Time to Tidy Up the Patent Policy

Standards development organizations, known as SDOs, inevitably face patent issues in their work.  The ISO MPEG standards committee is perhaps the most successful in the area of patents.  SMPTE not so much.  …you can read the rest by clicking here!

Movies to the Home Revisited

Some things simply never die.  (See There Are Better Ideas for In-Home Movies than Screening Room.)  As long as streaming video on-demand (SVOD) exists, there will be those who want to use it to stream first release movies to the home.  …you can read the rest by clicking here!

Google’s Goof with Oracle

In the never ending courtroom sagas of Silicon Valley, a new one arose this month that could impact the recent Oracle v Google decision in favor of Google’s fair use of Oracle’s Java API. (See Will Google’s Fair Use Win Help GDC.) …you can read the rest by clicking here!

RealD Wins

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) ruled this month in favor of RealD to block importation into the US of MasterImage products that infringe RealD’s light doubling patent.

The USITC decision can be read here.

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Revisiting X-Curve

X-Curve is the name given to the frequency response curve applied in all cinemas today. In an era where relatively cheap real time analyzers (RTAs) arrived in the hands of not-always-well-trained technicians, X-Curve was applauded. Aligning a cinema to X-Curve on an RTA produced far better results than when an inexperienced technician attempted to align to a flat line. (If you ever have the ability to try this, you will quickly understand what I mean.) But as time passed, X-Curve became a target curve, whether needed or not. It once was the case that cinema sound mixes were presumed to be flat, without spectral coloration. But today, the evidence is mounting that this is no longer the case, separating cinema sound, which is now considered colored by a growing cadre of experts, from the body of other media sound, which no one would object to saying is intended to be uncolored, or flat. Several studies were published over the past year and a half on cinema sound and X-Curve, providing an opportunity to review this subject yet again.
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The DCDC Model

Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC) has become a model of distribution efficiency for the world. I’ve been approached by more than one country seeking ways to adapt the model in their own territory. Unfortunately, the model doesn’t translate well into most countries. There was a time when I didn’t think DCDC would even survive if competitors underpriced it to undermine its business. But DCDC’s strategy of reducing costs to distributors has worked very well. This report explains the model further.
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