Showbiz Sandbox 356: The Future of 4K Ultra HD Streaming Is Upon Us

February 20, 2017

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FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has a history of voting against raising the standard level of what constitutes high-speed broadband service. Now he’s publicly dismissed 4K video streaming as a figment of the future, so far off it won’t be adopted for many years. Could O’Rielly be correct in his dim forecast about the foreseeable future of Ultra HD? Short answer: no.

The arguments against media technology adoption revolve around the availability of content and devices. However, neither seems to be presently lacking. More and more consumer electronics manufacturers are phasing out HD televisions in lieu of new 4K models, while the likes of Netflix and Amazon offer 4K streaming of movies and television shows.

Meanwhile, we review the latest accolades handed out by the Writers Guild and the Berlin Film Festival as we gear up for next week’s Oscar ceremony by making a few haphazard predictions of our own.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why Disney is dumping a YouTube star, the New York Times is ditching one of its longtime theatre critics and the reason Playboy magazine is going all in on nudity.

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Lincoln In the Bardo VR Experience
https://www.nytimes.com/video/magazine/100000004919906/lincoln-in-the-bardo.html

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of February 19, 2017
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-february-19-2017-300409916.html

Brad Grey Expected to Exit Paramount Pictures in an Overhaul of the Struggling Studio
http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-brad-grey-paramount-exit-20170217-story.html

WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival’ Win Big at Politically Charged Ceremony
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2017-wga-winners-full-list-966482

Hollywood Chooses Protests Over Parties as the Stars Get Ready for Oscars Activism
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/19/hollywood-rallies-trump-ban-oscar-week-asghar-farhadi-the-salesman

Berlin: Hungarian Love Story ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Golden Bear Award
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hungarian-drama-body-soul-wins-berlin-film-festival-977564

Jack Ma’s Alibaba Pictures Warns of $140M Loss in 2016
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jack-mas-alibaba-pictures-warns-140m-loss-2016-977626

How Old-Fashioned TV Still Drives the Music Industry
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/arts/grammys-television-gaga-beyonce.html

Direct Action by L.A. Kauffman – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/02/08/direct-action/

The Kingdom of Happiness by Aimee Groth – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/07/20/the-kingdom-of-happiness/

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/09/26/the-summer-before-the-war-2/

Revolutionary Ride by Lois Pryce – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/06/28/revolutionary-ride/

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/04/19/conjuring-of-light-a/

Airlines Phasing Out Screens Because You Are All on Your Devices
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/business/streaming-flights-movies.html

ABC Casts First Black ‘Bachelorette,’ Rachel Lindsay, a Texas Lawyer
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/arts/rachel-lindsay-black-bachelorette.html

Fox Plants Trump-Putin Fake News Story to Promote ‘A Cure for Wellness’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-plants-trump-putin-fake-news-story-promote-new-movie-975614

Fox Apologizes for Planting Fake News to Promote ‘A Cure for Wellness’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-apologizes-planting-fake-news-promote-a-cure-wellness-976979

Playboy is Featuring Naked Women Again
https://nypost.com/2017/02/13/playboy-is-featuring-naked-women-again/

Apple Shows Off Sneak Peek of Original Series ‘Planet of the Apps’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/apple-shows-sneak-peek-original-series-planet-apps-975871

Waitress Wraps $1.2 Million the Day Sara Bareilles Announced as New Lead
http://www.playbill.com/article/waitress-wraps-1-million-the-day-sara-bareilles-announced-as-new-lead

Disney’s Maker Studios Drops PewDiePie Because of Anti-Semitic Videos
https://variety.com/2017/digital/news/disney-pewdiepie-anti-semitic-videos-1201987380/

PewDiePie Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Jokes, but Attacks Media for Taking Them Out of Context
https://variety.com/2017/digital/news/pewdiepie-response-apologizes-anti-semitic-jokes-attacks-media-1201990168/

New York Times Critic Fired Over Relationship With Scott Rudin
http://pagesix.com/2017/02/15/new-york-times-critic-fired-over-relationship-with-scott-rudin/

NY Times Responds to Producer’s Complaint About Big River Review
http://www.playbill.com/article/ny-times-responds-to-producers-complaint-about-big-river-review

Philip Pullman’s ‘Dust’ Finally Settles; New Trilogy to Launch in October
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/72791-phillip-pullman-s-dust-finally-settles-new-trilogy-to-launch-in-october.html

CNN uses YouTube to Avoid Venezuelan Ban
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017022046226/cnn-uses-youtube-to-avoid-venezuelan-ban.html

Fox May Be Subject of Government Investigation Over Ailes Sexual Harassment Claims
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/roger-ailes-may-be-subject-sec-investigation-sexual-harassment-claims-976496

‘Big Bang Theory’ Near Two-Season Renewal as Contract Talks Close In
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-bang-theory-two-season-renewal-as-contract-talks-close-976478

L.A.’s Most Prominent Casting Workshop Firm Shuts Down, Declares Bankruptcy Amid City Attorney Charges
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/actors-key-shuts-down-declares-bankruptcy-976260

FCC Commissioner Thinks Ultra-Fast Broadband Just a ‘Novelty’
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170206/07454836644/fcc-commissioner-thinks-ultra-fast-broadband-just-novelty.shtml

Email Contact for Michael O’Rielly
https://www.fcc.gov/about/leadership/mike-orielly

Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84
https://variety.com/2017/film/news/richard-schickel-dead-film-critic-time-1201992265/

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