Netflix highquality audio makes TV shows and films sounds better

first_img Comments High-quality audio not only delivers a higher bit rate but can adapt to the speed of your internet connection by increasing or decreasing that bit rate. Netflix video already does something similar. If you’ve ever been on a slower connection, you have probably seen video playback at a lower quality until there’s enough of a buffer for it to switch to a higher quality version. High-quality audio will do the same and move up and down in quality seamlessly as you watch a show.Currently high-quality audio is rolling out to TVs and connected boxes with support for 5.1 or Dolby Atmos. Devices with 5.1 will receive a bit rate of 192 to 640 kilobits per second. If you’re a Premium Netflix subscriber and have an Atmos device, playback will be between 448 and 768 kbps. Tags Netflix teases Stranger Things season 3 in new trailer Netflix I had a chance to experience the new high-quality audio listening to a sequence from Stranger Things. There were three versions: the original master, a low bit rate one (192 kbps) and a higher bit rate one (640 kbps). The low bit rate version sounded fine, but when compared to the original master it lacked subtle audio details and clarity. The high bit rate version, to my ears, was identical to the original master achieving a phenomena called “perceptually transparent” — don’t worry, I didn’t know what that meant at first either.Perceptually transparent — which, by the way, would be a great name for an improv group — means there are no perceived differences between a studio master and audio that has been compressed. For Netflix streaming that perceptually transparent sweet spot was 640 kbps.Netflix said that these bit rates might “evolve” over time as the company gets more efficient with its encoding. The best and wackiest high-end wireless speakers 22 Photoscenter_img If you plan to watch a show or film on Netflix Wednesday night, you might notice it sounds better. The streaming company has released a new feature called high-quality audio that makes sure what you hear is closer to what the artists behind your favorite show intended. Netflix’s improved audio came about because of the show Stranger Things’ second season.The first episode of Stranger Things season 2 starts off with a car chase. But when the Duffer brothers, the show’s creators, first heard it played back in a living room, they noticed that the sound wasn’t as crisp as the original master from the studio.”It didn’t sound quite as defined. A little bit mushy, you might say. Or like maybe there’s a napkin over it,” said Scott Kramer, manager of sound technology for Netflix. “Very subtle, but noticeable.”To address the issue, the show was streamed at a higher bit rate that sounded closer to the original studio master. This laid the groundwork for Netflix to create its new high-quality audio feature. TV and Movies Audio Now playing: Watch this: 2:50 Share your voice 24last_img read more

Khaleda bail extended until 31 July

first_imgThe High Court on Wednesday extended until 31 July the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyers.Earlier on 18 July, the High Court extended the bail of the BNP chief until 26 July in the case.On 5 July, a petition was filed with the High Court seeking extension of its earlier order granting a four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.On 12 March, the HC granted a four-month bail to her in the case which expired on 12 July.Meanwhile, the hearing in the Niko graft case filed against 11 people, including Khaleda, was deferred to 3 September by Special Judge Court- 9, a makeshift court of Bakshibazar, on Wednesday.Judge Mahmudul Kabir passed the order.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister, and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

5 Data Management Challenges Facing Small Business Owners

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read As small business owners, we generally wear all the hats. And if we’ve grown to where we aren’t wearing all the hats at the same time, we at least rotate through them a few times a month.One hat that is becoming increasingly important – and scary — to wear is the data scientist hat.Although data scientists come in many forms, with varied skills, a small business data scientist is mostly responsible for parsing through and analyzing data to present key findings about a business. The goal is to use data and the findings to address challenges, find opportunities, and ultimately, help a business save time and money.While most of us don’t have the luxury of hiring a bona fide data scientist to handle these figures, there are a few things you should know and consider as you run your business and aim to become as efficient as possible in your business functions.Here are a few data management challenges and tips for handling each.1. Data Strategy: Do you have one?The overarching and driving structure of managing data is a data strategy. A data strategy is essentially a roadmap that identifies how a company will collect, handle, manage and store content. While a data strategy can vary in its breadth and depth, a simple strategy explaining each component is vital.As an example, I run a small fitness studio. We collect data through a third-party site and all of the collected data is stored within their platform. However, we have the capability to download reports and export content, such as email addresses and member lists. We do not, however, have the ability to access individuals’ financial information, e.g. credit card numbers, from the platform, which provides a level of security for our members and keeps us removed from that sensitive data.We have implemented a barebones data strategy, which outlines who has access to member data, which computers can be used for downloading reports and how we use our mobile devices to access data. We also have restrictions on permissions for anyone who can log into our third-party site from the backend.While this may seem like overkill for a five-person operation, we want to be careful with our data and know exactly who is interacting with it and how.2. Data collection: What and how? For the most part, there are two immediate questions that plague a data strategy and drive the roadmap.What data do you want to collect?How will you collect that data?Since data collection can happen in various formats – print, digital and in-person — the means in which data is shared and collected is a serious concern. When dealing with sensitive and personal identification information, the outlet for collecting this should be secure.Another example – credit card information is incredibly sensitive these days — especially with the recent onslaught of data breaches that has put credit information and identities in jeopardy. The rule of thumb is that if you don’t have to touch this information, don’t. Use online portals or a chip reading device that can be used directly in front of customers. Or use a merchant service that will process and encrypt data to ensure top-level security for these transactions.3. Data storage: Where? Once you have data, you have to store it. While data storage can be relatively cheap these days, you don’t want to use a service that doesn’t have bank-level encryption, has a bad reputation or no reputation at all.Data should be stored through a trusted platform that can be expandable and scalable based on your company’s current and future needs.For instance, data storage spaces, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, will allow you a certain amount of free space, then it will begin charging when you hit a certain threshold. This can be convenient since you may not want to invest in a huge amount of storage if it isn’t necessary, but you also don’t want to have to completely switch platforms when you grow.The key thing to consider here is security. Make sure that wherever and however you store your data, it’s safe.Related: Data-Driven Marketing in 2016: Bigger, Faster, Better4. Data Sharing: Who? After you solved the puzzle of data collection and storage, the kicker in putting data to work is data sharing, which can also be referred to as data integration.Because so many of the best data storing programs are cloud-based – leaving data off your hardware devices, which can be a good thing — these systems are becoming smart enough to talk to each other and foster integration between programs.For instance, with a program such as Neat, which is used to store receipts and expense data, the challenge used to lie in extracting that data and importing it into another platform, such as QuickBooks Online or other accounting platforms.Since technology continues to improve, and these platforms keep getting smarter, data in the form of expense reports can easily be exported from Neat’s premium service to QuickBooks Online within a few clicks. From an operational and accounting standpoint, this could be a game changer, and it’s absolutely a timesaver, as it creates streamlined and automated workflows.Another example is contact imports. If you use Neat or another scanning software to collect contact information, you want to be able to easily export these contacts into a CRM or email service provider (ESP) to manage your database. For our fitness studio, we use a couple-click process to import our opt-ins from the third-party site into Constant Contact for our monthly mailer.Related: You Can Become a Data Scientist. Yes, You.5. Data use: When? The last item in your data strategy is understanding when and how you will use your data. Understand the implications of using your data and ensure you have permissions for that use.No one is particularly excited when they receive an email they never signed up for, or a charge they didn’t agree to. Be very careful about how you use the data you collect, and do not violate any of your data use policies, which should be publicly posted and available for anyone who is willingly offering up data.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Collecting Customer DataHere’s a few additional considerations.As you get deeper into your data strategy, consider the following:Data policy posting and enforcementData hacks and responsibilitiesData protectionSmarter and more informed data management can go from being the elephant in the room to one of the best business enablers you can unleash for your small business, so long as you do it right.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » September 6, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more