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Things Apple Needs to Make the Apple TV Device More Popular

For a select group of people, the Apple TV streaming device is second to none. There are people who just do like the device based on how it works and the more premium feel it offers. And there are those who are diehard Apple fans that just want another Apple logo in their possession. Whatever the reason, the Apple TV has never found a massive fan base to the same degree that its competition has. The Apple TV starts at $149, has a rechargeable remote with a touchpad, Siri integration, and TV controls, and has starts at a sizable 32GB of storage with a nice clean interface. The problem is, the competition is either far cheaper, or more versatile. The average consumer can pay $50 for a Fire or Roku Stick and get much of the above features, albeit with far less storage and a cheaper remote. On the high end, the Nvidia Shield starts at $149, can view and run its own Plex Media Server, and offer powerful 4K image processing. The Apple TV suffers similar perception issues other Apple devices

Why Paramount+ Will Struggle to Find an Audience

There are four companies that can easily be defined as media conglomerates: AT&T (WarnerMedia), Comcast (NBCUniversal), Disney, and ViacomCBS. Of course, there are other major companies like Netflix, AMC Networks, Discovery, and Amazon, and while they are very successful, they don't necessarily have either the same reach, or the same massive media ownership. However, of the eight listed companies, one of them is going to have an issue obtaining an audience in streaming, at least in the short term. That company is ViacomCBS. All eight of the above companies have a streaming platform. AT&T (WarnerMedia) has HBO Max, Comcast (NBCU) has Peacock, Disney has Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+, ViacomCBS has Paramount+, Netflix has Netflix, AMC has AMC+, Discovery has Discovery+, and Amazon has Prime Video. Of those eight, seven have what I would consider a real robust answer for why someone would want to subscribe to their service. HBO Max is HBO, so of course it has a large audience, as well as

The Paramount+ Launch: Viacom's Streaming History and What They Need to Succeed

There's a couple of things to talk about when discussing the Paramount+ launch: Viacom's history of streaming services on the internet, and CBS All Access. Some Backstory with Viacom and CBS's Streaming History Let's start out by talking about Viacom, the company behind not only Paramount+, but some of the brands featured in the service like CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian Channel (don't worry, I didn't know that was a channel either). From the '90s to the mid 2010s, the Viacom channels were at their peak. The Viacom channels delivered niche programming largely aimed at young people, and they were incredibly lucrative and successful at programming for that demographic. Then, Netflix and others started their streaming services, and a shift in the consumer's mind changed in how they watched shows. Initially, Viacom licensed their shows for Netflix, Hulu, and others as another revenue stream, but they soon realized that people we

My Thoughts on Switching to the M1 Mac from Windows

My History with the Mac I’ve been a Windows user my entire life. Since I was a little kid, I was instantly drawn to electronics, especially the computer. We had an old Windows computer, and I quickly picked up using the mouse, and the basics of using Windows just so I could play a computer game. Then when I went to elementary school, I found a new fascination: The Mac. My school had iMacs in the classrooms and the computer lab, and I loved any opportunity I could get to use them. They were cool. First of all, they weren’t the standard beige color like every other computer. Our school had ones that were green, blue, or white. Second, the whole computer was inside where the screen was, something I had never seen before. Third, the CD was slot loading like a car, which is awesome. Fourth, the keyboard and mouse. Just look up the Apple Pro Keyboard and Mouse from the time and compare it to your standard PC peripherals. And fifth, the Mac OS. Even back in the days of Mac OS 9, I just liked

Review of the Chromecast with Google TV: Google Gets it Right

The History of Chromecast and Google TV For years, Google has been attempting to get into the living rooms of streaming consumers, but with little success. Google TV initially started in 2010 as a smart platform for third-party set top boxes and TV manufacturers. It never caught on as devices were expensive and the experience was generally slow and clunky, and it ended in 2014.  Within the Google TV timeframe, Google attempted to create its own TV devices called the Nexus Player and the Nexus Q. The Nexus Player used the same Google TV software, but never caught for the same reasons above. The Nexus Q was a device that wasn't controlled with a remote, but with an Android smartphone. The Q didn't sell well as it didn't support many apps, and required specific Android phones for it to function, but it found a niche of users that appreciated its unique no-remote functionality, and spherical design. Google listened to the Q's criticism and in 2013 released the Chromecast: a