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Audio News for October 27, 2015

Technicolor to Reintroduce RCA Brand to Millennials – Technicolor, owner and licensor of the RCA brand, about to reintroduce the brand to a new generation of consumers. “The RCA brand represents quality, innovation and value…We have to get that message to these new consumers,” their brand manager said.  A new RCA UHD TV is being introduced at $999.

Consumer Perception of Microsoft’s CE products on the Upswing – Microsoft appears ripe to disrupt Apple’s hold across markets, thanks to its smartphones, fitness band and Surface tablets. More than 942,000 consumer reviews were analyzed, and Argus Insights found that “Apple continues to delight consumers more than the other brands…while Google Nexus devices and the Amazon Fire TV Stick fail to delight consumers despite the strong positioning of their service offerings.” Microsoft is now a “close No. 2” behind Apple in ability of their hardware products to delight consumers.

Classical News – The top man at Universal Music – Max Hole – has stepped down due to coming down with inflammation of the brain, resulting in memory loss. The new Chairman and CEO is Lucian Grainge. The New York Philharmonic has announced its 2016 Biennial plans in a 36-page press release – it will focus exclusively on new music. Esa-Pekka Salonen, William Bolcom, Per Norgard and John Corigliano will participate. A Paris Court of Appeals has odered production company BelAir media to withdraw all DVDs of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s staging of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. The composer’s heirs and the author of the novel on which the opera is based have said the Russian director’s take on the opera is “treason.” He removed all religious elements, turning the group of nuns into isolated and paranoid women who collectively attempt suicide by turning on the gas in their shared house. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Australia has chosen Alondra de la Parra as its first music director starting in 2017. The orchestra is the country’s third largest and the first to appoint a music director.

New Plex Media Player –  Plex has a series of media tools letting users stream local media to your smartphone, table, leptop or TV with a series of apps.  But they also have rebuilt their home heater app as an open source mpv media playback engine which can handle most popular video codecs and support hardware-accelerated video playback on a wide range of devices. It uses the same UI as one available for smart TV products and is also available in UHD resolutions. Some features are still in development. The new unit will be available to all Plex Pass subsribers at first, and later will be available for free users as well. Being open source, there’s nothing to stop someone else from continuing development of the software.

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