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

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.

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Around-the-World: ‘Annabelle’ Rules In Mexico, ‘Guardians’ Passes ‘X-Men’
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3944&p=.htm

Weekend Report: Decent Debuts from ‘Ouija,’ ‘Wick’ This Weekend
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3943&p=.htm

Imax Earnings Rise on New Theater Deals, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ B.O.
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/imax-earnings-rise-on-theater-deals-guardians-of-the-galaxy-1201337200/

Imax Quarterly Earnings Rise Amid Higher Box-Office Revenue
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/imax-quarterly-earnings-rise-higher-743276

Harvey Weinstein: Netflix Is Winning Because It Has Vision
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/harvey-weinstein-netflix-is-winning-because-it-has-vision-1201339276/

Netflix Breaks Barriers in France, Highlights Larger Concern for Exhibitors
http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/netflix-breaks-barriers-in-france-highlights-larger-concern-for-exhibitors-1201339563/

Alibaba Hankers For A 37 Percent Stake In Lionsgate
http://nypost.com/2014/10/24/alibaba-hankers-for-a-37-percent-stake-in-lionsgate/

Alibaba Could Give Hollywood Studios New Pipeline Into China
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-alibaba-hollywood-china-20141025-story.html

New ‘View’ Co-Hosts Fail to Boost Ratings
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-view-hosts-fail-boost-742595

U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Sells More Than 29,000 Copies Despite Free Version on iTunes
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/thousands-fans-rush-buy-copy-u2-album-free-version-itunes-article-1.1982355

Museum Showcases an Unseen Louis Armstrong Trove
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/21/museum-showcases-an-unseen-louis-armstrong-trove/

Raunchy Puppet Comedy ‘Hand to God’ Trumpets Its Challenges On Road to Broadway
http://variety.com/2014/legit/news/hand-to-god-broadway-spring-2015-marketing-1201335527/

Studios to Reap $6.8 Billion From SVOD Syndication in 2015
http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/svod-syndication-to-pump-6-8-billion-into-studios-in-2015-1201337738/

Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-wolff-hbo-cbs-streaming-742721

Barnes & Noble to Leave the Bronx After 15 Years
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/nyregion/barnes-noble-to-leave-the-bronx-after-15-years.html

In Reversal, Barnes & Noble Executives Say Store Will Remain in the Bronx
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/nyregion/barnes-noble-will-stay-in-the-bronx.html

Over 33-Million Viewers in Total for ‘The Roosevelts’ on PBS
http://www.tvmediainsights.com/33-million-viewers-total-roosevelts-pbs/

‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Canceled at TLC Amid Controversy
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/comes-honey-boo-boo-canceled-743649

TLC Cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ Citing Concern for ‘Health and Welfare’ of Kids
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/tlc-cancels-here-comes-honey-boo-boo-citing-concern-for-health-and-welfare-of-kids-1201338385/

AMC Networks buys 49.9 percent stake in BBC America
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/us-amc-networks-bbc-idUSKCN0IC2MM20141024

‘Key & Peele’ Stars Set Up First Movie Together For New Line Cinema
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/key-peele-stars-set-up-742209

CJ@SMPTE Conference – What We Want To Do With More
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2014/10/22/cjsmpte-conference-want/

CJ@SMPTE Conference – Listen Up: Immersive Sound
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2014/10/25/cjsmpte-conference-listen-immersive-sound/

CJ@SMPTE Conference – Bringing It Home: The Future of More Delivery
http://celluloidjunkie.com/2014/10/26/cj-smpte-conference-bringing-home-future-delivery/