Monthly Archives: November 2013

Most Relaxing Television in the World

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Bhaalu has been designed and built to be the most relaxing television platform in the world. Scientists have not yet tested or identified this as being so. However, according to TweakandTrick, scientists have declared an 8 minute long song by Marconi Union as being the most relaxing song of all time.

To test the effectiveness of this song, a study was conducted on 40 women who were connected to sensors and given challenging puzzles to solve in limited time to induce a level of stress. Scientists then played different songs and recorded their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and brain activity. Weightless was found to be 11 percent more effective at calming them than any other song even causing drowsiness among many women in the lab. The song resulted in a 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety and calmed them 35 percent more than their normal resting levels. The song was found to be more relaxing than a massage, walk or even a cup of tea.

Here is the song, try it out for yourself. But it is recommended not to listen to this while driving. Seriously.

 

Congratulations to Ilo Ilo

best-new-director-iloiloSurprise! Singapore’s Ilo Ilo by first time director Anthony Chen, has just won Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award for best Chinese Language Film. According to Variety, “Ilo Ilo,” about a Filipino maid’s awkward relationship with her employers during the Asiam Financial Crisis, was named best film, and earned Chen best script and best new director awards, while Yeo Yann Yann was named best supporting actress.

Here is the official trailer:

Credit to the Muscles from Brussels

Jean-Claude_Van_Damme_2012Here is an awesome commercial of Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, aka, Van Damme, aka, the Muscles from Brussels, doing the most epic splits at the age of 53. We give credit where credit is due, Van Damme, this one is for you.

From Wikipedia:

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, on 18 October 1960, in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, who was an accountant.

He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school. His styles consist of Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing. He eventually earned his black belt in karate. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title. At the age of 16, he took up ballet, which he studied for five years. According to Van Damme, ballet “is an art, but it’s also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport.”

Pay-TV See’s Worst Year Ever

Time Warner Cable TrucksIt has been the worst recorded year of subscriber attrition for Pay TV operators in the USA due to Cord-Cutters, which have ironically have slowed in pace last quarter, Cord-Never’s, a still sluggish housing market, and a lack of new household formations. According to the LA Times:

Michael Nathanson calculated that the pay-TV industry — which includes cable, satellite and phone companies offering video service — lost 113,000 subscribers during the third quarter.

Cable operators lost 687,000 subscribers in the period, according to their estimates. That was a far steeper decline than the year-ago period.  And though the satellite TV and telephone companies picked up about 574,000 subscribers, it wasn’t enough to erase the net loss for the industry.

“The pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever,” Moffett and Nathanson wrote.

Also noteworthy is that Time Warner Cable lost more than 300,000 Subscribers just in Q3. The Cable wireless industry is below 3%, while the pay-TV industry’s revenue growth is 5.1%. But if Pay-Tv growth is still strong at over 5%, how can this be the worst year on record? According to Yahoo Finance:

“Of course, the fact that pay-TV revenue is still rising smartly is part of the problem,” Moffett and Nathanson wrote. “We have always argued that cord-cutting is an economic phenomenon, not a technological one. … Pay-TV revenue growth reflects rapid pay-TV pricing growth and that is precisely the problem. Rapidly rising prices are squeezing lower-income consumers out of the ecosystem.”

Golden Era Of Television Is Ending?

o-LAURA-PREPON-ORANGE-IS-THE-NEW-BLACK-facebookThere is an outstanding article written by Andy Greenwald, that really puts into perspective the cultural phenomena currently taking place with television.
Didn’t know there was such a movement taking place? Then you have to read this article, it’s extremely well written, and captures the essence of what has been the Golden Age of Television over the past 13 years, which Andy predicts is changing, and maybe coming to an end soon.

Here is his conclusion:

TV, in 2013, has entered uncharted territory. It has transcended its medium and been accepted as an art form all its own. TV now lives on our phones and our computers; we watch it on tablets and stream it through boxes. Never before has it commanded so much respect; at no time in its history has it been so breathlessly considered, so unabashedly embraced. There may be fewer and fewer things to love, but there have never been more shows worthy of our like. The sheer quantity of options can, on a busy Sunday night, mask the dwindling amount of quality.

Yet the Zombie Age is marked by a persistent, undeniable decay. Corpses are picked over. Ideas, once devoured, are regurgitated and feasted on again. A bold, forward-looking decade of risk-taking and reward has somehow left the industry in full-on retreat. There’s an undeniable security in sameness, but only within the pleathered confines of network executive suites is a strategy of not losing the same thing as winning. Everyone wants to believe that the next great era of television is just beginning. But it’s possible we came in at the end.

World Television Day November 21

un-wtdThe United Nations has declared November 21st as World Television Day. As listed in the National Awareness Days website:

It all began in 1996 when the United Nations held the first ever World Television Forum.   Leading figures in the media met to discuss how television could be significant in informing and broadcasting major changes in the world as they happen.

So aside from telling us what’s happening, what else does the TV do that’s so remarkable?   Well first of all unless we were to travel all around the world – which isn’t practical for most of us! – it would be difficult for us learn quickly about different cultures and places without the help of TV.

It can show us similarities between ourselves and other people half way around the globe – and be a great uniting force for good.   We can hear inspiring stories from someone in a way that a person living 100 years ago never could!

Right Brain Interface welcomes National TV Day and will be celebrating it, please join us. Also, thanks to CASBAA for a nice video in honor of this day.

2014 TV Industry Key Driving Forces

key-forcesResearch from Deloitte indicates that new players in the TV industry can adapt with the changes in order to obtain compelling new business growth. And there are five key forces they have identified, which will be responsible for driving most of the growth in 2014. The five factors are as follows:

1.) Big Data – Big data not only means ability to capture, record and playback content in the cloud, but also the ability to be more specific in targeting advertising, as data about a users likes, favourite TV shows, recommended shows, and demographics allows for more sophisticated and intelligently targeted unicast based advertising.

2.) Second Screen – Tablets, Smart Phones and Laptops with ever increasing video quality capabilities are driving the growth of multi-screen. Most interesting aspect of the Second Screen phenomena is that it is actually driving growth of TV advertising revenue.

The firm adds that advertisers have also benefited from second screens, as  consumers can quickly find the product or service being offered on their handheld device, meaning they can get more information. This, suggests Deloitte, has increased the value of television advertising that was once looking like it  was losing out to Internet advertising.

3.) Spectrum allocation changes in Europe - Compared to other regions of the world, Europe has the least amount of UHF Spectrum allocated to RFID, which limits the amoun of Free to Air Television Channel Frequencies that are available. But seems to be changing now, allowing for many new UHF channels to be broadcasted.

4.) The commercialisation of UltraHD/4KTV – Technicolor has teamed up with Portrait Displays to create a colour certification process designed to guarantee the colour quality on any computer or mobile device display, and has awarded the first 4KTV Image Certification to Marseille Networks for its system on chip to deliver content on 4K televisions.

5.) The emergence of the connected TV receiver – IPTV is not the only driver here, cloud DVR’s such as bhaalu, also have a set top box TV receiver connected to the internet. Bhaalu is takes it one step further, as it is pioneering a Collaborative Cloud-based DVR.

Bhaalu is perfectly positioned to take advantage of all five of these emerging television growth trends in 2014.

Read more at:  Big data, second screen, spectrum, UltraHD, connected TV key drivers of 2014 TV industry | Rapid TV News.