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Wireless Video: Demand vs. Capacity

The forecast for internet video use from Cisco’s annual Visual Network Index continues to astonish. It estimates that, by 2021, 82% of all internet traffic will be video—up from an estimated 73% in 2016. That’s all internet traffic, both wired and wireless. Predictions for wireless video traffic are no less impressive: 78% in 2021 over […]

Many Monstrous Notes at CES 2017

While wandering around CES 2017, I was reminded of that scene in Amadeus, in which the Emperor Joseph II decides that the new opera by Mozart had “too many notes.” (The actual quote is “monstrous many notes” and referred to Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” but I digress.) That’s what I felt about CES—monstrous […]

The Future of Mobile Video Is… DVD Quality?

When you think of the future of video, what words come to mind? If you’re like most observers, you’re likely rattling around words like “4K” or “high dynamic range” or possibly “8K” and potentially “virtual reality.” Unless you’re a mobile carrier, that is. In that case, the future of video conjures up the phrase….480p. The […]

A 360-Degree Video Future? Codec is Key

Today, encoding standard 6:9 4K video footage is well served by the newest codecs. But getting to a future of fully immersive 360-degree video recording is where encoding will go next. That destination will be dependent on massive processing power and the most efficient codecs possible that deliver high-quality results. Consumers’ astounded initial reactions to […]

OLEDs Aplenty at IFA

A little less than a year ago in these virtual pages, I mused that perhaps instead of going it alone, LG ought to license its OLED technology to other brands in order to normalize the technology for skeptical consumers. It’s doubtful my presentation had any effect on LG’s business model decisions (although I flatter myself […]

8K TV is Around the Corner—No Kidding

Edward VIII was 39 years old when he was coronated King of Britain in early 1936. The eldest son of the late monarch, George V, the relatively young Edward was expected to serve a long tenure as monarch. But shockingly, less than a year after his crowning, Edward abdicated to marry an American divorcé, Mrs. […]

An Olympic Surprise

The Olympics is a chance for the world’s best athletes to test their mettle against their well-trained (and occasionally well-medicated) peers. But the games are more than a display of physical prowess; they’re a chance for the broadcast industry to flex its technological muscles as well. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil will be no […]

Will 8K Strangle 4K in the Crib?

Another Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone and, as expected, this year’s show was awash in 4K. There were 4K TVs, of course, but also 4K recording DSLRs, 4K recording drones, 4K recording smartphones and 4K monitors. Not surprisingly, we see a rosy future for 4K TV, forecasting unit shipments of more than […]