Making Business Sense of the HDR Opportunity

December 8, 2017 | 110 views

High dynamic range (HDR) video is promising to be the consumer technology to take the television experience to the next level—and for good reason. HDR offers a superior visual experience and provides more vivid imagery, brighter highlights, deeper and richer colors, and enhanced shadow details.HDR is not just about more pixels. It’s about better
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Fnatic is world's largest esports organisation, with professional teams in League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter Strike:Global Offensive, Heroes of the Storm, Call of Duty and FIFA. Fnatic was founded in 2004 and in 2006 and 2009 Fnatic was awarded the Team of the Year award. Today, our teams have won numerous titles and over 5 million fans and follow us across our social media (Facebook, Twitter & YouTube). Many more millions watch our teams compete at the largest esports events, which is estimated to have 300+ million regular viewers next year. Fnatic's HQ is located in the heart of London, United Kingdom.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

Article | June 21, 2021

Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Article | August 4, 2022

Apple is continuing to investigate headsets like its "AR Glasses," as part of its exploration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems. One such headset in future may utilize sensors that can detect angular rotation, such as that experienced when the device is placed on a user's head or removed. "[It] may be beneficial for the VR headset to be able to detect when a head-worn device (e.g., headset, eyeglasses, headphones, etc.) is being removed from the user's head, is being placed on the user's head, or both," says Apple in US Patent No. 10,557,724, "Angle detection of a rotating system using a single magnet and multiple hall sensors."

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Game On: These Entertainment Stocks Hit New Levels

Article | August 2, 2022

Some Chinese entertainment stocks listed in the U.S. got a boost last week after the People Bank of China (PBOC) said it would pump $173 billion into the economy. Since news of the report from Beijing hit the street, one of the biggest gainers was Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) NetEase, a partner of California-based Blizzard Entertainment in China, traded as low as $317.48 per American depositary share within the last couple of weeks, and soared as high as $347.95 apiece last week. NetEase rolled out its international presence in recent years in Japan and North America, lowering its China dependency.

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The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

Article | February 10, 2020

Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-generation machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to the 4K/HDR-capable machines of today, and that divide will grow even larger once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future? More than once console makers have tried to break new ground, by focusing on functionality beyond gaming, but for the most part those attempts have failed. Nintendo has found the most success with specialized hardware that still focuses on games first, while Sony and Microsoft have seemingly understood that building powerful general purpose machines that are akin to PCs is their best and safest bet.

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Fnatic

Fnatic is world's largest esports organisation, with professional teams in League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter Strike:Global Offensive, Heroes of the Storm, Call of Duty and FIFA. Fnatic was founded in 2004 and in 2006 and 2009 Fnatic was awarded the Team of the Year award. Today, our teams have won numerous titles and over 5 million fans and follow us across our social media (Facebook, Twitter & YouTube). Many more millions watch our teams compete at the largest esports events, which is estimated to have 300+ million regular viewers next year. Fnatic's HQ is located in the heart of London, United Kingdom.

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Digital Trends | December 31, 2018

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Is Netflix planning a new Ultra plan for 4K HDR in Europe?

Digital Trends | July 05, 2018

Netflix is one of the most affordable methods of getting the latest and greatest video content on the market, thanks mainly to its ever-growing catalog and generally steady subscription prices. But now, the popular streaming service may be looking into raising costs for folks in Europe, though that news may not be as alarming as it sounds. According to a report from Italian blog Tutto Android, Netflix is considering the addition of a new tier of service that gives subscribers access to HDR content. This would be in addition to content that is already available on the Premium plan.

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Digital Trends | December 31, 2018

The advent of UHD 4K resolution has been a major boon to gaming, as it brought crisper resolutions and finer detail to graphics. However, while 4K is an appreciable upgrade, if you’re not playing with High Dynamic Range (HDR) enabled you’re not getting the full experience from your 4K TV or games. Both of Sony’s current consoles — the PlayStation 4 and the 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro support HDR, provided you have the proper display and the right setup. We’ve put together this guide on how to set up HDR gaming on your 4K/HDR TV and PS4 or PS4 Pro consoles for more colorful, vibrant games.Make sure your console is connected to an HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2-compliant port on your TV. You might think that because you have a 4K/HDR TV, all ports would be usable, but in most cases only one or two ports are HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2-enabled. What is more surprising is that the compatible HDMI port you need is not necessarily HDMI 1. Sometimes TV manufacturers label the ports so you know by looking, but even those labels can be misleading. To be absolutely sure, check out the specs section for your TV’s model at the manufacturer’s website to determine which HDMI ports support HDMI 2.0a, and use one of those for your console.

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