3DTV: The Olympics were no “Avatar”

Almost a year ago Panasonic hosted a large press event to tell the press how great was 3DTV and how the 2012 London’s Olympics would be it’s “Avatar”. Now that the Olympics are done, I see no parallels at all! The event was held one night during the IBC 2011 (International Broadcasting Convention) in Amsterdam…

Do broadcasters understand 3D?

Let’s be honest, broadcasters are not the most agile and the fastest to adopt new technology. Generally, they will stick to old workflows, old ways of doing things until they have no choices. At this year’s NAB in Las Vegas, I have the feeling that a large part of the broadcast community still don’t understand…

NAB 2012 Sunday: Press events marathon

“Press events” remains a tradition at the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. It’s not a place where you actually learn a lot. Today with the Internet, it’s easy enough to get all the PR material (press releases, brochures, video) and know all about the announcements. In the past, when communication was harder, it was…

Is that a laser in your projector?

For the majority, NAB is a large trade show that will begin this Monday. However, the root of the “National Association of Broadcasters” annual convention are the conferences and that started today (on Saturday). Part of the program is called the “Technology Summit on Cinema” organized in collaboration with SMPTE and as you may imagine,…

The end of the Olbermann’s era on Current TV

I usually comment more on the technical aspects of the television business than on content. However, I think the case of Keith Olbermann is an interesting example to illustrate some parts of today’s distribution business. I have been associated with Current TV from the early days (9 months before it’s launch) until mid 2009. I have…

Titanic 3D will make waves in the Stereo 3D space

Titanic 3D will be release this coming Tuesday and is sure to make some wave in the Stereo 3D industry. I haven’t saw the final result yet but I have seen 18 minutes back in September and a friend saw the completed version last Saturday. I can tell you that it is a milestone. Titanic…

NAB 2012 in a month!

For all people involved in the technical aspects of professional television, the annual National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) is the key event of the year. The show is massive and the numbers only tell part of the story: Over 90 thousand attendees; more than 1600 exhibitors; an exhibit floor  with over 850,000 square feet of…

Would you pay $5 to Facebook to use it advertising free?

Like probably so many people around the world I read the Facebook S1 yesterday. If you look at last year gross revenue you can estimate that they get about $4 dollars (a little over $1 net) per user per year. Based on that, I was wondering if people would be willing to pay them $5…

Facebook because “circles” and privacy don’t matter

Hard not to talk about Facebook this week. The rise of Facebook had been nothing short of spectacular and even movies have been made about it. In that context, it’s hard to say something original and I was thinking about skipping the subject altogether. However, I have been seeing the ads from Google promoting their…

Is there such a thing as “native” 3D in Stereo 3D?

A subject that I often stumble upon in various articles, conferences and comments is the question of content being “native 3D” and this is often used in opposition to converted content. First, let’s clarify the question of “native 3D”. I think that the usage in this context is abusive and that it is a bias…