Friday, 14 February 2014
High Def Digest
The two cable giants are officially set to merge into one massive technology and media company. Comcast and Time Warner Cable have announced a new deal that will effectively merge both companies through a stock-for-stock transaction. President and CEO Neil Smit will run the new cable company that will result from the merger.
Nielsen ratings are what help determine whether your favorite show gets another five seasons or gets unceremoniously cancelled before all of the first season airs. Nielsen was never perfect, but with the recent rise of internet based viewing, it's become broken. The company is preparing to remedy that though, and will soon be including households that have no television service, opting instead of internet only.
The folks at Samsung have found a way to take some of the attention away from UHDTVs, at least for a bit. They're boasting that at CES next week, we'll see a TV with a brand new shape. From the promotional video and picture, it looks like a 16:9 turned 90 degrees, but even more interesting is that it appears to be semi-transparent.
When people want a giant screen at a low price, or they want to pick up the biggest TV around, Mitsubishi has been accommodating. They've provided massive DLPs for the same price as much smaller LCDs and plasmas. They've also innovated and worked with different technologies, such as their use of lasers. That's all over, as it turns out. Mitsubishi has officially announced the end of its TV business.
The impressive Atmos sound technology from Dolby has just been attached to another major firm – 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' The followup to the incredible J.J. Abrams reboot of the Star Trek franchise will take advantage of everything Atmos has to offer, immersing audiences in sound and creating pinpoint audio locations. In other words, when the Klingon Bird of Prey passes overhead, you're going to want to duck.