For home theater buffs, one of the greatest events a year can bring is the Consumer Electronics Show. CES (News - Alert) 2013 proved to be no exception, as a huge variety of products and services in streaming video and the devices on which it's presented emerged. Now, as is standard on a weekend, we can settle in and run down some of the biggest events of the week with our Week in Review coverage!
First came a look at something very exciting for most every home theater buff out there. While 3D television can be a very pleasant experience, the glasses for same are often another story. Glasses-free 3D has been on a lot of home theater fans' minds for some time, and Dimenco may have the solution with the Dimenco Nabla. The Dimenco Nabla system uses a lenticular structure with a UD (3840 x 2160) resolution panel to provide a top of the line 3D experience without the need for glasses.
HBO finally got the hint from potential viewers and has begun testing the HBO Go service as a standalone product without the need to authenticate through a cable provider. Right now, the testing is taking place only in Scandinavia, but if the testing goes well--and it's hard to imagine how it wouldn't--further expansion is likely to take place as HBO Go offers its movie packages and various original series for a monthly rate that seems to be on par with Netflix itself.
Dish Network stepped up its offerings of TV Everywhere service also, bringing Sling Media's (News - Alert) placeshifting capability to the Hopper DVR, allowing the already controversial--at least with networks and advertisers--device to not only record shows, but also send those recordings to iOS and Android (News - Alert) devices remotely, as well as to PCs or Macs without having to be home. This represents a significant step beyond most other TV Everywhere initiatives, thanks to the inclusion of Digital Rights Management systems in the mobile transfer system.
Next, we took a look at the pay-TV concept, and the relationship between movies, original programming, and overall value. HBO recently inked a deal for 10 years and $2 billion with Universal Studios to keep Universal's movies on HBO, but the value of said movies may not be quite as valuable as HBO had hoped. The true draw for HBO seems to be its various series properties. Since movies are comparatively easier to get--Netflix, Blockbuster on Demand, and even the local video store--than original series, the value is clearly not on the side of the easier to find movie titles.
Finally, Aereo brought us our last piece of news as the controversial streaming service announced plans for expansion. Specifically, it's planning to launch its offerings in 22 more cities. The expansion plans are being fueled by a recently-completed round of Series B financing staged by IAC and Highland Capital Partners (News - Alert). Several investors from Aereo's Series A funding round came back for Series B, and Aereo's backer Barry Diller believes that the service can be in most major cities by the end of this year.
With CES 2013 now coming to a close, there's plenty of news coming out to match. Between the developments in hardware and software, and the developments brought in from content providers as a whole, there was a lot going on. Our global online community was constantly in the hunt for news, so be sure to join us back here next week for more news in streaming video, and as ever, every weekend for our Week in Review coverage.