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看到「Plex’s DVR now lets you skip the commercials… by removing them for you」這篇文章,介紹 Plex 要推出去電視廣告的服務...

維基百科上的介紹比較清楚:「Plex (software)」,主要有兩個元件組成,media server 與 player:

  • The Plex Media Server desktop application runs on Windows, macOS and Linux-compatibles including some types of NAS devices. The 'server' desktop application organizes video, audio and photos from your collections and from online services, enabling the players to access and stream the contents.
  • The media players. There are official clients available for mobile devices, smart TVs, and streaming boxes, a web app and Plex Home Theater (no longer maintained), as well as many third-party alternatives.


Plex confirmed it’s rolling out a new feature that will allow cord cutters to skip the commercials in the TV programs recorded using its software, making the company’s lower-cost solution to streaming live TV more compelling. Unlike other commercial-skip options, Plex’s option will remove commercials from recordings automatically.

這讓我有些印像... 當年 TiVo 也有類似的功能,不過文章裡有提到 TiVo 是提供 skip 而非直接拿掉:

The new feature works by locating the commercials in your recorded media. It then actually removes them before the media is stored in your library. That sounds like it could be even better than TiVo’s commercial skipping option, for example, because you don’t have to press a button to skip the ads — they’re being pulled out for you, proactively.

不過主要是認識了 Plex 這個軟體... 如果是電視兒童的話應該用的到 XD 台灣目前的電視節目好像看的比較少...


在這篇看到現在已經有跨裝置的追蹤機制:「Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your phone, TV, tablet, and PC」。

電視廣告利用超高頻 (人類聽不到) 與手機或平板裝置上的應用程式配對,進而組合使用者的行為:

The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.

難以被關閉的追蹤機制,看起來就是 NSAFBICIA 之類超愛的技術。

Imgur 的商業使用方案...

TC 上看到 Imgur 提供商業方案:「Imgur Expands Its Revenue Streams With Latest API Update, Now Ready For Commercial Use」,同時 Imgur 也更新了 API 說明頁面:「The Imgur API - General Information」。

以圖片張數與 API request 數量限制,USD$25/month 每個月可以傳 12.5k 張以及 375k API requests。換算成每天的量,大約是 4k 0.4k 張圖與 12k 次 API call。(hmmm,Komica 不知道會不會去租用...)

看起來 Imgur 裡面的情況很糟啊,居然設計出這樣的方案。如果讓我來猜國外的觀點,Imgur 應該是被定位為「圖床」而非「相本服務」?這是要賺 eBay 賣家的錢嗎?

Imgur 圖片並不是什麼便宜的 bandwidth,而是 EdgeCast 含亞洲 PoP 的 CDN,這樣發展對嗎...