Future of TV
Amazon's move to offer its VOD service as a separate subscription, independent of Prime, positions it as a serious rival to Netflix.
Having already invested heavily in high quality original content and exclusive licensing deals, Amazon's new monthly plan undercuts Netflix on price, at least initially. The timing of the announcement is fortunate, given Netflix's less than stellar growth in international markets.
The e-commerce giant is now offering its video-streaming service in the U.S. independent of the Prime free-shipping program. Purchased separately, Prime Video will cost $8.99 per month — one dollar less than Netflix’s most popular plan.
Forthcoming broadcasting standards might not seem like the most exciting news, but if ATSC 3.0 delivers on what it promises, we’re looking at the radical evolution of television. This year’s NAB conference in Las Vegas debuted a lot of the really great next generation features of ATSC 3.0 and it’s likely to be a big talking point over the next year.
In a nutshell, ATSC 3.0 will mean that broadcasters have the same capabilities of IP-based services. Imagine- you get your new Smart TV set, turn it on and straight away, without a set-top box, you have broadcast TV that’s streamed, 4K and HDR, and interactive. This article highlights some of what we can expect.
Netflix has until now firmly refused to entertain any discussions about making content playable offline but Reed Hasting's this week hinted that it might not be completely off the table.
With the recent news of Netflix’s lower than expected international growth the company might now see more value in allowing users with limited or expensive bandwidth to save content on their devices.
Do you struggle to find the time or energy to visit the gym after work? Bored of the mundane setting of your spin class? We’ll here’s something that might re-motivate you: cycle workouts in IMAX!
IMAX are planning to create spectacular audio-visual accompaniments for group cycling workouts. It's opening the first venture in Brooklyn and will roll it out in more areas if it's successful. The video doesn't give much away, but if it's in any way close to the full IMAX experience, it'll probably be an incentive to hit the bike.