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Progress never stops in the video and TV world with resolutions creeping ever higher. It took a while for us to finally get 1080p programming to support the TVs that had been around for years. Further infrastructure advances took us to 4K resolution TVs, and while there aren't any 4K resolution primetime shows from major networks, owners of those TVs can get their fix with movies, Netflix, streaming content, and digital rentals. Samsung and many other TV makers are looking past 4K TVs into the 8K resolution future. As with any new video resolution technology, we are currently in a chicken or the egg situation with there being no 8K content despite Samsung having unveiled its Q900R QLED 8K TVs. Broadcasters... Read more...
Facebook rolled out its new video platform called Facebook Watch about a year ago promising original programming for fans to enjoy. Initially, the service was only available in the U.S.; Facebook is changing that with the announcement today that Facebook Watch is rolling out globally. Facebook is also taking the opportunity to talk a bit about the tweaks it has made to the service since it launched. Facebook Watch has become more social over the last year making it easier for users to see what videos your friends liked or shared and is bolstering its feature set to take on the dominant YouTube. The social network also opened Watch to videos from Pages. Facebook video content ranges from original... Read more...
It took a little longer than we would have liked, but we’ve finally got the AMD and Corsair sponsored Raven Ridge giveaway system built up and ready to ship off to the winner! We put together a short video of the build process for those of you that would like to see how the rig came out. As you’ll see, with all of that beautiful Corsair gear and a streamlined AMD Raven Ridge APU setup, the system is super clean and tidy... The complete parts list for the system included: APU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Motherboard: ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 PSU: Corsair RM750X PSU Case: Corsair Crystal Series 570X Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM Storage: Toshiba TR200 SSD Keyboard: Corsair K70 Rapidfire Mouse:... Read more...
Most people who are shopping for a Ford Mustang, an RWD sports/muscle car, aren’t likely to be cross shopping that car with a Kia. However, with the new Kia Stinger GT on the market, the Korean sedan might be something that Mustang shoppers are considering in today's market. The guys from Throttle House took a Kia Stinger GT packing the twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive to the drag strip and pitted it against a Mustang GT automatic that does have aftermarket tires, different springs, and factory Magneride suspension. Anyone who's ever tried to launch an RWD Mustang on an unprepared surface with over 450hp on tap knows that it's not easy to do. The Stinger GT, on the other hand, has... Read more...
Thanks to the help of machine learning, creating great looking video is easier than ever. It even seems to be getting easier at an accelerated pace lately, and for those who don't have preexisting tools or skills to get a desired effect, it's a big advantage. Sometimes, cost of upgrade equipment might be a limiting factor, but other times, it could simply be skill level, or lack of time to invest in learning those skills. So, Google continues to help video creators of all levels. With technology simply called "mobile real-time video segmentation", Google uses machine learning to help separate the person in a scene from the background, resulting in the creation of two separate layers that can... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg has big aspirations of expanding Facebook into the professional video space and wants to bring independent content creators into the fold. It is an appealing proposition with Facebook able to reach so many eyeballs, though the threat of piracy could scare content creators off. To address that, Facebook has gone out and acquired Source3, a content rights management startup. "At Source3, we set out to recognize, organize and analyze branded intellectual property in user-generated content, and we are proud to have identified products across a variety of areas including sports, music, entertainment and fashion. Along the way, we built an end-to-end platform to manage online IP and... Read more...
American rock band OK Go is well known for shooting mind-boggling and eye-catching music videos. Their latest music video may be their best on yet. Their song “The One Moment” is a super-slow-motion 4-minute video shot captured in over just 4 seconds of real time.  Director Damian Kulash, Jr remarked, “The song ‘The One Moment’ is a celebration of (and a prayer for) those moments in life when we are most alive. For the video, we tried to represent this idea literally-- we shot it in a single moment. We constructed a moment of total chaos and confusion, and then unraveled that moment, discovering the beauty, wonder, and structure within.” The music video naturally required an immense amount... Read more...
Anyone who owns a significant number of shares in Netflix is about to have a good day. The streaming service reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal third period late on Monday, which in turn sent its stock price up by as much as 20 percent in after market trading. At the time of this writing (and prior to today's opening bell), Netflix shares are valued at $117.04, up over 17 percent compared to yesterday's $99.80 closing price. Netflix had a stellar quarter. It reported revenue of nearly $2.2 billion, an increase of 36 percent compared to the same period a year ago, and 40 percent of which came from abroad. This is the first time that Netflix's revenue has cracked $2 billion on... Read more...
A new standard is set to allow native HDMI output for devices with USB Type-C connectors. It could prove to be a great feature as more smartphones, notebooks, 2-in-1s, and tablet devices adopt the next generation USB interface and ultimately enable another option for these devices to act as media streamers or for big screen gaming on the go. Allowing HDMI output from USB-C could also give manufacturers the ability to eliminate HDMI connectors from their devices, to further slim them down or streamline their design. The HDMI licensing group is ready to set a standard on a specification that will allow USB-C to HDMI cables to come to market. The spec will offer support for HDMI 1.4b features as... Read more...
Over the last few weeks, ARM has revealed a number of details regarding its next-generation mobile processor IP. We posted news on ARM’s 10nm Artemis test chip here, which was manufactured in concert with TSMC, and also have numerous details regarding the upcoming high-performance ARM A73 CPU and Mali G71 GPU cores, due to arrive in premium mobile devices by year’s end.Today, ARM is taking things a step further and introducing another building block for next-gen SoCs (system on a chip), a new video processor codenamed Egil.When ARM’s customers license the company’s technology for their mobile processors, different components (or component configurations) are used to build a chip that targets... Read more...
If you're a content creator tied to YouTube and are itchin' for a change, Amazon's brand-new 'Video Direct' service is probably worth checking out. Amazon Video Direct is going to be a viable competitor to YouTube, but offers a little more flexibility with how you manage your content. And, because Amazon is behind all of this, you can expect excellent integration with the company's affiliate service. When content creators want to release their video on this service, they'll have four ways to do it. If everyone on planet Earth is welcome to watch, then the video will be ad-supported. Otherwise, it could be rented, offered as an add-on subscription, or be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video, where... Read more...
Google is taking another stab at the streaming TV market, this time through its YouTube division, which is prepping a paid subscription service called Unplugged. The streaming service is said to be a priority for Google and YouTube, which could debut as early as next year, providing everything falls into place.YouTube's Unplugged service would consist of cable TV channels streaming over the Internet. It already has the architecture in place to support such a service, so now it's a matter of getting media partners on board with the idea. To that end, YouTube has been in talks with several major media outlets such as NBCUniversal, Viacom, Twenty-First Century Fox, and CBS, though no agreements... Read more...
You can go ahead and set your recently purchased 4K television on the side of the road for garbage pickup, it's obsolete now. Just kidding, folks! Your 4K Ultra HD display is still tops, though at some point in the not-too-distant future you can bet that TV makers will try pushing 8K models onto consumers. The groundwork is already being laid with supplementary technologies like DisplayPort getting upgraded for the impending 8K revolution.Just this week, the Video Electronics Standards Associate (VESA, from here on out) announced that it published version 1.4 of the DisplayPort audio/video standard. It builds upon the advancements introduced in DisplayPort 1.3 and now has the bandwidth and compression... Read more...
One of the rumors buzzing around the tech world this morning was that IBM was in talks to acquire Ustream, a video streaming service claiming to have over 80 million viewers and broadcasters. Not long after rumors hit the web, IBM made it official, announcing that it now owns Ustream, which joins the company's newly formed IBM Cloud Video Services unit. IBM didn't disclose financial terms of the detail, though it did specify its motivation for doing the deal, which boiled down to a desire to extend its cloud platform and beef up its portfolio of video services that now spans open API development, digital and visual analytics, simplified management, and consistent delivery across global industries.... Read more...
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