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PBS Kids Unveils New ‘Playtime Pad’ Tablet to Deliver Video to Young Viewers

Kids will no longer require a TV or computer screen to watch their favorite PBS programs. The public broadcaster, which in recent months has taken several aggressive steps to broaden the distribution of its educational kids’ programming, said it [...]

VR on the Lot Confab: Will Virtual Reality Have Own Category in Hollywood?

The current state of virtual reality is reminiscent of the early days working on Avatar, said Maleficent director and Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg, during his keynote at the two-day VR on the Lot conference, which wrapped [...]

Snapchat Hires New York Post President David Brinker for Role on Content Team

The newspaper’s parent company, News Corp., indicated Thursday that they were losing Brinker, who is also a senior VP global business development at the conglomerate. But the memo didn’t make clear where Brinker, who was key in driving digital [...]

Vertically Challenged

As Wall Street still waits for more consolidation among video distributors, many such companies are eyeing deals to buy content assets that they had jettisoned just a few years ago to unlock hidden value. So-called vertical integration, the [...]

DTS Play-Fi Wireless Audio Ecosystem Preps Amazon Alexa Voice Service Support

Alexa support is coming to the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem. DTS and Amazon have announced plans to add Alexa Voice Service capabilities to the Play-Fi whole-home wireless ecosystem. Play-Fi is an advanced cross-platform wireless audio technology that [...]

Record Labels Welcome Rise from Streaming, But Songwriters Aren’t Smiling Yet

Earlier this week, the American recording industry celebrated the very good news that they made more money during the first half of this year than they did during the first half of last year — something that hasn’t happened in any [...]

4K Era Has Arrived In The Mainstream: CTA’s Joseph

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is bullish about 4K Ultra HD and emerging new video technologies. Communications director Jeff Joseph dropped some statistics on a small gathering of press members at this month’s CEDIA 2016 in Dallas, [...]

Irdeto, Scenarist Introduce Security System for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Irdeto, a digital platform security agency, and Scenarist, developer of Hollywood-standard multi-format authoring tools, have partnered to provide content owners with access to forensic watermarking for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. The partnership [...]

Pioneer and Onkyo Join DTS Play-Fi, 5.1 Wireless Coming

Networked, multi-room audio is undeniably on the rise. While there are numerous proprietary systems out there that only work with one manufacturer’s products, DTS Play-Fi encompases well over a dozen brands and support for it is growing. Now, [...]