Tag Archives: High Definition

Yup, Verizon and AT&T Are a Lot Slower After Adding Unlimited Plans

Without some sort of independent internal audit, I won’t believe a single complaint from Verizon or AT&T that they need to throttle video to keep up with T-Mobile. While there’s no reason to believe these companies are intentionally manipulating their own service, we have little reason to trust them: telecoms are often a bunch of scummy liars. In rankings of the world’s fastest mobile internet speeds, the US is in 28th place. All these companies need to get their act together. – Rhett Jones, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/gkkejCX

New Jersey Investigating Comcast’s Use Of HD Fee To Raise Basic Cable Rates

Ultimately, the question is whether or not these fees count as rate hikes — not just for customers with the lowest-cost tiers, but for all pay-TV subscribers. Comcast maintains that the HD Tech Fee is simply a surcharge for customers who “possess High Definition equipment to enable access to high definition service.” Almost all cable channels now readily available in HD; manufacturers aren’t really making standard-definition TV sets or anymore, and you don’t see set-top box makers pumping out brand new SD receivers. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

Netflix reportedly rolls out support for HDR streaming (updated)

Netflix has quietly rolled out support for high-dynamic range video. Although it hasn’t made an official announcement, an executive at the company confirmed the feature earlier today. […] Right now, Marco Polo is the only show streaming in HDR, but Netflix did tell Engadget recently that Marvel’s Daredevil would take advantage of the technology as well. Either way, we’re trying to confirm the news on our end and we’ll update this story as soon as we hear back from Netflix. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

HD still driving European channel growth

The European Audiovisual Observatory’s MAVISE database says as of 2015 there were 5,370 available channels, excluding local channels and windows. High Definition accounted for 57% of the net channel increase over the six-year period. Other genres with significant net channel growth in the same time period were sport (11% of the total net increase) and entertainment channels (6% of the total net increase). – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Netflix will increase the price of streaming for its most loyal members

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While the record quarterly growth in subscribers (and resulting rising share price – up 124 percent in 12 months) give the company reason to cheer, the company’s most loyal subscribers in the US will get slapped with a price increase later this year. Customers on ‘grandfathered’ plans (ie. people who signed up years ago before new pricing tiers were introduced) that cost $7.99 for HD streaming will be given the option to continue streaming in standard definition (SD) instead or to pay $9.99 per month to continue watching in HD. – Ben Woods, The Next Web
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The Livestream Movi puts the power of a multi-camera setup in your pocket

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The $399 Movi, which ships in April, is small, about 2.5 inches long by 2 inches wide. The camera’s covered in a nice black or white soft touch finish, with red accents on the microphone grill and at the top of the device. The lens has a 150-degree field of view — about as wide as most small action cameras, though not as wide as the 170-degree lens found on a GoPro — and the battery will last you an hour. […] Livestream has built a 4K camera that isn’t necessarily going to floor you with beautiful imagery. Instead, the company focused on creating software lets you crop in on that 4K image while you’re live streaming to set up a number of completely different shots, essentially mimicking a multi-camera setup with just one pocket-sized camera and an iPhone. – Sean O’Kane, The Verge

How to Stop T-Mobile From Reducing YouTube Video Quality

 

One of the fine print details of the Binge On service is that all forms of streamed video are reduced to 480p quality — and apparently that includes video from services that aren’t even part of the Binge On program, like YouTube. So if you’re enrolled in the Binge On program, you’ll notice that YouTube videos look worse and still count towards your mobile data cap. And the unfortunate thing is that there’s only one way to solve it right now: disable Binge On completely. – Joel Lee, Make Use Of

HTC Slashes The Price Of Its Action Camera

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HTC cut the price of the Re camera to just $50 from $200, making it one of the least expensive action cameras on the market. It’s a capable little camera with decent image quality. Yet it’s hard to recommend even at this low price since its ecosystem of mounts and accessories pales in comparison that of GoPro or Sony. – Matt Burns, TechCrunch

Sky’s new Now TV box is full HD compatible after all

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[T]he new Now TV box is basically a rebranded Roku 3, and since that device supports full HD, 1080p streaming, we assumed Sky’s reskinned version would too. We were told yesterday, however, that Sky’s model was slightly different, in that it can only output at 720p like the first-gen Now TV box. As it turns out, this isn’t true: the new Now TV box does support 1080p, but Sky content will continue to stream at a maximum resolution of 720p. Also, there are “no immediate plans” to make the jump to full HD, as Sky would rather not hinge the user experience on the speed of your internet connection. By coming clean about its mistake, Sky’s actually made the £15 streaming puck a more attractive purchase. – Jamie Rigg, Engadget