Phil Kurz: I’ve had a few “aha” moments over the past couple of months when it comes to ATSC 3.0 that have given me some much-needed peace of mind. While I do believe the ATSC 3.0 standard offers TV broadcasters a legitimate path forward to compete with the burgeoning world of digital media alternatives, I must confess I have had a nagging feeling for some time about consumer uptake of Next Gen TV.
Is MicroLED ready to compete with LCD and OLED for the Best TV crown? If Samsung and Apple get their way, an array of millions of tiny LEDs could oust OLED as the next big display technology. But it won’t be easy. Above, Samsung’s The Wall microLED TV is 146 inches.
Wall-sized TVs. Connected everything. Smart mirrors. Autonomous electric vehicles. The world’s thinnest laptop. This is everything that mattered at CES 2018.
Meyhem erupted at CES Wednesday as a power outage in the Central Hall shut down the giant tech conference, taking place in Las Vegas this week. Staff were told to close all entrances to the event, according to show management. Not even exhibitors were allowed into the event.
TOKYO (AP) — Troubled Toshiba Corp. is selling 95 percent of its TV and other visual products subsidiary to Chinese electronics maker Hisense Group as part of its effort to stay afloat. Tokyo-based Toshiba announced the 12.9 billion yen ($113 million) deal Tuesday. It’s set to be completed by or after February 2018, pending regulatory […]
Three presidents at the technology giant have been elevated to co-CEOs in the wake of a bribery scandal: Kim Ki-nam, Kim Hyun-sukand Koh Dong-jin. They will serve as heads of the company’s device solutions, consumer electronics and IT and mobile divisions, respectively.
The Wall Street Journal reports that cord-cutters accustomed to watching shows online are often shocked that $20 “rabbit ears” pluck signals from the air. Is this legal? “I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists,” says Dan Sisco, 28 years old. “It’s been awesome. It doesn’t log out and it doesn’t skip.” WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.
After years of insisting it wasn’t so, the TV Industrial Complex now admits that it’s contracting: The number of people paying for TV has been declining for several years. But that’s not the only part of the TV world that’s shrinking: Actual TV sets are disappearing from homes, too. After years of steady increases, the number of TVs in homes shrank to an average of 2.3 in 2015, down from an average of 2.6 televisions per household in 2009, according to the latest available data from the Energy Information Administration.
A key factor limiting the amount of quality virtual reality content available today is the cost of producing it relative to the number of people who have the technology to can view it. Imagine how that value proposition would change if the number of people who own a headset doubled in the next 12 months. If respondents to a survey by research firm Magid are to be believed, it’s a possibility.
E3, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, opened Tuesday in Los Angeles. The show has typically only been open to those in the video game industry and media that cover it. But this year organizers allowed 15,000 members of the general public onto the show floor.
TiVo said Carson will remain in his position until a successor can be appointed. He’ll remain an adviser to the new CEO and the board upon his leaving.
Starz said its app now works on select Samsung smart TVs, a move by the media company to further expand the reach of its direct-to-consumer programming. The news comes just a few months after Starz launched its app on Amazon Fire TV.
Nationwide SmithGeiger research finds next-generation ATSC 3.0 features increase consumer spending on, and accelerate purchase of, smart TVs.
China’s LeEco has scrapped a planned $2 billion acquisition of U.S. consumer electronics company Vizio due to regulatory issues, a fresh setback to the cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate’s expansion drive.
The yin and yang of consumer electronics and the broadcast TV industry means CES 2017 is the place to be in January for broadcasters who want a perspective on what will be on the minds and in the hands of their viewers in 2017. One look at this year’s CES schedule reveals just how big OTT and mobile are in content distribution and just how important the next-gen TV standard is to keeping TV broadcasters in the game.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wearable camera maker GoPro says it will eliminate about 100 jobs after its fourth-quarter sales fell far short of its expectations. GoPro says fourth-quarter revenue was $435 million instead of the $500 million to $550 million it forecast in October. The company lowered the price of its new Hero4 Session camera […]
Distance-measuring smartphones, exercise-charging battery packs and a toothbrush that’s also a video game controller are among Thursday’s highlights at CES 2106. A wide-ranging rundown from The Associated Press.
Sony plans to launch a 4K streaming service in the U.S. aimed at providing purchasers of its 4K Bravia TVs with some content to play on them. The transactional service will provide users of Sony’s new HDR TVs streams in the high-resolution Ultra HD format, complemented by High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology.
Taking a step further into the virtual reality industry, 21st Century Fox has acquired a minority stake in virtual reality smart glass manufacturer the Osterhout Design Group. As a result of the deal, 21st Century will become the chief outside investor of ODG and will provide entertainment content through a “strategic partnership.” Financial details were not disclosed.
Even moderately priced sets can now connect to the Internet and run Netflix and other apps — that’s the “smart” part. Yet many people are ignoring the built-in features and turning to Apple TV, Roku and other stand-alone streaming devices that often do a better job. The NPD Group estimates that roughly a third of smart TVs in the U.S.aren’t actually connected to the Internet. And researchers at Parks Associates found that even as more Americans are using smart TV functions, streaming device usage has grown even faster.
HDR, or high dynamic range, promises brighter whites, darker blacks, and a richer range of colors — at least when you’re watching the few select movie titles that get released in the format. Trouble is, there aren’t all that many of those yet, and other HDR viewing options are likely to remain scarce for the immediate future. Even worse, there are likely to be several different flavors of HDR, just to keep TV buyers on their toes.