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YouTube and Universal to upgrade 1,000 music videos

YouTube and Universal Music Group are committed to fully upgrading nearly 1,000 music videos, remastering some of the most important works in the history of the format to the highest possible standards. Each week over the next year, more titles will be added, with all 1,000 titles expected to be available before the end of 2020. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News » http://bit.ly/2x6HHA3

Netflix quietly rolls out HDR video streaming support for Galaxy Note 8

Netflix has added the Galaxy Note 8 to its list of HDR-supported devices, which should make the format relevant to a much bigger audience when the phone is released on September 15th. The Note 8 will be the fourth phone to support Netflix HDR video playback, joining the LG V30, and Sony’s Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium. – Dani Deahl, The Verge http://ift.tt/2eynYA3

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

Music Industry Extends High-Res Logo To Streaming Services

The music industry’s logo designates downloads and streams that deliver better-then-CD quality sound at a minimum 48kHz sampling rate with minimum 20-bit resolution. The files and streams must be sourced from studio masters meeting the same minimums. The masters include digital masters created from analog masters. The logo program has been adopted by almost a dozen download services offering high-res music, RIAA said. – Joseph Palenchar, TWICE Magazine

Netflix is already looking beyond 4K

photo: BGR

“I think HDR is more visibly different than 4K,” said [Neil Hunt, Netflix]. “Over the past 15 years, we have had plenty of increments of pixels on the screen, and from what we saw with digital cameras, pixel count eventually stopped being interesting.” To the untrained eye (or even a well-trained eye), 25 megapixels vs. 20 megapixels becomes indecipherable. – Digital Trends via Jacob Siegal, BGR

Slow Netflix is driving people around the bend… Here’s what’s being done about it

photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire, TheJournal.ie

Virgin Media has said it’s looking into fixing a situation where some of its customers are experiencing slow speeds for Netflix or unable to access it at all. […] The problem appeared to have started last week with customers bringing up the issue on boards.ie. Many reported shows being broadcast in 480p instead of 4k despite having 240Mb connections. When some used a VPN (Virtual Private Network, used as a way to access content from other countries), they found the speeds increased. Using other services with the same connection did not see a drop in speed. – Quinton O’Reilly, TheJournal.ie

Can hi-res streaming turn digital from an enemy of sound to its new best friend?

Hi-res skeptics will likely make the same technical argument against Apple’s efforts that they’ve been making against Neil and everyone else who has attempted to improve digital audio: According to the Nyquist Theorem, the 44.1kHz sampling rate of CDs captures all the frequencies the human ear is capable of detecting, so the rest is pointless. CDs attempt to smooth those samples back into an audible wave at 16 bits, which leaves only imperceptible errors in quantization (the way digital technology takes all those samples and reconstitutes the analog curve that’s sent to your speakers or earbuds). – Douglas Rushkoff, Digital Trends

5 Ways Streaming Music Will Change In 2016

Pandora has no plans to abandon the personalized radio model it pioneered. Instead, it’s bolting on new features and revenue streams. Most notably, it’s branching out into on-demand streaming using the recently acquired assets of Rdio, the now-shuttered Spotify competitor. That means that in addition to personalized stations, listeners can hand-pick songs and albums from a library of millions of tracks. For Pandora, it adds a new revenue stream, albeit one that is still not economically bulletproof. But unlike online radio, whose royalty rates are decided by legislators and judges, on-demand streaming will let Pandora negotiate licensing costs directly with labels. – John Paul Titlow, Fast Company

Netflix Dropping Its “One-Size-Fits-All” Streaming Algorithm

Netflix is currently responsible for about 37% of all Internet traffic going to people’s homes, Variety reports, and much of that data was the result of the company’s coding system. Anne Aaron, Netflix video algorithms manager, tells Variety that the company realized the “one-size-fits-all” model wasn’t allowing customers to obtain the most optimal quality. That realization came in 2011, propelling the company to undertake the task of creating a unique set of coding rules for each title as a way to not only save bandwidth, but better the overall quality of the streaming video. – Ashlee Kieler, The Consumerist

How to stream Netflix in the highest possible quality

If you’re keen on viewing Netflix content in full 1080p HD quality, you’ll have to use either Safari on OS X or Microsoft’s Edge (or even Internet Explorer) on Windows. Meanwhile, watching Netflix on either Google Chrome, Opera, or Mozilla Firefox limits you to just 720p HD video. […] Of course, if you’re dead serious about enjoying the best quality video Netflix has to offer, you’ll want to make sure that you have an Internet connection that can keep up. To that end, Netflix recommends a connection of 5 Megabits per second for consistent 1080p HD video quality. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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