I'm OK, you're… 8K? 8K broadcasts coming in 2020

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“I dunno, that 4K TV just doesn’t have enough pixels,” said no one ever. But that isn’t stopping the march of progress—8K resolution is coming. Just not for a little while, and with plenty of technical hurdles to clear along the way.

At the NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas, Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed off massive 8K video displays and a giant 8K video camera, which the company is researching as the next logical step in the quest to crank out as much resolution as the human eye can possibly detect.

NHK's 8K display at NAB 2014 IDGNS Boston

NHK shows off an 8K display at the NAB trade show earlier this month.

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Nature documentarian David Attenborough working on an Oculus Rift film

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Still need convincing that this virtual reality film idea has potential, even after Condition One and Jaunt came out with prototype camera rigs and test footage ?

Sir David Attenborough, the man behind dozens of critically acclaimed nature documentaries over the past five decades, is now bringing upcoming film Conquest of the Skies to the Oculus Rift, according to a report by Realscreen.

The news comes by way of Atlantic Productions commercial director John Morris, who said, “We’re now filming for the Oculus Rift, so when we filmed our recent flight in Borneo, we filmed with an eight-camera rig, so you get the full 360-degree experience.”

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'Silicon Valley' episode 2: 'The Cap Table' - VP of Spite

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This week on Silicon Valley, Mike Judge’s HBO tech industry satire, the fantasy of starting a successful tech business turns into cold, hard reality. It’s fitting, really, since the transition from all the excitement of a pilot episode of a TV series to the second episode is also about giving up the glamor and settling in for the long haul.

Jargon Watch: The episode’s title, “The Cap Table,” refers to how investors’ stakes in a company add up. In the case of Silicon Valley, visionary investor Peter Gregory (the late Christopher Evan Welch) demands that Richard (Thomas Middlemarch) provide him with a business plan and a cap table before he’ll write that $200,000 check that’s worth 5 percent equity in the company.

Tech World References: There’s a pirate flag hanging in the incubator. Gregory’s Siri-like smartphone feature mishears “John Lennon’s Imagine” as “John Wayne in a Mansion.” When stripper Mochaccino arrives only to see all the nerds flee from her presence, she complains, “God, I hate Palo Alto.” When Richard is on the phone at his desk, the pin-up that's commonly used as the default compression image for testing is on the wall behind him.

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Aereo getting Chromecast support on May 29

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People lucky enough to have Aereo might say the service couldn’t get much better. But it’s about to, as Aereo announced Thursday that it’s adding Chromecast support to its Android app starting May 29.

Aereo, if you’re unfamiliar, is a cloud-based antenna and DVR technology. Users lease a tiny antenna from Aereo, which lets them access live over-the-air TV and record shows to Aereo’s cloud-based DVR. That live and recorded content is then streamed to the users’ Internet-connected devices, including computers and iOS and Android phones and tablets.

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Aereo's array of tiny antennas—each one smaller than a dime and used by only one customer. 

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Google bakes Chromecast-style Sonos support into Play Music

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On Thursday morning, Sonos and Google announced a duet made in streaming music heaven: Deep, intertwined Google Play Music and Sonos home audio equipment integration.

Google Play Music for Android is being updated to allow listeners to easily push music to a Sonos speaker on the same Wi-Fi network, via a casting button in the upper right-hand corner of the app. Once you do so, the tunes will beam directly to the Sonos speaker, rather than being routed through the Sonos controller app on your phone. Chromecast video streaming behaves in a similar direct-to-device fashion.

"As we continue to invest in the way you experience and control your music at home, curating and managing an array of services across multiple rooms, the benefits of playing your music to Sonos directly from these very services is clear," Sonos said in a blog post announcing the integration.

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Fire TV review: Amazon's set-top box is cooking with gas

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Amazon won’t be flying packages to your door with drones anytime soon, and its fancy new Amazon Dash gizmo for scanning barcodes all over your house (to more quickly reorder them on Amazon, naturally) is invite-only for now. But Amazon still wants to worm deeper into your life however it can, and the company’s new set-top box, the Fire TV, is its way of planting a flag in your living room—along with as much Amazon-provided streaming content as possible.

Media streaming is a crowded space these days—you’ve got set-top boxes like the Apple TV and Roku competing with streaming sticks like the Chromecast and Plair, not to mention game consoles, networked DVRs, and smart TVs. At first the Fire TV might seem like a me-too product, but Amazon added enough horsepower and features to send it to the top of the pile.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

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Hey kids! The SesameGo service tells you how to get to Sesame Street

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If it’s a sunny day, we’re sweeping the clouds away, on our way to where the air is sweet. But if it’s raining, or cold, or I just need some peace and quiet, my toddler gets to watch all the Sesame Street he wants. We’re a cord-cutting family, so that usually happens via Netflix, which has a few recent seasons (they're also on Hulu Plus) as well as some old-school Sesame Street Classics. (The Sesame Street channel on YouTube is a gold mine, too.)

But hey kids! Starting today, we can see hundreds more episodes, thanks to new subscription service Sesame Go. After a two-week free trial, the service costs $4 a month or $30 a year. For that, you get 60- and 30-minute episodes of Sesame Street, tons of classic episodes, and even a few dozen half-hour episodes of Sesame Workshop production Pinky Dinky Doo.

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