So rumor is circulating that Youtube (owned by Google) is looking to purchase video game video streaming service Twitch. For those who don't know, Twitch is a service that streams live video feeds of people playing popular video games. Why Twitch does this? I actually haven't found a good reason, but these streams are very popular, with 45 million viewers each month. What does it say about Google wanting this service? Well a lot about the entertainment industry actually.
Video games are popular. Very popular. They pull in more money each year than Hollywood. Major League Gaming, is an ACTUAL thing. People get paid (albeit very little, and I'm sure most of it comes in the form of sponsorships) to play video games competitively. The "sport"* is growing, very quickly, and Google wants in now before it gets any bigger.
Think of how big Youtube is. Kind of a silly question now. It's a given, an internet staple. It's hard to think of one without the other. Back when google purchased Youtube it was a bold move that many people thought was crazy. Why spend the money (and lots of it) on a service that draws in very little to no revenue? Well they were clearly looking at the bigger picture. The landscape of what the internet will be used for.
So Sony comes along and releases an updated version of its magnetic tape data cartridge, that holds....are you ready for this....keep in mind this is a physical piece of magnetic tape....185 Terabytes!!! More specifically 148GB per square inch. That's insane.
Tape works by coating plastic film with magnetic coating, where bytes of data are stored in the coating. There were limitations with how many bytes could be stored, which is why you'll typically hear the term 8 or 16 bit recording, most commonly associated with audio files, or music. Now, Sony has engineers a super high density crystal polymer that can be layered within the same amount of physical space, to store bytes in. Basically, instead of one row of 8, you have multiple rows of millions. Pretty cool stuff
Hi everybody. I was looking to update some things on the website (hope you like the new look) and I wanted to add this section to add some new elements. A lot of what we do is rooted in our daily culture and since I love researching or finding out about new tools, trades, tips, films, technology, the "industry" and more, I thought I would use this space to share with you fine folks my findings. Right now this is in experiment mode, so lets see if I can keep up with it. I'll do my best to update as often as I can which is a challenge for those that know my schedule. Please feel free to add to the discussion if you're so inclined. The goal is to share with you film/video related content. Diehards only? Time will tell.
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