Image Gallery: Evolution of TV With so many people watching streaming TV online, how are regular TV ratings affected? See more pictures of the TV's evolution. iStockphoto/Thinkstock With the invention of online streaming of television shows, TV ratings have changed. After all, there should be a way to measure not only standard TV ratings, but also ratings for online viewing. Because so many people are now watching TV online, regular TV ratings have dropped, but this doesn't portray an accurate picture of how many people are watching a given show. Currently, the Nielsen Company is just figuring out how to measure the online audience for TV shows. In spring 2011, the company, which sets the standard for TV ratings, is taking the first step in answering this question. The company's traditional measurement of viewership involves selecting a group of households that's representative of the U.S. as a whole and setting up meters on the televisions in those households. To get accurate … [Read more...] about How does online streaming affect TV ratings?
Can you legally stream movies for free? With the help of your public library and the Kanopy service, you can. Tim Bradford/Ikon Images/Getty Images Cable television's days are numbered. Whether it's throwing down a few bucks on an HD antenna, ditching the cable box for a Roku player, or taking your flatscreen to the curb in favor of a laptop, everyone seems to be looking for ways to cut the cord. Maybe that's why pay TV providers lost 1.9 million subscribers in the U.S. alone in 2016. There's no shortage of options for running out on the cable guy. And that's not even counting those who illegally access content through the internet. But one streaming service is trying to beat those monthly Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now fees by making streaming movies available for free — all you need is a library card. Can I See Your Card? Kanopy is a digital streaming service that partners with public libraries and universities to give movie buffs the chance to view a wide collection of indie, … [Read more...] about Streaming Thousands of Free Movies Is Totally Legal With a Library Card
The presence of wolves at Yellowstone National Park, like this alpha male of the Canyon pack in the Lower Geyser Basin, is helping reinvigorate the park's streams and waterways. Jim Peaco/NPS Wolves almost always get a bad rap (see: "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Three Little Pigs," and way too many other fables and fairy tales to name). But the notorious wild canines are finally getting their time to shine, thanks to a team of researchers at Oregon State University who are singing the wolf's praises in a first-of-its-kind study published Nov. 8, 2018, in the journal Ecohydrology. According to Robert Beschta and William Ripple of the OSU College of Forestry, their study to examine the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park indicates the predators' presence has had a positive impact on stream structure and function. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the study looked at stream-bank willows along two forks of a Yellowstone creek over a 13-year period. … [Read more...] about Wolves’ Return to Yellowstone a Boon for Streams
Marco de la O and Diego Luna pose during Netflix Narcos Cocktail Party at Four Seasons Hotel on Oct. 30, 2018, in Mexico City, Mexico. Hector Vivas/Getty Images for Netflix DVDs aren't quite dead yet. But consider this: Netflix — once the premier DVD-by-mail service — is now the leader in streaming video and a worldwide powerhouse. The company's metamorphosis over the last two decades was the subject of a recent three-part series on TechStuff, a podcast hosted by Jonathan Strickland. To briefly recap the company's early history, Netflix was founded in 1997 by software engineers Reed Hastings and Marc Rudolph. The business provided DVDs by mail through an online rental and sales site, a major change to the then-popular brick-and-mortar movie rental shops such as Blockbuster and Family Video. DVDs were also a new format at the time. Over the next several years, Netflix pioneered concepts such as a subscription service offering unlimited monthly rentals for one fee, no … [Read more...] about A Short History of How Netflix Won World Domination in Streaming
The Northern Hemisphere's polar jet stream is a fast-moving belt of westerly winds, and is created by the convergence of cold air masses descending from the Arctic and rising warm air from the tropics. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Our collective grasp on the extreme weather consequences of climate change is not great. Hollywood, that great cultural litmus strip, feeds us some interesting information about the potential effects of an altered ecosystem. In the 2004 film "The Day After Tomorrow," the shutdown of the currents in the Atlantic Ocean creates a mighty superstorm that ices over the entire Northern Hemisphere. The upcoming film "Geostorm" promises tsunamis, herds of boisterous tornadoes and some sort of flame geysers that aren't currently offered on Earth's geothermal menu. Point being, most modestly informed people are aware our weather is changing, but if you ask a random person on the street what that's going to look like in their community in 10 or 50 years — … [Read more...] about Weather Patterns Are Getting Stuck as Climate Changes Affect the Jet Stream