The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has completed the specification for its new Ultra HD Blu-ray format and released the new logo that will delineate Ultra HD Blu-ray products. The move is seen a key step in the fight-back by the physical media industry against what is expected to be a sharp decline in physical media consumption as 4K/UHD gains adoption. In addition to delivering content in up-to 3840×2160 resolution, the Ultra HD Blu-ray format enables delivery of a significantly expanded colour range and allows for the delivery of high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate content. Next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats will also be delivered via the specification according to the BDA.An optional digital bridge feature is designed to enable the consumer to view their content across multiple in-home and mobile devices.The specification also mandates all new Ultra HD Blu-ray players be capable of playing back current Blu-ray Discs, ensuring that equipment can be used to view an extensive existing catalogue of content.Licensing of Ultra HD Blu-ray is scheduled to begin this summer. The BDA said it was working closely with industry leaders in the authoring, testing, certification and replication industries to develop the tools and process needed to ensure interoperability between players and software.Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will use the H.265 video format and will come as double- and triple-layer discs with 66GB and 100GB capacity respectively.“For years, Blu-ray Disc has set the standard for high definition picture and audio quality in the home. Ultra HD Blu-ray will do the same for UHD home entertainment,” said Victor Matsuda, chair, BDA Promotions Committee. “The technical capabilities of Blu-ray Disc, in particular its significant storage capacity and high data transfer rates, will enable the delivery of an unparalleled, consistent and repeatable UHD experience.”
Delivering complex content such as sport or high action onto a large-screen TV via streaming requires a minimum of 6Mbps to achieve an ‘excellent’ viewer rating, whilst smartphones require between 2-3Mbps, according to a study by CDN provider Akamai with Eurofins.For less-complex content, optimal bit rates are lower and 2-4Mbps will still deliver an excellent visual rating on large-screen TVs, according to the study.The Akamai-Eurofins study looked at the experience of viewing different types of content on different smartphones, set-top boxes, desktop PCs, tablets and smart TVs. Researchers used SSIMplus – a Quality of Experience measure that is said to closely represent the human perception of video quality – to rank the perceived quality of the video, where anything rating above 80 out of 100 is deemed ‘excellent’, or the equivalent of HDTV.The tests covered three different content genres – talking heads, drama and high action content. Different combinations of player, content and bitrate, were tested under both normalised and challenging network conditions.The results showed significant variation in the bitrate required to deliver a high-definition image. The two smartphones tested achieved optimal perceptual quality scores with bitrates of less than 3Mbps but had significant perceptual quality variation between them. The smart TVs on test required encode profiles of beyond 6Mbps to achieve a similar score. Desktop PC’s_ on test required bitrates of around 5Mbps but again showed significant variation in their perceptual quality.The set-top box tested delivered a better result under challenging conditions than the smart TV.The study also found that smartphones delivered a consistently high-quality video stream even when network conditions were especially challenging and did this noticeably better than most of the other players tested and recommended the use of transport protocols such as UDP rather than TCP to improve stream consistency.According to the study’s authors, delivering content at lower bitrates to avoid buffering can have a negative impact on perceived picture quality, with viewers who are used to HjDTV now expecting similar levels of quality from OTT services.The Akamai-Eurofins study found that measures such as rebuffering ratio, video start time, and video start failures do not provide a full picture of video quality and argued that a meaningful measure of video quality for OTT services should now include a PQ score as an objective measure of picture quality in addition to the current KPIs typically used to measure quality.The study is the second phase of a broader research project from Akamai investigating issues around the quality of IP-delivered video streams. The first phase, via a study undertaken on behalf of Akamai by Sensum into how we as viewers react to video quality, focused on how quality of experience impacts commercial success.
The BBC is partnering with Bitmovin in a deal that allows it to make live shows from the BBC’s TV channels available on satellite provider set-top boxes soon after their time of broadcast.DynastiesThe BBC is using the Bitmovin Encoder to speed up content preparation and maximise quality for selected live content on catch-up TV and video-on-demand services.The solution is also being used in ultra high definition (UHD) and high dynamic range (HDR) trials for shows such as Dynasties, which was available in high quality via the iPlayer on devices like smart TVs and cable provider set-top boxes.“Every asset the BBC produces needs to be delivered at the best possible quality, including for catch-up and new release VOD services,” said Stefan Lederer, CEO at Bitmovin.“We are proud our encoding solution enables their viewers to access their favorite programs in a timely manner, leveraging our cloud-native, massively distributed encoding technology which achieves greater encoding speeds without compromising video quality.”
Altice France has unveiled a number of new value-added services to its TV offering.The group has launched a new catch-up TV interface and services for its BFM TV, BFM Business, RMC Story and RMC Découverte channels.Altice said that its new offering included an immersive interface that gives rapid access to video-on-demand services. Catch-up availability will be extended beyond the current seven-day limit and other features are to follow in the coming weeks, including the ability to take up viewing from the point where it was left off, favourite lists and series linking.Altice will also provide all episodes of certain new series immediately.In addition to being accessible via Altice’s SFR set-tops, the new service will be extended to Bouygues Telecom’s TV offering in the near future.Altice France remains at loggerheads with rival ISP Free, which has refused to pay for carriage of its channels on the model successfully fought for by national broadcaster TF1. The pair have been in dispute over the terms of carriage of the channels since March.Altice’s current contract with Orange is meanwhile set to expire this month, leading to a potential clash with that operator over the terms of carriage of its services.
PSNI officers in Derry will be carrying out random breath tests at vehicle checkpoints this summer in a bid to catch more drink drivers and take them off the roads.Launching their summer road safety campaign, the police urged drivers to take extra care on the roads as the school holidays begin.Superintendent Sue Steen said over the coming months, officers would be using legislation which gives them powers to perform random breath tests at vehicle checkpoints. To date this year, 28 people have been killed on the roads in Northern Ireland.“Considering that many, if not the majority of these deaths caused by collisions could have been avoided; it is an appalling waste of life,” said Superintendent Steen.“Inattention, speeding, or more accurately, excessive speed for the conditions and drink or drug driving, are consistently the principal causes of the most serious road traffic collisions in which people are killed or seriously injured.“Over the coming months, we will have police resources on the roads across Northern Ireland and will be using legislation first introduced in November 2016, which gives us powers to perform random breath tests at vehicle checkpoints. “In addition to the checkpoints, any driver or motorcyclist we stop, whether for speeding, using a mobile phone, or committing any moving traffic offence can expect to be breathalysed.“So too can anyone involved in a collision or who we suspect may have consumed alcohol or taken drugs.”The PSNI will also be working with An Garda Síochána Traffic Corps looking for road users taking unnecessary and potentially life-changing risks.Drivers are being urged to keep an eye out for increased numbers of children using or crossing roads, particularly close to parks and leisure amenities, in addition to junctions and bus stops.Pedestrians must pay attention to their environment, whether that means not getting distracted by friends or mobile devices, or being especially careful when walking on country roads by walking against the traffic flow and by wearing highly visible clothing, said Superintendent Steen.Gardai will be helping PSNI along the border to catch those drivers taking unnecessary risks“With the better weather we are also particularly mindful of more motorcyclists taking to the roads, so we’re encouraging bikers to ensure their motorcycles and safety equipment are in good working order and that they ride defensively.“In addition, drivers need to be alert to the presence of motorcyclists using the road network, particularly when emerging from and turning into junctions.”Police are also advising anyone taking using their vehicle on any long holiday trips or drives to ensure that their vehicle is in top and safe working condition.DRINK DRIVERS WARNED AS COPS PLAN SUMMER BREATH TEST CHECKPOINTS was last modified: July 3rd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet AN GARDA SIOCHANADRINK DRIVERS WARNED AS COPS PLAN SUMMER BREATH TEST CHECKPOINTSPSNISUPT SUE STEEN
ShareTweet “So Waterside NPT did a speed op. No detections, everyone was suspiciously well under the speed limit.“Maybe that’s something to do with drivers flashing their lights at motorists approaching our point.“If you do wish to flash your lights at motorists to warn them, please remember this offence code: N160.“It might speed the issue of your ticket along for the unlawful use of your headlights. magheramasonnewbuildingsPSNI FOYLE: DON’T FLASH YOUR LIGHTS AT OTHER DRIVERS OR YOU WILL GET A TICKET POLICE have responded to reports of drivers speeding and jumping red lights in Derry.But despite a police operation, no one was caught but police noted a number of people “flashing their lights” at oncoming drivers to warn of the PSNI speed detection presence.PSNI Foyle say on their Facebook page: “You said people speed through Maghermason and Newbuildings, that they run through red lights and don’t stop for pedestrians at the zebra crossing. “In the wise words of the terminator, “I’ll be back”.PSNI FOYLE: DON’T FLASH YOUR LIGHTS AT OTHER DRIVERS OR YOU WILL GET A TICKET was last modified: January 19th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:
FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison April 15 in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.Hernandez, 25, looked to his right, pursed his lips and sat down after the jury forewoman pronounced him guilty in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and amateur weekend football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.The conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole and automatically triggers an appeal to Massachusetts’ highest court.Hernandez’s mother, Terri, and his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, cried and gasped when they heard the verdict, and Lloyd’s mother also cried. Jenkins wept loudly on his mother’s shoulder. Hernandez, his eyes red, mouthed to them: “Be strong. Be strong.”The former football pro was also found guilty on weapons charges. Jurors deliberated for 36 hours over seven days before rendering their verdict.“The jury found that he was just a man who committed a brutal murder,” District Attorney Thomas Quinn said. “The fact that he was a professional athlete meant nothing in the end.”For reasons that were never made clear to the jury, Lloyd was shot six times in the middle of the night on June 17, 2013, in a deserted industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough.Police almost immediately zeroed in on Hernandez because they found in Lloyd’s pocket the key to a car the NFL player had rented. Within hours of Hernandez’s arrest, the Patriots cut the former Pro Bowl athlete, who was considered one of the top tight ends in the game.Prosecutors presented a wealth of evidence that Hernandez was with Lloyd at the time he was killed, including home security video from Hernandez’s mansion, witness testimony and cellphone records that tracked Lloyd’s movements.Hernandez’s lawyer, James Sultan, acknowledged for the first time during closing arguments that Hernandez was there when Lloyd was killed.But the attorney pinned the shooting on two of Hernandez’s friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, saying his client was a “23-year-old kid” who witnessed a shocking crime and didn’t know what to do. Wallace and Ortiz will stand trial later.Prosecutors have suggested Lloyd may have been killed because he knew too much about Hernandez’s alleged involvement in a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston. But they were not allowed to tell the jury that because the judge said it was speculation.As a result, they never offered a motive beyond saying Hernandez appeared angry with Lloyd at a nightclub two nights before the killing.In the 2012 case, Hernandez is accused of gunning down two men over a spilled drink at a nightclub.All 12 jurors and three alternates spoke to reporters, saying they were shocked by the defense admission that Hernandez was at the scene of the killing — an admission that they said helped confirm that he was guilty.They also described how the judge talked to them privately after they reached their decision and told them about other allegations and evidence not presented in the case, including the 2012 slayings and the last text Lloyd sent minutes before he died that said he was “with NFL.”The jurors said that information also reaffirmed their feeling that they had made the right decision.In the Lloyd killing, the defense argued that investigators fixated on Hernandez because of his celebrity and conducted a shoddy investigation in their zeal to confirm their suspicions.Prosecutors said Hernandez organized the killing, summoned his two friends to help carry it out and drove Lloyd and the others to the secluded spot in the industrial park.During closing arguments, prosecutors also accused Hernandez of pulling the trigger, though under the law it was not necessary to prove who fired the shots to convict him.Security video from inside Hernandez’s home showed him holding what appeared to be a gun less than 10 minutes after Lloyd was killed.The surveillance system also captured Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz relaxing at his home hours after Lloyd was shot, hanging out in the basement “man cave,” lounging by the pool and cuddling Hernandez’s baby daughter.Hernandez, a native of Bristol, Connecticut, was an All-American out of the University of Florida who was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round in 2010.(MICHELLE R. SMITH)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Angela Damiani, CEO of Newaukee, Raj Patel, vice president of talent, organization and development for Northwestern Mutual, and Mayor Tom Barrett. Photo courtesy of WEDC.Last updated on June 24th, 2019 at 03:12 pmAfter expanding to the entire state of Wisconsin in 2018, Milwaukee social architecture firm NEWaukee is expanding its YP Week on a national scale in 2019.The weeklong slate of events targeted to young professionals will be held April 19 to 27 across Wisconsin, and also in Chicago, Atlanta, Louisville and Salt Lake City. NEWaukee also hopes to bring on additional cities, said Angela Damiani, chief executive officer of NEWaukee.“The program itself has been replicated in other places since we started it in 2012, and we’ve had people actually reach out to us or visit us in Milwaukee during YP Week to learn how to do it,” Damiani said. As NEWaukee celebrates its 10th anniversary, she said it makes sense to disseminate the best practices the group has learned to help other communities.In October, NEWaukee trained leaders living in the new cities, generally employees of chambers of commerce or economic development organizations, on how to host the programming.“We want someone who lives there and knows the players and can do something that’s really meaningful,” Damiani said.NEWaukee has seen increased collaboration around issues like development, infrastructure needs and the next-generation workforce among Wisconsin cities as a result of its in-state expansion, she said. One of the goals of YP Week is to engage young professionals and help them build a network, and at the same time aid employers in talent retention.“We’re ready to have a national conversation,” Damiani said. “Secondarily, we’re also curious to see how this translates to some of the larger markets. In some of the larger places, it’s really hard to get started and to find people and meet people.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Super Yacht Watch: John Henry’s “Elysian” Docked in Boston HarborFor the Summer 2018, Boston Globe and Red Sox owner, John Henry, has anchored his Elysian in Boston Harbor, a 217 foot yacht built in 2014. The Elysian has a crew of 17 and can host 12 guests in six cabins. Read more and see photos here.“Brethren, Bethel, And Basilica” – North Square Worship Sites From 1649 to TodayAs North Square undergoes a $2.5 million reconstruction, Jessica Dello Russo of Boston’s North End and the International Catacomb Society takes readers on a literary tour of the religious history of the square. Read part one and see photos here.New Mural at Cutillo ParkOver the course of the past week, Cutillo Park has been hosting a crew of teens from the Mayor’s office who have been working on a mural along the back wall of the park. This and other murals are an effort to restore the park for kids and families. Read more and see photos here.Editor’s ChoiceNorth End Mom Hosted a Diaper Drive and Collected 1,150 Diapers for Low Income FamiliesFaria Chowdhury lives in the neighborhood and has two boys. When her youngest son grew into the next size diaper she wondered what she could do with the remaining smaller sized diapers. She hosted a drive and collected over 1,150 diapers! Now there is a donation box at the North End library where anyone can donate. Read more here.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* This week’s top posts on NorthEndWaterfront.com featured property redesigns, businesses, boats, local history and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.Walsh Announces Progress on Redesign of City HallMayor Martin J. Walsh announced the comprehensive redesign of the City Hall campus which will include infrastructure improvements to City Hall and the North side of the plaza. Read more here.Another One Bites the Dust: Peet’s Coffee ClosesLast Friday, July 13, Peet’s Coffee on the corner of Salem and Cross Streets closed its doors for good. Staff members attribute the closing to the fact that the store simply had less business during its second year than the first. Read more here.*Advertisement*
North End resident and Artist-in-Residence Robyn Reed along with Chris Mancini from Save the Harbor / Save the Bay presented the interactive pop-up museum at 226 Causeway Street at the November Neighborhood Council meeting.Save the Harbor is using the space as a pop-up museum for an interactive, educational exhibit to learn about Save the Harbor’s efforts to clean the Harbor. They have asked Robyn to be their Artist-in-Residence this year.*Advertisement* Robyn created the “Changing Course” art project that hung from the Christopher Columbus Park trellis in Summer 2017. The project was made up of hundreds of plastic water bottles collected in just two months from residents and businesses in the North End and Waterfront, painted and hung to look like a school of fish. This installation was also chosen to be part of the 10th Annual Boston Greenfest in August 2018.This project is now hanging in the windows at the Save the Harbor pop-up museum. There are over 4,000 bottle fish now included in this exhibit.There will be an opening holiday gallery event on Thursday, December 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be four artists and a feast of the seven fishes.Save the Harbor / Save the Bay is a 32-year-old organization founded and tasked with the preservation and restoration of Boston Harbor through the advocacy for the construction of the Deer Island sewage treatment plant. Boston now has the cleanest urban beaches in the country.For the last 10-15 years, Save the Harbor / Save the Bay has been hosting free programming and events to connect people to Boston Harbor, the Islands and the beaches. Learn more at savetheharbor.org.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*