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March 17, 2012

TMCnet High Definition Digital Week in Review

By Carrie Schmelkin
TMCnet Web Editor


It’s never quiet on the high definition digital front – a space that is characterized by innovation –and this week was no exception.

Kicking off this week, Sonic Foundry (News - Alert) announced its plans to expand its HD family of recoreders and streaming software with the Mediasite ML HD Recorder – a product especially suited for live events, conferences, inaugurations and webcasting that occurs on the move. With Sonic’s new unit, high definition, proficient grade webcasts can be captured in real-time and played back. The unit will be available later this month.

“As HD streaming on the Web becomes more prevalent on mainstream broadcast and corporate sites, webinar viewers are starting to expect it, and it's a great option for event producers,” Jan Ozer, streaming video producer, consultant and author, said. “Sonic Foundry's latest releases respond to clear trends in the video market -- Mediasite 6 for streaming to all mobile devices and now HD streaming with the new ML Recorder."

Other benefits of the unit include a live or on-demand webcast that is capable of streaming in the highest resolution with the ML HD Recorder. Moreover, both professional and customer video devices can now offer better flexibility with the HD/SDI broadcast standard input of the ML HD. H.264 video up to 720p and 30 frames per second can be captured and encoded and offered in real-time, according to company officials.

In other news, Wal-Mart proved that it is known for more than just its great deals as the company launched an exclusive in-store disc-to-digital service that will give DVD or Blu-ray owners the ability to view movies on Internet-connected devices, including televisions, tablets, smartphones and gaming consoles. The service is powered by VUDU.

Wal-Mart teamed with major Hollywood studios such as Paramount Home Media Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, to launch the new service, which will be available April 16 in more than 3,500 stores. For more, click here.

Also this week, a hot button issue that was covered at the Satellite 2012 Convention in Washington, D.C., this past week was the future of 3D and according to experts 3D has not progressed in the entertainment space as one would think.

Andrew Wallace, CEO of EutelSat said, “We haven’t seen very much growth in 3D… [Although 3D]… has had an exciting start, it’s slowed down a bit—it’s much, much slower than high definition.” (EutelSat, a European satellite company, announced at the convention earlier this week of its partnership with a Qatar satellite company to launch into orbit, 25.5 East next year). For more, click here.

Check back here next week for more from the high definition digital space.

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