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The DVB approved the new DVB-S2X extension to the DVB-S2 specification used in digital video satellite transmission. DVB-S2X offers efficiency gains up to 20-30%.

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The Snapdragon 802 processor is designed to power the latest smart TV experiences at Ultra HD resolution, including seamless decoding of Ultra HD video content, rich user interfaces, and console-quality gaming. It features a quad core Krait 1.8 GHz CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, and Qualcomm Technologies’ Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processing engine. The dedicated, low-power, Hexagon DSP provides efficient processing for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound and also enables OEMs to add custom features, such as audio control, gestures, and facial recognition.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t mention support for HEVC/H.265 decoding (and if it does, whether it is Main-10 profile or not) or Dolby Vision.

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STMicroelectronics announced the industry’s most complete hardware and software platform for the digital multimedia home. The complete product offering includes all the ingredients required for the US cable market from high-speed broadband access to Ultra HD multi-screen video processing and seamless home connectivity over wired and wireless networks.

ST’s latest multimedia application-processor System-on-Chips (the STiH3 client-box and STiH4 server-box product families, codenamed ‘Cannes’ and ‘Monaco’, respectively) support decode and display resolution up to the leading-edge Ultra HD and the next-generation H.265/HEVC video compression. The STiH3 and STiH4 are based on the high-performance Dual ARM(R) Cortex(TM) CPU and provide native support for the RDK software adopted by major US cable operators. It also supports other 3rd-party software used in the US Cable market, such as the PowerUp HTML5 Platform with the PowerUp DVB stack from Zodiac Interactive ( www.zodiac.tv ).

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Many hardware vendors will soon support VP9 in their products and allow Google’s YouTube to stream UHD 4K content to computers, TVs and mobile devices. Current hardware partners include ARM, Broadcom, Intel, LG, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia, Panasonic, Philips, Qualcomm, RealTek, Samsung, Sigma Designs, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba. Support for VP9 will be in many 2015-model TVs and Blu-ray players, while computers and mobile devices will start supporting it during 2014.

Lot of people are wondering why they keep comparing VP9 to H.264 instead of H.265…

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The cable and consumer electronics industries, energy efficiency groups and the Department of Energy have struck a deal on voluntary energy efficiency standards for set-top boxes that they say will result in “significant energy savings for more than 90 million U.S. homes” while avoiding regulations that cable operators had argued would hurt, not help. The standards agreement applies to all types of boxes from pay-TV providers: cable, satellite and telco.

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ViXS Systems announced that it is now shipping its XCode 6400 System-on-Chip (SoC) that supports High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Main 10 Profile – helping drive the transition to Ultra HD 4K across the entire content distribution value chain.

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People who are Xbox Live Gold members as well as FiOS TV and Internet service subscribers can watch up to 74 of the most popular live channels through Xbox One by using the free FiOS TV app.

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