Vertigo @ Build 2015

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From Wednesday April 28 – Friday May 1, Vertigo will be attending the Microsoft Build Conference 2015. This year we’ll have a booth showcasing some of the awesome work the team has shipped over the past year on the Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox platforms. Stop by during the conference to say hi to the team and please feel free to reach out to us at hello [AT] vertigo.com

[UPDATE]

We had a great time at the conference and really enjoyed seeing existing clients and hopefully meeting some new ones. Here are a couple shots from the booth last week.

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[L-R] Tony Sokolowski, Todd Morrison, Jeff Fisher and Mike Hanley

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Jeff and Mike with some of the hardware we had available to showcase some of our great apps from the past few months.

You can find Vertigo on the second floor in booth location 210 just in front of the escalators. You can see our location on the map below. Hope to see many of you in the next few days!

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Vertigo @ Streaming Media West 2014

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by Kurt Brockett

Good morning all! Just a heads up that Vertigo is attending Streaming Media West 2014 this year down in Huntington Beach, CA. We have a handful of customers with sessions and exhibits and we’re always up for diving deeper into our media and entertainment business. I’ll be representing Vertigo here and I’m at the conference now through tomorrow afternoon. Drop me a note kurt [AT] vertigodotcom if you’d like to get together to chat!

Vertigo @ Streaming Media West 2013

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by Kurt Brockett

Good morning all! Just a heads up that Vertigo will be attending Streaming Media West 2013 this year down in Huntington Beach, CA. We have a handful of customers with sessions and exhibits and we’re always up for diving deeper into our media and entertainment business. I’ll be representing Vertigo here and I’m at the conference now through tomorrow afternoon. Drop me a note if you’d like to get together to chat! You can also follow along on twitter at #smwest and @kurtbrockett

The App Open Source Built by Matthew Strickland

A couple weeks ago, one of our Senior Software Engineers, Matthew Strickland, gave a talk about the work he has been doing on Gitty (Gitty in the App Store). Specifically the talk is about leveraging Open Source libraries to build out applications.

Check out the presentation on Speakerdeck and follow Matthew Strickland on Twitter. You can also follow the Gitty App on Twitter. Nice work Matthew!

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The Stumptown 40 – Bacon and GOT Derby Cars!

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by Kurt Brockett

A few weeks ago Vertigo had the honor of sponsoring our first ever Pinewood Derby Car race through our office up in Portland, OR. The event, Stumptown 40, was held in conjunction with the 2013 WebVisions conference and was a benefit for Schoolhouse Supplies.

One of our Senior Software Engineers, Andrew Hay, with the help of a buddy from Postano, built a cool little Web App to visualize the tournament bracket.  You can check out a snap of the app below along with the Game of Thrones (GOT) inspired derby car.

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For details on the app, here are some notes from Andrew:

Come see if the app I wrote with my buddy to visualize the tournament brackets will hold up; here’s what we used

- ASP.Net MVC 4 on Windows Azure
– GitHub (gotta keep track of that CSS & JS in a team build)
– SignalR (communication between admin and kiosk pages)
– Knockout.js (data binding)
– Sammy.js (hash tag navigation)
– Postano (social media/images)
– Instagram (because you need photo filters)
– ifttt.com (everybody loves a little Rube Goldberg in their app)
– Dropbox (racecar image repository)
– jQuery (because you have to)
– Handlebars (because we can)

And of course, a little bit of love.

You can check out more pictures and details from the event on their website: http://www.stumptown40.com/

 

 

 

 

Vertigo at Google IO 2013

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Hi all – just a quick travel note from Vertigo conference services. We’ll be across the Bay in SF this week, today through Friday attending Google I/0 2013.  Stay tuned for more news out of the conference and if you have any Android/Google questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us at hello [at] vertigo.com. If you’d like to meet up with us at the conference drop me a note – kurt [at] vertigo.com.  Thanks!

Vertigo Links – 4.25.13

by Kurt Brockett

Our weekly (ok so we try for weekly!) look at links and stories that circulate around the Vertigo offices.

Xbox Next

Only about one more month to go! As you may have noticed over the past 12 months the Xbox ecosystem has become a major part of Vertigo’s business with the introduction of video apps on the Xbox 360 platform. Just like everyone else we are excited to learn more about how that part of our business can grow with a refresh of the platform.  The event is scheduled for May 21 at 10a PT and can be seen on xbox.com

http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/24/4261518/next-xbox-will-be-revealed-on-may-21st

http://majornelson.com/2013/04/24/xboxreveal/

Netflix Long Term View

Netflix recently released their earnings showing that they are a powerhouse in the “Internet TV Network” landscape. With their earnings they released a 12 page .pdf sharing their long term view. There have been a few interpretations and summaries of the report but I would encourage you to give it a read.

Netflix Long Term View (.pdf)

Account Sharing with TV Everywhere

The NYTimes had a great piece on the problem of account sharing for services like HBOGo and MLB.TV.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/business/streaming-sites-and-the-rise-of-shared-accounts.html

HTML5 Premium Video Extensions

With Silverlight in the rear view mirror for many companies it was big news to hear that Netflix will be pushing into HTML5 video delivery via HTML5 Premium Video Extensions. Netflix was one of the largest properties to still support Silverlight streaming.

http://techblog.netflix.com/2013/04/html5-video-at-netflix.html

CW and Virgin Gaming Xbox Launches

We had some new work go live over the last couple of weeks.  Virgin Gaming for Xbox launched and you can read all about it on our previous post: New Work: Virgin Gaming Xbox App – Xbox Live Tournaments.

In addition to Virgin Gaming, CW launched an Xbox experience we helped build for them.  A full write up of that app coming soon.

Stats

At NAB there was a bunch of new numbers that came out from various sources. Adobe highlighted mobile video views and their increase in 2012. Mobile video views up 300%.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/09/mobile-video-views-up-300-in-2012-with-tablets-driving-the-charge-with-a-360-increase/

Vertigo Employee Blogs

Bob Cowherd – Workflow Oriented Apps for Connected TV Devices…with Pizza!

Vertigo at NAB in LV

by Kurt Brockett

Vertigo is in Las Vegas this week for the 2013 NAB Show. I will be visiting with many of our media and entertainment clients and checking out the latest in the digital video distribution space. If you want to reach out to us while here in Las Vegas just drop me an email kurt[at]vertigo.com.

Vertigo Links – 3.29.13

by Kurt Brockett

During the week there seems to be a view topics that make their way around the office that influence and affect our business. In addition we sometimes have employees share technical insights on their personal blogs. Let’s see if we can bring some of that together in a weekly series, Vertigo Links.

MediaRoom for Sale?
There is constant movement in the IPTV and OTT video space and the rumor of Microsoft selling off their MediaRoom product is interesting. As Microsoft moves forward with their living room strategy, a move away from MediaRoom would indicate a potential consolidated effort around the Xbox as the single Microsoft outpost in the living room. The reality is that now video and entertainment distribution is everywhere from your pocket all the way up to a large screen in a living room. If you believe Microsoft the idea of devices may eventually go away and we will live in a world of just screens:

Story Links:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-27/ericsson-said-to-discuss-buying-tv-software-unit-from-microsoft.html

http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/1/4043334/microsoft-future-vision-video-2013

Streaming Time – Stats
A new week means there is a new set of stats about video distribution. This week we turn to Nielsen for the latest stats on gameplay v. streaming time on the various consoles. Overall looks like the consoles are strong media boxes and I wonder how that will affect the marketing and design of the next gen consoles. Will they go after the Roku’s and AppleTV’s or stay in their lane a bit and focus on the gamers. It should be a interesting next few months in this space as we hear more about the PS4 and maybe more about the next gen Xbox.

Story Links:

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/play-vs–stream–the-modern-gaming-console.html

Vertigo Employee Blogs

Bob Cowherd – March Madness Load test for Workplace

 

@W3Conf in SF

by Kurt Brockett

We’re over across the bridge today in SF attending W3Conf (http://www.w3.org/conf/). I’ll be here Thursday and Friday taking in all the goodness of the modern web and listening to some great talks from some of the top professionals in the space. It looks like they have a great streaming set up so follow along at the live stream: http://www.w3.org/conf/live.html or if you happen to be at the conference come say hello!