TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Amazon | September 29, 2022
Amazon announced upgrades to its industry-leading Fire TV family, including the next generation Fire TV Cube—Fire TV’s most powerful streaming media player yet—and Alexa Voice Remote Pro, a premium remote with an all-new Remote Finder and customizable buttons.“The all-new Fire TV Cube is a big step forward for Fire TV—it’s the fastest, most powerful, and most versatile streaming media player we’ve ever made,” said Daniel Rausch, vice president of Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services. “This Fire TV Cube’s powerful processing and Wi-Fi 6E support deliver an incredibly smooth streaming experience, and HDMI input means you can instantly extend the simplicity of Fire TV and hands-free Alexa control to your home entertainment system. With Alexa Voice Remote Pro, we’re making it easy to find a misplaced remote and get to the apps and content you love.”
Fire TV Cube—Enhanced Power and Speed
The third generation of Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s best Fire TV streaming media player yet, with a new octa-core 2.0 GHz processor that makes it 20% more powerful than the previous generation. The supercharged processor increases app launch speeds, making this Fire TV’s smoothest and most fluid streaming media player experience to date. Fire TV Cube can be controlled entirely hands-free with Alexa and includes support for cinematic 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and immersive Dolby Atmos audio. Plus, it offers a range of new features, including an HDMI input port, Wi-Fi 6E support, and Super Resolution Upscaling.
An industry-first, Fire TV Cube includes an HDMI input port, giving customers the flexibility to bring their entertainment devices together by directly connecting compatible cable boxes, Blu-ray players, and more devices. Now, customers can just say, Alexa, tune to ESPN on cable” instead of manually changing inputs to get to the content they want. With Fire TV Cube, customers can easily control live TV, cable boxes, and on-demand streaming via Fire TV’s Alexa Voice Remote or hands-free with Alexa. Fire TV Cube also features an additional USB port for easy connection to compatible webcams for video calling with Alexa Communications—simply say, Alexa, call mom” to connect with family or friends from the largest screen in the home.
Fire TV Cube is the first streaming media player in the industry with Wi-Fi 6E support, giving customers with a compatible router the ability to enjoy a smooth entertainment experience with less interference from other Wi-Fi devices in the home. It also features a new Ethernet port if you need a wired network connection.
New to Fire TV Cube is Super Resolution Upscaling, which provides enhanced picture quality by seamlessly converting HD content into 4K for greater detail, contrast, and clarity. With Super Resolution Upscaling, content—from movies originally made in HD to grainy family photos—will look sharper on a 4K display.
Alexa Voice Remote Pro—Remote Finder Feature, Customizable Buttons, and Backlighting
Alexa Voice Remote Pro is a new premium remote built to help customers spend more time streaming and less time searching for the remote. It introduces a Remote Finder feature to help customers find misplaced remotes more easily. Simply say, Alexa, find my remote” or use the dedicated Remote Finder button in Fire TV app, and Alexa Voice Remote Pro’s built-in speaker will emit an audible ring to attract your attention.
Two new customizable buttons make getting to your favorite content and Alexa commands quicker and easier. You can personalize your remote by programming these buttons to create one-touch shortcuts to favorite apps, channels, and anything Alexa can do. For example, you could choose to program a button to have Alexa dim the lights, check the weather, or start an Alexa Routine for movie night. Alexa Voice Remote Pro also includes motion-activated backlighting that automatically illuminates the buttons when the remote is picked up in low-light settings.
Alexa Voice Remote Pro is compatible with most Fire TV streaming media players, Amazon Fire TV smart TVs, and Smart TVs with Fire TV built-in.
Accessible and Sustainable
Fire TV Cube supports Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA), allowing customers to directly connect compatible Bluetooth hearing aids. Both Fire TV Cube and Alexa Voice Remote Pro’s product and packaging are designed with sustainability in mind. Fire TV Cube is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change, earning the ENERGY STAR certification. As a part of Amazon’s commitment to helping preserve the natural world, Fire TV Cube and Alexa Voice Remote Pro both qualified for the Climate Pledge Friendly badge by achieving the Carbon Trust’s Reducing CO2 certifications, showing that their carbon footprints have been reduced year over year. To achieve this, both products used more-sustainable materials and implemented design changes to reduce their overall lifetime energy consumption. Fire TV Cube and Alexa Voice Remote Pro’s packaging is 100% recyclable in the U.S., made of wood fiber-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.
Pricing and Availability
The all-new Fire TV Cube is available for pre-order today in the United States for $139.99. Alexa Voice Remote Pro is available for pre-order today on Amazon.com for $34.99 in the United States. To see which Fire TV devices are compatible with Alexa Voice Remote Pro, check the compatibility checker.Amazon today also announced the new Fire TV Omni QLED Series with the new Fire TV Ambient Experience.
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TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
BeBop Technology | September 08, 2022
BeBop Technology, creator of the BeBop OS, a powerful, reliable, and fast platform for remote virtual live production and post-production workflows, announced a deployment with Grupo Globo, the largest mass media conglomerate in Latin America, to Google Cloud.
"Globo's transformation from traditional media conglomerate to a unified 'mediatech' company focused on its consumers is underway,"
-Marcelo Fontana, Technology Manager at Globo.
Globo provides local news, sports and entertainment to more than 50 million people daily from all across Brazil, from its main offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Recife and Belo Horizonte. Together with other partners associated with the deployment, Globo will migrate approximately 60% of its visual effects workload to the BeBop OS virtual environment on Google Cloud.
"We're proud to partner with BeBop and support Globo as it digitally transforms its business and migrates significant portions of its editorial, visual effects, and post-production workflows to the cloud,"
-Kip Schauer, Global Head of Media and Entertainment Partnerships, Google Cloud.
The BeBop OS provides seamless access to secure GPU desktops and convenient collaboration features, including high-speed file transfer, real-time and on demand review and approval, secure shareable links to send or receive content or streams, powerful enterprise features like Single Sign On (SSO), and the ability to access shared high-performance storage or BeBop Flex storage, powered by LucidLink. All of these features available in a single platform and for a single price differentiates the BeBop OS within the marketplace.
We're thrilled to be able to provide Globo with precisely the innovative, cohesive, and scalable solution they need to not only deliver on their business goals, but exceed them across nearly every metric, said David Benson, BeBop Technology President and Chief Product Officer. "The BeBop OS as the operating system on top of Google Cloud infrastructure delivers very specific and very significant value to the Media & Entertainment market.
The deployment of the BeBop OS on Google Cloud will enable hundreds of Globo editors and designers to be able to do their creative work virtually and remotely every day, no matter when or where they are. What's more, they'll be able to use the same software tools they use on premises, including Adobe Creative Cloud apps, Foundry's Nuke, Autodesk's Maya and 3ds Max, Maxon's Cinema 4D, and SideFX's Houdini.
The rollout is already underway with "É de Casa," a popular Saturday morning variety show that mixes entertainment, news, and culinary tips and airs on Globo TV Network. Over the course of the implementation, more than 40 Globo media channels, including free-to-air and pay TV, VOD, SVOD, PPV, OTT and streaming, will be completing their post-production virtually and remotely on the BeBop OS.
About BeBop Technology
Los Angeles-based BeBop Technology has sat at the intersection of art and technology since its founding in 2015. It is the creator of the world's most powerful, agile, and reliable platform for remote virtual post-production, the BeBop OS. For more information visit www.beboptechnology.com or connect on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Latin America's largest media company, Globo, brings together free-to-air and pay TV channels, in addition to digital products and services. Its linear channels speak to more than 100 million people in Brazil every day. And, thanks to its wide network of partner affiliates that covers the entire country, it is able to be local, regional and national at the same time. In 2018 it started its digital transformation journey, becoming a mediatech company, strongly supported by technology and focused on direct relationships with consumers. It provides audiences a complete viewing experience, which combines the ability to produce high quality content with technological expertise, with distribution on various platforms, such as TV Globo, a free-to-air TV channel; its 26 pay TV channels; its SVOD and streaming platform Globoplay; and digital products: news G1; sports GE.globo; and entertainment Gshow, among others.
MEDIA AND BROADCASTING,BUSINESS
Roku, Inc | August 22, 2022
Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU), the #1 TV streaming platform in Mexico by hours streamed (Hypothesis Group, Oct 2021), announces today the arrival of new Roku TV brands in Mexico: Aiwa, Daewoo, and Sansui. This builds on the Roku TV offering currently available in the country, adding more options for consumers looking for the perfect Roku TV for their family, lifestyle, and home.Aiwa, noted for having state-of-the-art entertainment products, arrives in Mexico this year with its inaugural Roku TV line. Now with the Roku operating system powering its televisions, Aiwa will offer a new experience in content consumption. The 32” Aiwa Roku TV (model AW-32HM2PRC) and 40” Aiwa Roku TV (model AW-40FM2PRK) will be available in stores in the country starting this August.
Known for its array of well-known consumer electronics devices, Daewoo offers three high-quality models: 32” Daewoo Roku TV (model DAW32R), 40” Daewoo Roku TV, (model DAW40HS), and 50” Daewoo Roku TV (model DAW50UR). Daewoo Roku TV products will be available in Chedraui, Soriana, Coppel, and the main wholesalers in the country.
With the launch of the Sansui Roku TV, the Japanese brand Sansui continues to invest in the Mexican market by introducing 32" HD Sansui Roku TV (model SMX32D6HR), 43" FHD Sansui Roku TV (model SMX43D6FR), and 55" UHD 4K Sansui Roku TV (model SMX55P7UR) that will be available from August this year at Chedraui, and at the official Sansui store on Amazon. Starting in September, the 4K version of the 43" model will be added to the offer of Sansui Roku TV.
"We are very pleased to welcome Aiwa, Daewoo, and Sansui with new Roku TV models in Mexico to bring the best entertainment to homes across the country and strengthening Roku's entertainment offering, With 12 TV brands now offering Roku TV models, consumers will be able to find the perfect Roku TV for their needs that allows them to experience a true smart TV with the incredible features that our televisions offer and enjoy their favorite content and the thousands of free and paid channels on the Roku platform.
-Arthur Van Rest, VP, International of Roku.
These three brands join the Roku TV offering in Mexico, which already includes Hisense, TCL, ATVIO, HKPRO, InFocus, JVC, Philips, Sanyo, and Sharp. Every Roku TV comes with the Roku OS experience built-in, with sizes ranging from 32" to 65" with broad coverage of screen resolutions including HD, FHD, 4K UHD, as well as 8K UHD and with advanced features such as HDR, Dolby Vision, and Quantum Dot support on select 4K models.
With a Roku TV, consumers will be able to stream their favorite TV series, movies, and all the entertainment they love. The Roku OS also features:
Private Listening – Users can listen to audio from the TV and stream privately, via a phone, or through a pair of headphones connected to the Roku mobile app.
Roku Search – Users can find the content they want to watch by searching by title, actor, director, and more categories. Content is ranked by price, so users can see if it is free or requires a subscription or purchase.
TV Casting & AirPlay – Users can effortlessly stream, control, and share content directly from iPhone, iPad, or Mac, with AirPlay by opening the casting icon on your phone or tablet and selecting your Roku TV. The content will launch automatically on your Roku TV and playback will begin. With all Roku TV models, consumers can enjoy free television through an antenna or via cable, and they can stream thousands of free and paid channels such as HBO Max, Netflix, Disney+, VIX, Prime Video, Paramount+, Tubi, Pluto TV, MUBI, Apple TV+, and more, as well as music services like Spotify and Apple Music.
About Roku, Inc.
Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. We connect users to the streaming content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. Roku streaming players and TV-related audio devices are available in the U.S. and select countries through direct retail sales and licensing arrangements with service operators. Roku TV™ models are available in the U.S. and select countries through licensing arrangements with TV OEM brands. Roku is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. U.S.A.