CEDIA Fellow Michael Heiss is a contributing editor to Residential Systems out of Sherman Oaks, CA.
In a world where traditional cable and satellite services compete with apps, services, and “skinny bundles” from a variety of companies, the most interesting thing about yesterday’s announcements about DIRECTV NOW and Sling Cloud DVR is that both came from services that are part of major media purveyors.
The current, fourth-generation Apple TV was introduced only a year ago, but given the fast pace of progress in the streaming devices category, it has fallen behind the competition. As reported here over the last few weeks, Roku has totally refreshed its product line, including three new 4K models and two with HDR. Similarly, Google will ship the new Chromecast Ultra by mid-November with 4K, HDR-10...
On the surface, it might appear that the announcements from Tuesday’s Google product introduction event was about, well, products. There were certainly more than enough new products to fill a shopping cart. The underlying message, however, may well have been what Google Inc.’s CEO, Sundar Pichai called “…a move from mobile first to AI first.”
Games aside, Microsoft’s big news at E3 was the introduction of Xbox One S. Sony focused on virtual reality.
For the most part, what was said was expected. A new iPhone, the “SE,” that combines the 4-inch screen of the older iPhone 5 and 5s generation models with innards that, exclusive of some higher-end functions, is identical to the current iPhone 6S/6S Plus models.
The new Roku 4 bests the 4K functionality of its streaming competitor, the new Fire TV, by offering both 60 frames per second streaming and the HDMI 2.0 output required to deliver it. By comparison, Amazon’s 4K device is capable of only 30 frames per second, which indicates that its HDMI output is 1.4 only.
With these new models, TiVo is among the first to provide for DVR capability with the anticipated introduction of native 4K content via cable as well as the existing 4K content offered by Netflix Amazon Prime and others.
There is potential in this new product, along with installation pitfalls somewhat unique to the custom world. It will be interesting to see how this device finds a home in the custom environment.
We now have part of the answer about where superMHL stands with regard to “productization” with the announcement yesterday by Lattice Semiconductor that it has released the world’s first solutions for superMHL that use USB Type-C for connectivity.
While the Apple faithful wait for next week’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), Google-holics gathered at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this past Thursday for the annual “Google I/O,” to get the latest news from their side of the fence.
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Russell Warnhoff, Screen Innovations, and Randy Massey, Electronic Home
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