Monday’s schedule has three big items on it: the Space Launch System’s Artemis I liftoff, our kid starting seventh grade, and my flying across the Atlantic for the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin for the first time since 2019. They’re all pretty exciting, although one of them has a vastly more detailed checklist.
(The IFA organizers are covering most of the travel costs for an invited group of U.S. journalists and analysts, your blogger here included.)
8/22/2022: The next wave of wireless security worries: API-driven IoT devices, Light Reading
My Black Hat coverage continued with this recap of a talk about the possible security risks of connected devices on 4G and 5G networks.
8/22/2022: NBCUniversal and its Peacock streamer get Big Ten Saturday night, FierceVideo
I spent my mornings this week filling in at my video trade-pub client, starting with this post about a sweeping deal for college-sports carriage rights.
8/22/2022: Some Fire TV users fired up over streaming glitches with HBO Max, FierceVideo
Some House of the Dragon viewers had trouble watching the Game of Thrones prequel on Amazon Fire TV devices.
8/22/2022: Report: Netflix to keep new movies and kids’ shows ad-free, FierceVideo
I can imagine the relief of cash-strapped parents on learning that the upcoming cheaper-with-ads version of Netflix won’t feature ads in kid-oriented content.
8/23/2022: Six months into the war, how have Ukraine and its Western allies resisted Russia’s digital tactics?, Fast Company
I was almost done with this piece when I got the chance to quiz TCP/IP co-author Vint Cerf at a Washington event about how Russia has abused his creation.
8/23/2022: YouTube TV to add YouTube Shorts and four-channel viewing, FierceVideo
This lede essentially wrote itself: “YouTube TV’s shorter-attention-span viewers may applaud (albeit briefly) two new features apparently coming to the streaming video service.”
8/23/2022: DirecTV-Amazon deal keeps Thursday Night Football in bars, FierceVideo
This story about NFL rights is really one about the uneven availability of broadband in the U.S.
8/23/2022: Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile Cuts Rates for Subscribers With 2 or 3 Lines, PCMag
Verifying the fine print in Xfinity Mobile’s plans took a surprisingly long time.
8/24/2022: Comcast sells D.C. RSN to Monumental Sports & Entertainment, FierceVideo
After I wrote this, the Washington Post reported that MSE founder Ted Leonsis is preparing a bid to buy the Washington Nationals.
8/24/2022: 59% of U.S. adults watch video daily on non-TV devices, FierceVideo
I wrote up a survey of video-viewing habits.
8/24/2022: Plex reports data breach, tells users to reset passwords, FierceVideo
It was somewhat nice to write about a data breach that didn’t involve me.
8/25/2022: Survey: 26% of U.S. households have cut video budgets, FierceVideo
This survey found that Americans’ biggest money-saving move was dining out less often.
8/26/2022: Fubo adds slate of Cinedigm FAST lifestyle channels, FierceVideo
I noted that the streaming-TV provider Fubo’s list of channels is now as long as the average cable company’s.
8/26/2022: WSJ: Amazon spends $715 million on The Rings of Power, FierceVideo
I would have written this piece faster if I hadn’t spent so much time finding Lord of the Rings references to drop into it.
8/26/2022: T-Mobile to Expand Coverage With the Help of SpaceX’s Starlink Satellites, PCMag
A very long Thursday wrapped up with me writing a version of this post from an advance copy of the joint SpaceX/T-Mobile announcement, then rewriting it that night after watching the stream of the event.