Interesting UHD blog from Renne Varro at Harmonic.
The premise that more pixels doesn’t mean better pixels is now well recognised amongst those broadcasters and content aggregators contemplating launching UHD services. There have already been too many comparisons with “TrueHD services” to make the case that resolution alone doesn’t guarantee success for UHD! If we make the claim that we offer TrueHD services delivered using 10-15 Mbps, which is currently the upper limit for HD premium sports delivered using H.264, we can quantify fidelity at access bitrates appropriate for typical DTH or broadband delivery.
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At Boxer we love the good things done by the chaps at Waka Waka and we wanted to take a moment and highlight their work to our lovely customers and suppliers.
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Following on from my recent visit to the 2014 International CES Show I wanted to post a few observations. There are many good reviews of the show like ces.cnet.com and techradar.com/ces so I wont list every single item I saw but I did want to comment on some trends and specific technologies of interest to me and relevant to my work world.
1. 4K / Ultra HD Screens - They're here, they're clear, get used to them
They were everywhere. LCD and OLED and by and large they looked fantastic, particularly the OLED. Unsurprisingly it seems that the manufacturers are still experiencing yield issues with OLED and when they hit the streets they will be a premium product. Several people were showing sub $1,000 displays and the upscaling from HD seemed to work well so it may well be that in a relatively short time, Ultra HD effectively becomes the standard. There was also lots of talk about increased frame rates which will be essential for some content. Note for us with Victorian-semis in the UK: the majority of 4K displays I saw were 55" and over. The only way that they will fit in my house is if they replace a load-bearing wall.
Today is the last day that Telestream's FlipFactory transcoding software can be purchased and I did not want to let this milestone pass without some comment.
In 2000 the broadcast world was a totally different place. Broadcast servers had only baseband I/O, video on the web was in its infancy and certainly not a revenue earning activity, and a 'cloud' was something that spoiled picnics. But, at this time, Telestream saw where things were heading and the future was file. After successfully helping to change how media was delivered with their ClipMail product, Telestream moved focus to making transcoding an enterprise, server based activity that could be automated and was designed for volume and FlipFactory was born.
It used to be so simple. Steve Jobs would take the stage and tell us all exactly what it is that we’ll desire and buy over the coming months. Choice was an unnecessary evil. There was just one iPad, one iPhone, and fewer customisation options across the entire Mac line than you’d find on a single Dell PC order page. In one of his more humorous presentations, the Apple chief even poked fun at Microsoft’s tiered Windows pricing by detailing five “different” versions of Mac OS X Leopard, each one costing $129.”Seriously, we have one version of Leopard, it’s got everything in it,” said Jobs, “and we hope you love it as much as we do.” But now things are different.
Pay a visit to Apple’s online store today and you’ll find four distinct iPhone options to choose from. There are the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — measuring 4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively — and there are the 4-inch iPhone 5S and 5C models, distinguishable by the quality of their materials and some internal specs like Touch ID. Factor in the full array of colour and storage options, and picking your iPhone becomes a choice from no fewer than 29 different variants.