Facebook Enhances Oculus Business VR Capabilities

Facebook | June 16, 2020

Facebook’s Oculus Quest recently celebrated its first birthday. During the one year beta period, the company said, demand for VR for immersive training sessions and meetings grew. This is in line with what researchers at IDC found too. According to the firm, over the past few years, the popularity of VR reality tools at work has accelerated. In 2019, shipments of commercial headsets grew by 93 percent year-over-year, and the market’s predicted to grow by 70 percent in 2020. Also this year, IDC said the total worldwide spend on commercial VR could total as much as $7 billion, up from $4.5 billion in 2019. Facebook’s Oculus for Business has played a role in that boom. And during its time in beta, companies found a host of applications for the technology to boost productivity and empower distributed workforces, I’m told by Facebook.

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Program director Ron Cook explains what students can expect from Full Sail University's Entertainment Business master's degree program. In addition to advanced business principles, this program helps prepare students for the specific concerns of the dynamic entertainment industry, with courses that cover topics like product and artist management, entertainment media publishing, and curriculum that concludes in a final project requiring students to come up with a working business plan.

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Program director Ron Cook explains what students can expect from Full Sail University's Entertainment Business master's degree program. In addition to advanced business principles, this program helps prepare students for the specific concerns of the dynamic entertainment industry, with courses that cover topics like product and artist management, entertainment media publishing, and curriculum that concludes in a final project requiring students to come up with a working business plan.

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New ZVOX Sound Bar Features Industry-Disrupting Voice Clarity Technology So You Hear Every Word of TV Dialogue

ZVOX | July 05, 2022

ZVOX, the industry leader in dialogue clarification technology, has introduced a freshly designed ultra-slim sound bar, the AV355. This low-profile speaker is the latest in ZVOX's best-selling line of AccuVoice® TV speakers. The sound bar offers six levels of the company's patented hearing aid technology that lifts voices out from the rest of the soundtrack, as well as six levels of its new SuperVoice technology, which "softens" background sounds, so they don't interfere with voice intelligibility. Unlike competing products, the ZVOX algorithms boost and clarify voices without any significant volume or tonal change to other parts of the soundtrack. The AV355 is available now at ZVOX.com Amazon.com and Walmart.com for $199.99.The AV355 includes both digital and analog input options so it works with virtually any TV. The big, immersive sound is generated by three high-performance speakers with powerful neodymium magnets, along with a "virtual subwoofer" technology for extra bass. It also includes another ZVOX signature innovation, its Output Leveling feature that tames loud commercials instantly. The speaker has voice assistant compatibility so users can connect it with Amazon® Echo® products. Finally, ZVOX's PhaseCue® virtual surround technology delivers the room-filling 3D sound from this compact sound bar cabinet measuring 24" w x 2.2" h x 3.5" d. The AV355 is housed in a sleek, black molded cabinet with a colored steel grille available in black, bronze or graphite. The AV355 is purpose-designed to merge seamlessly and effortlessly with a user's current home entertainment system. For total user convenience, it can easily be programmed to work with any remote control. The inconspicuous yet elegant molded cabinet is strong and light, with a large, easy-to-read display that makes set-up and control a snap. And at just 24" wide and 2.2" high, the AV355 fits about anywhere and is easy to install either above, below, or next to any flatscreen TV. "Our proprietary AccuVoice technology is the 'gold standard' for clear voice reproduction. We have implemented a number of techniques used in the world of audiology to make dialogue easy to understand, even at low volumes. But the AV355 also excels with music and big movie soundtracks. The neodymium speakers create big, high-fidelity sound including surprising bass out of a slim, stylish cabinet that fits underneath most TVs." -ZVOX CEO Tom Hannaher. ZVOX: A New Kind of Hearing Company. Committed to enhancing and discovering hearing solutions for over 18 years, ZVOX was founded in 2003 by two long-time consumer electronics veterans. From its start as a traditional home theater speaker company, ZVOX soon gained success and industry recognition for its line of critically acclaimed sound bars and SoundBases. In 2014, ZVOX introduced a landmark technology that would change the company's focus and establish it as the unrivalled leader in dialogue clarity enhancement. ZVOX's patented AccuVoice technology uses advanced algorithms to mimic the function of a hearing aid, resulting in a dramatically new level of dialogue boosting and voice clarity. With the launch of its AV200 AccuVoice TV Speaker, ZVOX created a new category of dialogue clarifying soundbars, speakers and headphones and found a broader audience among the over-fifty-five demographic and consumers with mild hearing loss. Today ZVOX offers a variety of hearing-related products including speakers, wireless headphones, and hearing aids. Based in Swampscott, MA, ZVOX sells though zvox.com, Amazon, Home Shopping Network, and selected retailers including Magnolia stores within Best Buy locations.

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Xperi Acquires Vewd Software

Xperi Holding Corporation | July 06, 2022

Xperi Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: XPER) (“Xperi” or the “Company”) announced it has acquired Vewd Software Holdings Limited (“Vewd”) for $109 million through a mixture of cash and debt. Vewd is a leading global provider of over-the-top (“OTT”) and hybrid TV solutions that ship in more than 30 million connected TV devices annually. The acquisition establishes Xperi as a leading independent streaming media platform through its TiVo brand and the largest independent provider of Smart TV middleware globally. Furthermore, the transaction gives Xperi access to an installed European footprint of approximately 15 million devices that can be enabled for monetization, including activation of TiVo+, a free ad-supported TV service.Vewd Software Holdings Limited, founded in 2002 with main offices in Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and Poland, is an independent OTT software provider for Smart TV makers, connected car and video-over-broadband operators. Over 450 million connected TV devices have shipped with Vewd Smart TV Solutions from customers that include Amazon, Commscope, Hisense, Nintendo, Sagemcom, Skyworth, Sony, Swisscom, TCL, TPV Phillips and Vestel. “Xperi’s TiVo product offerings, when integrated with Vewd’s suite of streaming platform solutions, will help accelerate and scale the deployment of TiVo OS for connected TVs and expand our video-over-broadband offerings, Vewd’s global reach and expertise in providing support to content owners, TV OEMs, and SoC partners as they deploy middleware and OS solutions across various devices is tremendously valuable and further paves the way for additional monetization opportunities as we expand our global footprint of streaming devices.” -Jon Kirchner, chief executive officer of Xperi. The acquisition of Vewd also strengthens the growth outlook of our product business as we prepare to separate our IP and product businesses this fall. We expect incremental revenue of $10 million in the second half of this year, followed by substantially higher revenue and a positive EBITDA contribution in 2023, added Kirchner. We’re excited to join the Xperi family and look forward to combining the experience, skills and scale of both organizations to deliver new innovations for our clients. Together, we’re set to deliver more engaging experiences to the millions of viewers globally who enjoy TV shows, sports, and the movies they love through our platform, said Aneesh Rajaram, Vewd’s chief executive officer. As part of the acquisition, Xperi will add approximately 275 talented team members who will help further Xperi’s mission of enabling extraordinary experiences for millions of consumers around the world. The Vewd management team will continue to lead the business and will be integrated into Xperi’s management structure. About Xperi Holding Corporation Xperi invents, develops, and delivers technologies that enable extraordinary experiences. Xperi technologies, delivered via its brands (Adeia, DTS, HD Radio, IMAX Enhanced, TiVo), and by its startup, Perceive, make entertainment more entertaining, and smart devices smarter. Xperi technologies are integrated into billions of consumer devices, media platforms, and semiconductors worldwide, driving increased value for partners, customers and consumers. Xperi, Adeia, DTS, IMAX Enhanced, HD Radio, Perceive, TiVo and their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of affiliated companies of Xperi Holding Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other company, brand and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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Hisense Announces the Availability of the U6H Series Quantum ULED 4K UHD Smart Google TV™

Hisense | June 27, 2022

Hisense, provider of high-performance televisions and appliances, announces the availability of its first ULED Google TV™, the U6H. Serving as the brand’s introduction to the premium TV category, the U6H offers premium features like Quantum Dot Color, Dolby Vision IQ™ , and Game Mode Plus, at an affordable price. The U6H will be available in four TV sizes ranging from 50 to 75-inches. “We’ve worked hard over the past few years to put premium TV options within people’s reach, and we’re continuing that in 2022 with our new lineup, specifically with our U6H, With an even more robust audio and visual experience at a lower price point than our competitors, the 2022 U6 series is a Hisense television that’s great for everyone.” -David Gold, President of Hisense USA The U6H continues Hisense’s tradition of bringing affordable television with the latest technology to the masses - including offering Quantum Dot at one of the lowest price points on the market today alongside Dolby Vision® , Dolby Vision IQ™ , and Dolby Atmos®. As the first ULED Google TV™ from Hisense, the U6H gives viewers access to 700,000+ movies and TV shows, live TV, and over 8,000 apps including popular platforms like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and more. Google TV™ brings content across apps and subscriptions and organizes them based on preferences. With hands free voice control built into the U6H Google TV™, customers can set aside their remote and simply use their voice to search and access entertainment, get answers, control the TV and smart home devices, and streamline their day. With gaming a major focus for consumers in 2022, Hisense upgraded the U6 series for 2022 to feature Game Mode Plus and FreeSync (some sizes) for smoother gaming on next-generation game consoles to appease gamers nationwide. U6H also comes equipped with Motion Enhancement, which removes the digital ‘noise’ that can affect moving objects, along with 60Hz variable refresh rate and 240 motion rate. These technologies work in concert to smooth fast-action scenes and ensure moving objects have minimal blurring - an ideal gaming and movie-watching experience at an affordable price. The U6H also combines upgraded audio features like Wisa-ready software and far-field voice control with an elevated design and picture quality to make a great addition to any home. Pricing and Availability The U6H TV is available now, starting at $599.99 MSRP on Best Buy and Amazon. To learn more about all of Hisense’s premium offerings, visit Hisense-usa.com and follow @HisenseUSA on Facebook and YouTube and @Hisense_USA on Instagram and Twitter. ABOUT HISENSE USA CORPORATION Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation offers a range of technology products including televisions, laser TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers, and freezers – with a mission of delivering feature-packed products at a fraction of the cost. In 2021, the company was the fastest-growing among the top five TV brands in North America and continues to grow year after year domestically and globally. Hisense USA Corporation is a subsidiary of Hisense Company, Ltd., a multi-national consumer technology manufacturer and one of the largest television brands in the world.

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