China launches first 3D TV channel

China has marked the 2012 New Year with the start of 3D TV (Three-Dimensional Television) Channel service. After a trial run, the 3D TV will be officially put into operation during Spring Festival later in January.

The first stations for the 3D trial are China Central Television, Beijing Television, Tianjing Broadcasting TV, Jiangsu TV and Shenzhen TV. 3D programs will be offered daily from 10:30 am to midnight.

 

The programs include animation, sports, documentaries, TV dramas, entertainment and live broadcasting of big events, such as CCTV New Year’s Gala and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The stations will charge no viewing fees during the early phase of operation

People who have 3D TV sets and high definition digital TV set-top boxes can watch the 3D TV programs.

And, it requires special glasses for watching the 3D programs. So, this 3D programs may NOT attract many viewers. Most of the people are expecting a kind of 3D TV-Channel which won’t require any Special Glasses.

“The launch of the 3D channel is a significant step in the development of China’s television,” said Cai Fuchao, head of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). The broadcast regulator also suggested that the new service could generate huge revenue for the industry if a proportion of China’s 500 million TV sets were replaced by 3D ones.

Countries like Japan, South Korea and India have already launched similar services.

China has roughly 500 million TV sets, according to Xinhua, and now also is home to more than 500 million Internet users and the fastest growing movie box office in the world, up more than 60 percent last year to $1.5 billion.

With their eyes fixed on the 3D channel test, some retailers of Chinese-made 3D TVs slashed the prices of a typical 42-inch model, often in half, to around 5,000 yuan ($790).

Google tops the list of most visited Web brand in US: Nielsen

Google has topped the most visited Web brand in US, second being followed by Social Networking giant Facebook.

In a recent study conducted by Neilsen , Google has edged out Facebook to retain the number one sought after Internet destination in the year 2011. Google registered an average of 153.4 million unique visitors per month, followed by Facebook which stands at 137.6 million visitors. Google’s visitors also include its Gmail and Google map users but does not include YouTube . But according to Hitwise’s year-end study, which looked at standalone sites, Facebook came out on top. According to Hit-wise, Facebook.com accounted for 10.29 percent of all U.S. visits, while Google.com accounted for 7.7 percent. Other sites that accounted for the next 3 places are Yahoo was third (130.12 million), MSN/WindowsLive/Bing was fourth (115.89 million) and YouTube was fifth (106.69 million).

Here is the report from Nielsen that lists the top 10 web brands in US.

Rank Web Brand Average unique visitors per month
1. Google: 153,441,000
2. Facebook: 137,644,000
3. Yahoo: 130,121,000
4. MSN/WindowsLive/Bing: 115,890,000
5. YouTube: 106,692,000
6. Microsoft: 83,691,000
7. AOL Media Network: 74,633,000
8. Wikipedia: 62,097,000
9. Apple: 61,608,000
10. Ask Search Network: 60,552,000

 

 

Google launches an Interactive Video-Discovery Tool Youtube Slam

Google has officially introduced an interactive video discovery tool Youtube slam.With hours of video uploaded into youtube servers from the users all over the world every minute , Google is looking for ways to provide popular content to the users and to view them. This Youtube slam feature randomly splits two videos side by side and the best of the two is chosen based on the public voting.


This video discovery feature was designed by a group of developers with in Google Research. This video discovery tool is now available for 5 categories namely dance, music, bizarre, cuteness and comedy. When the user select a category a new page will open with two competing videos under that category , and now once the user finish watching both videos they click the voting button that is below the videos if the user chooses the video then it will be awarded two points and if that video is selected several times then the points will radically increase and will finally get a place in the Youtube slam leaderboard.

Google software engineer Tomas Izo said in a blog post that Youtube slam has been designed to discover the interesting content they might not otherwise see while surfing the site.

The Users can start using YouTube Slam at www.youtube.com/slam

This YouTube Slam creates a battle of Viral Videos.

Right now, Comedy Slam is having huge number of Videos and Votes comparing to the other four slams.

YouTube slams shows list of Top Voters apart from showing the list of Top Vidoes. And, the Users can view Top Videos of either the Last Week or All Time.

Google describes the Youtube Slam as below,

This is the place for discovering talented amateur singers, the most adorable clips and the craziest videos on YouTube. Watch pairs of videos and vote for your favorite. Videos are scored based on your votes, and the best videos are featured on the slam leaderboard. Start voting today and be the first to discover the best videos on YouTube!

Samsung buys Sony’s Stake from LCD joint venture

Samsung Electronics has decided to buy out Sony’s entire stake in their Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) joint venture S-LCD

The Korean electronics maker “Samsung Electronics” said it will pay Sony 1.08 trillion won ($939m; £600m) in cash for Sony’s entire stake (50% – 1 shares) in S-LCD Corp., a venture formed in 2004 to make TV panels. After acquisition, Samsung Electronics’ stake in S-LCD will be 100%.

The move comes as Sony has been restructuring its TV business, which has been making a loss for the past several years.

Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, is the world’s largest maker of TVs and flat screen panels.

The strategic partnership between Samsung Electronics and Sony will continue via long-term supply agreement of LCD panels, as agreed by the two companies.

Details of the transaction are as follows:
– No. of shares to be acquired: 329,999,999 shares
– Total value of shares: Approx. KRW 1,082,218 million
– Contract signing date: December 26, 2011
– Expected transaction date: January 19, 2012

About S-LCD

S-LCD, as of April 25 2008, operated with a monthly production capacity of 100,000 7th generation amorphous silicon (a-Si) panels and 50,000 8th generation panels based on PVA technology, which are integrated into both Samsung Electronics and Sony LCD televisions and mobile phones. Some other manufacturers, such as HTC, use S-LCD screens. S-LCD originally had production facilities in both Japan and South Korea however due to rising costs and an increasing demand from the Latin American market S-LCD opened production facilities in Baja California, Mexico where both Samsung and Bravia have large LCD production facilities.

India court orders Google, Facebook and other Social Media websites to remove “unacceptable” content

An Indian court on Friday issued a summons to 21 websites including social networking website Facebook, search giant Google, Yahoo, video-sharing website YouTube to stand trial for allegedly publishing ‘objectionable contents.’

And, the court asked Social Media sites to remove derogatory content by February 6, 2012.

The websites will face contempt charges in case they fail to remove all objectionable content by February 6.

The court is acting in response to images of religious figures which are deemed to be “unacceptable to national standards”

A statement from civil judge Mukesh Kumar explains the complaint in more detail:

Contents which are uploaded by some miscreants through these social media sites are highly unacceptable and are inflammatory and derogatory which cannot be accepted by any religion.

The court’s order comes three days after another Delhi court hearing a petition had asked various social networking companies including Facebook, Google and YouTube to remove objectionable content promoting hatred or communal disharmony from their respective websites.

Few weeks back Indian Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has informed that India is planning to regulate the Social Media sites.

Google, Facebook and others have already publicly spoken of their commitment to removing unsavoury content, but using their own standards and methods.

Google says,

We work really hard to make sure that people have as much access to information as possible, while also following the law. This means that when content is illegal, we abide by local law and take it down.

And even where content is legal but breaks or violates our own terms and conditions we take that down too, once we have been notified about it, but when content is legal and does not violate our policies, we will not remove it just because it is controversial, as we believe that people’s differing views, so long as they are legal, should be respected and protected.

India has about 100 million internet users, the third-largest number after China and the United States.