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[#] Wed Feb 05 2020 12:48:35 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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I was just at a friend's place last night, she uses a Sonos. Damn thing was being quite a bit wonky streaming audio from her phone. It kept skipping.

In the past it's always worked, but not last night.

[#] Tue Mar 10 2020 17:13:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've got an interesting problem to solve. And I can solve it using any combination of hardware and software that will do the job (as in, I will be spending someone else's money).

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I've been invited to participate in a "project" that will involve a retro band plus lots of visuals to create an "experience". The visuals will include both still images and video from the time period the band covers. They want it to be immersive.

Right now I'm thinking that the easiest way to do an immersive display would be a 5760x1080 image stretched across three 1920x1080 projectors. I am envisioning what they used to do with multiple slide projectors in high-end shows, with a central controller to do fades and dissolves across multiple screens, but of course with computers it should be easier.

When we first started talking about it, I just figured I could use PowerPoint (or any equivalent) and show all of the stills and videos I wanted to with any transitions I wanted, and we could show things on one screen just by displaying them on one third of the image, or on two or three screens the same way.

But then they threw me a curve ball. They also want to include *live* video feeds into the experience.

Does anyone know of the ideal software to do such a thing? Ideally I'd like to just click on each cue as the program moves along, and have certain cues be prepared to display live video which will be set up at each show.

[#] Tue Mar 17 2020 17:43:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ok, since no one wants to help me with my project, let's try another topic.

You know how lots of people are cutting the cord -- ditching their cable TV subscriptions and just going with streaming services delivered over the Internet?

Well, because of that, fewer set top boxes are being sold. As a result, Broadcom has its panties in a bunch because they sell components that go into set top boxes.

SO THEY'RE SUING NETFLIX.

Seriously ... you can't make this stuff up. "Upon information and belief, as a direct result of the on-demand streaming services provided by Netflix, the market for traditional cable services that require set top boxes has declined, and continues to decline, thereby substantially reducing Broadcombs set top box business."

Oh, they're claiming patent infringement, of course, but the case is ridiculous on its face. The filing is at https://tinyurl.com/ubjda83 if you care to read it. It's hard to have sympathy towards anyone in the cable television industry, which no one would miss if it disappeared tomorrow.
It's even harder to have sympathy towards Broadcom for this, when they have other zillion-dollar revenue streams that continue to be cash cows in the digital age.

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