Showbiz Sandbox 220: Content Owners Can’t Afford Your New 4K Ultra HD Television

January 13, 2014

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Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas manufacturers stirred up a lot of buzz around 4K Ultra HD television sets. The proven and tested technology promises resolution four times greater than current high definition monitors. The biggest hurdle the industry must overcome for Ultra HD to work are the economics, specifically the high cost of delivering 4K content.

For those consumers who have given up on cable and broadcast television, commonly referred to as “cord-cutters”, the good news is they will now be able to watch wrestling via streaming video thanks to the WWE’s new online only network. However, the United States Supreme Court will decide whether they can continue using Aereo to stream local broadcast channels.

Meanwhile, this year’s awards season continues to chug along as the Golden Globes are handed out and the Director’s Guild of America announced their nominations.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus are too sexy for France, the demographics of last year’s Broadway ticket sales and whether a movie critic’s tweets can be used in advertisements.

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Catching Fire Passes Iron Man 3 to Become 2013 Box-Office Champ
http://www.vulture.com/2014/01/hunger-games-catching-fire-2013-box-office-winner.html

U.K. Box Office Shrinks in 2013, First Decline in 10 Years
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/uk-box-office-shrinks-2013-668543

Dutch Box Office: $340 Million Take in 2013
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dutch-box-office-340-million-669158

Digital Video Sales’ Rise Breathes New Life Into Home Entertainment
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ces-digital-sales-20140103,0,5970703.story#ixzz2qFxQFCpY

Analyst: Studios Raising VOD Prices
http://www.homemediamagazine.com/vod/analyst-studios-raising-vod-prices-32266

‘Golden Globes’ Bring in 20.9 Million Viewers, a Ten-Year High
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-golden-globes-grow-670373

Golden Globes: Complete Winners List
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dga-unveils-documentary-award-nominations-670226

DGA Unveils Film Award Nominations
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dga-awards-unveils-film-nominations-668692

Supreme Court To Hear Broadcasters’ Case Against Aereo
http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/10/technology/aereo-supreme-court/index.html

WWE Launching Over-The-Top Network
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-wwe-network-20140108,0,2623775.story

Did An Ad for ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Violate Twitter’s Terms of Service?
http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/7/5282748/times-critic-a-o-scotts-tweet-became-a-70000-ad

CBS Films Masters The Art of Social Media Marketing
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2014/01/07/cbs-films-masters-the-art-of-social-media-marketing

Late Night Results – 4th Quarter 2013
http://www.tvmediainsights.com/forum/?mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=4773#postid-61448

RH to Repackage Michener
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/60542-rh-to-repackage-michener.html

Broadway’s The Glass Menagerie Recoups $2.6 Million Investment
http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/01-2014/broadways-the-glass-menagerie-recoups-26-million-i_67092.html

Mark Rylance-Led “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III” Recoup $3.1 Million Investment
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Mark-Rylance-Led-TWELFTH-NIGHT-and-RICHARD-III-Recoup-31-Million-Investment-20140109

Broadway League’s 2012-13 Audience Demographic Report
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Broadway-League-Reveals-Demographics-of-Audience-for-2012-13-Season-20140109

Tupac Shakur Musical Sets Broadway Opening Date
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/tupac-shakur-musical-sets-broadway-opening-date/

Downton Abbey Returns To A Record Audience
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/business/media/downton-abbey-returns-to-a-record-audience.html

On French TV, No Twerking Before 10
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/on-french-tv-no-twerking-before-10/

Shia LaBeouf Tweets He’s Retiring From Public Life
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/shia-labeouf-tweets-hes-retiring-669887

The Dirty Little Secret About 4K Streaming: Content Owners Can’t Afford The Bandwidth Costs
http://blog.streamingmedia.com/2014/01/dirty-little-secret-4k-streaming-content-owners-cant-afford-bandwidth-costs.html

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