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Sony releases first 4K TV: The 84-inch XBR-84X900 — from by Ty Pendlebury
Sony has announced its first 4K television, the 84-inch XBR-84X900, which features a separate stereo speaker system and passive 3D viewing.


Where can I buy it?

Addendum on 8/31/12 — 3 65” Presenters from Ideum

Recent installation from Ideum - August 2012


 From DSC:
This relates to BYOD, Smart Classrooms, and students being able to participate and contribute content to discussions:


A piece of the Next Generation Smart Classroom -- Daniel Christian -- June 2012

NBC News app coming to Xbox 360 games console — from


NBC News is coming to your Xbox 360, and in the process could be showing us a glimpse of television for the Xbox in the future. Comcast and Microsoft are strengthening their partnership to bring an NBC News App to the perennial gaming console. More than 26 million people are using Xbox 360s with an Xbox Live Gold Account, a majority of which are not playing video games, but rather using the device to stream content.


Survey paints positive outlook for connected TV platforms — from



 New iOS app Renewed provides personal television guide and more — from World Internet TV on PC by skyler


A new app has arrived for iOS devices called Renewed, and anyone who is seeking a personalized television guide and find out if their favorite shows are going to be renewed, will want to download this free app immediately. The app, which notifies you of upcoming shows will also provide viewers with up to date information on renewals and cancellations–even pre-emption!


What’s on TV? Online videos of course! — from gigamom by Om Malik


Consumers increasingly viewing online content on TVs — from by Stephanie Mlot


Sony files patent to make TV ads into video games — from


Your friends are your next TV Guide — from


Adobe Systems set to enhance “Everywhere TV” platforms — from


From DSC:
The above types of items lay the foundation for:



The Living [Class] Room -- by Daniel Christian -- July 2012 -- a second device used in conjunction with a Smart/Connected TV








Your future TV is not about Tele-Vision [Eaton]

Your future TV is not about Tele-Vision — from by Kit Eaton

Excerpt (emphasis below from DSC; also see the above categories to see how I see this as a highly-relevant component to our future learning ecosystems):

Then imagine what a hybrid of Apple’s tech and efforts like GetGlue, Shazam, and other interactive systems will be like when they’re more integrated into your 2017 smart TV. The big screen in your living room won’t be a one-way window into another world you can’t touch anymore. It’ll be a discovery engine, a way to learn facts, interact with the world, talk to people, find new and surprising content to absorb. Advertisers will love it, and companies like Nielsen–which largely has to guess all those stats about who watches which show at primetime nowadays–will be able to get accurate data…which may mean more appealing shows.



The Living [Class] Room -- by Daniel Christian -- July 2012 -- a second device used in conjunction with a Smart/Connected TV



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  • Mountain Lion available today [7/25/12]  from the Mac App Store — from
    Apple announced [on 7/25] that OS X Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a download from the Mac App Store. Mountain Lion includes more than 200 innovative new features, such as iCloud integration, the all-new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring, and Game Center. Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99 (US). Read more:


Apple Q3 Earnings: Even underwhelming numbers are strong — from



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Future of…connected TV — by Mindshare

  • Connected TV penetration & usage will lag behind second screens
  • Most of the opportunities that connectivity creates are better suited to the second screen
  • Connected TV usage will mostly focus on video
  • For advertisers, the real opportunity lies on the second screen
For the full analysis, download Future of Connected TV (pdf, 1.8 Mb); some example slides include:








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YouTube Video of  Marc Whitten, VP Xbox LIVE


SmartGlass -- from Microsoft -- June 4, 2012


Microsoft Unveils ‘SmartGlass’ to Connect Xbox and Windows — from the Wall Street Journal


Xbox Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE, announces
Xbox SmartGlass onstage at the Xbox 360 E3 media briefing Monday.


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Addendum 6/6/12:

From DSC:
As the massive convergence of the computer, the telephone, and the television continues, other trends are also taking place that may eventually impact how we interact with educationally-related content.  That is, the main screen of our living rooms might be delivering a 5-10 minute “lecture”, but our tablets and smart phones may be in our laps as we interact around this content with others. 

Along these lines, as transmedia storytelling develops, the use of multiple devices and methods to consume and contribute to content may be setting the stages for how things can get done with more educationally-related applications.

Consider this excerpt from Complex TV: Transmedia Storytelling — by Jason Mittell, Associate Professor of American Studies and Film & Media Culture at Middlebury College:

As television series have become more complex in their narrative strategies, television itself has expanded its scope across a number of screens and platforms, complicating notions of medium-specificity at the very same time that television seems to have a clearer sense of distinct narrative form. This chapter explores how television narratives are expanded and complicated through transmedia extensions, including video games, novelizations, websites, online video, and alternate reality games. With specific analyses of transmedia strategies for Lost and Breaking Bad, I consider how television’s transmedia storytelling is grappling with issues of canonicity and audience segmentation, how transmedia reframes viewer expectations for the core television serial, and what transmedia possibilities might look like going forward.


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  • Please don’t ruin the second screen — from by Somrat Niyogi
    The second screen space is going to be a multi-billion dollar market. Just last week, Tim Cook announced that 67M iPads were sold in less than two years. It took more than 24 years to sell that many Macs.  With the growing trend of second screen activity (i.e. using tablets while you watch TV), there is bound to be major disruption in the TV industry.
  • Comcast connects Skype HD videoconferencing to the living room TV — from by Larry Hettick
    With the Skype on Xfinity service customers will also be able to:
    • Make and receive Skype-to-Skype video and audio calls or send instant messages via Skype on a TV while watching their favorite TV show at the same time, and accept incoming Skype calls during a TV show with the help of Caller ID.
    • Import Skype friends into a global address book which can also contain Facebook, Outlook, Gmail and smartphone contacts so subscribers can find friends who already use Skype and see when contacts are online and available to talk.
    • Communicate with the hundreds of millions of connected Skype users around the globe, whether on a Skype-enabled TV, PC or mobile device.
  • A TV platform so disruptive everyone’s suing it — from by David Zax
    We chat with Chet Kanojia of Aereo, the new TV-where-and-when-you-want-it service that has a few legal troubles. Could Aereo finally disrupt the loathed cable bundle–and TV altogether?
  • Now serving the latest in exponential growth: YouTube!— from by David J. Hill.

Addendum on 6/2/12

Beyond Smart TV: ‘Surfaces’ prototype reveals the television of tomorrow — from by Christina Bonnington


“In a few years’ time, you’ll be able to buy a TV that covers an entire wall, acting like wallpaper,” NDS chief marketing officer Nigel Smith told Wired. In this way, the TV could take the form of a gigantic canvas, providing layers of additional information, as well as different levels of immersion.

Because wall-sized TVs are hard to come by, NDS created a $30,000 setup comprised of six LCDs arranged in a rectangular array. The onscreen system is coded in HTML5 and runs on Chrome. A second screen experience, also coded in HTML5, provides remote control functionality in the browser of an iPad.

 Xbox 360 hailed as a game-changer for Connected TV — from by John Moulding


The Xbox 360 will be a game-changing device in the Connected TV market now that Microsoft has decided to transform it from a games console into a general entertainment hub. That is the view of Christian Bombrun, Deputy General Manager, Web, at M6, the French broadcaster that last December became the first free French channel to be available via a games console. “The difference between the Xbox and connected TVs is that this device is very well connected. Most people that buy a connected TV do not even know they are getting one and they do not plug it into the Internet,” he argues. “Xbox 360 users have already connected the device to enhance the gaming experience.”


The evolving definition of television  — from by John Paul Titlow


What will be interesting to watch is what evolves around that big screen – everything from the little screens and the apps they contain to the way that real-time communication and other data from the Web are integrated into the experience.




Keynote: Changing the user-experience: How will we watch TV in the future? –– keynote by Stefan Jenzowsky, Head of Multimedia, Siemens CMT — at the Connected TV Summit 2012



Ikea’s Uppleva TV will be a smart TV, have video streaming apps — from by  Mark Raby



When Smart TV gets smart — from by Pete Schwab, Senior Director, at UIEvolution.

Two-thirds of Americans watch at least one online video per day — from by Greg Franzese

PANEL: Next steps for Connected TV –– from


Addendums on 5/17/12:

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Ensequence secures $26 million to help accelerate the Future of TV — from


Excerpt (emphasis DSC):

NEW YORK, May 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Ensequence, a leader in transforming TV into a more interactive and engaging experience, has secured commitments for a $25,994,279 investment that will help accelerate its expansion into mobile and connected TV.


From DSC:
We can begin to see why educational apps are on deck here…

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What is AirServer? — my thanks to Mr. Johnny Ansari at Calvin College for this resource

AirServer is a powerful Mac/PC application that enables you to stream or mirror your iOS device, such as your iPhone 4S, to your Mac/PC. If your computer is connected to a secondary or alternative display, such as an HDTV or projector, your iOS device can use that display. If your iOS device allows Mirroring then anything you see on that device can be displayed on the big screen.

AirServer is the most advanced AirPlay/AirTunes receiver app on the market. Mirroring has been fully supported since version 4.0 of AirServer. No other app will let you seamlessly stream audio, videos, photos, and photo slideshows to your Mac or iOS device. AirServer gives you more features for less money, and it keeps getting better. Android fans rejoice: we now support AirPlay streaming to Mac from Android devices running doubleTwist+AirTwist.

AirServer makes history — 1 May, 2012

We’re so hyped about our latest breakthrough with AirServer that we couldn’t hold back any longer. This is something no other app has done. This is history in the making.

AirPlay Mirroring for PC is here!
That’s right. AirServer is the first and only software that can Mirror your iPhone/iPad to your Windows PC. This is a pre-release version and doesn’t yet have sound or some of the eye candy features of full blown AirServer. But it does have Mirroring. And Mirroring will enable you to take your iPhone 4S and display the screen pixel perfect on your PC. Over the coming weeks we’ll be adding free updates to the PC version to bring it up to speed with the Mac version. Exciting times ahead.

The Future of TV  - special from CNBC which airs tonight - May 7, 2012


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Addendums on 5/8/12:

Double vision: TV gets interactive — from by Fraizer Moore

Piers Fawkes: The future of TV — from by Piers Fawkes

A solid Q&A with such questions as:

  • The old hierarchical vertical order of: channel – series – episode, seems to be in danger, letting the horizontal disorder take its place. What do you think broadcasters can do to serve people during this shift?
  • The TV channel is being challenged, first by VOD and now by internet based services. How do you think the TV channels’ role will evolve in the next 5 years? Will the traditional push-based model maintain its centrality or will users be looking for search-only and pull-based alternatives?
  • A new form of TV means new revenue models. Who do you think will finance the next successful TV show in 10 years and how? Will the new channels’ role generate new business models? How you imagine them?
  • To protect our brain from information overload we need to filter and recommendations are a form of filtering. How do you think people’s recommendations will shape the future role of TV channels in the next years to come?
  • Artificial Intelligence, Smart Agents and algorithms are directing us into a world of Adaptive User Interfaces capable of recognizing different users and provide them with an anticipated, personalized experience. How do you think the future TV will shape around people’s habits and tastes?

Google to Launch TV Service — from by Todd Wasserman

100 million Americans watch online video every day — from by Anthony West

How to build 50,000 new colleges — from by Michael Horn

Excerpt (with emphasis by DSC):

What this points to is disruption using the technology enabler of online learning. As the article says, “This means that India is not just trying to build thousands of American-style campuses with neat quads. Many of its new schools will be virtual, for-profit, and integrated closely with workplaces. It may, in fact, end up pushing the concept of online education further than any other country. As a result, what India comes up with will not only affect its economic competitiveness in the 21st century. It may become a petri dish for how to build an educational system in the Information Age.”

There is another dynamic pushing India to innovate in and improve online learning in some dramatic ways. According to the article, new schools face shortages of land and instructors. As a result of the first, constructing big campuses to fill the education gap is likely a non-starter. Online learning is critical. As for the second—the system is short roughly 1 million teachers the article says—this means that the country will almost certainly have to push the bounds of today’s online learning systems so that it can scale the impact of great teachers and built robust digital learning systems that embrace adaptive learning and other such advances. Given these pressures, the innovations that emerge from India could be stunning.


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