Samsung Brings Curveness To Computer Screens

Samsung’s release of curved 3D 4K HD smart TV sets in recent times is something that the rest of the industry, bar a few other major companies, has a little catching up to do, though it now appears as if the South Korean giants will pull out the same status on the market of PC monitors.

samsung_curved_pc_monitorHaving previously unveiled curved TV sets and smartphones, Samsung are preparing American shelves for their new range of ‘SD590C curved PC monitors’, with a USA-only release to begin with initially.

The product, described as a ’27-inch LED screen’, carries a 1920 x 1080 resolution and ‘4000R curvature’, aiming to provide the set with a wider wider field of view than that of a more traditional flat screen of the same size.

Elsewhere on the product, users will be able to enjoy audio from the screen’s in-built ‘5-Watt, 2-channel dual stereo speakers’, with support available for HDMI, D-sub, and DisplayPort. connectivity, as well as a ‘Game Mode’ for fans of PC gaming that is able to sense scene changes whilst automatically adjusting colour/contrast settings and audio enhancements accordingly.

Set to be released tomorrow (1 October) in the USA for $429.99, will the Samsung SD590C be able to make an impact on an untested part of the technology market with a screen looking like it has had an impact on itself?

Lost Producer Claims Show Is Not Over Yet

The ABC drama/mystery series Lost was a highly successful one that lasted for 6 seasons from 2004 to 2010, but an executive producer on the format has suggested that such a sentence could soon be quickly altered to “is a highly successful one”.

lost_promoCarlton Cuse, a co-writer and executive producer of Lost, has made the claim that a return of the Lost franchise in some form in the future is something that is “inevitable”. Whether that would be a full continuation of the original seems unlikely, but Cuse, speaking as the show is in midst of 10th anniversary premiere celebrations, is of the belief that the show’s universe, in particular the mysterious island the main show takes place on, is ripe for fresh content and a slightly different perspective.

Cuse summarised his thoughts on the future of the series, and what he compares it to: “Disney owns the franchise, it made them a lot of money, it’s hard to imagine it will just sit there idly forever. Damon [Lindelof] and I told our story in that world and I assume someone will come along, hopefully having been inspired by our story, or our version of the story, and want to tell their own story. It’s like the Narnia chronicles.

“There are seven books, they were all written by CS Lewis, but they all visit Narnia at different times and different configurations and different ways. Someone is going to come up with a way to tell another Lost story. I think it’s inevitable. I don’t know what it is or how it would work, but I can’t imagine something else won’t be done with the franchise.”

Whether the Lost brand will ever be officially seen on TV again remains as much a mystery right now as some of its in-show headscratchers, so for now the anniversary just has to make do with loving tributes:

Tesco Drop Clubcard TV Streaming Service

In an age of companies falling over themselves in order to get out a streaming competitor to the likes of Netflix, it is rare to hear about one that closes down, but Clubcard TV, the service of British supermarket chain Tesco, seems to be showcasing a crash and burn that may occur to other poorly-received challengers in the not-too-distant future.

clubcard_tv_homepageClubcard TV is apparently to shut down after a period of just a year and a half since launch, with Tesco informing users of the service (who despite the naming affiliation with Tesco’s Clubcard supermarket reward system, is a free ad-supported streaming option) that they have until 28 October to finish watching what they want to watch on the Netflix-style service.

The reasoning behind the closure is claimed to be the fact that the service is recieving few repeat viewers, which would say something either about the rights held or the service itself and public perception of it.

An official Tesco statement on the matter noted: “We have taken the decision to close the Clubcard TV service, which means that unfortunately you won’t be able to watch the library of movies and TV on the service from October 28. Until then everything will carry on as normal, so there’s still time to finish off a series or catch a movie.”

Tesco, however, expected to make an announcement regarding a ‘Hudl 2′ budget tablet computer at the end of this week, will retain their Blinkbox Movies purchase and rental platform, so are not completely out of the streaming game, but how big a blow will it be to have shut down the service they started and fully-branded? It probably won’t be the beginning of a full-on Tesco demise, though, that supermarket stuff has been going pretty well for them…

Twitter Target Targeted Trailers

Whether it is the latest blockbuster, a niche critically-acclaimed feature, a specific genre, or a deliberately terrible film (or an actually terrible film), there is a type of movie out there for everyone, although sometimes they just don’t know what it is yet.

twitter_video_iconSocial media microblogging giants Twitter have revealed plans to integrate with the movie industry and remove some of those issues by proposing the introduction of ‘targeted movie adverts’ on their platform, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The service would apparently work by Twitter gathering data from a user’s tweet archive, with any mentions of topics, but more specifically specific movies, leading to a good idea of what that user might want to watch in the future, with adverts from participating studios later supplied to them based on that data.

An example of this has been cited as being Twitter users posting about Guardians of the Galaxy or a character in that film later being shown adverts on the site for future Marvel Comics-based films, with Twitter measuring engagement over film names, genres, and the world of cinema in general to make their automated marketing efforts.

Twitter’s ‘global head of research’ Jeffrey Graham claims that such a move would expand on Twitter’s existing status as “a major influence on movie choice”.

Graham summarised: “Not only are people hearing about new movies on Twitter, they are using it to make a decision about what to see, then sharing their experience with friends. The research highlighted just how many different opportunities there are for marketers to connect with this behaviour on Twitter.”

Set to be tested in over the coming months, similar to how the ‘buy button’ on Twitter is presently being trialled, will interactive movie trailer suggestions become a mutually lucrative venture? This blog doesn’t have the data to provide you with such a service, so we’ll apply the basic method of looking up the two highest-rated titles on the IMdB:

Transparent Debuts To Critical Acclaim On Amazon Prime

A new critically acclaimed show has been launched on Amazon Prime Instant Video, that could bring them the same level of success that Netflix have achieved with, Orange is the new Black.

Transparent-amazonTransparent created by Amazon Studios is a dark comedy that stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as a seventy year old divorced, Jewish father called Mort who comes out of the closet and tells his three grown-up kids that he wants to be a transgender parent and become a woman called Maura.

The show confirmed for a series back in March was created by award-winning director, Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under), and also stars Judith Light (Dallas), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Amy Landecker (Louie) and Jay Duplass (Togetherness).

Transparent season one is available to Amazon Prime members in 10 half-hour episodes, and has already been hailed by the critics, with Time magazine calling it, “Fall’s Best New TV Show.”

Others have also jumpedin with The San Francisco Chronicle saying it was, “Genius is at work on every level here, but never so powerfully as in the casting of Tambor as Maura”, The Hollywood Reporter, “Beautiful, funny and touching…One of those rare shows that alters the complexion of the landscape with its quality.”

Speaking for Amazon Studios, Vice President, Roy Price said, “We’re thrilled to bring this poignant, funny and beautifully-crafted series to Amazon Prime customers and to the world. It’s been an honor to partner with such a passionate storyteller as Jill Soloway to bring her vision for Transparent to life and we can’t wait for everyone to meet the Pfeffermans.”

Director Jill Soloway said, “I could not be more excited to share Transparent with the world today. In many ways, the Pfefferman’s story is one I’ve wanted to tell for many years and I’m so grateful to Amazon and my incredibly talented cast and crew for allowing me to fulfill this creative dream.”

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Netflix Subscriber Viewing Time Rises 350% Since 2011

As a reminder in how streaming is becoming ever more popular and established, figures have been released that show Netflix users are spending more time viewing online content than ever before.

Netflix-new-logoThe report by The Diffusion Group shows that Netflix servers streamed around 7 billion hours of content in Q2 2014, a rise from 2 billion hours for Q4 2011. It lead to TDG co-founder, Michael Greeson to say, “Netflix is the big dog of online SVOD and sets the bar when it comes to viewing hours.”

On an individual basis, Netflix users are viewing around 1.5 hours of content per day which is a massive 350% rise compared to 2011 says the report. The amount of video streamed by users equated to 5.1 billion hours in Q2 2014, up from 1.8 billion hours in Q4 2011.

The report is based on US viewers who love binging on Netflix, as they consume 72% of total content – down from 94% in 2011. And although impressive, the figures pale when compared to traditional TV viewing as Americans are still watching the gogglebox three times more at around 5 hours per day.

International streaming will continue to grow as Netflix are expanding at a rapid pace. Netflix recently launched in six European countries that included Germany and France, and is expected to launch in Australia next year.

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