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TV Exec Roundtable Discussion

This is a rare look at the thought processes and perspectives of four major TV Execs, in an open and candid roundtable discussion about the current and future landscape of Television.

The event was hosted by The Hollywood Reporter (THR). The exec’s being interviewed are: David Nevins (Showtime), Kevin Reilly (Fox Broadcasting), John Landgraf (FX Network) and Ted Sarandos (Netflix).

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What’s New with HDMI 2.0?

hdmi-connector-diagramIn a nutshell, HDMI 2.0, will introduce higher frame rates. Current HDMI 1.4 technology sends video signals to your TV at approximately 10 gigabits per second, 4k video with up to 30 frames per second. HDMI 2.0 doubles that, to 20 gigabits per second. This makes it possible to show true 2160p 4k video at up to 60 frames per second.

There will also be improvements in audio, HDMI 2.0-compliant devices will transmit up to 32 audio channels, far superior to 7.1 surround sound. HDMI 2.0 also supports up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency, which allows it to more easily sync the audio with what is happening on the screen, such as lip movements.

According to the HDMI 2.0 Website:

HDMI 2.0, which is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI specifications, significantly increases bandwidth up to 18Gbps and adds key enhancements to support continuing market requirements for enhancing the consumer video and audio experience. New functionality includes:

  • 4K@50/60, (2160p), which is 4 times the clarity of 1080p/60 video resolution
  • Up to 32 audio channels for a multi-dimensional immersive audio experience
  • Up to 1536kHz audio sample frequency for the highest audio fidelity
  • Simultaneous delivery of dual video streams to multiple users on the same screen
  • Simultaneous delivery of multi-stream audio to multiple users (up to 4)
  • Support for the wide angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio
  • Dynamic synchronization of video and audio streams
  • CEC extensions provides expanded command and control of consumer electronics devices through a single control point.

HDMI 2.0 does not define new cables or new connectors.  Current High Speed cables (Category 2 cables) are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth.

ASMR – Intensely Pleasurable Relaxation

Do you experience ASMR?  Science has yet to prove the existence of ASMR, but many people experience a profound relaxation through this phenomena. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and typically involves certain themes in its ability to produce trance-like relaxation in the lucky few who experience it. Typical stimuli are as follows:

  • Soft, soothing voices
  • Whispering very close to a microphone, or your ear
  • Even, measured speaking tones
  • Foreign accents
  • Mouth noises like lip smacking
  • Close personal attention, like haircuts, makeovers or doctor’s examinations
  • Handiwork and expertise
  • Tapping sounds
  • Rustling or soft crinkling sounds
  • Gentle handling of precious items
  • White noise

Here is a sample video to test whether or not you are capable of experiencing ASMR.

 

Read more as Loz Blain of Gizmag describes ASMR in greater detail.

Bhaalu Experience Botique Showroom

Curious about the bhaalu experience? Great news! Two bhaalu boutique experience showroom have just opened up in Belgium, located in the cities of Ghent and Leuven, respectively. Guests are invited to sit down, relax and give bhaalu a trial run, to experience the difference over regular scheduled TV.
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You can look forward to a Singapore-based bhaalu showroom to open up sometime soon!