You’re probably watching Netflix on a TV

Netflix says 70 percent of its streams end up on connected TVs instead of phones, tablets or PCs.

That number isn’t a shock — Netflix has been clear about the importance of TVs for a long time, and it’s why the company has spent a lot of energy working out integration deals with pay TV distributors like Comcast and Sky — but it’s a good reminder that not everything is moving to the phone… More at recode.

I would agree with that, but say that in our house the number is likely 95% on the TV. Maybe dumb TV screens will follow with everything streamed from our portable devices.

Amazon Prime comes to Apple TV, a little too late

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As announced in the Amazon Prime Video iOS app release notes, the Apple TV Amazon Prime Video app is now rolling out. The release notes say users have to download a separate tvOS app, which apparently will work on the third-generation Apple TV as well… More here.

I was looking forward to this and then we made the error of buying a bigger smart TV from Samsung. The way it integrates Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and so much more highlights just how far behind Apple TV is for the price. Mine hasn’t been plugged in for months.

How Netflix works

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Netflix literally ushered in a revolution around ten years ago by rewriting the applications that run the entire service to fit into a microservices architecture — which means that each application, or microservice’s code and resources are its very own. It will not share any of it with any other app by nature. And when two applications do need to talk to each other, they use an application programming interface (API) — a tightly-controlled set of rules that both programs can handle. Developers can now make many changes, small or huge, to each application as long as they ensure that it plays well with the API. And since the one program knows the other’s API properly, no change will break the exchange of information… More here.

Very interesting.

Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video

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Wanted to make this throwaway account after yesterday’s debacle. I saw many people get upset so I wanted to issue this warning: do not expect Amazon to launch before October 26th. The app is done, and has been done for months already. However there are a lot of politics going on beyond my pay grade that are pushing the launch back. And just to clarify, October 26 is the earliest I would expect it. Launch could be pushed well into November… More at The Loop.

I think Apple needs Amazon more than Amazon needs Apple in this instance.

How Wimbledon helped Britain beat the Germans to colour TV

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Among his duties in 1967 was bringing colour TV to Britain on a tight timescale, and he had some extra motivation – beating West Germany to it.

“I heard the West Germans were doing it and I discovered that they were planning to launch it very close to when we were,” reveals Attenborough in this week’s issue of Radio Times magazine. “But what I couldn’t do [in that amount of time] was to start a complete kind of service. The best that I could do would be to have what I called a piebald service, so there was some colour every night, but the whole service wasn’t in colour.” More at The Radio Times.

That man can do no wrong in my eyes.

The Moon Landing Using Thousands of NASA Photos

Motion Designer Christian worked with his brother and Composer Wolfgang for 18 months on this shortfilm. The foundation were thousands original NASA photographies, taken from the Astronauts during the Apollo Missions, which were released in September 2015. It is an animated collage using different techniques to bring the stills to life.

Stunning. Simply stunning.

TV Review: Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’

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Apple’s first offering, “Planet of the Apps,” feels like something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained.

It’s not terrible, but essentially, it’s a bland, tepid, barely competent knock-off of “Shark Tank.” Apple made its name on game-changing innovations, but this show is decidedly not one of them… More at Variety.

Ouch!

The huge opportunity for subscription TV services

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In its bid to become the cord-cutting service of choice, Amazon UK has confirmed it’s bringing Channel add-ons to the UK. The service allows Prime subscribers to bolt subscriptions from various UK TV services onto their account, without the need for a bundle or a restrictive contract. Prices range from between £1.49 to £9.99, with notable streaming platforms including Discovery, Eurosport Player, ITV Hub+, hayu and BFI Player all available at launch… More at engadget.

There is a huge opportunity here if the channels and makers allow reasonable pricing. In theory, Netflix and Amazon can add channels whereas traditional cable services may struggle a little. Can only see this going one way.