Why Netflix and Amazon are experimenting with short-form programming

Digiday | April 27, 2018

After a recent downswing in the video market for TV-quality short-form video series, there is renewed optimism among video makers as the top streaming giants experiment with this type of content.Netflix, for instance, announced this week that it will air a new documentary series from BuzzFeed News called “Follow This,” which will follow BuzzFeed News journalists as they report interesting stories. The show will span 20 episodes, with each episode running for roughly 15 minutes. Amazon, too, is venturing into short-form video. Last fall, it commissioned three original digital shorts from Funny Or Die through its Prime Video Direct program, which allows video creators of all types including those that specialize in short form to upload videos to the Prime platform.

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Blizzard Entertainment Acquires Boston-Based Studio Proletariat to Expand Development Pipeline for World of Warcraft ®

Blizzard Entertainment | July 06, 2022

Blizzard Entertainment closed the acquisition of Boston-based studio Proletariat to better serve players in the award-winning massive multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft®."Over the next two years we plan to hire hundreds of the best developers to serve the needs of our World of Warcraft players. The extraordinary team at Proletariat will be a key component of our talent acquisition efforts,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “We are putting players at the forefront of everything we do, and we are working hard to both meet and exceed their expectations, A critical part of taking care of players is taking care of our teams—making sure we have the resources to produce experiences our communities will love while giving our teams space to explore even more creative opportunities within their projects. Proletariat is a perfect fit for supporting Blizzard’s mission in bringing high-quality content to our players more often.” -Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment We are incredibly excited to be joining Blizzard Entertainment,” said Proletariat co-founder and CEO, Seth Sivak. “Our team has always strived to put players first, and in working with the World of Warcraft team, we have learned that we are completely aligned in our commitments to innovation, quality, investing in our talent, authentic communication, and representation—both in and out of the games we make. World of Warcraft is one of the most influential games ever made and we can’t wait to be a part of that legacy and to help build an even brighter future for Azeroth. We are proud to be working with Proletariat as we further expand our development team and build towards welcoming more players into the Warcraft universe, said John Hight, general manager of the Warcraft franchise. We’ve been listening to our community and making great changes to World of Warcraft based on their feedback—bringing the talented Proletariat team into the fold allows us to explore even more ways we can surprise and delight players who call Azeroth home. Proletariat was founded in 2012 by industry veterans from Insomniac, Harmonix, and Turbine. The team has deep experience building MMORPGs and includes, among others, former lead designers of Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. At Proletariat, the team has operated live games for nearly a decade, having most recently released the critically-acclaimed cross-platform action-spellcasting battle royale game, Spellbreak. The studio has a strong presence in Boston. Proletariat began working with the World of Warcraft development team in May and will be fully integrated into Blizzard Entertainment over the coming months. The addition of Proletariat is another exciting step in Blizzard Entertainment’s mission to support their talented teams creatively and culturally while building AAA gaming experiences across their iconic franchises. About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Best known for blockbuster hits, including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch, the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, and the multifranchise Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (https://www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's track record includes twenty-three #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online gaming platform, Battle.net®, serves tens of millions of active Blizzard players. About Proletariat, Inc. Founded in 2012 in Boston, MA, by a group of game-industry veterans from Harmonix, Turbine, and Insomniac, Proletariat is an award-winning independent game developer with the mission to create games that change the way communities play together. The starting team of five engineers and artists has grown to 90+ developers from diverse backgrounds and tackled some of gaming’s most challenging problems. The studio's first major title, World Zombination, debuted in early 2015 as a coveted "Editor's Choice" on the iOS App Store. Attracting millions of players worldwide, it went on to be named to Apple's "Best of 2015" list and developed a reputation for bringing quality and depth to the mobile MMO landscape.In 2021, Proletariat launched Spellbreak, the first game to have full cross-platform compatibility across PC and all major consoles at release. It went on to be enjoyed by over 10 million players across the world.

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ViewSonic Launches Latest Smart 4K Ultra HD LED Home Entertainment Projector

ViewSonic Corp | September 02, 2022

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, announces the launch of the X11-4K home entertainment projector. The X11-4K is a lamp-free projector utilizing next-generation LED technology to ensure high brightness levels and up to 30,000 hours of usage.* It features native 4K Ultra HD resolution, color reproduction technologies for stunning image quality, as well as embedded 5GHz high-speed Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Audio In/Out for sharing entertainment from other devices.By combining 4K resolution with HDR/HLG support and Wi-Fi enabled capabilities in a portable design, the ViewSonic® X11-4K provides an immersive experience from just about anywhere. At less than 10 pounds, the projector can move from room to room or outdoors with the built-in handle. At 2,400 LED lumens of brightness, the short throw lens delivers images up to 100 inches (diagonal) from just 5.8 feet away from a screen or wall. With instant auto-focus, horizontal/vertical keystone and four-corner adjustment, setup of the X11-4K is effortless. The X11-4K comes with the company’s exclusive Cinema SuperColor+ technology, 125% Rec.709 color accuracy and enhanced HDR10 color and contrast ratios. Integrated Harmon Kardon speakers offer incredible sound, while multiple connectivity options, including HDMI 2.0/HDCP 1.4/2.2 and USB 2.0 Type A/Type C, ensure connection to multiple devices. Smart connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth audio In/Out, allows wireless screen mirroring and other flexible audio possibilities. “The X11-4K, the latest in the ViewSonic X-Series of smart 4K projectors, offers enhanced features and a smaller form factor to ensure an amazing home entertainment experience, The projector delivers amazing image reproduction, while the 5GHz high-speed Wi-Fi allows users to wirelessly share and stream content from other devices. With Bluetooth In/Out functionality, the X11-4K projector can be used as a stand-alone speaker. Harman Kardon speakers and stunning picture quality give users a truly immersive visual and audio experience.” -Mia Shen, Sr. Business Line Manager of Projectors at ViewSonic. X11-4K LED-based projector with native 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution at 2,400 LED lumens of brightness Embedded 5GHz high-speed Wi-Fi, Bluetooth In/Out; Built-in Harman Kardon speakers HDR content support, 125% Rec.709 color accuracy and exclusive Cinema SuperColor+ technology Connectivity options include: HDMI 2.0/HDCP 1.4/2.2, USB 2.0 Type A and Type C. Bluetooth Audio In/Out, 3.5mm Audio In/Out, HDMI ARC and RJ45. Available August 2022 for an estimated street price of $1,499.99 [USD] About ViewSonic Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global provider of visual solutions and conducts business in over 100 countries worldwide. As an innovator and visionary, ViewSonic is committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard® interactive displays, and myViewBoard™ software ecosystem. With 35 years of expertise in visual displays, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education, enterprise, consumer, and professional markets and helping customers “See the Difference.” To find out more about ViewSonic, please visit www.viewsonic.com.For further news and information about ViewSonic, visit ViewSonic.com and follow on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Pixelworks Powers ROG Phone 6 Series to New Benchmark for Mobile Gaming Experience

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. Availability 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. About ROG 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. About Pixelworks 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.

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Eagle Eye Networks Introduces ‘Smart Video Search’

Eagle Eye Networks | July 15, 2022

Eagle Eye Networks, the global leader in cloud video surveillance and artificial intelligence (AI), introduced Eagle Eye Smart Video Search, a new feature for all customers to make searching for video as fast and easy as searching the web.Built into the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS (video management system), Smart Video Search allows customers to quickly search across all cameras and all locations and instantly find the exact video they’re looking for, and quickly share video clips. There is no extra subscription fee, and no special cameras, hardware or local installation are needed. Watch a short video about Eagle Eye Smart Video Search here. Similar to a web search, customers type in descriptions such as “man with blue shirt”, “person with backpack”, or “white Toyota car”. Results can be narrowed down by date, time, location or camera. Eagle Eye uses AI to index video in near real time, making the video searchable almost instantly, and delivering fast, accurate results. For example, if there’s a security incident in a parking garage, users can search and–within minutes–find the person who entered the parking facility in that region. Business owners and security directors can use Smart Video Search to set up real-time alerts to notify them of important or problematic situations. Another important feature of Search is “re-identification,” the ability to identify a person of interest and follow them across all cameras. Examples include: getting an alert when a vehicle or person enters a facility at odd times, or when an unauthorized car parks in a restricted spot. Key differentiators include: Available to all customers at no additional charge Works on any standard camera, with no additional hardware required Uses AI to enable faster search for forensic and real-time use Eagle Eye Smart Video Search benefits: Saves time and resources when investigating an incident Provides real-time alerts Allows security and law enforcement to make informed decisions during critical incidents Provides data to simplify security, improve operations, customer services, logistics, and more Improves security and operations in retail, smart cities, smart parking, education, manufacturing, logistics, hospitality, healthcare, anywhere you have security cameras “With billions of security cameras deployed across the globe, the amount of video data is exploding, making it impractical to manually search security video for incidents, information or insight, Two decades ago, as the web was exploding into billions of documents, search engines transformed web pages into searchable content and made them accessible to everyone. Similarly, Eagle Eye Networks Smart Video Search transforms video into searchable content and makes it available to everyone.” -Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. Security professionals, such as Sierra Group, a leading systems integration firm based in Los Angeles with several Fortune 500 customers, are impressed with Eagle Eye's new Smart Video Search. “It is a game changer, With the ability to drill down into a pile of surveillance video to find specific people, objects, or vehicles, in seconds, versus hours, it's going to benefit every dealer and end user immensely. It will benefit everyone immediately too, because Smart Video Search will work on every camera currently connected to the Eagle Eye Cloud VMS.” -Chris Jeske, Sierra Group Division Manager Eagle Eye Smart Video Search will be globally available in Summer 2022. Read more and sign up for a demo here. ABOUT EAGLE EYE NETWORKS Eagle Eye Networks is the global leader in cloud video surveillance, delivering cyber-secure cloud-based video with artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics to make businesses more efficient and the world a safer place. The Eagle Eye Cloud VMS (video management system) is the only platform robust and flexible enough to power the future of video surveillance and intelligence. Eagle Eye is based in Austin, Texas with offices in Amsterdam, Bangalore, and Tokyo.

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On the surface, the concept of reality is easy to understand. The world around us is all we see, all we feel in a given space. Reality is simply what exists. However, with the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart devices, and 5G, the
premise of reality has changed from constant, predictable surroundings to a continuouslyevolving real and virtual experience. Of course, we see and feel the physical reality, which is only part of the story. Physical reality is balanced by immersive/extended reality (XR), adding and creating new experiences.

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