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4K’s appeal extends beyond sports, say experts

Media | 01/22/2016 9:22 pm EST

While Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. are getting the ball rolling on 4K broadcasting in Canada with a heavy emphasis on sports, others feel food, nature, music videos and outdoor adventure programming are also the kinds of content that would work well in ultra-high definition. Chris Knight, CEO at Ottawa-based Gusto TV, said in a phone interview that the kind of food programming his company is involved in — if shot and produced properly — can result in extremely defined, crisp and beautiful imagery that penetrates the viewer, not just on a visual level, but on a physiological level. “Food is a very unique genre for television in that if I do my job properly, I can make you hungry,” Knight said. “And hunger is a physiological reaction where your...

Smartphone shipment growth slowed this year: IDC

telecom | 12/03/2015 5:32 pm EST

Worldwide smartphone shipments in 2015 are expected to be 9.8 per cent more than last year for a total of 1.43 billion units, marking the first time that percentage growth for this product has been less than double digits, International Data Corp. said Thursday. The research group said in the press release that slower growth is “expected to intensify slightly over 2015 to 2019,” due to lack of growing demand for mobile phones running on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone software and other phones running on other platforms other than Google Inc.’s Android or Apple...

Pick-and-pay TV prices could reduce cord cutting, say experts

Media | 10/02/2015 8:43 pm EDT

Prices for TV subscriptions in the coming pick-and-pay era will be one of the main factors determining how over-the-top (OTT) video services are affected, say experts, noting that competitive pricing...

International Datacasting names co-CEOs

Media | 07/06/2015 4:23 pm EDT

International Datacasting Corp., the Ottawa-based maker of broadcasting technology, said Monday that Chris Barrett and Steeve Huin have been appointed co-CEOs of the company. Barrett and Huin replace Doug Lowther, who will be...

International Datacasting shareholders reject acquisition

Media | 06/16/2015 8:09 pm EDT

Shareholders of broadcasting-technology maker International Datacasting Corp. have rejected the proposed sale of its key assets to a San Diego-based company. International Datacasting,...

California group to buy International Datacasting’s ‘key’ assets

Media | 04/22/2015 5:54 pm EDT

Pico Digital Inc. of San Diego has reached an agreement to purchase the "key" assets of Ottawa's International Datacasting Corp., the companies said in a joint news release Wednesday. The announcement said Pico would acquire International Datacasting's broadcast products business, which would include its...

Ericsson report finds one-third of consumers polled have or want wearables

Media | 03/11/2015 9:18 pm EDT

A new report from Ericsson AG suggests Apple Inc.’s upcoming Apple Watch could address a market that's far larger than what current wearable sales would indicate. In a worldwide study of more than 54,000 people, the technology maker examined the idea of the “quantified self,” in which individuals track their daily metrics such as calories consumed, steps taken or quality of sleep. Ericsson found that interest levels in wearables are much higher than actual use, and that...

International Datacasting discussing sale

Media | 02/10/2015 5:22 pm EST

International Datacasting Corp., an Ottawa-based provider of technology for the broadcasting industry, said Tuesday it is in talks with an undisclosed party about the sale of the company. International Datacasting said in a press...

International Datacasting loses Del Lippert as chairman

telecom | 01/31/2014 3:45 pm EST

International Datacasting Corp. said Friday that Del Lippert has resigned as chairman due to health reasons. The Ottawa-based maker of digital-content distribution technology said Chris Van Staveren has been appointed the new chairman, effective Feb. 1. Lippert had been a member of the board since June 2012, International...

Growth in tablet shipments slowed last quarter: IDC

telecom | 01/29/2014 9:56 pm EST

New data from International Data Corp. suggests a slowdown in growth of the global tablet market. IDC said in a release Wednesday there were 76.9 million tablet shipments around the world in the fourth quarter of 2013, a gain of...