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What is 4K Video?

Last year, we wrote a detailed description about the difference between HD (High Definition) and SD (Standard Definition) Television. There is a new format called 4k, which was introduced back in 2005, but just now starting to be embraced.

The industry needed a resolution that would work if the audience were sitting in the optimum “one-and-a-half times the screen height” from the screen or closer, and found it required that resolution to be higher than 1080p. The Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) was formed in 2002 with the goal of setting a digital standard. Based on these efforts, two new resolutions came about: a 2K specification, and later in 2005, the 4K format.

The first high-profile 4K cinema release was “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” in 2007, a new cut and print of the 1982 masterpiece. Unfortunately, at that time very few theaters were able to show it in its full resolution. It would take one of director Ridley Scott’s contemporaries to truly drive 4K into your local cineplex.

This CNET image best explains 4k:

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Full Article: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57364224-221/what-is-4k-next-generation-resolution-explained/

List of Netflix Movies and Shows Purged 2014

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Netflix has announced a whole lot of movies and TV shows that will be discontinued from their service starting January 2014. Here is the complete list:

TV Shows

Expiring Jan. 1, 2014

  • Dark Shadows

(original from late 1960s)

  • Saturday Night Live The 2000s
  • Mr Bean
  • The Kids In The Hall
  • Perfect 10 Model Boxing

(Volume 1)

 

Movies

Expiring Dec. 29, 2013

  • Transformers Dark Of The Moon

Expiring Jan. 4, 2014

  • Alice In Wonderland

(1951 Disney)

  • Immortals
  • Dynamite Warrior

 

Jan. 1, 2014

  • The Rundown
  • Brick
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Back To School
  • Battle Of Britain
  • Born On the Fourth Of July
  • Braveheart
  • Body Of Evidence
  • Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Man On The Moon
  • Lionheart
  • 1492 Conquest Of Paradise
  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space
  • Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • FX
  • Do The Right Thing
  • Desperado
  • Up In Smoke
  • Can’t Hardly Wait
  • Capote
  • Biloxi Blues
  • Seed Of Chucky
  • Jarhead
  • As Good As It Gets
  • In The Name Of The Father
  • Inside Deep Throat

(documentary)

  • I’m Gonna Get You Sucka
  • In Like Flint
  • Hard Target
  • Foxy Brown
  • Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell
  • Gallipoli
  • Half Baked
  • Flashdance
  • 50 First Dates
  • For The Love Of The Game
  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
  • The Bad News Bears
  • The Russia House
  • The Secret Of Nimh
  • Revenge OF The Ninja
  • Roman Holiday
  • Rob Roy
  • Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Remo Williams
  • Requiem For A Dream
  • Quigley Down Under
  • Pumpkinhead
  • Platoon
  • Once Upon A Time In Mexico
  • October Sky
  • Mystery Men
  • The Skulls
  • Titanic
  • Ronin
  • Romeo And Juliet

(1968)

  • Tales From The Crypt: Bordello Of Blood
  • Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight
  • The Woman In Red
  • Top Gun
  • Street Fighter
  • TNT Jackson
  • Serpico
  • Seed Of Chucky
  • Scary Movie
  • Running Scared
  • Troll II
  • True Grit

(1969)

  • War And Peace
  • Talk Radio
  • War Games
  • We Were Soldiers
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Windtalkers
  • World Trade Center
  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Odd Couple

(1968)

  • The Mask Of Zorro
  • The Great Train Robbery
  • The Faculty
  • The Dream Team
  • Best Of Times
  • Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
  • Species

Source: http://mashable.com/2013/12/28/netflix-purge-january-1/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

Comcast Xfinity X2 Set-Top Box

comcast-x2Comcast is innovating. Their new software platform running on the Xfinity X2 next-generation set-top box has had over 1200 updates within the last 12 months. and their messaging is similar to that of Right Brain Interface; Fast, Smart, Easy, Personalized. According to Brian Roberts:

“As we look around the cloud/web ecosystem, the Winners are companies who can integrate across all devices, across all platforms, with a common interface, and they make it easy and fun to use.”

Here is a comprehensive video overview of Comcast new Xfinity X2:

All 7 MediaCorp FTA Channels in Digital

mediacorp-logoAccording to MediaCorp owned ChannelNews Asia, on Monday December 16th 2013, all seven free-to-air TV channels are now available in digital (DVB-T2 format). Additionally, four out of the seven channels are now being broadcast in High Definition (HD) (Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria and Vasantham) while the remaining three (Channel NewsAsia, Channel U and okto) will be upgraded to HD by 2016.

In a statement on Monday, MediaCorp said:

Residents in Bukit Batok are the first in Singapore to receive these channels as the estate is now covered by the new digital broadcast infrastructure. Over the next two to three years, coverage will be expanded progressively to enable all residential homes to receive digital TV signals — Jurong East and Ang Mo Kio are next, and are expected to be ready to receive digital TV early next year.

MediaCorp Deputy CEO Chang Long Jong said: “Besides better picture and sound quality, digital TV allows MediaCorp to consider rolling out other value-add services and features for the discerning audiences of today such as closed captions and multi-language subtitles.”

“With digital TV, MediaCorp will also be able to offer time-shifted services, which will provide an alternative choice for viewers who miss out on their favourite TV programmes due to work or lifestyle commitments. More information on these value-add services will be announced soon,” Mr Chang added.

The article went on to say:

To get digital TV, non pay-TV viewers will need to buy a digital set-top box and an antenna for their existing TV set. The two items cost S$129 in total — only one model each is available on the market for now.

Pay-TV subscribers are already able to watch digital TV, and do not need to change their set-ups.

The public can continue to receive free-to-air TV channels in analogue broadcast as existing analogue TV signals will continue to be broadcast alongside the digital TV signals for at least another two years.

Full story here: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/all-mediacorp-tv-channels/924340.html

Here is a rollout-map for when DVB-T2 can be expected in each location throughout Singapore: http://www.mediacorp.sg/digitaltv/

Operators Seek Innovation to Survive

20131214_WBC037Comcast is arguably America’s most powerful media business since it controls both what people watch on television as well as the the pipes that deliver the TV content and Internet.

To remain on top, it is seeking new ways deliver TV content to meet the demand from their subscriber base concerning how they want to watch TV and consume their entertainment content.

In a recent article in the economist entitled Thinking Outside the Set-Top Box, the direction Comcast is just now moving towards lays out like a blueprint for what Right Brain Interface has already design, developed and built, with their product called bhaalu. Portions of quotation below highlighted in bold underscore these points.

Comcast has responded by trying to resemble the firms that could unseat it, offering more interactivity, personalisation and portability. “Television is going to change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50,” says Brian Roberts. Comcast executives talk about “apps” for the television and rolling out innovations every three to six months. The firm is paying particular attention to its user “interface”, or what, until recently, was called a TV guide. Comcast’s is now arranged not numerically by channel, but alphabetically by programme, by network and type of content. Couch potatoes even less inclined to effort can download an app to their iPhone and shout commands at it to locate shows.

Comcast’s new set-top box is “cloud-based”, adding to the potential for flexibility: films and programmes stored in the cloud can be watched on any device. It tracks viewing history and recommends programmes accordingly, much like Netflix. Comcast has made it easier for TV-watchers to find their way to full seasons of episodes that are available on-demand so people can “binge” on shows.

Other pay-TV providers are experimenting with new features, and some have approached Comcast to license its technology. One popular idea is “TV Everywhere”, which makes it possible for pay-TV subscribers to watch live and on-demand programmes on their mobile devices wherever they like. It has started slowly but is taking off as more content-owners agree to license the digital rights to their programmes. Tools like this may help Comcast and its rivals justify their high prices and convince people to stick with their television package.

Full story here: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21591600-americas-largest-cable-company-becoming-more-firms-it-battling-against?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/thinking_outside_the_set_top_box

2014 Trends in Online Video

tv-trendsPatrick Hurley of Skytide has put together a work-in-progress whitepaper about the trends in online video viewing that can be expected for 2014. In these trends, he lists #1. Social TV will take off. #3. Quality of experience (QoE) will trump all. We couldn’t agree more on both of these aspects, these indeed are two of the more predominately driving features of bhaalu. Here is the whitepaper:

LG Makes Worlds First Curved TV

lg_curved_oled_tvLG just made the worlds first curved TV set. Why curved? Because the eye is curved, and therefore, it is a more natural and comfortable viewing experience. Also, it apparently is more immersive than a flat screen, making you feel more part of what you are viewing. The OLED technology curved TV is available for pre-order in Singapore at roughly S$15,000 SGD.

Video at RazorTV.

StarHub to use Social Analytics to enhance TV Experience

starhub-officeStarHub is will soon start tapping big data in order to better serve their customers and enhance the television experience. Specifically, Singapore’s second largest Telco is building a new facility called MediaHub. which will include an analytics lab that taps social media conversations to better understand their customers and serve a more social and personalized experience.

According to ZDnet:

A key feature will be the synergy between a social media analytics lab and an adaptive production studio, which will support its pay TV business. These two facilities will work hand-in-hand to enhance “live” TV production based on real-time social media conversations.

“We can monitor the online conversations on all social media platforms. Our content partners will be very interested in this. At one glance, you can tell what viewers are saying about your programs and you can even make adjustments immediately,” said Tan Tong Hai, CEO of StarHub, at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Full story can be found at ZDnet: http://www.zdnet.com/sg/starhub-to-tap-social-analytics-for-tv-biz-in-new-mediahub-facility-7000023756/