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Netflix Goes (Almost) Global

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Netflix Goes (Almost) Global

Netflix announces a global expansion of unprecedented proportions at CES 2016, as now 130 countries (bringing the total to 190) are able to access the video streaming service.

In fact, it is easier to list the nations lacking Netflix access-- China, N. Korea, Syria and Crimea.

“With this launch, consumers around the world-- from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo-- will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously-- no more waiting," CEO Reed Hastings. "With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”

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A Glyph Headset to Replace the TV?

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A Glyph Headset to Replace the TV?

A startup named Avegant presents a wearable alternative to large TVs, if not home theatre setups-- the Glyph, a headset designed primarily for the consumption of media.

First seen in a January 2014 Kickstarter campaign, the Glpyh looks like the lovechild of a Geordi La Forge (from Star Trek) costume and a pair of oversized headphones. The band part of the headset rests on the nose via interchangeable nosepads, and projects images directly into viewers' eyeballs via low-power LED and 2 million micromirrors (microscopic aluminium mirrors transforming light into pixels).

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The Optoma HDCast Pro Streamer

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The Optoma HDCast Pro Streamer

Optoma takes on multimedia streaming dongles with the HDCast Pro-- a device users plug into projector or TV HDMI ports for wireless media streaming from smartphones, tablets or PCs.

It also streams movies, videos, photos, music documents and websites from home networks. A companion mobile device app allows smart devices provides zoom, play, pause, rewind and volume controls, as well as drawing and annotation of files on the big screen from a mobile device. The dongle is compatible with AirPlay, Miracast, MHL and DLNA, and streams 1080p content at 24 or 30Hz up to 10m away from the source device.

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Kaleidescape Intros Encore Product Lineup

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Kaleidescape Intros Encore Product Lineup

Kaleidescape launches the Encore portfolio at CEDIA Expo 2015-- a home theatre product line including the first 4K/UHD player from the company, the Strato Movie Player.

The Strato plays 4K resolution media at up to 60fps, with high dynamic range and lossless multichannel audio support. It carries an optional internal 6TB HDD able to store either 100 4K movies, 150 Blu-ray quality movies or 900 DVD quality movies, and can be paired with other Encore components, such as the Terra Movie Server.

The Terra simultaneously streams 4K movies to up to 7 Strato players (or Blu-ray quality video to up to 15 players), enables system configurations with up to 50 players and provides players with performance-enhancing computing and caching services. Storage comes through 24TB HDD.

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Apple TV Gets Long Awaited Update

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Apple TV Gets Long Awaited Update

The September Apple event confirms another rumour with the announcement of the next generation Apple TV, one featuring the same form factor as the first Apple STB but running on a more powerful 64-bit A8 chip and featuring an App Store, new OS and a remote complete with touch surface.

"Our vision for TV is simple and perhaps a little provocative," Apple CEO Tim Cook says. "We believe the future of TV is apps."

As such, the new Apple TV runs on an iOS variant dubbed tvOS, while apps include the predictable likes of Netflix, HBO and Hulu, as well as a variety of games. Control comes through the aforementioned remote. It connects to the Apple TV via Bluteooth 4.0, offers a touch surface, gyroscope and accelerometer, and promises up to 3 months of use on a single charge.

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An Industry Team Up in Video Codecs

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An Industry Team Up in Video Codecs

A number of big industry names, including Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix, team up in the name of next generation video technology and form the Alliance for Open Media.

Formed with the aim to "create a new, open royalty-free video codec specification," the alliance should build on previous work in the field by its members, namely Mozilla's Daala, Cisco's Thor and Google's VP9/10. The eventual codec will interoperable, web-optimised and scalable to any device or bandwidth, with support for real-time video delivery.

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You No Longer Need a DC Adaptor to Power Your IR Extender

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 You No Longer Need a DC Adaptor to Power Your IR Extender

YZC Electronics, maker of smart home remote control IR extender systems, launches their new, versatile dual frequency-coded IR extender, the Flat IR Blaster.

The maker describes the Flat IR Blaster as “a breakthrough in the AV industry” in the IR Extender sector because you can now power up by a simple DC 3v CR2032 button battery.

Installers and their consumers now no longer need a DC adaptor to power up their IR Extenders. The designed-in low power consumption lets Flat IR Blaster’s replaceable ba Continue reading...

September Reveal for New Apple TV?

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September Reveal for New Apple TV?

BuzzFeed News suggests another date for the reveal of a next-generation Apple TV, following no showing of the STB at WWDC 2015-- the launch should take at the traditional September Apple event, "for real this time."

Why did the new Apple TV fail to appear at WWDC? BuzzFeed says Apple delayed the launch in order to "do a bit more work on it," leading to a WWDC keynote focusing on OS updates and the Apple Music streaming service. The extra work brings about a "more polished" product, with featuring a "refreshed and slimmer" chassis and internal hardware improvements.

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Epiphan Announces AV.io HD Video Grabber

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Epiphan Announces AV.io HD Video Grabber

Epiphan Video launches the AV.io HD-- a device the company describes as an easy-to-use video grabber for customers wanting to capture video from HDMI, DVI and VGA sources.

The AV.io HD allows users to connect any device with an HDMI, DVI or VGA output, including cameras, laptops, tablets, projectors, game consoles and embedded devices to a Windows, Mac or Linux PC without need for any additional drivers on add-ons.

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