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1. Hollywood gets real about virtual reality

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Hollywood is gearing up to provide content for virtual-reality headsets in time for when they hit the market this Christmas season. Directors and production companies are exploring the possibilities as analysts predict the development of application stores for dedicated VR content. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/15)

2. Vizio announces 4K TV lineup, new soundbars

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Vizio's 2015 lineup of televisions will be nearly all 4K sets, with prices beginning at $600. The 65-inch high-end "Reference Series" 4K TV will come with a built-in 5.1 soundbar, one of five new soundbars the company is gearing up to release. TWICE (04/13) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/13)

3. OTT to claim 49% of the rental market this year

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Over-the-top-video viewing, from services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, is expected to claim 49% of the total video rental market this year, Convergence Consulting Group reports. Rentals from kiosks will sink to 18% of the market, while cable and satellite video-on-demand will drop to 15%, the data indicate. Home Media Magazine (04/14)

4. "Guitar Hero" goes mobile, gets a redesigned guitar

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Activision is bringing back "Guitar Hero" with a redesigned guitar that gives players two rows of fret buttons on the neck, plus the ability to play on mobile devices. Dubbed "Guitar Hero Live," the game will launch this fall and retail at $100, guitar controller included. Bloomberg (04/14) Ars Technica (04/14)

5. Report: Paid music downloads still top streaming

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Music streaming made up 27% of U.S. music buys in 2014, but paid music downloads accounted for more than a third, or 37%, data from the Recording Industry Association of America indicate. Apple's iTunes still holds the top spot for music downloads, but the platform dropped from 67% of the market in 2013 to 52% last year, as Google Play and Amazon MP3 each saw growth. Home Media Magazine (04/10)

6. Jawbone, AmEx may bring NFC payments to wearables

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Jawbone fitness bands may eventually be equipped with near-field communication technology that would enable users to make in-store purchases from their wrists, states a report that speculates that Jawbone will work with American Express on the effort. Computerworld (04/14)

7. HDMI Forum updates specs for HDR content

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

The HDMI Forum has updated its HDMI format specifications to HDMI 2.0a, making HDR technology accessible to upward of 800 HDMI 2.0 adopters. "By adding HDR, the HDMI Specification continues its history of supporting the latest formats and technologies planned for Hollywood content," said Arnold Brown, chairman of the HDMI Forum's board of directors. (04/10)

8. LG's Google Cast-friendly Wi-Fi speakers, soundbars ship to the U.S.

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

LG's "Music Flow" Wi-Fi-connected multiroom-audio speakers and soundbars, which debuted at the International CES, are now available for purchase in the U.S. Music Flow products are among the initial products to be able to stream music via Google Cast, LG's David Vanderwaal said. TWICE (04/14)

9. Navdy receives more funding for connected-car display

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Navdy has received $20 million from backers to support its plans to build hardware for connected cars. The startup has already begun taking preorders for a $299 display that allows drivers to use their voices and hand gestures to make calls, as well as send tweets and text messages. The display shows information transparently in their line of sight. PandoDaily (04/16)

10. ComScore: Smartphones near full market saturation in the U.S.

CEA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

More than three-quarters of U.S. consumers now have smartphones, and analysts project that number will climb to 80% by the end of 2015. Those are two findings from analysis of new smartphone data from comScore, which also found that Apple devices account for more than 40% of smartphones in circulation, with Samsung taking second place. Marketing Land (04/12) (04/12)

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