Posts tagged ‘HD’

‘The Wire’ creator David Simon talks about why HD isn’t always better

December 8, 2014 1:34 am


Ever since we heard that The Wire would be coming back — and this time in widescreen HD — we’ve felt equal parts joy and unease. Who could...

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Showtime plans to follow HBO with cable-free streaming in 2015

November 5, 2014 8:09 pm


Let’s say that your premium cable-drama tastes range more toward Homeland or Masters of Sex than they do Game of Thrones or Girls. Good news, then! If you’re...

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What’s on your HDTV: ‘Walking Dead’, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, ‘Alien: Isolation’

October 6, 2014 4:32 pm


Syfy is now home to two zombie series but no one can replace the king — The Walking Dead returns on AMC Sunday night. Naturally, that also means the return of Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick, which we’ve grown to like. As we’ve settled into the new fall shows (Discovery’s Tethered is just about as good of a gimmick as their previous Naked and Afraid), this week has some big movie and video game releases. That includes the excellent Edge of Tomorrow aka Live Die Repeat starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and the 30th Anniversary release of The NeverEnding Story. Gamers have yet another excellent racer to look forward to in DriveClub on PS4 while Xbox One launches the innovative Project Spark. For your cross-platform enjoyment, there’s NBA 2K15 and Alien: Isolation. Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).%Gallery-slideshow230470%

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Cable, the FCC and streaming killed Saturday morning cartoons

September 29, 2014 5:49 pm

One of NBC's SAturday morning cartoon lineups

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one of your fondest childhood traditions has kicked the bucket: Saturday morning cartoons are no more. The CW has aired its last batch of Vortexx programming, leaving American kids without any animated broadcast TV to start their weekends for the first time in decades. From here on out, young ones glued to the tube will mostly be watching educational shows.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD


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Our Favorite iPhone 6 and iOS 8 Video Features

September 23, 2014 12:42 pm


Getting the new iPhone 6 felt a lot like getting a new lens for my DSLR. I started to see things with a different perspective. It forced me to think more critically about what I was shooting. And it jogged creativity.

At Wistia, we’re video nerds through and through, so we were really excited to start experimenting with the new camera on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Here are some of our favorite new features of the new iPhones and iOS 8, and a few ways businesses can take advantage of them.

Look! A handy key!

Exposure control

Have your iPhone videos ended up looking a little… ghostly? Good news: iOS 8 includes increased exposure control, which means you can get your lighting levels just right.

Traditionally, the iPhone auto-exposure worked well in many situations. However, it often got tripped up with shots that featured areas of extreme dark and extreme light (much like our typical Wistia studio shot). The new exposure control helps you hone in on the exact brightness your shot calls for.

Although this seems like a small feature upgrade, for us, the addition of exposure control is huge. We think it’s one of the most important (and powerful) changes to the iPhone camera since adding widescreen HD recording.

Advanced exposure control is good for:

– Shooting “talking head” footage in a studio with professional or DIY lighting.
– Outdoor or outside-the-studio shots with natural light.
– Shots that have areas of extreme shadows or highlights.

Image stabilization

The iPhone 6 received some basic image stabilization improvements, but the 6 Plus got a massive upgrade with the addition of an optical image stabilizer. When you’re shooting B-roll, going handheld lets you move around easily and grab quick shots.

The 6 Plus captures pretty amazing handheld footage, but we still recommend using a tripod for things like shooting interviews and product shots.

Our iPhone tripod adaptor of choice has been the Joby GripTight. The GripTight still fits the iPhone 6 without a problem. The iPhone 6 Plus, however, is just too big to fit into our standard GripTight. Robby will have to order the XL version for his iPhone 6 Plus.

We also wrote a post about shooting stable handheld video, if you’re interested in more tips!

Improved autofocus

Autofocus on the iPhone 6 is far superior to its predecessors. The new technology allows for much faster focusing, which means tighter, more precise B-roll. Essentially, the camera is able to keep successive subjects tack sharp as you move the iPhone and change your shots.

Despite the advancements in iPhone autofocus, we still recommend using focus lock whenever possible. It’s less distracting than having the camera constantly search for what part of the shot to focus on.

Autofocus is good for:

– Shooting B-roll footage and on-the-fly footage.
– Letting you focus on the shot instead of focusing on the focus of the shot. :)

Time-lapse mode

Time-lapse mode is a new feature included in iOS 8. Where you may have used a GoPro or DSLR before to capture something like an office party or a team lunch, you can now use your iPhone.

To get the best results, be sure to:

– Put your iPhone on a tripod.
– Lock the focus and exposure.
– Use airplane mode.

Super slow motion

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are able to shoot at double the frame rate of the iPhone 5s. This means that your slow motion footage can be twice as slow, making for even more dramatic shots of throwing a water balloon at your unsuspecting boss.

Things to watch out for when shooting slow motion footage:

– 240fps is slow. It’s *really* slow. At 120fps, a 5 second clip turns into 20 seconds. At 240fps, that 5 seconds turns into 40 seconds!
– Shooting in slow motion drops the resolution from 1080p to 720p. You can definitely notice the difference.
– Find the buried option in “camera settings” to enable shooting 60fps at full 1080p resolution!

We’ve loved shooting video on an iPhone for a while now, and the new camera improvements from Apple have us tickled pink. The iPhone (among other modern smartphones) enables anyone, from any business, to produce quality video content.

In fact, we shot all of the photos and videos for this post with our new iPhones!

**Which new iPhone camera features are you excited about? How are you using your phone to shoot video?**

What’s on your HDTV: ‘Gotham’, ‘Scorpion’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘The Blacklist’

September 22, 2014 3:19 pm


Welcome to the fall premiere season. We’re welcoming back familiar shows like Key & Peele, Person of Interest, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory, as well as some of last year’s holdovers like Sleepy Hollow, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brooklyn Nine-nine and The Blacklist. So what about this year’s newcomers? First up tonight is Gotham, an interesting Batman prequel, along with CBS’ first attempt at a hacker drama/action show called Scorpion (CSI: Cyber starring Luke Perry and Bow-Wow aka Shad Moss will debut in midseason). ABC will tie the new comedy Black-ish to its long-running hit show Modern Family, and on Amazon we’ll get the next block of episodes for its new show Transparent. The How I Met Your Mother complete series boxed set arrives on Blu-ray, along with a 25th anniversary edition of Ghost in the Shell, and FIFA 15 on almost all videogame consoles. Oh – and on Saturday Night Live you can expect Star-Lord himself Chris Pratt. Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).%Gallery-slideshow225321%

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Is 4K Video Ready For Prime Time?

September 22, 2014 12:30 pm


Marketers and consumers of HD video are being inundated with waves of messaging telling them to trade in their outdated HD video streaming equipment for the latest in 4K Ultra HD (UHD) technology.
This newer technology boasts four times the resolution of current HD along with eye-popping clarity and unmatched color richness. Still, while the promises of 4K technology sound great, there are a
couple of good reasons most marketers — especially those interested in live video/streaming media — should avoid making 4K investments anytime soon.

MHL ecosystem surpasses 650 million products worldwide

September 22, 2014 5:30 am

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MHL, LLC has announced that more than 650 million MHL® products have shipped worldwide since the first MHL-enabled products were released in 2011. MHL technology brings HD multimedia content from a mobile device to a larger screen.

SAMART and Siano partner for mobile TV in Thailand

September 15, 2014 3:20 am

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Siano and SAMART i-mobile have announced a collaboration for enabling and delivering High-Definition TV, using Thailand’s DVB-T2 network, to smartphones and tablets – delivering Live HD TV to mobile devices.

Vodafone’s HD Voice launch leaves O2 customers as the odd ones out

September 11, 2014 9:30 am

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HD Voice technology isn’t particularly new — in fact, some UK operators have supported it since as far back as 2010. Very few devices were HD-capable back then, though, but lots of modern smartphones are now suitably equipped, leading other carriers to get their acts together. Today, Vodafone announced it’s joining the party, letting anyone with a supported handset make HD calls to others on the same network. HD Voice, if you weren’t aware, widens the frequency range of your call, ensuring conversations almost sound like you’re talking to someone face-to-face. Today’s launch means O2 is now the only major UK carrier not offering the feature, and it says it has no official plans to either. Given most smartphone usage is dedicated to messaging and photo apps these days, today’s launch might not excite Vodafone customers all that much. The difference in quality is noticeable though, so prepare to feel like someone’s living inside your head the first time a call connects in HD.

Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile


Via: CoolSmartphone

Source: Vodafone Blog

What Should the Frame Rate be for Ultra HD Sports Content?

September 10, 2014 3:58 pm


Opinions are divided on what frame rate to use for Ultra HD sports content. There are a number of issues at play. UHDTV is slowly pulling itself away from 4K movies, which have set the expectation for a low frame rate of 24Hz. While this might be acceptable for artistic content shot carefully for the movie market, it is way too low for premium sports offerings! Panning and complex content frequently result in closing speeds that far exceed a 24Hz refresh when viewed on a UHDTV screen.

This has been recognized in the latest iteration of the HDMI specification, which allows for 50/60Hz progressive refresh, greatly expanding the scope of content that can genuinely offer an improvement over current HD services. Yet this is where frame rate starts to get complicated. Many have cited that 50/60Hz is the same rate that is currently used for HD. However, this is not true; not many current HD services are 1080p, with most harking back to the early days of TV and using interlace scanning, often at a reduced resolution.

UHDTV does offer the potential to double the effective frame rate used for UHDTV when compared to HD, but is this enough? To the purists, probably not since the screen sizes typically used are so large that motion portrayal cannot be tracked without significant blur. However, this is where reality strikes in the form of two compelling arguments. First, from a technical standpoint, even leveraging the latest HEVC compression standard, a bit rate of 20-25Mbps would be needed to do justice to 100/120Hz UHDTV material. This presents us with a significant bandwidth and interface issue given the current HD infrastructure currently in place. Second, from a cost perspective, with HD services gaining widespread adoption, springing a UHDTV refresh cycle onto broadcasters and operators isn’t going to go down well. Thus, it’s no surprise that 4K streaming services are the vehicle of choice for those wishing to pioneer this format.

One solution could be to temporally upscale. Harmonic and Sigma Designs have been working together since CES 2014 on a E/E solution where the content is encoded at 3840×2160 50/60Hz, passed though HDMI 2.0 to the UHDTV set and upconverted in the TV set by Sigma Designs’ FRCX 8000 video processor to provide a pristine UHDTV video quality at 100/120 Hz. This is accomplished using an advanced motion adaptive frame rate conversion algorithm.

At our stand 1.B20 during IBC2014, you will be able to see the video quality improvement on a 100 Hz Loewe UHDTV set equipped with Sigma Designs’ FRCX 8000 video processor showing video content from a soccer competition. The main objective here is to demonstrate that on existing infrastructure (e.g., caption, production, playout, encoder, network, decoder, connectivity), it is possible to have a 100/120Hz experience without breaking the entire UHD ecosystem, and at a modest increase cost, as all 100/120Hz processing is done inside the UHDTV set.

– Ian Trow, Senior Director, Emerging Technology and Strategy

– Thierry Fautier, Vice President, Solutions and Strategy

Apple unveils the 4.7-inch iPhone 6

September 9, 2014 10:11 am

Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6

You were expecting it, and here it is: Apple has unveiled the smaller of its two new super-sized smartphones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. As the leaks suggested, it centers around a larger (by 0.7 inch) 1,334 x 750 Retina HD display in a body that is decidedly slimmer and curvier than its already svelte 5s predecessor, at 6.9mm thick. It’s not all about looks, though. The new handset is also running a beefier A8 chip that’s claimed to be about 25 percent faster than the A7 you saw the last time around, even as it’s up to 50 percent more efficient — Apple estimates up to 14 hours of talk time, 11 hours of video and 10 days of standby. %Gallery-slideshow221434%

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TV Execs Predict 4KTV Goes Mainstream

September 9, 2014 8:13 am


A worldwide survey of media executives found that 4K TV — so-called ultra HD TV — will be “mainstream” within five to seven years. Video on demand will be one of the first areas to take on 4K TV
usage, according to 60% of surveyed technical media executives, as well as digital cinema, over-the-top and direct-to home TV distribution will be the initial platforms for 4K TV.

Vienna State Opera, FIFA win IBC awards for innovation & engagement

September 9, 2014 7:34 am

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The IBC has recognized the Vienna State Opera for its streaming efforts

With more than 150 years of tradition, “new,” innovative” and “modern” aren’t terms usually associated with an organization like the Vienna State Opera.

But that’s exactly what the legendary opera house – and Ooyala customer — is being feted for by the IBC, which is honoring it with a Special Award this week at the annual broadcaster’s convention in Amsterdam.

The Vienna State Opera – or, Wiener Staatsoper — has embraced multi-platform delivery, with as many as 45 broadcasts of operas and ballets a year.

In addition to HD origination, offered a 4k Ultra-HD broadcast of Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ in May, the first such broadcast to Samsung smart TVs worldwide.

Wiener Staatsoper streams two HD views for each performance, a live cut and a static view of the stage.

The opera also offers additional content including a synchronized score and subtitles, which is designed to help viewers be more engaged with the performance.

Extra video and multimedia content, tailored to specialist audiences, include a discussion of the opera, live rehearsals and backstage views, and more.

“To be rewarded with one of the most renowned awards in this highly innovative industry is a wonderful acknowledgement,” said Dominique Meyer, director of the Vienna State Opera. “It shows how vivid we are, looking from a glorious past into a promising future.”

FIFA also is being honored by the IBC with a Judges Award for its 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“The global football audience is always hungry for more – for more cameras, for more detail, for more replays and for more analysis,” said Niclas Ericson, FIFA’s director of television. “In Brazil this year we worked together with our partners to provide more engaging multi-platform content and to develop the language to cover football in high resolution formats. It was an exhilarating team effort, and I am proud to recognize all those who contributed.”

Michael Lumley, Chair of the IBC Awards judging panel, said “At first glance there is little in common between the football World Cup and opera. Yet each engender huge passion in their fans, and those fan bases are far larger than can attend a live event. Both FIFA and the Vienna State Opera have built strong, innovative, creative in-house teams to take control of their content, and have worked with leaders in the industry to be on the leading edge of emerging technologies.

The awards will be presented during the IBC Awards Ceremony, at 6:30 p.m., Sunday.

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Unboxing Sony’s white-hot PlayStation 4 ‘Destiny’ bundle

September 8, 2014 5:00 pm


Remember this (glacier) white beauty Sony announced at E3? Well, after three long months of anticipation, it’s finally here. %Gallery-slideshow221265%

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TiVo Touts New Mega DVR

September 8, 2014 9:52 am


With its new massive DVR machine, TiVo touts that there is more to the new TV marketplace than just streaming video. TiVo’s new “Mega” DVR can record and hold 4,000 hours of high-definition (HD) TV
content — 26,000 hours of standard-definition (SD) video.

‘Destiny’ launches tomorrow — watch us play it live today!

September 8, 2014 9:45 am


The folks who created Halo have a new game, Destiny, and it launches tomorrow on both last-gen and current Xbox and PlayStation consoles. While that prospect might be enough for some folks, there are no doubt many more of you unsure if Destiny is worth your ducats. Thankfully, the game’s servers are online one day early and we’ve got a PlayStation 4 copy handy to give it a live run before it’s officially available tonight at midnight (via retail and for pre-load on current-gen consoles). Join us for a jaunt through the next big online game from Bungie Studios, just beyond the break. And bring your best Peter Dinklage impersonation!

Filed under: Gaming, Software, HD, Sony, Microsoft


Will Wheeler’s challenge be enough to up operators’ broadband game?

September 4, 2014 1:28 pm

FCC chief challenges providers to push more speed

Seems I’m not the only one pining for 1 Gbps Internet; turns out someone with a little more clout, FCC boss Tom Wheeler, feels the same way.

Wheeler, speaking at 1776, a startup incubator in Washington, D.C., said “meaningful competition for high-speed wired broadband is lacking and Americans need more competitive choices for faster and better Internet connections, both to take advantage of today’s new services, and to incentivize the development of tomorrow’s innovations.”

The FCC’s has defined broadband as 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps up.

But, with 60% of peak-period Internet activity consisting of bandwidth-intensive content, like video, it’s begun to change its tune.

And that, obviously, is a good thing.

Assuming an HD movie requires 5 Mbps and super HD requires 7 Mbps, it’s easy to see that most American homes – many of which have six connected devices or more – easily need a connection with 25 Mbps or more speed, something 20% of Americans currently don’t have access to, NTIA data shows, and something Wheeler believes should be “table stakes in 21st-century communications.”

In fact, nearly 10% don’t have access to 10 Mbps Internet.

Much of the problem, Wheeler said, is that “users cannot respond by easily switching providers.”

“As a result, even though there may be competition, the marketplace may not be offering consumers competitive opportunities to change providers, especially once they’ve signed up with a provider in the first place,” Wheeler said.

Back to the Giga-speed.

The FCC points out that Kansas saw a “97% surge in speeds to 34.4 Mbps after Google announced its fiber deployment in Kansas City;” it was the biggest year-over-year jump in bandwidth of any state in the U.S. When Google announced plans to deploy in Austin, TWC trotted out a 300 Mbps offering (the top Tier had been 50 Mbps), and AT&T joined the 1 Gbps show (they offer it now for $70 a month). As Cox and CenturyLink have begun to turn up speeds in their footprints – Cox promises 1 Gbps speeds across its entire footprint within a year or so – competitors have responded.

“A year ago, Cox Cable said it wouldn’t be upgrading to gigabit networks because it would cost billions. Now it says it will, starting with communities where Google and CenturyLink are deploying fiber.”

Wheeler, meanwhile, wants that competition to heat up even more.

He’s put together a four-point policy framework to help goose providers into adding more speed to American’s Broadband:

  1. Where competition exists, the Commission will protect it.
  2. Where greater competition can exist, we will encourage it.
  3. Where meaningful competition is not available, the Commission will work to create it.
  4. Where competition cannot be expected to exist, we must shoulder the responsibility of promoting the deployment of broadband for the sake of consumers and innovators.

SNL Kagan has an interesting study of 1 Gig deployments and planned deployments.

You know who’s ahead? In a big way? It’s not cable operators… it’s telcos… and, of course, Google.

Telcos have 1 Gbps offerings up in 14 major markets, and have announced plans for 20-plus more.

AT&T GigaPower is up in Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth; CenturyLink is deployed in 11, including Phoenix, Seattle-Tacoma, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Omaha. AT&T has announced plans for San Jose, Houston and San Antonio, Texas, Miami and Jacksonville, Fla., Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston-Salem, N.C., Nashville and Kansas City.

Google Fiber, of course, has launched in Kansas City and in Provo, Utah, and has begun deploying in Austin. It has plans for, perhaps, dozens of additional deployments.

Even Cincinnati Bell has announced a deployment in the Cincinnati metro area.

Verizon, meanwhile, has kicked up its top offering to 500 Mbps, and with no significant competition in its threat in its footprint of a 1 Gbps service, it’s likely to stay there awhile.

On the cable side, well, far fewer announcements – and no deployments – of residential 1 Gbps service so far.

Cox says it’ll have 1 Gbps soon in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha and promises to be across its footprint in 2016; Time Warner Cable is promising 1 Gbps service in Los Angeles, Suddenlink plans to offer 1 Gbps service across its footprint by 2016 and Comcast has a limited 505 Mbps offering.

How long will it really take to get 1 Gbps service to a majority of Americans?

I’m with you, Tom; I think it will be far too long. It’s time to turn up the heat.

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Doing 4K Live Streaming on Your Website

September 4, 2014 1:23 am


Interested in doing 4K live streaming on your website? We crack down on the “super HD” buzzword and discuss what you will need to serve your viewers in 4K. Covers some of the hurdles to expect, on your end and the viewers. Ultimately, it shows how to be ahead of the curve for those who […]

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Best TV shows online: Top 7 Online Shows

September 1, 2014 9:18 am


Streaming video has quickly become a natural setting for scripted drama and comedy. With Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and more, you can watch at …

CP Plus introduces i-Wizard, an Intelligent Video Surveillance solution

August 4, 2014 6:56 am


The i-Wizard supports triple streaming, each with its own codec, frame and bitrate. Two of the streams can support full HD resolution and one stream

All-In-One Live RTMP Video Streaming Hosting Plans

September 8, 2013 12:00 pm


StreamingVideoProvider has just released the EzeCaster Pro HD All-in-One Video Encoder box.

It comes packed with features such as Multi Bitrate, Full 1080p HD Streaming to iOS, Android and Flash; Fully controllable from your Panel; Remote Start/Stop Broadcasting & Recording + many, many more features.