Move Over 3D Video, Here Comes 3D Sound


By Aldo Cugnini As Insight Media’s Chris Chinnock described last week in his column, several companies are now working on enhanced audio reproduction that goes beyond 5.1 channels. With 3D video, the developers maintain that a new “virtual” sound placement must be created to augment the 3D experience. Cinema technology providers Barco and Dolby are among the companies pushing […]

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Second-Screen Apps Penetrating Consumer Living Rooms


By Aldo Cugnini zeebox, a UK-based startup, has launched a second-screen app in partnership with some of the most influential media companies in television. In an unprecedented alliance, Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, HBO and Cinemax are all teaming with zeebox in an endorsement of a universal, cross-channel TV viewing companion app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and […]

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Will We All Soon Have ADHD?


No, I’m not referring to some new form of advanced-digital high-definition-whatever. I do mean the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. According to a recent study by the Nielsen Company, 88 percent of U.S. tablet owners and 86 percent of smartphone owners said they used their device while watching TV at least once during a 30-day period. […]

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Highlights from NAB — And Some Predictions


After recently spending four days at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, I’d like to offer my exhibit-hall perspective on what’s hot in the world of video content production and distribution. This year’s attendance was up — 88,044 registered attendees vs. last year’s 82,650. I don’t think this represented a […]

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