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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, [...]

VMAs Drop On TV; Jump Via Streaming

MTV’s 2016 Video Music Awards drew just 6.5 million viewers on TV, down from 9.8 million a year ago, but consumption via streaming jumped. Like last year, the award show was televised on 11 of Viacom’s cable networks. But young viewers who [...]

Digital TV Viewing Jumps on Roku, Xbox as Laptops, Apple’s IOS Take a Hit: Study

The promise of TV everywhere apps like HBO Now and WatchESPN is that cable subscribers can catch their favorite shows no matter where they’re watching. But it turns out that to most people, “everywhere” increasingly means the [...]

Media Research Industry Poised To Realign As MRI Parent GfK Goes Into Play

With all eyes peeled toward financial questions surrounding one of the largest media researchers — comScore — another biggie, Germany’s GfK, reportedly has put itself on the block. According to a report by Germany’s Wirtschafts [...]

NBC’s Olympic ratings drop while online viewership surges: ‘There is a cultural shift’

As the United States leads the Rio Olympics 2016 with the most medals of any country, NBC is struggling to win ratings gold this season as TV viewing habits and online consumption has become a game changer for the network. NBC’s coverage of the [...]

OTT Innovator Helps Build a New Platform

Mike Aragon has had a front row seat during the recent rise of over-the-top video services. After working at the corporate development group at Sony Pictures, he shifted gears and spent about eight years on the PlayStation Network team as the [...]

LG OLED TVs Anchor Democratic & Republican National Conventions

LG Electronics USA had its OLED TVs front and center at both parties’ national conventions last month. LG’s OLED TVs were named the “official TV” of the recently concluded 2016 Democratic National Convention in [...]

Ted Sarandos says Netflix to spend more on original content

Netflix may have experienced slower than expected subscriber growth in the second quarter, but that won’t stop it from putting money where its streaming mouth is. During an appearance at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills [...]

Vizio Being Sold To LeEco

American TV manufacturer Vizio is being sold to Chinese technology company LeEco for about $2 billion. Vizio will be operated as a wholly owned subsidiary.

Verizon Hires Ex-YouTube Exec Ivana Kirkbride as Go90 Content Chief

Ivana Kirkbride, a former YouTube executive who most recently worked at video startup Vessel, has joined Verizon’s Go90 as chief content officer. L.A.-based Kirkbride will lead the development of original programming for Go90, which the telco [...]

E3 News That Matters To Installing Dealers, A/V Retailers

Microsoft’s Xbox One S, at $299, will compete with more expensive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players, currently priced at $399 from Samsung and Philips, for a spot in home entertainment systems, given its inclusion of a 4K Blu-ray player, 4K streaming [...]

Netflix Discloses Binge-Viewing Data

When Netflix borrowed a selling point of complete TV show seasons on DVD for its original streamed series, the social phenomenon of binge viewing — watching consecutive episodes — was created. It’s a strategy Netflix wants to employ with its [...]

Warner Bros. Forms Over-the-Top Video Division

Warner Bros. has formed Warner Bros. Digital Networks, aggregating the studio’s owned digital video and over-the-top video services and focused on expanding its reach into direct-to-consumer entertainment. The new division will be led [...]

Mediamorph Lands Hulu Deal

Mediamorph said Hulu has picked the cloud-based rights management firm to help the OTT-SVOD provider improve its contract management capabilities and assess the financial value of its growing content library.

Paramount: A Laborious Process Behind UHD Blu-rays

In April, Paramount Home Media Distribution announced Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness would be its first Ultra High-Def (UHD) Blu-ray Discs, hitting retail on June 14. But the work to get the discs made properly for 4K players and TVs [...]

Samsung 4K Blu-ray Player Gets UHD Alliance Certification

Samsung’s UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the only 4K Blu-ray player available in the U.S., has become the industry’s first 4K Blu-ray player to get its performance certified by the UHD Alliance (UHDA).

Samsung 4K SUHD TVs Roll Out As Company Plays 4K Blu-ray Catch-Up

Samsung has begun rolling out an expanded lineup of 16 SUHD-technology 4K Ultra HD TVs with a mix of flat and curved screens, all meeting or exceeding the minimum performance criteria established by the Ultra HD Alliance (UHDA).

Dish Streaming Netflix in 4K UHD

Dish Network has begun streaming select Netflix content such as Marvel’s “Daredevil” and original political series, “House of Cards” in 4K Ultra HD resolution via its updated Hopper 3 DVR and a compatible 4K television.

Comcast Eyes Standalone Option for Stream TV Service

Stream TV, Comcast’s in-home, managed IPTV service that’s being offered in two markets, has entered the news cycle again, and again there seems to be some confusion about how it’s being delivered into the customer’s home.

Starz Follows HBO, Showtime Over-the-Top

Following the lead of its better regarded rivals, Starz introduced a direct to consumer retail service, hoping that a cheap price will appeal to potential subscribers.  Starz costs $8.99 per month and is available via Apple and Google.  The [...]

Sony To Bow 4K Ultra HD Movie Streaming Service

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will launch its 4K Ultra HD movie streaming service in the United States April 4.  The service, called ULTRA and powered by the Sony Pictures Store (www.sonypicturesstore.com), will be available on Sony 4K Ultra [...]

Variety

‘Dolby Vision’ Aims to Open Eyes at CES

‘Dolby Vision’ Aims to Open Eyes at CES: As the Consumer Electronics Show opens its doors in Las buy Viagra 100mg online Vegas with a heavy emphasis dgfev online casino on Ultra HD 4K television, Dolby has stepped in with an announcement about [...]

Variety

‘Digital HD’ Has Hopes High at Studios’ Home Entertainment Divisions

There’s a tipping point in sight for the home-entertainment business, one in which consumer spending on titles delivered digitally best online casino as purchases, rentals and through subscription streaming will edge past spending on packaged [...]

CEA, DEG Team For Ultra HD Initiative

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and the Consumer Electronics Association Nov. 12 announced a new collaboration to help develop and promote Ultra High-Definition (Ultra HD or UHD) televisions, compatible products and 4K best online casino [...]