Showbiz Sandbox 255: Better Pixels Not More Pixels – Why You’ll Never Care About 4K or 8K TV

October 27, 2014


Technology is quickly emerging that delivers enhanced theatrical and home viewing experiences the likes of which audiences have never seen. What remains unknown is whether consumers even notice incremental upgrades such as Ultra HD or care enough to pay extra for them. TV manufacturers sure hope so.

However, at the SMPTE 2014 Technical Conference held last week in Los Angeles, some of the industries smartest engineers agreed that images with a wider contrast and color range (HDR) are preferable to those packing more pixels into every frame (4K). They also questioned if we were technically capable of getting all this enhanced content onto screens both big and small.

China, on the other hand, will take any content they can get their hands. After Hollywood spent years trying to break into the Chinese market, China is now come knocking down Hollywood’s door in search of movies and television programs to show via streaming and subscription services.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including how Ken Burns scored big ratings for PBS with his latest documentary, why sock puppets are all the rage on Broadway and TLC shows Honey Boo-Boo the door.


Around-the-World: ‘Annabelle’ Rules In Mexico, ‘Guardians’ Passes ‘X-Men’

Weekend Report: Decent Debuts from ‘Ouija,’ ‘Wick’ This Weekend

Imax Earnings Rise on New Theater Deals, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ B.O.

Imax Quarterly Earnings Rise Amid Higher Box-Office Revenue

Harvey Weinstein: Netflix Is Winning Because It Has Vision

Netflix Breaks Barriers in France, Highlights Larger Concern for Exhibitors

Alibaba Hankers For A 37 Percent Stake In Lionsgate

Alibaba Could Give Hollywood Studios New Pipeline Into China

New ‘View’ Co-Hosts Fail to Boost Ratings

U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Sells More Than 29,000 Copies Despite Free Version on iTunes

Museum Showcases an Unseen Louis Armstrong Trove

Raunchy Puppet Comedy ‘Hand to God’ Trumpets Its Challenges On Road to Broadway

Studios to Reap $6.8 Billion From SVOD Syndication in 2015

Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

Barnes & Noble to Leave the Bronx After 15 Years

In Reversal, Barnes & Noble Executives Say Store Will Remain in the Bronx

Over 33-Million Viewers in Total for ‘The Roosevelts’ on PBS

‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Canceled at TLC Amid Controversy

TLC Cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ Citing Concern for ‘Health and Welfare’ of Kids

AMC Networks buys 49.9 percent stake in BBC America

‘Key & Peele’ Stars Set Up First Movie Together For New Line Cinema

CJ@SMPTE Conference – What We Want To Do With More

CJ@SMPTE Conference – Listen Up: Immersive Sound

CJ@SMPTE Conference – Bringing It Home: The Future of More Delivery