Can Top TV claw itself back to solvency?

On October 31 last year, TopTV sought business rescue protection under Chapter 6 of the 2008 Companies Act.  What this means to TopTV is that it provides the company with a protective bubble within which to restructure itself and hopefully avoid liquidation.  What it means to the media industry is that the local Pay TV sector…

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SA’s unfolding digital TV nightmare

Lack of certainty around the encryption and access control mechanisms to be used for digital terrestrial television, along with how millions of set-top boxes will be subsidised for poorer households, looks set to throw South Africa even further off track in the already long-delayed, multibillion-rand project.

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The trouble with 4K TV

There’s no other way of describing the technology: the latest ultra-high-definition (UHD) television sets look absolutely amazing. From television to cinema, the “4K” resolutions on offer represent a new frontier in entertainment. But the industry faces a big and perhaps even insurmountable challenge: distribution. Solving the distribution problem could mean the difference between 4K becoming…

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Transcoding in the cloud

Last week, Amazon released a cloud video transcoding service called Amazon Elastic Transcoder. The service is priced at a significant discount compared to other cloud transcoding services, such as Zencoder, that run on Amazon Web Services. Why Transcoding in the Cloud? Encoding video is a computationally intensive job. As soon as you have to process…

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2016 will be the year of the Smart TV says Tech Research company

Smart TVs are growing in popularity with Samsung leading the race for a flat screen television that allows users to not only connect to the internet but to other devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and use them in sync. In fact, tech research company Gartner reckons that all televisions will soon be smart. According to the…

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Next-Gen Cameras: Red and Panavision pull out the stops

2013 begins with lots of buzz around new cameras from Red Digital Cinema and Panavision. First up is new info on Red’s still forthcoming Dragon CMOS image sensor for the Epic. According to a Reduser.net announcement from Red Fire Chief Jarred Land on New Year’s Eve, a prototype Dragon sensor has exhibited an unprecedented amount of dynamic…

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