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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 18, 2016 5 comments
It’s been no secret up to now that calibrating a display for high dynamic range (HDR) is a work in progress. But the recent release of an HDR10 workflow for CalMAN 2016 (the newest software from SpectraCal) promises to change that. CalMAN is widely used by calibrators and reviewers to optimize display setup.

HDR10 is one of the two most prominent HDR formats (though there are others lurking around looking for a niche). Both of these formats require specialized, and different, calibration techniques. A CalMAN workflow for the other format, Dolby Vision, has been around for several months.

But most UHD/HDR sets offer HDR10, as do all UHD Blu-rays to date, making an HDR10 calibration perhaps even more significant...

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 18, 2016 3 comments
Almost four in 10 homes with an 18-34 year-old resident rely on broadcast-only or Internet-only alternatives to cable or satellite, according to new research from GfK.

SV Staff Posted: Jul 18, 2016 3 comments
Q Acoustics, which claims to be the UK's fastest growing loudspeaker brand, today launched a website offering a full line of home speakers. Products are also sold on eBay, Amazon, and the pro audio site Reverb.com.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 18, 2016 1 comments
As part of a major restructuring, Sonos is opening its first retail store in the trendy Soho section of New York City tomorrow (July 19).
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Lauren Dragan Posted: Jul 15, 2016 2 comments
If you aren’t a Millennial, the appeal of Pokemon Go might elude you. Hordes of people meandering about, phones aloft, muttering “I swear there was a Pikuchu near here…” whilst trying to catch “pocket monsters” may seem silly to those of us accustomed to more passive forms of entertainment. Now, I’m not going to argue that you should download the app and start hurling red and white balls at imaginary creatures’ noggins. (Though, admittedly, it is oddly kinda fun.) What is worth doing is considering the popularity of the Pokemon Go phenomena and what it means for the future of gaming.
SV Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2016 2 comments
Yamaha has introduced two Blu-ray players featuring advanced 4K/Ultra HD upscaling, onboard Wi-Fi, and high-resolution digital to analog converters.
SV Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2016 1 comments
Utah-based Streamz, a spin-off of Mozaex that raised $100,000 on flashfunders.com, has a unique spin on personal music with the “world’s first smart streaming headphones.”
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Jul 15, 2016 3 comments
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I’ve seen some bad Star Wars movies and, well, The Force Awakens sure ain’t one of them. Yes, the plot is full of wild coincidences, implausible developments, and groan-inducing character moments. Worst of all, the events and even specific locations sometimes follow well-worn aspects of the classic canon a bit too closely. But these sins perhaps we can and should forgive. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams is a professed Star Wars fanatic, and his love and respect for the material have clearly guided this first new film since creator George Lucas divested himself of the fabled fantasy franchise.
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Anthony Chiarella Posted: Jul 15, 2016 1 comments
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A team of four Boston Globe journalists headed by Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton) is searching for their next exposé when their editor-in-chief (Liev Schreiber) suggests they investigate pedophile priest John Geoghan: a controversial assignment for a newspaper with a 53 percent Catholic subscriber base. Six-hundred articles later, Boston’s Cardinal Law had resigned, and the church was forced to confront an international pedophilia crisis.
SV Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2016 1 comments
Calling the traditional button-operated remote control outdated, Dish is making a voice-control remote available to owners of its Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes for $30.

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