The chief executive of streaming media platform Roku has told the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) that DVRs will ultimately be replaced by on-demand streaming.
In his keynote address to SMPTE’s annual conference, Anthony Wood said the DVR was going to “go away”. “The capabilities of the DVR will next go to the cloud and then simply become an element of the on-demand world.
The end point is where any piece of video is available in any language, anywhere, via streaming.”
Much of the event was dominated by debate around shooting feature film at more than 24 frames a second. Advocates, including veteran film-maker Doug Trumbull, believe that rates of 40fps or above yield a more immersive viewing experience. However, the cost of changing cinema projectors to the new format remains a concern of exhibitors.