Sony has just unveiled three new series of ultra high-definition (UHD) TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Common enhancements among these models include native HDMI 2.0 and HEVC codec compatibility.
Another major highlight is MHL 3.0 support, which can supposedly handle 4K videos played back from mobile devices.
The XBR-X950B ultra high-definition panels are the flagship offerings within Sony's new 2014 TV lineup.
Chinese manufacturers have been driving down the prices of ultra high-definition televisions, a key focus of a big trade show next week, as consumers in Asia flock to the sets.
The average price of UHDTVs sold in China is expected to fall to $973 in 2014, compared with $1,288 in 2013, according to NPD DisplaySearch. Outside of China, the firm expects the average to slide to $1,637 from $4,313.
Never mind that nobody knows exactly what to call it (Ultra HD 4K, 4K Ultra HD, UHD, just Ultra HD, or just 4K), the industry has settled on the next big thing for television and, unlike the tepid response 3D technology received in years prior, Ultra HD is in a strong position to take over in the years to come.
It won’t just be Ultra HD televisions that will be making headlines this year, either.
4K content and the means by which it will be delivered to viewers is also coming.
The Belize Audubon Society is having a film competition to celebrate Earth Day, with the theme being 'Our Protected Areas.' Wow, doesn't that make around a dozen or so different Earth Day competitions around the country? Kind of proves how beautiful and sustainable Belize is, and, percentage-wise, how there are more reserves and parks than most other countries...let's keep it that way.
There will be 3 prizes, and first place will get $500, and a tour to Cockscomb Basin. The deadline for entries is April 22nd. Good luck!
The Cayo Film Festival is tomorrow and Sunday at the Cayo Welcome Center. They've been uploading stills from the interviews that took place last Summer from the Belize Documentary Field Film Course, where most of the documentaries came from.
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Highly-anticipated by media from both China and Africa, the second Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation opened in Beijing today. On behalf of China's State General Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, I want to extend a warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to our African media counterparts.
A good beginning is half of success. In August 2012, the first Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation was held in Beijing in accordance with the rapid development of Sino-African relations. The forum marks media cooperation between China and Africa becoming a mechanism and integrated into the overall framework of the Sino-Africa Forum, opening a new chapter of friendly exchanges and close cooperation between media of both sides. Looking back over the past two years, both sides have provided each other with mutual trust, mutual understanding, mutual support, and taken practical and effective measures under the guidance of "Beijing Declaration on Sino-African Media Cooperation." Meanwhile, practical and effective measures have been taken in deepening cooperation in five key areas, namely inter-governmental communication and dialogue, exchanges and cooperation between media on both sides, exchanges of technology and industries' cooperation, building of human resources and international exchanges. Another peculiar feature is that both China and Africa have increased their coverage of news and reports in each other's countries, promoting the program exchanges and cooperation, expanding the scale of trade related to radio, film and television industries, and strengthening personnel exchanges and training. The forum has helped Sino-African interaction a lot, boosted traditionally friendly relations, which is highly appreciated and welcomed by both governments and their peoples.
All distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:
China and Africa forged an enduring friendship a long time ago. Today, we open a new chapter. During a visit to Africa last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward a concept of being "genuine, frank, close, sincere" in the development of relations with Africa. This year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang paid a visit to Africa, pointing out that China and Africa are entering a new stage of cooperation with broad prospects by upgrading the quality of their cooperation. The Chinese media organizations will hold firm and adhere to the implementation of the "genuine, frank, close, and sincere" principle, in line with the new requirements led by upgrading the cooperation quality so as to develop media cooperation with Africa in an all-round way. The Chinese media will work with their African counterparts to consolidate the basis for their cooperation, improve cooperation mechanisms, broaden areas of cooperation, expand spaces for cooperation and enhance the levels of cooperation in efforts to promote China-Africa media cooperation to a new level and make new contributions to the development of the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership. To this end, I am about to make three proposals:
One: strengthen unity and mutual trust and enhance international influence of media in developing countries. There is a Chinese saying that goes like this: "It is easy to live when we have many friends." I know Africa has a similar proverb, saying "When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion." These proverbs in China and Africa vividly reveal a simple truth: unity is strength. China is the largest developing country in the world, while Africa is the continent that sees the densest distribution of developing countries. China and Africa have similar historical experiences, are faced with the common development tasks, common strategic interests and spiritual pursuits, and these common features constitute the solid foundation for a shared destiny of China and Africa and the root of our traditional friendship. We must be aware that the western media has long been occupying a dominant position in shaping world opinions and the voice of developing countries is relatively weak, with these nations' interests less heard. Some people look at the China-Africa cooperation with biased perspective, and a lack of objective, fair and rational attitude. But time is a necessary ingredient for a perfect recipe. I believe that, as long as the Chinese and African media are truly sincere towards each other and treat each other as equals, enhance strategic mutual trust, seek comprehensive development and deepen all-round cooperation in the principles of fairness and justice, their combined strength is bound to generate a huge influence on a new pattern of public opinion around the world.
Two: promote communication between the two peoples to make China-Africa ties deeply rooted in people's heart. People-to-people friendship is an important foundation for the development of state-to-state relations. There's an old Chinese saying: With increasing contacts, friends become closer and closer, relatives become more and more intimate. Africa has a similar proverb that goes like this: "Hold a true friend with both your hands." Chinese President Xi Jinping once said, "The Chinese and African people have a natural sense of intimacy, as long as we constantly strengthen people-to-people exchanges, Chinese friendship with the African people will blossom." Today, as the global economic integration and modernization process continue to accelerate, people are connected more closely. The closer ties demand more of communication and exchanges of ideas and emotions. The media serves as an important bridge for people-to-people exchanges and enhancing mutual understanding and friendship, shouldering an important task of the dialogues and exchanges among different civilizations. In Sino-African media cooperation, both sides need to adopt a close, united and cooperative attitude, and more importantly, via cooperation, they should convey friendship, promote traditional friendship and cultivate people's friendly feelings. Films, radio and television programs are the tools to educate the youth in China and Africa to better understand history and continue good traditions, so that China-Africa friendship will enjoy an enduring vitality.
Three: innovate forms of pragmatic cooperation, promote mutual benefit and win-win development in Africa. As the ancient Chinese saying goes, "All things grow up without bringing harm to each other; both can be implemented without coming into conflict." Today, Africa is moving towards integration, while China is striving to realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The "Chinese dream" and "development dream" held by African countries are both common ideals of pursuing progress in human civilization. These dreams are interlinked and provide development opportunities for each other. In essence, the China-Africa cooperation is for the sake of providing their people with a better life and letting each country achieve a better development. The media cooperation serves the purpose of promoting bilateral friendship, unity, as well as common development. The Chinese media organizations will take a realistic and pragmatic attitude by telling the truth, proposing pragmatic advice, doing practical work and seeking practical results, and innovate cooperation models as well as detail cooperation projects. We'll try our best to help African media industries carry out basic construction, technical cooperation and training of personnel. On the basis of traditional cooperation, we would plan ahead, build consensus, and expand new areas of new media cooperation, so as to promote exchanges and communication to a new height. We sincerely hope that local media will work alongside Chinese media in order to create favorable conditions for advancing pragmatic bilateral cooperation.
All guests, ladies and gentlemen:
The new development of friendly and cooperative relations provides new opportunities for comprehensively deepening cooperation between Chinese and African media, and also puts forward new requirements.
Facing the future, Chinese and African media should work shoulder-to-shoulder and make concerted efforts to improve the quality and level of cooperation, provide the most powerful support in public opinion, the most favorable humanistic environment for realizing both Africa's "development dream" and the "Chinese dream." I firmly believe that, with the common efforts of all, China-Africa media cooperation will become the model of contemporary world media cooperation.
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Who would have thought that streaming set-top box manufacturer Roku would actually introduce a TV before Apple?
Well, it looks likely that’s going to happen, thanks to partnerships with Hisense and TCL that will make Roku’s streaming video platform available directly on a new generation of smart TVs launching later this year.
Despite being tempted by a number of great deals on televisions during Black Friday, I’ve already made up my mind that the next set I purchase will be 4K Ultra HD compatible.
4K Ultra HD televisions are expected to be the next big thing in home entertainment.
Unlike the short-lived 3D fad, 4K televisions will deliver real value with four times the resolution of current HD sets that populate the majority of households in the US.
Samsung is leading the way as it has increased its 4K television lineup from just three models last year to 10 this year, ranging in size from 50 inches up to the 110-inch monster that was on display at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.
Industry experts predict that just under half a million 4K sets will be sold this year versus just 60,000 during 2013.
This year's Documentary Field Film School started a few weeks ago, and the students have been having a great time learning about film in Belize. Last year, they did Bullet Tree Falls, with this year they are doing San Antonio, and the films will be shown at the next Cayo Film Festival. They had a screening and an Open Mic night at the Soul Project.
C-DOCSIS, a modification of cable’s IP platform that was originally developed for China’s high-density multi-dwelling unit (MDU) environment, has made some strides this year and is on the cusp of reaching a deployment milestone, according to Broadcom, the chipmaker that is championing the technology.
The C-DOCSIS network footprint, comprised of deployments of a device called the Coax Media Converter (CMC), will be capable of serving about 1 million modems by the end of 2013, predicts Ernie Bahm, the senior director of product marketing for Broadcom’s Broadband Communications Group.
“Step one is getting the footprint out there, and then working on the attachment rate,” he said. “We’re forecasting significant growth next year.”
According to Broadcom, a handful of China-based operators have already adopted C-DOCSIS during this early deployment phase, including Guangzhou Digital Media, Cable Networks of Inner Mongolia, Guangxi, and Shanxi Province, as well as Nanjing City and Kunshan City of Jiangsu Province. China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has accepted C-DOCSIS as an access standard for the country’s next-generation broadband project aimed at sparking more competition for the nation’s telcos. SARFT has also stamped two other Ethernet-over-coax technologies: HiNOC (High Performance Network Over Coax) and C-HomePlug.
Although China currently represents about 95% of Broadcom’s C-DOCSIS deployments, the company is also seeing interest in the technology from operators in other regions, including in Northern Europe, where municipal providers are pulling fiber closer to apartment buildings, as well as from the hospitality services sector, Bahm said.
That fits well with the fiber deep C-DOCSIS architecture, which relies on the CMC, a stripped-down, router-less version of a cable modem termination system (CMTS) that can work with traditional DOCSIS 2.0- and DOCSIS 3.0-certified cable modems.
"Last Saturday China’s independent film community faced their latest setback when the Beijing Independent Film Festival was forced to cancel its public screenings upon pressure from local authorities. This was the third consecutive cancellation of a festival sponsored by the Li Xianting Film Fund, which has been organizing independent film screenings in Beijing for over a decade.
Since its inception, the Film Fund’s activities have faced scrutiny from government officials, as public film exhibitions in China are typically required to pass approval from the State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). But with the tacit, unofficial approval of local authorities, the Film Fund was allowed to operate uninterrupted for its first seven years.
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Last year, within an increasingly sensitive political climate in China, the Film Fund’s two events, the Beijing Documentary Film Festival and the Beijing Independent Film Festival, were both shut down. Both festivals have served as key destinations for filmmakers, critics, programmers and fans of Chinese cinema, as they afford first looks of many key independent films from that country, several of which eventually circulate in festivals around the world. The venues also provide a rare opportunity for the independent film community throughout China to gather and discuss films."
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