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elizabethv
elizabethv
7/31/2016 11:28:23 PM
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Re: Telephony ain't dead...
@faryl - Great points! I would really only feel comfortable with video calls with people I am really close to i.e. my Mom/Best friends. They can see my mess of a house and I know they won't be annoyed by screaming children running about. But I definitely get distracted easily, even when I'm on the phone with my grandma, I can only talk for so long before I start having to focus on the kids. If you can't be understanding through that, we probably won't have too long a chat. :-) 

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faryl
faryl
7/17/2016 5:55:03 PM
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Re: Telephony ain't dead...
The issue with video calling is that (a) you have to be comfortable having the caller seeing wherever you are/what you're wearing/etc., (b) if you don't sit still for the entire call, it's a dizzying experience for the other person and (c) it requires an attention-span that can sit through a call, maintaining "eye contact" (but not really, since we focus on the screen, not the camera), and not getting sidetracked or multi-tasking. It also strikes me that as people move away from voice (finding phone calls more of an imposition, if a text will suffice), requesting a video call seems like even more of an intrusion. (Personally, I can't sit still and lack the attention span!) :)

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elizabethv
elizabethv
7/16/2016 6:26:42 AM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
Ha! That's great that you actually went and found the data. Thanks! It seemed to me that shorter videos were popping up more and more, so I knew someone was consuming them. And I almost wonder if there isn't some kind of grooming going on to get even younger generations to prefer a similar format. I'm sure it's cheaper to produce. It's hard to find a parent of a child under the age of 10 that isn't addicted to play-doh surprise eggs or videos of the like on YouTube. I am fairly confident those videos are the bane of parents existence right now.

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Adi
Adi
7/15/2016 4:06:53 AM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
@elizabethtv - just checked the study. 16-24s are spending 14% of their video viewing time every day watching short videos online, compared with 3% or less of any other age group. So quite a marked difference between 16-24 vs. everyone else.

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Adi
Adi
7/15/2016 4:04:32 AM
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Re: Telephony ain't dead...
@mhhf1ve - Yes, I see your point (Siri/Cortana/et al) - in a lot of ways we are adding rather than eliminating voice comms. Even for pay TV: DISH network launched a voice activated TV remote just today, and others have offered/experimented with them in the past. I just think it's more comms functions related/integrated into an app, rather than old school POTS.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
7/14/2016 6:01:26 PM
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Re: Telephony ain't dead...
> "Voice comms. are definitely important, but increasingly via interactive apps that make the process easier rather than the operator's fixed-line service. My point is video is in danger of going the same way."

Ah. I only meant that voice isn't "dying" in terms of use... Fixed voice lines are definitely declining, but mobile voice (apps or otherwise) definitely aren't. Okay, maybe kids are texting more than talking, but I'd venture a guess that no one is thinking of removing the microphone from a smartphone just yet -- Esp when Siri and GoogleNow/Alexa/Cortana are all trying to understand the spoken word as an interface to other apps/services. 

Now why didn't video calling ever catch on...? Does it have any chance still?

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Ariella
Ariella
7/14/2016 3:04:49 PM
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Re: TV
@vnewman quite true. There's a historic site right near my own neighborhood, and people tend to only bother to go when there's a fair or concert on the premises. I think that now you don't even have to record some of the TV shows b/c the network's site will put it up later. I'm just not sure how they work out memberships or the like for that.

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vnewman
vnewman
7/14/2016 2:49:40 PM
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Re: TV
You know how people who live in touristy cities will say things like - "Oh the (Statue of Liberty?  The Liberty Bell?  The Grand Canyon?  Disney World?) I've never been there?"

They don't go because it's right in their backyard and they can go anytime.  Hence the reason they don't go.  That's how I feel about VOD to an extent.  It's always there therefore I never watch it because there's no urgency - like with Live TV - if you don't watch or record it, it's gone. 

But I'm not 25 anymore either...

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vnewman
vnewman
7/14/2016 2:45:18 PM
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Re: Makes me wonder....
I think traditional TV shows are also structured around short attention spans - after all, you only see 10 minutes of programming before you hit a commercial.  To me, that commercial was always a built-in break.  I'd leave and go do something else or change the channel.  Not what was intended by the sponsors but that is what I usually did and still do actually.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
7/14/2016 10:52:25 AM
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UK VOD
The UK is watching video on demand and I'm not surprised because people are watching more and more videos etc.

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