More CES 2017 news round-up

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Neal Romanek
January 6th 2017 at 4:25PM : By Neal Romanek

Kodak's limited edition Super 8 film camera prototype and an 8K desktop monitor from Dell are a couple of today's CES highlights

And here's today's digest of the TV-relevant happenings at the colossal CES in Las Vegas:

- Kodak is showing prototypes of its new Super 8 film camera at CES. The film camera also features digital output as well as Kodak processing of film stock.  The limited edition camera will be available in March 2017 and consumer versions are said to be on the way too. Kodak announced the new Super 8 camera last year at CES. 

- Dell showed off a new 32in, 8K desktop monitor. The Dell UP3218K features a resolution of 7680x4320 with 1.07 billion colours and 100% coverage of the AdobeRGB and sRGB color gamuts. It will be available in March for $4,999. Something to plug your HDMI 2.1 cable into! 

- TCL announced that its C-Series and P-Series TV lines will support Dolby Vision, and Dolby and Sony have partnered to bring Dolby Vision to Sony’s newly announced premium 4K HDR TV line. Onkyo and Pioneer unveiled their first soundbars with Dolby Atmos - the Onkyo SBT-A500 and Pioneer ELITE FS-EB70 Network Surround Soundbar Systems. And Lenovo has partnered with Dolby to launch the Lenovo Legion Y720 as part of its line of gaming PCs, making it the world’s first Dolby Atmos enabled PC.

- Nvidia’s has released a new version of its Shield streamer/gaming device. The Android TV-powered device offers new features, including High Dynamic Range support and integration of the Google Assistant AI platform. The new model, called Shield TV will enable streaming from Amazon Video’s 4K HDR library, with access to 4K titles from Netflix, YouTube, and Vudu, with 4K films from Google Play Movies to be added later. A YouTube TV app, which will support 360-degree video, will be available later this year. It can be pre-ordered for $199.99 and will ship this month in the US, Canada and parts of Europe. A version for China will also debut later this year. 

- WideOpenWest has selected Universal Electronics to develop and manufacturer a new TV remote control that’s optimised for WOW’s “Ultra” whole-home DVR platform, and will include a dedicated Netflix key. The new remote is expected to reach Ultra subs by early 2017 and features embedded RF4CE tech (removing the need for line-of-sight between remote and set-top), laser-etched keys and backlighting, and a simplified three-key set-up process.
- Multiscreen video app maker You.i TV has adapted Cartoon Network’s app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV devices, complementing its reach on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and Kindle fire devices. You.i TV will also power the UI for Turner’s new FilmStruck multiplatform SVOD service.
- ViXS has launched the XCode 5516, a dual-stream over-the-air transcoding chipset, central to the company’s “CordCutter TV” product platform. The new SoC is designed for CE vendors interested in building low-cost, low power and small form-factor dual-tuner OTA streaming products.
- Netgear debuted the Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Cable Modem Router, a DOCSIS 3.0-certified product that integrates support for Comcast’s digital voice service. The device supports 24x8 channel bonding and will be offered later this year for $299.99.
- Ericsson and Cisco Systems have extende their partnership to provide WiFi solutions. The companies plan to offer a solution called Evolved Wi-Fi Networks which combines Ericsson’s 3GPP access, core networks and apps with Cisco’s WiFi portfolio. They plan to target indoor small cell and operator WiFi deployments.
- Opera TV and MStar Semiconductor have introduced an OTT platform based on MStar’s system-on-a-chip set-top box platform. They’re offering the combined system to set-top makers and service providers as a pre-integrated platform that builds in Opera TV’s suite of OTT products.
- Broadspeak, a provider of CDN tech and VOD servers, and Wyplay, a maker of pay TV software systems, are offering a joint solution combining Broadspeak’s nanoCDN tech with the Wyplay’s “Frog” middleware.  They have integrated those products for set-tops boxes targeting cable, satellite and direct-to-home video operators.
-Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and AT&T are embarking on interop testing and over-the-air field trials based on 5G New Radio specs being developed by the 3GPP. The trials intend to help move the mobile ecosystem to faster 5G deployment based on standards-compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices once 3GPP completes the first release of the official specifications, they said. The trials will support operation in millimeter Wave (mmWave) spectrum, shooting for an accelerated deployment in the 28GHz and 39GHz band


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