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The HDR Challenge

This current generational upgrade for TV is happening in two waves, the first we've already seen (increased resolution – 4K UHD); the second is the inclusion of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wider Colour Gamut (WCG), posing a different challenge for the industry. It's clear that there is now little doubt that Ultra High Definition (UHD) will replace ...

Netflix Second Quarter Results Should not be Evaluated in Isolation

Netflix announced a lower than expected 1.7 million global net additions in Q2 2016, below expectations of many onlookers, as well as its own. It largely blames the recent announcement of price rises and subsequent increase in churn. However, these results are not entirely surprising. There are a number of factors to consider when monitoring Netfli ...

DVD Royalties - The Final Curtain

A longstanding and contentious issue for the optical disc replication industry has been the requirement to pay a royalty to a number of patent pools on each good disc manufactured. CD royalties expired in the early part of the last decade, except in the USA where they were enforced until 2008. Since 2013 the essential patents required for DVD produ ...

Starz Deal Strengthens Lionsgate Market Reach

The marriage of Lionsgate and Starz has finally reached the altar following the announcement that Lionsgate will acquire Starz for $4.4 billion in cash and stock. The move will bring Lionsgate a new conduit to the valuable US cable market as well additional international and SVoD distribution. Starz will be able to lift its game in terms of origina ...

Have you heard of Twitch and eSports...is a Question I Often ask People

Video gaming has come a long way, appealing now to a wider demographic than ever, from casual app gaming through to truly immersive experiences offered by VR. However, popularity is not just limited to the playing of games, but also the watching of others playing; carving out a new genre of video content, a new sport, and a new form of sportsperso ...

DreamWorks Animation Acquisition will Boost Universal Studio's Genre Portfolio

NBCUniversal, owned by cable giant Comcast, is buying DreamWorks Animation (DWA) for $3.8bn cash (total value of the transaction is $4.1bn including debt). The deal will significantly lift Universal’s capability in animation, which is consistently a key part of the children’s genre offering across all media.DreamWorks Animation was separated from D ...

Never Mind the Audio, Feel the Smart Home Interactivity!

At Google I/O last week, the company unveiled its response to Amazon Echo, Google Home, a compact wireless speaker with access to a range of music services including Google's own Play Music and GoogleCast, enabling multi-room audio. Android's Google Assistant and Google Now will provide far-field voice control for services interaction as well as sm ...

Amazon's Trail-Blazing Growth Continues

Amazon broke the $100 billion sales barrier in 2015 and is continuing to show unrelenting growth into 2016, with Q1 revenue up 28% to $29.1 billion. In addition to organic expansion of its e-Commerce business through wider product range and geographical reach, services are growing at 60% and now account for over 25% of revenue. 40% of 2015 operatin ...

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