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The Online Reporter no. 977

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1080p HD with HDR (and Wide Color Gamut) Suddenly Becomes a Very Real Possibility

Background behind this analysis:  NAB 2016, the National Association of Broadcasters’ trade show, was abuzz with  “high dynamic resolution” (HDR); not  so much its use for 4K content but more so the use of HDR and wide color gamut (WCG) to significantly enhance 1080p HD into a new, next-generation TV format called “Enhanced HD.” Proponents say that 1080p video with HDR and WCG makes a better first impression on TV viewers than 4K alone – and takes much, much less bandwidth than 4K and requires much less infrastructure changes. The media giants Ericsson and Technicolor are leading the charge to 1080p with HDR for broadcasters – and probably pay TV services too. Cellcos could also be possible candidates for 1080p with HDR.

Arris and G.hn Strike Again, This Time at Retail Market

 

DISRUPTIONS

FCC to Begin Review of ATSC 3.0 for Local Broadcasters

Home Viewing Beats the Theater Experience

The Best of Times, the Worst Of Times in the Processor Chip Market

 

PAY TV FIGHTS BACK

Sony Films for Sky’s Masses

 

VR/AR

YouTube Introduces 360-Degree Live Streams

Over 15 Major Media Companies Are Now Creating VR Content

Is VR the Gigabit App We’ve Been Waiting For?

NAB Used as VR Vantage Point for New Cameras

VR Will Complement Broadcasts

Sports Teams Now Practice with VR Headsets

AOL Acquires a VR Start-Up

Ericsson Want to Bring Augmented Reality to Broadcasters

 

4K / HDR / UHD

Ericsson: HDR Is a Better Investment, Even for 1080p Content

HDR Won’t Come Quickly

Technology Rushes on; Nothing Stands Still

1080p HD with HDR & Wide Color Range Is Absolutely’ Coming to Broadcasters & Consumers

Ateme Adopts Technicolor’s HDR Distribution Technology

HBO to Use Arris Gear to Deliver Content in 4K

Netflix Makes An HDR Promise

Sling TV Targeting Over-the-Air TV

Netflix’s Global Ambitions Could Change Stance on Content Downloads

 

ENABLING TECHNOLOGY

Kaltura & Encompass Team Up on TV Platform for OTT Services

New Comcast Technology Allows Broadcasters & Pay TV Services to Operate OTT Services

Disney Wants in on Major League Baseball’s Video Tech

Stre.am Introduces Live Streaming Solution to Content Providers

 

SET- & NET-TOP BOXES

Actiontec: Beam Anything from a PC’s or Smartphone’s Display to a TV

 

WIRELESS BROADBAND

Liberty Global’s Unitymedia Plans to Have 1.5m Homespots by Year-End

 

LIES, DAMN LIES & STATISTICS

Mobile Broadband in the Home Increasing; Wireline Declining

Parks Says Time Spent Watching TV: 28.8 Hours per Week

Split-Screen App Feature Boosts MLB’s iPad Live Viewing

Online Video Set to Swell 22% Per Year in Asia

 

DIGIGRAMS

VR Has Content Owners in “a Fever Pitch”

NAB Show: 4K, HDR, VR/AR, OTT & Drones in a Multi-Screen World

Verizon Gearing up for Next-Gen TV Service

Yahoo Dives Deeper into eSports

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