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Walmart begins selling televisions with the Comcast software guts, the cable television provider and the owner of the Universal Film Studio and television networks including NBC.
These Comcast TVs may never become best-sellers. But they’re interesting because of what they represent: corporate land grabbing becomes the starting point for everything that flows into American homes.
Comcast, Amazon, Roku and many other companies imagine we could watch Monday Night Football, watch the latest Netflix fancy dress drama, and watch a YouTube science video on one of their TVs or gadgets.
Selling the equipment is not the goal, but a means to an end. Their goal is to make money selling ads or alert people to watch “Halloween” on a streaming service that pays for the promotion. Comcast would like to use its TV sets to showcase its streaming service Peacock.
It is currently one of the highest-stakes battles in the American corporation. There is power and money for the companies that can convince us to use their hardware as a starting point for our virtual leisure time.
There is nothing necessarily strange or wrong about this. The battle for the Americans’ focal point for all entertainment has been raging in media and technology for decades.
From the 1990s, Bill Gates began wanted people to use microsoft technology to watch TV programs and power their PCs. From the 20th century, video boxes from Comcast or other cable providers were the gateway to TV and other home entertainment. Komcast in the 21st century has a similar idea. It’s an old television in a new guise.
I’m not blaming you for just watching Squid Game on Netflix and not thinking too much about guys in suits trying to win the war behind the scenes for your TV screen. But it might be worthwhile to think about what we’re gaining and losing from this streaming freak.
Amazon Fire TV is pushing people to buy online movies from Amazon and has prominent promotions from other streaming apps that pay Amazon to land right in front of your eyes. Sometimes Roku streaming devices didn’t include some entertainment apps, including YouTube TV and HBO max due to financial disputes between the companies.
Entertainment programmers like Netflix and Disney want to get bigger themselves so they can have more power than distributors like Amazon, Roku and Comcast.
This new streaming world is glorious (so much to see!) But more annoying than it should be with so much money at stake and companies wanting to take control. And that underscores a curiosity of the Internet age: It has neutered and neutered gatekeepers of the old world as well as traditional cable television providers, large pit shops and newspapers strong new ones created.
Amazon has given us an assortment of products that we’ve never had in physical stores, but the company also has a huge impact on which products are perceived. Almost anyone can create a smartphone app, but Apple, Google, and other app store owners for the most part control which ones we can download and under what conditions. Anyone can post their dance videos or ideas online, but Facebook or TikTok computer systems determine how many people see them.
That drives me crazy about the new digital worlds. We have so much choice, but the reality is that there are still power brokers who have a huge impact on what we see, do, or buy.
Tip of the week
My favorite time savers
Oooh, you are going to experience something. Brian X. Chen, the consumer technology columnist for the New York Times, brings us a few tech tricks to save us valuable time and brain power:
1) “Siri, add a meeting to my calendar.” Virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa make a lot of jokes because they often misunderstand what we are saying. But after a decade of using Siri on iPhones, I’ve found this to be the best way to add new events to my digital calendar. Saying “Hey Siri, put your doctor’s appointment in the calendar on Thursday at 3 p.m.” only takes a few seconds.
2) Password manager: Using complex, unique passwords for our online accounts is an absolute must, and I don’t know how I would live without a password manager to automatically generate them for me and store them in a secure vault powered by a master password is protected. My darling is 1Password. I also use the app to save credit card numbers to speed up online shopping.
3) Shopping warnings: I hate buying expensive items at full price, but who has the time to keep checking a retailer’s website for the best prices? I rely on price tracking tools like Camel camel camel to send me email notifications when the prices of products I look at on Amazon go down. For used items, I use the Craigslist app to set up email notifications that notify me instantly when an item I’m looking for is offered by a seller. (Currently I’m looking for an outdoor dining table.)
4) Scheduled emails: Email is probably the hardest technology in my life. I am bombarded with news. Scheduled email gives me a little control back by writing messages when it suits me and getting them delivered at a time of my choosing. Gmail’s email scheduling tool was a godsend.
Before we go …
Another union action in an Amazon warehouse: Hour workers on Staten Island – some of them complained about mistreatment from Amazon – said that You plan to form a union, report my colleagues Karen Weise and Coral Murphy Marcos. Unions have tried to organize hourly workers on Amazon before and the company is keen to keep them out.
Businesses want you to buy a new smartphone as often as possible. The marketing pitch is that you can buy a new phone for just the price of a cup of coffee every day. Brian X. Chen looks at each other the real cost of a new cell phone.
Have TikTok trends forced Americans to buy Cooking pots, leggings and vacuum cleaners. But that pales in comparison to the online home shopping phenomenon in China. An online star this week Sold $ 1.9 billion in goods in a single day of its live broadcast on Chinese e-commerce site Taobao, according to Bloomberg News.
In regular TikTok videos, Jonathan Graziano plays a game with his 13 year old pug named Noodle: Is it a “Bone” Day for Noodle (get up) or a “No Bone” Day (forget it)? “Think of Noodle as a four-legged mood ring“, Writes my colleague Jesus Jiménez.
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