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Samsung Announces Explore 3D Video App

To meet the ever-growing demand for 3D content and immersive home entertainment, Samsung announced its beta version of the “Explore 3D” videoapp, available for free download from Samsung Apps, the world’s first HDTVapps store.

“Explore 3D” is the first application we’ve heard of that provides streaming 3Dcontent via the Internet. Currently, viewers can access 3D movie trailers from box office favorites Shrek Forever After, Megamind, and How to Train Your Dragon directly on their 3D-capable smart TV from Samsung, without the need for additional equipment such as a Blu-ray player or cable device. Apparently, more content will be made available through this app in the future. With the dearth of real 3D content on Blu-ray, this is one way Samsung can at least begin to justify sales of its new 3D televisions – something that is turning out to be a real bust for most manufacturers this year.

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(Phil Lelyveld comment: This story is a rerelease of a story that was originally reported on over a month ago – )

Cinema’s popularity on the rise

(Excerpts) WHILE the cricket kept many entertained at home, Gold Coasters also embraced another great Boxing Day tradition yesterday — spending the day in front of the silver screen.

Robert Olive, the manager at Harbour Town’s Reading Cinemas, said admissions increased by 10 per cent each year.

”New technology such as the roll-out of 3D movies, better sound quality and bigger screens has made viewing experiences even more superior,” he said.

”I expect admissions to increase further in the future as more and more people realise watching a film at home can’t beat watching a film on the big screen.”

According to ABS figures, attending the movies seems to be favoured among young people, with 93 per cent of 15 to 17-year-olds going at least once in 2009-10, compared with 71 per cent of 35 to 44-year-olds and 32 per cent of people aged 75 and over.

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Verizon Joins the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will lend its technology expertise to the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) through a seat on ETC@USC’s executive board. Verizon’s global cloud, IP and wireless networks, managed security services, end-to-end digital content solutions and technology-related professional services are used by media and entertainment companies to create, transport, manage and deliver digital content around the world, on any platform,  anytime.

ETC@USC is a nonprofit, member-funded entertainment technology think tank and research center, affiliated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders and catalysts in a neutral setting to explore issues related to the creation, distribution and consumption of entertainment content. Verizon’s participation on the executive board will provide media and entertainment companies with opportunities to learn how Verizon’s media-focused solutions, network and technology expertise can help the industry transform its future.

“The goal of the ETC@USC is to bring industry and technology experts together to develop the solutions that will propel us through the next 20 years,” said Kenneth Williams, CEO and executive director of the ETC@USC. “Verizon’s broad set of technologies and deep industry experience will provide a unique voice on the executive board. We look forward to their active participation.”

Scott Spector, global head of Verizon’s media and entertainment vertical, added: “Verizon is committed to the media and entertainment industry, and our participation with ETC@USC will allow us to support and potentially drive innovation in the industry. There’s a vast range of opportunities to integrate technology and improve everything from digital content production through digital distribution, creating an optimal experience for the industry.”

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and help shape tomorrow’s biggest ideas. With industry-specific solutions provided over Verizon’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit to learn more.

The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) is a think tank and research center within the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries along with the academic resources of the University of Southern California to explore and to act upon topics and issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.  ETC@USC helps drive collaborative projects among its member companies and engages with next generation consumers to understand the impact of emerging technology on all aspects of the entertainment industry, especially technology development and implementation, the creative process, business models, and future trends. (

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq:  VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 108 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,300. For more information, visit

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