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Distributor slips and says the PS4 Neo will launch before October

Shared on stocks website Boursier.com, the press release from Innelec claims that the “Neo 4K” (as the company refers to it) will arrive at some point in the first half of the company’s fiscal year, which lasts from April – September 2016. […] It’s worth noting that shortly after the news began to spread, Innelec released a statement denying any knowledge of the PS4 Neo. – Jacob Siegal, BGR

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

How Univision is beating the competition to 4K sports streaming

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This week, during an exhibition football (soccer) match between Mexico and Senegal in Miami, Univision Deportes tested its first-ever live 4K stream. NeuLion, which was responsible for encoding the signal and pushing it to an Android TV app, claims that hadn’t been done for sports before in the United States. The firm says it previously worked with BT Sport, a channel from the United Kingdom, on streaming a couple of 4K NBA Games in London, but those weren’t available for the public to watch. […] To be clear, it wasn’t a broadcast, but rather an internet stream, not unlike watching a 4K show on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. The main difference is that the game was streamed in real time. To make that possible, Univision says it made a “significant” production investment, though the company declined to say how much money it spent. – Edgar Alvarez , Engadget

4K Blu-ray has already lost to streaming

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But it’s not as if we didn’t see this coming. In 2015, Blu-ray and DVD sales fell 12 percent while digital-media sales jumped 16 percent, following years of similar trajectories for both categories, according to figures from the Digital Media Group. In fact, digital sales also surpassed physical-media purchases last year, clocking in at $8.9 billion compared with $8 billion. And let’s not forget about streaming subscriptions, which jumped 20 percent to reach $5.7 billion. In other words, 4K Blu-ray is launching at the worst time for disc-based media since the advent of DVDs. – Devindra Hardawar, Engadget

Nikon announces a 360-degree action camera

The KeyMission 360 is a small square, a bit bigger than the GoPro Hero Session 4, but not as much of a cube. It also, obviously, has lenses on the front and back. It’s also shockproof to 2 meters (about 7 feet), and waterproof to 30 meters (100 feet). The camera has electronic vibration reduction, too. Beyond that, Nikon hasn’t shared any more details like pricing, availability, battery life, or the field of view of each lens. – Sean O’Kane, The Verge

Blu-Ray Struggles in the Streaming Age

While consumers may want to stream all of their content, broadband speeds are still insufficient in many parts of the country or not reliable enough to provide a consistent, quality experience. “Streaming 4K content requires a sustained broadband connection of a minimum of 12 to 15 Mbps,” says Brett Sappington, another director of research at Parks Associates Research. “Since real-world broadband speeds fluctuate, homes need a connection of 25 to 50 Mbps in order to stream video at 4K quality. Only a small percentage of homes receive this speed today.” – Chris Morris, Fortune Magazine

Just after you bought a 4K TV for Christmas: UHD Alliance announces “UHD Premium”

While the core resolution of UHD remains unchanged at 3840×2160 pixels, any device bearing the UHD Premium logo will have to meet minimum specs for high dynamic range (HDR), peak luminescence, black levels, and wide color gamut, among others (full specs below). Effectively, the UHD Premium logo guarantees that the TV, device (such as a UHD Blu-ray player), or content fully supports HDR, and will work with UHD streaming services from the likes of Netflix and Amazon. – Mark Walton, Ars Technica

Warner Bros. Trying To Block Devices That Get Around 4K Video Copyright Protection

Last week, both Warner Bros. and Intel’s Digital Content Protection (DCP) filed a lawsuit against China-based LegendSky, the makers of a line of products called HDFURY, which claim to allow users to get around HDCP 2.2. Warner Bros. says this circumventing of HDCP enables users to “access copyrighted works, make and/or distribute copies of copyrighted works, create derivative works of copyrighted works, or publicly perform copyrighted works, all without the permission of the copyright owner.” Meanwhile, DCP, which licenses the HDCP technology to some 550 different manufacturers, stands to lose business with the availability of devices that render HDCP meaningless. – Chris Morran, The Consumerist via TorrentFreak

Warner Bros. will release 35 4K Blu-ray movies this year in glorious HDR

Warner Bros. recently announced that it has plans to release 35 4K Blu-ray movies by the end of 2016. Its initial launch features four titles, including Mad Max: Fury Road and The LEGO Movie, and the catalog will later expand to include movies like Pacific Rim. […] Manufacturers are already hedging their bets on 4K and HDR this year, and Warners is responding in kind; in addition to the Ultra HD releases, the studio plans on expanding on its selection with HDR from digital retailers, as well as Dolby Atmos on certain films. – Kwame Opam, The Verge
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