21:9 Aspect Radio HDTV Screens Coming – Would you believe, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is developing new standards to support the majority of Hollywood movies with the wider format size of 21:9 instead of 16:9. The CEA said next-generation TV displays will be capable of the 21:9 aspect ratio, with the even more expanded widescreen view “greatly enhancing the viewing experience for consumers.” (Well, OK for recent movies, but how about older movies and much of TV today? Do we want gigantic black borders on all standard 4:3 images?) They hope to incorporate the presence of 21:9 video into CEA 861, a DTV Profile for Uncompressed High-Speed Digital Interfaces. CEA’s video systems committee has begun specifications for signaling the presence of 21:9 aspect ratio video. CEA 861 establishes protocols, requirements and recommendations for the utilization of uncompressed digital interfaces by consumer electronics devices such as digital TVs, digital cable, satellite or terrestrial set-top boxes, and related peripheral devices.
Louisville Orchestra Cancels Concerts – Concerts for the first two months of the orchestra’s season have been cancelled, as the AF of M placed the orchestra on its “unfair” list, meaning union members who play in the orchestra can be fined $50,000. Players have been without a contract since May 31.
New Director of Oregon Bach Festival – At the close of the 2013 season, British conductor/keyboardist Matthew Halls will succeed Helmuth Rilling as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, which was founded by Rilling 41 years ago. Halls, 35, is a former director of The King’s Consort and is a frequent presence as conductor/harpsichordist with early music groups and opera companies. The next festival will be June 29-July 15, 2012.
Global TV Shipments Fall – Global TV shipments fell in Q2 of this year by 1% according to DisplaySearch. Samsung was the top overall vendor. The comparative quarter of 2010 was strong due to sales related to the World Cup Soccer tournament. LCD TV has fared poorly compared to 2010, when each quarter showed at least 20% growth. Part of the reason might be the increased usage of LED backlighting, which adds a premium to each TV purchase. About 43% all LCD TVs shipped now feature LED backlighting. Shipments jumped 9% in 3DTV, up from 4% the first quarter. Samsung was first in LCD, plasma, CRT and 3DTV.
Four More Brands Join Shutter 3D Glasses Standard – Royal Philips Electronics, Sharp, Toshiba and TCL now support the Full HD 3D Glasses initiative founded by Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Xpand 3D. The program will start at the end of this month, officially certifying products manufactured under the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative license. A new logo was also unveiled.
Panasonic Sponsoring the Olympics in 3D – Panasonic has announced plans to produce live TV coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D hi-def video. They are the official Worldwide Olympic AV equipment sponsorship partner for the Olympic Games. This will be the first HD 3D live broadcast in Olympic history, available to audiences around the world. More than 200 hours of 3D coverage will use Panasonic’s 3D production technologies, including a professional fully-integrated twin-lens Full HD 3D camera/recorder. A spokesman said “…3DTV will drastically change the way we experience this great sporting event in our living rooms.”
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