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Daydreaming with Google

12 October 2016

Last week, Google has also announced the launch of Google Daydream - a new VR Headset - to be used alongside their two new mobiles: the Pixel and Pixel XL (with more compatible mobiles in the near future). Designed to be much lighter in both weight and of plastic composition, Google Daydream operates with auto-alignment technology, meaning that wires are not needed to connect mobile devices to the headset. To navigate, Google has developed the Daydream controller - reminiscent of a Nintendo Wii remote - and uses senors to react to the consumer's movements and gestures.

So far reviews have been mixed with Gizmodo noting that the steep competition for the Sony's PlayStation VR casts quite a large shadow on this kind of technology, meanwhile, Wired complimented the company on the design of the product.

Google has not released the date of pre-order in the UK, however, it is set for 20th October in the US. Read more.

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A decade ago: German states impose internet TV licence

Internet users and mobile phone subscribers in Germany will have to pay a special television licence costing ?5.52 each month if their computers and handsets can access TV and radio programmes.

In a move bound to be closely watched by those European nations with TV licensing regimes, Germany's 16 states agreed the controversial plan last week. The levy will be charged from the beginning of 2007 and has been priced at the same rate as Germany's radio licence.

24 October 2006

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Royal Television Society London Event: Are we UHD ready?

On Wednesday night, the Royal Television Society - London, hosted their event 'Are we ready for UHD' at the DTG in Vauxhall. More than 70 guests heard from a panel of experts on the topic, which comprised:

  • Nigel Walley - Managing Director, Decipher
  • Andy Quested - Head of Technology, BBC
  • Tom Griffiths - Director of Broadcast & Distribution Technology, ITV

DTG CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies, who chaired the event, said, “We were delighted to host an invigorating debate on UHD at the DTG on Wednesday evening."

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Proms Experiment with Binaural

This year's BBC Proms have come to an end, but not before taking the opportunity to experiment with new forms of technology to deliver a better experience to those watching at home. In a post on the BBC Research & Development blog, Tom Parnell the R&D's Research Studio Manager wrote about using binaural audio in the Royal Albert Hall and how it was achieved: "The microphone array is the Schoeps ORTF-3D and uses its eight hypercardioid microphones to pick-up sound from all directions - in front and behind, above and below. The array uses the directional characteristics of the mics to increase the sound separation between each channel and uses the spacing between the mics to introduce time differences between the sounds that each mic picks up.These characteristics work, together with some clever binaural processing, to produce a 2-channel “mix” (or “render") that provides the headphone listener with a surprisingly realistic reproduction of the 3D soundscape around the mic array. This is similar to recordings made with a dummy head microphone but, crucially, our object-based technique allows us to render these audio mixes for different playback formats, not just binaural."

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3 Nov 2016

DTG Mobile Video Alliance

9 Nov 2016

DTG FGP Committee

9 Nov 2016

DTG Council Strategy Session

24 Nov 2016

DTG Spectrum Access Forum

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