you give you to your phone and proof in in portrait mode, and so
yes, that’s that’s where I’m at and yeah I’m near slowly been collecting pieces of gear to try to have a great string me set up a missing a high end. Camera and a camera have to wait because I have to get consistent in putting our county
went to justify figure a way to spend that kind of money, and so now here is that you have done this and- and I really want to do my best at this and so- and the rain different books um of, for example, I read the hook point brendan king
hi talks about how to cover the hook point, how you bring people in to usher caught it. He had a book how to have had to get a million subscribers or of like that out there somewhere. I basically I’m gonna go out craig video hype, it up big time and get a man subscribers
think, that’s cool, but I don’t know that. I want amazed subscribers
I’d rather have a thousand people that really dig my content in in grow organically
and and that’s what I would prefer to do and then also um also read: let go back powerfully and pat flynn a low power plant. He just did three hundred sixty five days of live streaming every day. He would come on and they’ll laugh string for about an hour and a half any alarm. Hats, some really
excellent content. Any I q and a sessions any worked at the whole thing in it, put a lot of work into trying to accomplish that year in a big fan of of path flynn and just really enjoyed that journey with him and a catching catching a lab. When I up to eighty, sometimes I’d go back a watch. If the topic
is that thumbnail, that thumbnail and that title or what pull me in as of now watch this episode, I’m while occupying watch every pamphlet, video, it is always the thumbnail and the title that bring people in to get them to watch the videos and so really awesome that
it’s a good book by the way, I’m also I am of the books I read of of read. Now you tube should secrets by sean o’connell anna bends. You travis,
oh, that hurt my feelings little bit because it say: oh well, you shall record videos for people within ten years of your age, I’m like well, I don’t think so. I think I can appeal to a bigger bigger audience, and so that may be challenged and maybe the challenge, because my topics are usually
relevant and things are happening in the news and um I work in I t abernathy a long time. I were very hard to be tech savvy and keep up with less risk technologies, and so this one ensure that another book that I’m reading right now is the you two formula by darryl eaves
that book. If you are youtube, content creator is amazing. First of all, you may not know this, but then I met this in the last episode.
You tube is the world’s second largest search engine, so people do searches on youtube, all town, trying to find specific videos
and there’s, like millions of searches every day on you tube trying to find videos about split, a specific topic, or you know the celebrity or whatever your whatever you’re into and so to me, that’s wow army, and so the thing about the youtube algorithm in this book goes in there
detail about. Is that when you upload a video it das sexy video I’ll give you example. If my video has a stop sign in it,
you youtube. Isn’t I used to think that youtube just went to description in the thumbnail and and set up the algorithms like that, but no, it goes so far beyond where, if you have us a stop sign
in your video and semi deserts search for stop sign
if your video is had if iraqis your video may come up, even though you may not mention the word, stop sign anywhere in your video, but because youtube is literally going through and analyzing your video frame by frame and finding out. What’s really in your current it, I mean really
going through your videos frame by frame and fannie. I was in your content, and so this book is born. Oh man, you you’ve, gotta, read it. It goes into great detail, am now a sexual. It tells me how to to relief format. My channel had a bill, my channel, how to do keyword, searches and so
yeah. I’ve gotta start thinking about that process and if I really want to be scientific about it in I’m a science guy, I realize be scientific about my processes and help us all together, and so I’m going to analyze the video and go through and then the other part. The book says is that we should go and found basically
ten other you tubers, who do content, that’s similar to yours and take a look: how do the thumbnails, how the air videos and what all they do, that makes people watched his videos and you- and you know all like the old videos. You are like the vs on the last thirty to forty five days and why’s that, because our take
dst change em, who just gone through a pandemic, so you may be in the things that you aren’t into before the pandemic. Like, for example, you may have a new thing: black cheesecake I’ve got eight fourteen flares a cheesecake. This is really important me with a year ago may on every tweet.
I know that sounds crazy to this off the cuff said negative or nose was dry really are they were tight? So the point is is that this is a perfect time to be a content creator. If you are in the podcast space,
spotify boat, anchored out fm,
then so you can go and progress for free or anchor there are some limitations. Are some fixes catches. I recommend reading the fine print. Oh, it’s kind of a grey area where you actually own your podcast. If your personal ankara, film, theoretically, you do but the concern there is death,
you might not end near you’ve. Got people are joe rogan, where spotify paid them paid him crazy amounts of money for him to be exclusive to spotify, because they’re pushing hard in the park airspace and last week or week before when apple made their announcements on the twentieth yeah.
That was dead glass. We are with me today. You will apple made their announcements. They announced that people will described the podcast. So, as a pod, castor, you can set up a scripps, a subscription model on app on apple to samsung and apple, where people very forceful you had to pay twenty bucks,
and then people can pay to subscribe to your podcast
or they can be members, and you have exclusive content that only they get to hear. That’s not gonna be available anywhere else, and
you know it makes ways for you to have an income stream may well, maybe maybe not nearby, but some people who for side hustles were gonna do outside of my day job that earns me some extra money while, for example,
I’ve set up a buy me a coffee page because I won’t erase mind, buy a nice mirror less camera. To add to my you tube set up so that I can actually do better quality right now, I’m relying on some large tech, nine. Twenty cameras are seen on twenty cameras. They work well
good, but you can’t do for k. You can’t do sixty frames per second,
nothing. I wanna do sixty frames per second of all cape out yeah, I’m not I’m not running. This is the owner and jogging hey. Come watch me java inferno, my my aren’t her front of my camera. This is not the content that needs a new, truly high, end video, but it I want to have
mac. Peter was insane. I have quality video for you.
There are watching. I also am a perfectionist and I wanna have the best quality possible for you.
I don’t need the highest end of cameras. I just need something better than a web cam, but, like sean carroll says you gotta, you gotta hit that button. You can hit that button, a hit, recording and go record, and so that’s really important me now. If you’re enjoying this video, I would really appreciate if you are
scratch, my channel,
I’m going to come out lot more tutorials, that’s really what I’m wearing really get arrogant or ring the bell. He won’t be notified when I come out with a new video, so my plan is to do each week. This way in the in re, released audio content from this is my podcast
and so yeah good times, and ah
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