DTG daily news round-up: Game of Thrones downs Periscope, Netflix subs soar, Sharp's 4k phone screen, and more

GAME OF THRONES HITS VIEWING AND PIRACY RECORDS

The latest Game of Thrones series debut helped Sky Atlantic to record viewing figures but also inaugurated a new form of live-streaming piracy through Twitter's Periscope app.

Advanced Television reports viewing figures 43 times the slots's average, BBC2 and Channel 5, but Hollywood Reporter says HBO has asked Twitter to block use of its new app Periscope to live-stream the show among groups of friends.

NETFLIX SUBSCRIBERS SOAR TO 62M

Video streaming service Netflix added 4.88 million subscribers in the first three months of 2015, comfortably beating its own predictions.

More than half of its growth came outside the US as Netflix expanded to reach almost 50 countries, although the cost of expanding put a dent into its expected earnings, says Reuters.

SHARP CREATES 4K SMARTPHONE SCREEN

Squinty-eyed smartphone viewers will be able to find even more detail on a 5.5in screen with 4k resolution from Japan's Sharp.

The BBC reports that the 806 pixels-per-inch screen pushes to the limits of human visual ability, but is also more efficient than traditional LCD displays.

HDMI ADAPTER HELPS COLOUR-BLIND VIEWERS

British company Spectral Edge is hoping the world's 4% of colour-blind people will pick up its £50 HDMI adapter to help them see objects on screen.

Advanced Television says the Eye2TV enhances video frame-by-frame to make it easier to distinguish between red and green features.

HOLLAND LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST ULTRA HD ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL

A Dutch company has promised the world's first non-stop channel dedicated to Ultra HD, with a rolling six-hour block of festivals, concerts and theatre productions.

Festival 4k will be launched in 2015 by Brava Media, and promises to have a 24-hour schedule of new content in native 4k and 8k, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, by 2017, says Broadband TV News.

DTG Staff  |  16.04.2015

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