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Nagra TVKey Looks To Eliminate Set-top Boxes Around The World

Swiss-based encryption-systems developer Nagra used last month’s CES 2017 to showcase a new conditional access (CA) platform that can eliminate the set-top box (STB) from the pay cable and satellite TV business paradigm, while bringing television manufacturers a potentially lucrative ancillary revenue stream. The company demonstrated at the show its TVKey platform, which is being […]

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 […]

I, CES, Robot

Of all the futuristic concepts conceived of in science fiction and turned into reality, one obvious concept has failed to materialize: Robots. It’s been more than 75 years since Isaac Asimov wrote “Robbie,” the first story in his “I, Robot” series, the first robot stories that didn’t entail an updated version of the “Frankenstein,” of […]

Is UHD Blu-ray The Last Gasp of Packaged Media?

It’s not exactly a secret: UHD TV sales are on the rise. Duh. According to DTC, sales of UHD sets are due to rise 142% this year, and are projected to reach 43.6 million units and 60% of the total market by 2020. What’s puzzling is why UHD TVs are selling well, considering the dearth […]

If Action Cams Are Over, What’s Next?

GoPro, the inventor of and leading seller of action cams, recently announced what it called a “deep loss” for its first quarter 2016. It was GoPro’s second straight quarterly drop after several years of storybook hockey stick ascent to top of the camcorder selling stack. Not that we want to kick a company when it’s […]

Welcome to TV’s 5th Wave

Chinese TV maker TCL, which has proclaimed itself the world’s third largest TV manufacturer (not necessarily third-largest brand, however), recently announced pre-order Amazon availability of its latest U.S.-bound, Roku-imbued not HDR/WCG entry-level UHD entries, which range in price from $600-$1,100. It’s springtime, so these new model introductions aren’t unusual in the TV world. But TCL’s […]

TV Alliance Strains Under Competition Vs. Cooperation Conundrum

Despite staging an elaborate CES 2016 press event to show solidarity for its next generation 4K Ultra TV standard and logo program, the UHD Alliance’s (UHDA) effort is not as unified as the group’s leadership would like us to believe. The group’s announced standards and definitions for premium 4K Ultra HDTV displays has been rejected […]

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 […]

Does 360-Degree Video Have a Future on the TV?

Judging from the number of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree imaging companies exhibiting at CES, 2016 will be a major year for this burgeoning format. Capturing spherical images and videos (that is, a video that spans a full 360 degrees horizontally and 180 degrees vertically) is nothing new, but until recently, the process was laborious. […]

Will UHDs Evolve Into Two-Piece Systems?

Considering all their app, Web browsing and streaming smartness along with complex 4K, HDR, WCG and HEVC processing needs, UHD TVs are getting nearly as computerly complex as your home PC. But while home PCs are trending toward single all-in-one, towerless, integrated monitor configurations, TVs may be slowly—very slowly—moving in the opposite direction, to a […]