BBC Will Test Super Hi Vision At London Olympics
The BBC will use next year’s London Olympics to test Super Hi Vision, the next-generation digital video format developed by Japan’s NHK that delivers picture resolution 16 times that of current high-def TV. Three 50-foot screens will be set up in London, Glasgow and Bradford for the broadcast. The BBC has been partnered with NHK on the format since 2008 and the Olympics have been a proving ground for emerging technologies in the past. Roger Mosey, who’s heading the BBC’s coverage of the Games, estimates that it will be another decade before the format will be available in homes. Japan’s Sharp Corp has been working on an 85-inch Super Hi Vision TV, but packing all those pixels into a standard screen is proving an Olympian task.
Reliance Raising Cash To Bolster Acquistion Efforts
Shares of Mumbai-based Reliance Broadcast Network were trading higher today on news of talks with investors to raise as much as $87M through a preferential allotment of shares. The company is also looking for global partners as it seeks to reduce debt and expand its radio businesses, CEO Taun Katial explained in an interview. India is gradually auctioning off hundreds of FM licenses and recently loosened constraints on foreign investments. Reliance Broadcast also operates TV channels and has three English-language channels in India via a joint venture with CBS Corp.
Doha Film Institute Names Programming Chief
Ludmila Cvikova is the new head of international programming at the Doha Film Institute. Cvikova comes from the Rotterdam International Film Festival, where she held a similar post for more than a decade. DFI promotes and funds Qatar film.
ReadD Teams With Beijing’s SAGA For 3D In China
L.A.-based 3D cinema developer RealD has cut a deal with Chinese theater chain SAGA Luxury Cinema Management. RealD will install its technology at all of SAGA’s current locations and eventually outfit about 100 SAGA theaters in China. Financial details were not disclosed.
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