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Amazon working on “Cinema Mode” for Fire TV to sync frame rate between video and TV

All Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks have always displayed their interfaces and content at 60Hz. This means that the image on your TV updates 60 times per second. The more often the image updates, the smoother things like the user interface and games will look. The problem comes when you play a movie or a TV show, which was likely shot at 23.976 frames per second, at that same 60Hz refresh rate. Since the number of video frames available do not match the number of times the TV screen is being changed, you end up with an issue called 3:2 pulldown. Since 23.976 does not divide evenly into 60, the video player must alternate between duplicating 3 frames half the time and duplicating 2 frames the other half of the time. This results in unwanted artifacts appearing on the screen, which are especially noticeable during fast motion scenes. – AFTVnews http://ift.tt/2zgGit3

Neil Young’s high-quality streaming music service will be called Xstream

In the post, Neil Young didn’t reveal when Xstream would launch, only that he will be announcing it “very soon.” He also didn’t get into specifics about what the service would cost, other than to say that he’s “insisted that there be no premium price for this service.” He went on to citing the difficulties that Pono faced with its music store, and that when faced with a choice, consumers will follow price, not quality. – Andrew Liptak, The Verge http://ift.tt/2p61Txp

ATSC 3.0: What you need to know about the future of broadcast television

ATSC, or Advanced Television Systems Committee, is the group that decides what over-the-air (and more) TV signals look like. Last year about 76 percent of US households subscribed to cable, satellite or fiber for TV, while 21 percent relied on antenna reception for at least one TV in the home. But that antenna number went up four points compared to 2014, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). – Geoffrey Morrison, CNET

4K TV Owners Rejoice: New Streaming Tech Deal Means Your TV Isn’t A Dead Duck

Under the terms of the new HEVC Advance scheme, for instance, the video streaming services would be looking at having to pay 0.5% every month for every 4K-related subscription on their books. So Netflix would have to pay around $0.06 a month for each subscriber to its $11.99 UHD package, while Amazon.com would be looking at around $0.50 per annum for its $99-a-year Prime subscribers. – John Archer, Forbes

Opera Max can now save data on streaming tunes

The services available to take advantage include YouTube Music, Pandora, Slacker, Gaana and Saavn. By using Opera Max with any of these services its said you’ll save up to 50% of your data compared to using them without. Opera Max can already offer data savings on video streaming and the technology behind this is similar. It uses optimizations powered by Rocket Optimizer, managing streaming audio traffic and can convert the streams to a more efficent, AAC+ codec from MP3 and MP4. The benefit to AAC+ being a quality sound delivered over a low bitrate connection. – Richard Devine, Android Central

Vinyl Record Revenues Have Surpassed Free Streaming Services Like Spotify

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In the new millennium, all physical music sales have been hemorrhaging market share thanks to iTunes pushing digital downloads out into the legal mainstream, and Spotify and other digital streaming services bringing whole catalogs to phones at a touch. But underneath the staggering 32.5% decline in revenues for CD sales according to RIAA’s 2015 mid-year stats, there is one stunning figure: vinyl’s revenues have grown 52.1% over the last year. – Ethan Wolff-Mann, Money Magazine

Tidal brings high quality audio streaming to everyone — for a price

Today a Swedish company named Aspiro is releasing a similarly high-end service called TIDAL, […] You can listen on iOS, Android, or a web app, along with 34 home audio systems including Sonos, all for $19.99 a month. […] you can absolutely tell the difference in sound quality between existing services and this one, and at times its 16-bit FLAC files can be stunning. Tidal is built on the back of WiMP Music, a goofily named Spotify competitor in Europe, and so it comes with a catalog of 25 million tracks that so far has had most of what I’ve searched for. […] What Tidal doesn’t have is great design […] Tidal’s black-and-white hodgepodge likely won’t impress you. And those huge files you’re streaming have downsides of their own: there’s a noticeable lag when you skip tracks as the file buffers; saving files to your mobile device can quickly chew through your storage; and streaming for even a few hours over LTE could be hell on your data plan. – Casey Newton,The Verge
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Rdio upgrades entire catalog to AAC and 320kbs streaming

Rdio has converted its entire music library to AAC format, offering up to 320kbps streaming across web, Android and iOS apps. Previously, Rdio offered 96kbps MP3 streaming as default. Now, Rdio users can now choose between streaming bitrates of 64kbps, 96kbps and 192kbps in the settings menu, with 320kbps only available to Rdio Unlimited subscribers. […] AAC is generally more data efficient — an advantage for mobile streaming — and offers better sound quality than MP3 streaming at lower bitrates. – Lexy Savvides,CNET
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