Mark Fritz

Mark Fritz is a consultant and freelance writer based in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

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In June, cable giant Comcast paid a reported $80 million for thePlatform, an online media publishing system. Then in July, EchoStar, owner of the nation’s second largest satellite TV service (the DISH Network), made a sizable investment in CinemaNow, the popular movies-on-demand portal. Add to these big high-profile investment deals the smaller content-sharing deals recently struck between NBC and YouTube and between Viacom and Google, and the picture of a trend comes into focus.
News/News Feature - October 2006 Issue, Posted Oct 03, 2006
The infiltration of online communications technologies into the corporate training space has resulted in a new subset of elearning that promises quick, easy, and rich learning at lower costs. Now you don’t have to be rich (in money or technical skills) to create or benefit from rich learning.
Editorial/Feature - May 2006 Issue, Posted May 09, 2006
At the local level, a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina can either stress libraries and schools or destroy them. While communities always seem to come together at trying times like these and find a way to go on, digital content now provides many organizations with a way to prepare for and contend with devastating events like these.
News/News Feature - January/February 2006 Issue, Posted Jan 13, 2006
So far, the big online search companies such as Yahoo!, MSN, and Google have been slow to answer, which has allowed smaller, more nimble companies like Technorati (the current leader), Daypop, Feedster, and IceRocket to gain a foothold in the market for blog search tools. It is a potential gold mine of a market for big and small companies alike.
News/News Feature - November 2005 Issue, Posted Oct 25, 2005
Techno-geeks and futurists like George Lucas say that digital video-based “Digital Cinema” is superior to today’s standard film-based cinema. Many beg to differ, especially when it comes to image quality. Regardless of videophiles’ varying opinions on the appearance of Digital Cinema, the bottom line is the bottom line. If the distribution of feature movies to the world’s cinemaplexes (now done by shipping individual film prints to each theater) could transition to digital video file transfers, the cost savings for Hollywood and the rest of the world’s motion picture industry would be enormous—estimates vary from $900 million to $2.28 billion annually.
News/News Feature - October 2005 Issue, Posted Oct 10, 2005
We hear in the news about famine-stricken areas of Africa, but due to connectivity problems, much of Africa is also information-starved. And, like a shortage of food, a shortage of information can be a disaster. Founded in 2000 to mitigate the third world’s dire digital communications problems, the WiderNet Project is a largely volunteer, nonprofit organization based at the University of Iowa.
News/News Feature - July/August 2005 Issue, Posted Jul 22, 2005
German media giant Bertelsmann reportedly pumped $85 million into the beleaguered Napster between 2000 and 2002, before Napster finally declared bankruptcy and its remains were scooped up by Roxio. So what did Bertelsmann get for its $85 mil? The short answer is, nothing. However, Bertelsmann did get something from its dalliance with Napster: a profound respect for P2P technology and its potential for content distribution.
News/News Feature - June 2005 Issue, Posted May 31, 2005
Singapore, long a central shipping hub for the distribution of physical goods throughout Asia, now wants to be Asia's hub for the distribution of digital goods, as well. To realize that goal, and to cash in on its telecommunications infrastructure investments, the Singapore government has formed a trade association called the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).
News/News Feature - March 2005 Issue, Posted Mar 21, 2005
LaserFiche thinks it has weapons in its arsenal that police departments throughout the country can use to better fight terrorism…but not the kind you might first imagine. The
News/News Feature - October 2004 Issue, Posted Oct 04, 2004
When Doyal Bryant recently took over as CEO of Market Central, Inc., a CRM portal company, he realized that he’d inherited a diamond in the rough. This particular gem was an “intent-based” deductive search engine that was “just sitting there” within the company languishing, according to Bryant. Just released to the general market, this gem has been dubbed SourceWare Search, and with the release, he’s anxious to see if it shines. The company has begun selling licenses and believes the product will appeal to both the commercial and enterprise markets.
News/News Feature - July/August 2004 Issue, Posted Aug 05, 2004
In an effort to release wireless’ potential, the the New Media Institute (NMI) has launched a Mobile Media Consortium to foster collaborative relationships with mobile-minded companies.
News/News Feature - June 2004 Issue, Posted Jun 21, 2004