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Disney reveals plan for new Star Wars trilogy and live-action TV series

09 November 2017 - 05:26 PM


Disney has announced plans for a new Star Wars trilogy and TV series in a company call to discuss annual earnings.

The company’s CEO, Bob Iger, revealed that the writer-director Rian Johnson will tackle the new films, which will feature completely new characters in “a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored”.

Johnson has already directed this December’s next instalment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. His previous credits include Brick and Looper.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, the Lucasfilm president. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
It was also announced that a live-action Star Wars TV series is on the way, to air on Disney’s streaming service by the end of 2019. The most recent series to take place in the universe was 2014’s animated Star Wars: Rebels, which began its fourth season last month.
Iger spoke of plans to develop TV spin-offs for Monsters Inc and High School Musical as well as more shows within the Marvel universe. Disney will pull all of its content from Netflix and other streaming platforms before it is made available exclusively on Disney’s as-yet-untitled service, which launches in 2019.

After the release of The Last Jedi, next year will see the Han Solo origins tale, much of which was reshot by Ron Howard after the original directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, left the project. It will be followed by Episode IX, which will see The Force Awakens director, JJ Abrams, return to the fold.

Iger refused to comment on rumors that the company is planning to purchase the film and television divisions of 20th Century Fox but did say that Disney was “always looking to add to the number of film franchises” it currently owns.
The company reported a decline in earnings for Q4, linked to underwhelming box office returns for Cars 3, yet with the global success of Thor: Ragnarok, and with the animated adventure Coco as well as The Last Jedi on the way, Iger remained hopeful.
“We look forward to launching our first direct-to-consumer streaming service in the new year, and we will continue to invest for the future and take the smart risks required to deliver shareholder value,” he said in a statement.

Source: https://www.theguard...ction-tv-series


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'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm

18 October 2017 - 02:31 AM


Qualcomm has demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 1Gbps using a 5G smartphone chip.

The chipset manufacturer claims this is the first working 5G data connection on a mobile device.

The fifth generation of the mobile network does not yet exist, but it promises faster data speeds and more bandwidth to carry more web traffic.

Qualcomm is describing the demonstration as a "major milestone", but one expert is playing it down.

1Gbps is equivalent to 1,000Mbps, and this speed would enable you to download a one-hour TV programme in HD from BBC iPlayer in less than six seconds.

"It's not a big deal," Prof William Webb, a independent consultant and author of the book The 5G Myth: When vision decoupled from reality, told the BBC.

"5G is not yet clearly defined, they've just postulated what they think it will look like.

"It's not 5G in its final form, so it's premature to say it's a 5G demonstration."

Prof Webb added that speeds higher than 1Gbps were already achievable on 4G.

For example, Huawei's Kirin 970 chipset offered mobile speeds of up to 1.2Gbps when used with compatible network equipment.

Qualcomm said the demonstration, at its laboratories in San Diego, had used its first dedicated 5G chip, the Snapdragon X50 NR modem chipset, on the 28GHz millimetre wave spectrum band.

"This demonstration... was only the first data connection on this 5G mode," said a spokesman for the firm.

"When it is finished and ready to ship to smartphone makers, it will be capable of 5Gbps speed, which no 4G LTE chip currently available can support.

"What our announcement represents is the first steps we are taking to counter sceptics like Prof Webb: yes, millimetre wave 5G is a viable technology for mobile devices and networks, and our achievement proves the steady progress we are making."

What is 5G?

Today's 4G mobile networks currently make use of the sub-6GHz frequencies, but these are now heavily crowded.

Mobile operators are running out of capacity to carry the huge amounts of web traffic generated by consumers on billions of mobile devices, in addition to data being sent from internet-enabled sensors in smart devices.

The specifications for 5G have not yet been set out by the global mobile standards body, 3GPP, so various parts of the industry are trying different technologies, with the hope that 5G will be ready by 2019.

Some of the technologies involve optimising the current 4G network by making the transit of data more efficient, in order to offer greater capacity and higher speeds.

But there are also plans to make use of the currently unused 28GHz and 39GHz millimetre wave spectrum bands, which are found in the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves.

Millimetre waves offer far more bandwidth than the sub-6GHz frequencies, but the radio signal deteriorates if data is transmitted over more than a few kilometres.

"There are many different definitions of 5G, some of which could be implemented by 2019, and those that wouldn't be, such as millimetre wave, which will probably take a lot longer," said Prof Webb.

Qualcomm takes issue with this analysis, saying that it aims to have millimetre wave-capable smartphones in users' hands before July 2019, when it expects the first compatible networks to have become available.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/n...nology-41652967