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Samsung spins off display business, calls it Samsung Display, will begin rolling screens out on April 1
In an interesting move, Samsung have just confirmed rumors that were floating through the industry over the past few days or so that they were going to be spinning out their core LCD business. This is now true and the new group will be renamed to Samsung Display, and given $667.3 million worth of working capital to begin, as long as it passes approval on April 1.
The decision comes after Samsung have had trouble with their traditional computer monitor and TV division, but on the flip side, have enjoyed great success with their OLED-based panels. The OLED-based panels are successful in great products such as the company's Galaxy Note, and new OLED TV lineup set to debut this year. You know, the one that I want 3 of.
Apple are set to feel this move, as they rely on Samsung for display manufacturing work. We won't know the full effects of this until it begins to roll through the industry. One thing Samsung have confirmed with this news is that the OLED division is staying with Samsung, and not moving over to the newly-formed Samsung Display.
In a surprising turn of events, CBS may end up producing shows for Netflix. Right now, CBS make 20 or so of their shows at their own production facilities, mainly for themselves. But in the company's earnings call today, CEO Les Moonves said they might end up producing something for Netflix.
They are the only words used to describe the news, with nothing else to dab on as flavor. Moonves did not offer any other details, and won't do until they've signed a deal. Netflix offer even less, by saying "Anyone and everyone who produces content is looking to do deals with Netflix", said Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey.
Considering that Netflix launched a show called "Lillyhammer" last week, which is their first original series, and later this year will debut a show from mastermind director David Fincher, and the incredibly talented Kevin Spacey called "House of Cards", we could be in for a change in TV as we know it. 20th Century Fox is also developing a new run of the hilariously-awesome "Arrested Development" for Netflix.
Netflix have also reportedly struck a deal with Lionsgate where they'll produce a new series from the creators of "Weeds" called "Orange is the New Black".
Just give me some new Arrested Development and have Will Arnett deliver the eps to me in a $3500 suit and I'll be happy.
Transformer 4 confirmed, Michael Bay to direct, currently has no cast or story, will be released in June 2014
Get ready for more Special FX pr0n, as Michael Bay is now confirmed to direct yet another sequel to the phenomenally successful Transformers series. The movie doesn't have an official name outside "Transformers 4" at the moment, and it doesn't even have a cast, or story yet.
The news was rumored last year, but confirmation has now come from producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura, where he says that a fourth Transformers is planned and should hit in 2014, with veteran Transformers director Michael Bay to direct. MTV spoke to the producer, who said:
Michael's going to direct it, and it'll be in the summer of 2014. We'll be releasing it [then]...I think the challenge there is we really are going to do a reboot there, and what that's going to be we don't even know yet.
Dem be fightin' words from Samsung... Samsung's AV Product Manager said in an interview today, that "TVs are ultimately about picture quality. Ultimately. How smart they are great, but let's face it that's a secondary consideration".
We all know that picture quality is important, but what if Apple can come along and truly redefine what we think about TVs? Gesture control, voice-controlled, iTunes-powered, and more? Apple could truly come in and change everything we think we know about TVs, just like they did with the iPhone.
Let's also think that most people don't even know the difference, or can't see the difference, between 480p, 720p and 1080p. I personally have many friends, who could not tell the difference between an XviD clip, and a 1080p clip. To me, the difference is day and night. To people who buy a $600 1080p screen, versus a $4000 1080p screen, they can't see a difference. All Apple needs to do is use a good quality panel, and make it, different.
I'm a huge fan of the Bourne trilogy, which starred the always great Matt Damon. If you didn't know, they're restarting the Bourne movies, with a new cool action guy. Jeremy Renner. You might remember him from The Hurt Locker, and most recently, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Renner also stars in the upcoming The Avengers, as Hawkeye. Anyway, the trailer to The Bourne Legacy is here and boy does it look like a great tease. We don't see much of the movie, but what is shown, looks good. Renner looks like he's in top form, and there should be the usual twists, turns and all-out action that Bourne movies are famous for.
Some people are disappointed that Matt Damon isn't returning to a role he made himself famous for, but for me, I really don't mind. I see the Bourne movies like the Bond movies, continue the theme, make it a great action movie and I don't care. Renner should replace Damon quite nicely.
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I've been waiting for this new Spider-Man movie for a while now, where it completely reboots the franchise and takes a different "untold story" when compared to the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man movies. This one is directed by Marc Webb, and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and more.
The trailer is above, in all its 1080p glory and looks, well, amazing! The various teasers and smaller trailers haven't shown off anywhere near as much material. We get to see some special FX, the big bad, more Spider-Man, Peter, back story, and more.
We even see the cocky Spider-Man, which is more in line with the comics, another great thing to see. The Lizard is the big reveal here, which is shown gloriously as a tease in the trailer. The scope of the film looks bigger than shown before, I thought it would start off as a slower paced movie, but with the police scene by itself, it seems we're in for a fair amount of action, which is great. Check out the trailer, now!
Dwight Shrute is one of the best characters on TV, in the show 'The Office." NBC is now "giving consideration" to a spin-off show of The Office, starring current Office star, Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Shrute, according to a report at Entertainment Weekly.
This would see Dwight returning to his faithful farm, where he runs a family beet farm and a bed & breakfast. It's said that a backdoor pilot would air later this season and take place at the Schrute Farms. If the series is picked up, the show would air as part of NBC's midseason lineup for 2013.
A source told Deadline:
Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight's life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B. A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them. NBC agreed, it's been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors. At its base it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together.
As a fan of the Resident Evil movies, this news is not too surprising. But the new Milla Jovovich arse-kicking movie, Resident Evil: Retribution features well, a product showcase of Sony branded products at the beginning of its new trailer.
It's not the usual product placement where a camera is zoomed into a smartphone or TV and you can clearly see some weird UI that doesn't exist in the real world, yet features a perfectly showcased product. This is more like the first thirty seconds of the movie is an in-your-face non-subliminal message of Sony products. Watch the below trailer to see what I mean.
After that, we're introduced to the new Resident Evil movie, and after that advertising, I thought I'd post it here to see what our readers thought. Then, I thought, well, as long as I get cliched, fun, popcorn action movies like Resident Evil, I'm prepared to put up with a bit of Sony advertisement being thrown at my eye balls. These movies need funding from somewhere, right? Or is it a bit too much? Thoughts?
CES 2012 - One of my final meetings at CES was with the folks at BitTorrent in their suite at the Hilton hotel. We were given an introduction to some of the new features inside the latest version of the BitTorrentPlus client.
Brad from BitTorrent started by giving us a demo of "Disconnected" on the BitTorrentPlus client and its ability to transcode files that have been received through the BitTorrent network. He downloaded a torrent file (a .3gp file) from a mobile phone and while it's playable on a PC, it's not playable on other devices such as media players.
It's really a simple and quick process to convert the file, copy to a USB drive and then plug into a BT certified device (in this case a Blu-ray player) and playback the file which was converted from a .3gp file to a .mkv file which is supported by a vast amount of media players. No longer are you required to use third party tools which can be complex to convert files. It's all done within the BitTorrentPlus client.
Next up we got a demo of "PC Connected" which allows you to very easily stream your downloaded torrents from your PC to your TV using a BitTorrent enabled device. In the video above you can see a prototype Broadcom box which allows streaming of your torrent content over the network.