MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Atmosphere | July 12, 2022
Atmosphere (www.atmosphere.tv), the worldwide leader in streaming TV entertainment for businesses, announced the launch of Atmosphere Entertainment, a new channel dedicated to the latest in entertainment news across the worlds of celebrities, movies, fashion and more.The channel is the third entry into the news space from Atmosphere after the launches of Atmosphere News in October 2021 and Atmosphere Sports in March 2022. Atmosphere Entertainment replicates the innovative text-based, audio-optional design of the two channels with a mix of the latest news, updates and up-to-the-minute coverage around significant entertainment events including the Oscars, the Grammys, the Met Gala, and more.
News and Sports have become major areas of growth for the company. Led by NBC News veteran Micah Grimes, the Atmosphere News team has quadrupled in staff size since summer 2021. Atmosphere Entertainment is the latest addition in the company’s efforts to build a premium alternative to pricey cable packages, with additional channels planned for later in the year.
Our informational, non-talking heads approach to news has struck a chord with venues, said Micah Grimes, Atmosphere’s VP of News & Sports. We’ve seen massive audience growth with Atmosphere News and Atmosphere Sports, with the latter quickly becoming the fastest-growing channel in the history of Atmosphere. We expect to see another positive response with Atmosphere Entertainment.
“Venues are increasingly finding that they do not need an expensive cable subscription to keep their customers engaged with their businesses,Whether it’s a nail salon, a spa, even a bar, Atmosphere Entertainment will help business owners both save money and create a stronger relationship with their customers than cable ever could."
-Leo Resig, Atmosphere's CEO and Co-Founder
Atmosphere is now available in over 30,000 venues worldwide. Optimized for viewing in public spaces, Atmosphere’s free ad-supported streaming platform features engaging content that encompasses viral video compilations, extreme sports, lifestyle, art, ambient nature, news and entertainment, reaching more than 35 million unique visitors per month. The company was also just named to this year’s Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list.
Atmosphere is the leading streaming TV platform for businesses, offering more than 60 original and partner TV channels. The platform, which was named on Fast Company’s 2022 Most Innovative Companies list, has been built from the ground up with proprietary content, technology and data to deliver unparalleled experiences for businesses and advertisers. For more information, visit www.atmosphere.tv.
Pacaso | August 02, 2022
Pacaso, the leading technology-enabled real estate marketplace that helps people buy and co-own a luxury second home, announces its partnership with Aston Rose Sports + Entertainment, the first ultra-luxury national real estate firm devoted to finding homes for professional athletes, entertainers and high-net worth individuals, and Co-Founder Rod Watson. The partnership introduces co-ownership, the most sustainable and modern way to buy and own a second home, to Aston Rose's influential network of athletes and entertainment professionals in 40 global luxury second home destinations in which Pacaso currently operates.
Aston Rose is a sports and entertainment based luxury real estate firm co-founded by former professional athletes Rod Watson, Lisa Leslie, Tomi Rose and Rob Hite. Rod Watson has helped some of the world's most notable sports and entertainment professionals find luxury real estate worldwide including De'Aaron Fox, Zach Randolph, Melo Ball and Money Bag Yo. Watson is the latest member to join the Pacaso Agent Collective (PAC), a curated group of industry leaders and culture shifters committed to the belief that co-ownership is the future of second home real estate.
"Pacaso's innovative co-ownership model is perfect for Aston Rose clients with busy lifestyles and for those seeking simplicity. We handle not only details like maintenance and property management but also provide the luxury of flexibility, as our technology allows owners the ability to easily and equitably schedule time at their home, visit when works for them, and not worry about it when they're not there,"
-Vice President of Industry Relations Marnie Blanco.
Pacaso partners closely with all interested real estate agents and brokerages to help clients buy, sell, and own a second home. Real estate agents representing buyers who purchase a share of a Pacaso earn a 3% referral commission, along with the opportunity to earn equity rewards. PAC members have the opportunity to earn additional equity rewards. Pacaso manages the entire process, from scheduling a home tour and answering client questions, to managing inspections, escrow, title, and reporting.
"Our brokerage was created with the goal of reinventing the luxury real estate industry and Pacaso is doing that to the second home market. Pacaso is changing the game when it comes to second home ownership by eliminating many costs and hassles that come with owning and managing a whole second home. Our clients in the sports and entertainment industries have demanding schedules with limited time off, but when off-season hits they want to spend it relaxing, recharging and with their families. Pacaso allows them to do just that and we're excited to advise them on the innovative co-ownership model that is likely to be a better investment and option for their vibrant and busy lifestyles."
-Rod Watson, co-founder and advisor at Aston Rose.
The real estate industry is embracing co-ownership as Real Estate Standards Organization and its members defined co-ownership as a property type. Pacaso was recently named a finalist in the Most Innovative Company Category in the annual Inman Innovator Award and the Inman Golden I Award in the category of Best Luxury Standout.
Real estate agents who are interested in learning more about the co-ownership category and how they can work with Pacaso can visit pacaso.com/agents.
Pacaso® is a technology-enabled marketplace that modernizes real estate co-ownership to make owning a second home possible and enjoyable for more people. Pacaso curates luxury listings with premium amenities and high-end contemporary interior design, offers ⅛ to ½ ownership with integrated financing, and, after purchase, professionally manages the home and supports seamless resale. Co-founded by Austin Allison and Spencer Rascoff in 2020, Pacaso operates in top second home destinations around the world. Pacaso has been certified as a Great Place to Work and is recognized as one of Glassdoor's 2022 Best Places to Work. For more information about Pacaso and to view luxury second home listings, visit www.pacaso.com or download the Pacaso app for Android or iPhone. You can also follow Pacaso on social media @PacasoHomes on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube or @Pacaso_Homes on TikTok.
Bluetooth SIG | June 09, 2022
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association that oversees Bluetooth® technology, announced a new consumer brand for an upcoming audio broadcasting capability based on Bluetooth technology. This new capability, previously known as Audio Sharing, is now Auracast™ broadcast audio. Auracast™ broadcast audio enables an audio transmitter, such as a smartphone, laptop, television, or public address system to broadcast audio to an unlimited number of nearby Bluetooth audio receivers, including speakers, earbuds, or hearing devices.
“The impact of Bluetooth audio has been massive. A simple, wireless audio connection between two Bluetooth devices has helped make our roads safer, our lives more productive, and our relationship with music, podcasts, video streaming, and all types of personal audio more convenient and joyful, The launch of Auracast™ broadcast audio will trigger another massive change in the wireless audio market. The ability to broadcast and share audio using Bluetooth technology will reshape personal audio and enable public venues and spaces to deliver audio experiences that will improve visitor satisfaction and increase accessibility.”
-Mark Powell, CEO of the Bluetooth SIG.
Bluetooth technology is extending its track record of innovation with the launch of Auracast™ broadcast audio,” said Peter Liu, System Architect, Pixel Ecosystem Products at Google. “We are proud to work with the Bluetooth SIG and are excited to see this capability provide consumers with new, imaginative ways to connect with each other and hear their world.
Auracast™ broadcast audio will deliver life-changing audio experiences that will enhance the way we engage with others and the world around us. We will be able to:
Share Our Audio: Auracast™ broadcast audio will let us invite others to share in our audio experience, helping bring us closer together. When using wireless earbuds to listen to a song or movie playing on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, Auracast™ broadcast audio will allow family or friends to join in and listen using their own Auracast™ enabled Bluetooth earbuds or hearing device.
The ability to pair your smartphone to your earbuds or headphones using Bluetooth technology has brought new levels of enjoyment and convenience to personal audio and is now a part of the fabric of our lives,” said Zeng Xuezhong, Senior Vice President and President of Smart Phone Department, Xiaomi Corporation. “The introduction of Auracast™ broadcast audio will enable us to move from personal wireless listening experiences to shared wireless listening experiences, unlocking the full potential of wireless audio and bringing even more value and delight to our customers.
Unmute Our World: With Auracast™ broadcast audio, we will be able to fully enjoy televisions in public spaces, unmuting what was once silent and creating a more complete watching experience. Silent televisions in public venues like airports, gymnasiums, restaurants, and waiting rooms will be able to broadcast audio that any visitor with Auracast™ enabled Bluetooth earbuds or hearing aids will be able to hear.
Hear Our Best: Auracast™ broadcast audio will allow us to hear our best in the places we go. When visiting a public venue such as a transit center, cinema, conference center, or house of worship, visitors will be able to receive audio broadcasts from the public address system directly into their Auracast™ enabled Bluetooth earbuds or hearing device. Travelers at an airport, for instance, will be able to receive essential flight announcements such as gate changes, boarding schedules, and other travel information directly to their personal audio device. When used in this manner, Auracast™ broadcast audio will function as the next-generation assistive listening system (ALS) technology.
While current assistive listening systems, such as inductive loops, have been providing great benefit to people with hearing loss, they suffer from a number of challenges that have limited their deployment, including poor quality, high cost, and lack of privacy,” said Nick Hunn, CTO of WiFore. “Auracast™ broadcast audio is well positioned to become an advanced, new assistive listening system that will be significantly easier and lower cost to deploy while offering higher audio quality and greater privacy, improving audio accessibility and promoting better living through better hearing.
“Hearing and understanding speech in various environments can be a daily struggle for people with any degree of hearing loss,” says Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America. “Audio quality innovations can benefit everyone, while also improving communication access to those with hearing loss. Having choices in technology to meet the varying needs of people with hearing loss is critical. The advent of technologies like Auracast™ broadcast audio has the potential to give people who wear hearing aids and cochlear implants an important new option for hearing access in their everyday lives.”
Auracast™ broadcast audio is set to transform the way the world engages with wireless audio, enabling innovative new user experiences while delivering the next generation of assistive listening technology across a wide range of public venues,” says Andrew Zignani, Research Director at ABI Research. “ABI Research expects the wireless and assistive listening industries to rapidly embrace LE Audio and Auracast™ technology, enabling more and more people to share their audio experiences with others, tune in to public broadcasts, and provide people with hearing loss an easy to use, standardized, interoperable, and consistent assistive listening experience.
Availability and More Information
The Bluetooth specifications that define Auracast™ broadcast audio are part of the Bluetooth LE Audio specification suite and are expected to be released within the next few months. Audio product developers and venue operators can learn more about Auracast™ broadcast audio at www.bluetooth.com/auracast. For media kits, please visit: www.bluetooth.com/media/auracast.
About the Bluetooth SIG
Formed in 1998, the Bluetooth SIG is the not-for-profit trade association that oversees Bluetooth® technology. In support of more than 38,000 member companies, the Bluetooth SIG facilitates the collaboration of its members to create new and enhanced specifications that expand the technology, drives global interoperability via a world-class product qualification program, and grows the brand by increasing the awareness, understanding, and adoption of Bluetooth technology.
About Bluetooth® Technology
With 5 billion products shipping each year, Bluetooth technology is the global standard for simple, secure wireless connections. Since its formation in 1998, the Bluetooth community has continued to expand the capabilities of Bluetooth technology — powering innovation, creating new markets, and redefining communication worldwide. Today, Bluetooth is the wireless technology of choice for developers in many solution areas, including audio streaming, data transfer, location services, and large-scale device networks.
Pixelworks, Inc | July 07, 2022
Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PXLW), a leading provider of innovative video and display processing solutions announced the recently launched ASUS ROG Phone 6 series integrates the Company's visual processing solutions, including industry-leading HDR technology, professional color calibration, DC Dimming and other advanced features. In addition to providing an authentic visual experience with great eye-comfort for all ASUS users, the ROG Phone 6 model sold in China will be offered in collaboration with Tencent Games, a division of Tencent, producing uniquely vibrant colors with greater contrast and even more visual details for Tencent gaming contents.
The ROG Phone 6 series smartphone is built on the latest Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 mobile platform from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and powered by Pixelworks' advanced visual processing technology, which together contribute powerful SoC performance and outstanding display capability. The ROG Phone 6 series smartphone features a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with resolution of 2448x1080 pixels and supports refresh rates of up to 165 Hz. The combination of excellent performance and high refresh rate display establishes a new benchmark for the ultimate mobile gaming experience.
Pixelworks empowers the ROG Phone 6 series to achieve significantly improved visual performance through the following supported display attributes:
Industry-leading HDR: Pixelworks' precision HDR tone mapping provides unprecedented contrast and color depth with up to 1 billion hues and access to more HDR content with certification from top content providers, including Amazon, Netflix and YouTube. The smartphone also includes full support of HDR 10+ technology, which optimizes each frame of HDR video content to unveil more details in very dark or bright scenes.
Absolute Color Accuracy: Every ROG Phone 6 series smartphone is factory-tuned with patented display calibration technology by Pixelworks, resulting in an average delta-E of less than 1 (lower is better) across the full range from 100 nits to the display panel's maximum brightness, meaning that no deviations from perfect color accuracy can be detected by the human eye.
True Flesh Tones: A calibrated flesh tone solution ensures accuracy in all display modes to convey true-to-life skin tones for all content involving real people, whether in photos, videos captured on the phone or popular movies streamed from an App.
Color Shift Correction: As part of the display tuning process, this new feature ensures color accuracy across the entire screen by correcting for color shift artifacts that can occur on display panels at low brightness.
DC Dimming:Pixelworks' innovative DC Dimming solution dynamically adjusts the display's current to reduce the screen flickering associated with conventional Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) dimming, which ensures extraordinary clarity and greatly improves eye comfort.
To further elevate users' visual experience while mobile gaming, Pixelworks also provides Color Enrich mode to optimize both gaming and HDR 10+ video content on the ROG Phone 6 series. When the Color Enrich mode is on, users can enjoy a more vivid display of characters and game scenes, leading to a more enhanced gaming experience.
We are pleased to continue our cooperation with Pixelworks on ROG Phone 6 series smartphones, commented Bryan Chang, General Manager, Smartphone Business Unit at ASUS. Ultra-clear picture quality, accurate color accuracy, and great eye comfort are fundamental elements for an immersive gaming experience. That's why we strive to provide users with high-performance smartphones to increase their competency in the game world. We believe that the ROG Phone 6 series will prove to justify the long wait of ROG fans with its captivating gaming performance.
"Congratulations on the launch of ASUS ROG Phone 6 Series! From a competitive mobile platform to high fresh rate display of up to 165 Hz and premium visual processing, the key features of this smartphone are sure to prove that they were worth the wait for avid gamers, It has been a pleasure to team up again with ASUS on the latest ROG Phone 6 series. Together, we will continue to work to further enhance the display capability of ROG phones and deliver a more visually splendid game world for consumers."
-Leo Shen, Sr. VP, GM of Mobile BU, Pixelworks.
ASUS announced and officially launched the ROG Phone 6 series on July 5, 2022 to the global markets, and the smartphone is expected to be commercially available beginning in July 2022.
Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world's best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.
Pixelworks provides industry-leading content creation, video delivery and display processing solutions and technology that enable highly authentic viewing experiences with superior visual quality, across all screens – from cinema to smartphone and beyond. The Company has more than 20 years of history delivering image processing innovation to leading providers of consumer electronics, professional displays and video streaming services. For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.pixelworks.com.