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An Industry Team Up in Video Codecs

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An Industry Team Up in Video Codecs

A number of big industry names, including Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix, team up in the name of next generation video technology and form the Alliance for Open Media.

Formed with the aim to "create a new, open royalty-free video codec specification," the alliance should build on previous work in the field by its members, namely Mozilla's Daala, Cisco's Thor and Google's VP9/10. The eventual codec will interoperable, web-optimised and scalable to any device or bandwidth, with support for real-time video delivery.

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You No Longer Need a DC Adaptor to Power Your IR Extender

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 You No Longer Need a DC Adaptor to Power Your IR Extender

YZC Electronics, maker of smart home remote control IR extender systems, launches their new, versatile dual frequency-coded IR extender, the Flat IR Blaster.

The maker describes the Flat IR Blaster as “a breakthrough in the AV industry” in the IR Extender sector because you can now power up by a simple DC 3v CR2032 button battery.

Installers and their consumers now no longer need a DC adaptor to power up their IR Extenders. The designed-in low power consumption lets Flat IR Blaster’s replaceable ba Continue reading...

September Reveal for New Apple TV?

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September Reveal for New Apple TV?

BuzzFeed News suggests another date for the reveal of a next-generation Apple TV, following no showing of the STB at WWDC 2015-- the launch should take at the traditional September Apple event, "for real this time."

Why did the new Apple TV fail to appear at WWDC? BuzzFeed says Apple delayed the launch in order to "do a bit more work on it," leading to a WWDC keynote focusing on OS updates and the Apple Music streaming service. The extra work brings about a "more polished" product, with featuring a "refreshed and slimmer" chassis and internal hardware improvements.

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Epiphan Announces AV.io HD Video Grabber

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Epiphan Announces AV.io HD Video Grabber

Epiphan Video launches the AV.io HD-- a device the company describes as an easy-to-use video grabber for customers wanting to capture video from HDMI, DVI and VGA sources.

The AV.io HD allows users to connect any device with an HDMI, DVI or VGA output, including cameras, laptops, tablets, projectors, game consoles and embedded devices to a Windows, Mac or Linux PC without need for any additional drivers on add-ons.

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Netflix Strides Further into Europe

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Netflix Strides Further into Europe

Three more European countries will get access to Netflix come October 2015-- Italy, Spain and Portugal make the first Southern European nations with access to the streaming service's library of TV and movie content.

So far 50 nations receive Netflix, 13 of which are in Europe. These include the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The company has ambitious global plans, as it sets to expand operations to 200 countries by end 2016, all in the hopes to start making global profits in 2017.

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