Vudu – Stream What You Want, When You Want

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With more and more streaming services out there, more people are “cutting the cord” to tailor how they watch movies & TV. But how do you know which platform is right for you?

Well, there’s a service that covers ALL bases and can fit your particular lifestyle – no matter how you choose to watch.

Introducing Vudu, a streaming service that lets you watch what and how you want, in up to 4K ultra high-definition – all without a subscription or monthly charges.

With Vudu, you can buy or rent movies and TV shows and watch them at any time on the devices you already have. And because it’s digital, you can watch the latest movies before they’re available on Blu-ray or DVD.

Vudu also has “Movies On Us” – over 5,000 titles that you can binge watch for free!

In addition, Vudu is constantly adding more titles to “Movies On Us,” so the list keeps growing. And no need to feel left out Blu-ray and DVD collectors, Vudu is the only streaming service that allows you to convert your collection with Disc to Digital – starting as low as $2.

So, whether one, two, or all three of these things apply to you, you can do them all with Vudu.

Starting is as easy as getting the Vudu app on your favorite device or going to vudu.com.

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Jon Favreau Creates a Virtual Reality World with ‘Gnomes & Goblins’

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

By: Hazel-Lovely Saunders

Technology and entertainment are merging faster than ever with the latest tool—virtual reality. Filmmakers and other creators are taking on this tool to create videos, games, news and more. Created by director Jon Favreau, known for Chef and The Jungle Book, is the latest fusion of entertainment and tech. It’s called Gnomes & Goblins.

A preview of the project is being released on Thursday, Sept. 8 for free on the HTC Vive VR headset. The preview of the project is set in an enchanted forest, a similar setting to The Jungle Book, where you act as the lead in the film. During the preview you meet a tiny goblin and befriend him. The way you interact with the goblin determines your path in where your story goes. As the main character you will be free to wander and explore at your own pace.

Cpurtesy of Road to VR.

Courtesy of Road to VR.

“There’s people who come from a gaming background who see the gaming potential [of VR], and there’s people who come from a cinema background that see how they expand it,” Favreau says. “But to me everything in between is the Oklahoma land grab. You can stake out a little piece of land in the middle of this that’s unique.”

The preview of Gnomes & Goblins takes about 10 minutes to play but eventually the idea is what Favreau describes as “Like Disneyland. Where you build more and more out.” If the preview launch becomes successful, he plans to release a more built-out version of the project. Check out the preview below:

Let us know what you think about this new Favreau project. What other films would you like to see become part of a VR world? Tweet us, like us on Facebook, and don’t forget to stay updated with weekly articles here.

Five Entertainment Tech Trends You Should Know

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By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

Creativity is the working body in the entertainment industry. And with recent advances in technology, creatives are finding insane ways to incorporate tech into entertainment. From virtual reality headsets in movie theaters to CGI in Fast 7. You never know what new technology will be up next for the industry.

  1. Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer technology that uses software-generate realistic images, sounds, and other sensations to channel a real environment.

The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, accumulated $2.5m in funding on Kickstarter and was available for the blockbuster film “Interstellar” to let audiences interact with the movie’s spacecraft and explore areas in the film. Hopefully we get to watch all movies on VR.

 

VR isn’t only popular in watching movies, but it’s the new trend in gaming. You’ll find VR gaming headsets from all the tech giants. For example, Samsung released their Gear VR while Sony is in the works for a headset for PlayStation 4. Additionally, Valve Software and HTC are working on Vive.

  1. Augmented Reality (AR)

Now augmented reality (AR) is found in the latest addition, Pokémon Go. This technology blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer generated. Basically a mix of virtual reality, computer-generated environments, and what’s in the real world in real time.

In Pokémon Go players use their mobile device’s GPS capability to capture, battle and train virtual created, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real world.

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But Pokémon Go isn’t the only one in the AR arena, Microsoft is currently working on a high-profile HoloLens project, and Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company is working on augmented reality.

  1. High Dynamic Range

High-dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a high dynamic range (HDR) technique used in imagining and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range. It’s better visual experience with greater contrast—highlights, brighter colors and a lifelike images.

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An example of HDRI is 4K TV. This tech is on the rise, but it probably needs to be watched on a huge TV to notice the difference. This tech can also be found in compact cameras like the new Nikon DL series feature 4K video. Although 4K can be very crisp it takes a lot of memory storage and a strong hard drive to import videos.

  1. Real-Time Cloud Rendering

Cloud rendering is a fast process of creating constant-shape clouds for games and flight simulators. Basically rendering of clouds in real-time. This technology can be used to render complex game image son mobile devices. Major studios use this to cut visual effects costs.

Atomic Fiction’s Conductor is in the lead for these visual effects technique and helped the visual effects for the movie, “The Walk”.

  1. Light Field

A light field camera captures information about the light field emanating from a specific scene; that includes, the intensity of light of the scene and the direction that the light rays are traveling in space. This gives the photographer flexibility to shoot first and choose the focus, aperture and settings after.

This is a time-saver for film shoots. Instead of multiple cameras for different focus points, this will capture it all in one shot. You can edit and change the settings after each shot to satisfy which image you want.

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Ars Electronica 2013 – Lytro light-field photography

Companies Otoy and Lytro offer light-field capturing devices. Other companies like nVidia is also researching this field.

Join the conversation and let us know your thoughts and comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

4 Events to Check Out at Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego

Comic-Con International: San DiegoOkay, so Comic-Con International: San Diego started on July 20 – bringing fans, self-proclaimed geeks, movie critics, and a lot of people that just want to see what the hype is about from all over the globe to San Diego…so basically everyone. With so much going on, it’s hard to keep up with the must-see events and panels. Here’s four events we think you should check out:

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

  • Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick talking about their upcoming film, Trolls. If you haven’t already heard about Trolls, it’s an animated movie from the creators of Shrek and it has a great cast of voice actors besides JT and Anna – Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, and so much more joined together to make this film. We think it’s safe to say it’s a good idea to check out the panel with Justin and Anna to get an inside scoop on this movie coming out in November 2016.
  • Christina Milian, Laverne Cox, and Victoria Justice will also be having a panel on this day. They’ll be discussing the new Rocky Horror Picture Show TV-movie. With a great cast like that, you can see why it’s important to check out this panel.

Friday, July 22, 2016

  • If you’re a fan of Vanessa Hudgens or her soon-to-be released NBC DC Comics series, Powerless, make sure to check in to the screening and Q&A. As DC Comics fans, we’re pretty excited to see this series.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

  • One of the events we’re most eager to see is this Saturday – Warner Bros. will have a presentation of its upcoming movies…Meaning Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robie, Brie Larson, and Tom Hiddleston will be there talking about two movies we are dying to see –Suicide Squad and Kong: Skull Island.

 

 

If you’re not into anything we listed above, there is still a ton going on at Comic-Con, including a Pokémon Go Bar Crawl, concerts, fan meet-ups, and parties – so you’ll have a lot of fun no matter what you decide to do.

 

Are you at Comic-Con in San Diego? Follow NewsWatchTV on Instagram and tag us in a photo showing us what you’re doing!

 

 

Would You Ditch Netflix if They Started Showing Ads?

By: Kassidy Coleman

 
How often do you binge watch Netflix? Maybe more often than you’d like to admit? It’s okay, we already know that Netflix is one of the more popular subscription streaming video services. But there’s something you may or may not have noticed recently: Netflix prices have been rising while their catalog has been shrinking. In fact, the U.S. catalog for Netflix has shrunk by more than 2,500 titles in less than 2 1/2 years. There’s no question – Netflix is changing.

If you’re wondering why Netflix is changing, think about it for a second. Netflix used to be THE subscription video streaming service, there was absolutely no competition. Now Netflix actually has direct competitors like Hulu and Amazon who could be to blame for the changes. Before, Netflix didn’t have to worry too much about competitors because Netflix had a large catalog to browse and was completely ad free. It’s becoming apparent that Netflix is starting to get a little hurt by its competitors.

If Netflix showed ads it would increase their revenue without having to increase the prices for customers. Would you want to deal with ads on Netflix? According to AllFlicks, most Netflix customers would prefer what’s pretty much impossible – no ads, cost as little as possible, and of course have a catalog full of content.

AllFlicks asked 1,200 people on Reddit if they would rather pay more for Netflix or see advertisements while they watched videos. Over 90% of the participants stated they would prefer to pay more than see ads.

Good thing these findings line up closely to what Netflix found – they opted to increase the price slightly instead of having ads. AllFlicks also discovered that many users would ditch the streaming service completely if they started to show ads. 74% of participants agreed that they would say goodbye to Netflix if they started to show ads. Some participants were so upset by just the idea of Netflix showing ads that they used profanity.

Would you leave Netflix if they started to show ads? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Can Netflix Replace Traditional TV and Movie Theaters?

By: Kassidy Coleman

Do you remember trips to Blockbuster or Hollywood Video? It wasn’t that long ago that we would have to go to a physical location to rent a movie. And if the location didn’t have what we wanted, we were simply out of luck. Then in 1998 Netflix completely changed the movie renting game with mail-delivery movie rental that ended up demolishing the competition of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. Netflix brought the convenience of selecting the DVDs you wanted from their online catalog and getting them mailed directly to you which was far superior to driving to the store that Blockbuster and Hollywood Video could no longer compete. (Blockbuster is still kind of trying to hang in there…they still have 50 locations worldwide). Then in 2007, Netflix took it a step further and did something that had never been seen before – subscription streaming video. Today many other websites have joined the subscription streaming video industry- such as Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. However, Netflix has almost become the household word for online video streaming. Kind of like how people say “Xerox” instead of “copy” when they aren’t even using a Xerox machine. But now this raises some questions: Is this the end for traditional TV? With Netflix releasing more original content, what damage will this do to the movie theater industry?

Well, with Netflix’s history of conquering and destroying, it is likely that the company could be a replacement for traditional TV in the future. According to a recent survey conducted by AllFlicks, 75.5% of Netflix subscribers believe that Netflix can completely replace traditional TV. Although the majority of participants believe that Netflix could be a replacement for traditional TV, there are certain things they agree it can’t replace – such as the experience of going to the movie theater or live sports events. Only 24.2% of participants believed the streaming service could replace movie theaters.

But now we are seeing Netflix spending more money on their Netflix original movies and series. In fact, from 2012-
2016, Netflix has added 111 original series and movies
. With Amazon Prime Video trying to compete with Netflix, most likely we will see Netflix boost out even more original content in order to stay at the top. These Netflix Originals cast some big name Hollywood stars, such as Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and Paul Rudd. It makes some of us wonder what kind of damage this could end up doing to Hollywood. Will Netflix end up doing damage to the movie theater industry? Will we soon just watch new releases in the comfort of our homes? Although that is probably not something that will happen in the near future, it could be a possibility eventually.

Do you think Netflix is a replacement for traditional TV? We think it could definitely be a possibility in the future. But with many Netflix subscribers still paying for TV additionally, it isn’t necessarily considered a complete replacement for TV…yet.

What do you think? Is Netflix going to replace traditional TV? Comment below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Immersive Home Theater Experience

With the quality of home theaters today it’s hard to imagine that the viewing experience could get much better. A new product, called DreamScreen is challenging that very claim. The DreamScreen TV light kit connects through HDMI and instantly brightens the picture, softens the image, and extends the size of your screen.

Here’s how it works: The Video Mode is responsive to the color pixels on your screen at 60 frames a second. This effect creates a new immersive home theater experience that makes your TV bigger and actually softens the picture on your eyes. To further DreamScreen’s individuality, it does more than just enhance your viewing. It also has a Music Mode where the LED lights bounce and react to the beats of your music creating a visual light show, using an audio visualizer. More so, it has an Ambient Lighting Mode, which doesn’t require your screen at all. In this mode, the DreamScreen users can select the color and brightness behind the actual screen. This then sets an ambiance and adjusts the Brightness of its users mood. All these features are controlled via Bluetooth on the free DreamScreen TV App. Dreamscape can be used for a variety of TV uses but one of the more enjoyed methods of employing these features are with interactive video games. Responsive television lighting enhances the game, stretches the picture, and makes any game more reactive and fun to play.

DreamScreen is currently running a kickstarter campaign and you can head over to their page to support them and get your own DreamScreen setup, don’t wait to get yourown home theater experience started!

DreamScreen comes with an HDMI cord, a set of LED light strings, and a power supply and splitter for the HDMI and USB cables. To learn more about this exciting new technology visit www.dreamscreentv.com today.

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