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Saying "goodbye" to BluScenes and "hello" to UltraScenes.

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Scenic Labs | 0 comments

We've been quiet as of late, as we prepare for our next stage.  Despite the lack of posts, there are some major releases worth mentioning.

 

First, we have a major Europe-only release scheduled in the next two weeks.  We are currently under NDA, but will post links to the project as soon as it is lifted.  The approximate street date is 15 May.  It represents a lot of "firsts" and has been created in coordination with two big names in home theatre.

The other bit of news is that we are releasing our final two discs under the BluScenes brand.  It doesn't mark the end of Blu-ray releases, although we will no longer release anything that is not sourced from 4K-or-above masters.  There are some BluScenes discs that were filmed in 4K, such as Coral Reef Aquarium. Rather than release those as UltrScenes, we will include those 4K scenes as bonus material with our new UltraScenes releases.  

This isn't a sudden change.  In the last year, we've moved away from the BluScenes brand and have focused on Scenic Labs, mostly due to the growing number of downloads.  Whereas downloads comprised only 10% of our sales last year, they've grown to about 40% this year.  Since there is no 4K physical format commercially available, we expect downloads to overshadow disc sales for the first time in 2014.

 

Thanks again for your business. 

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Good news and bad news.

Posted on November 01, 2013 by Scenic Labs | 0 comments

First, the good news:

We now ship our products from Canada and the UK for seriously fast delivery. 

Now, the bad news:

We are now registered to collect GST and VAT and are legally required to do so. 

But wait, there's still a silver lining:

For the time being (at least), we are including VAT and GST in the selling price rather than adding it on.  :-)

Special bonus:

Since we figured out how to do this, we are also including NJ sales tax in the product price.

In other words, you get the discs, we'll pay the tax.  So I guess, that's bad news is for us, but good news for you.  :)

 

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$25 Flat Rate 1-2 Day Earth Shipping

Posted on September 13, 2013 by Scenic Labs | 0 comments
Do you live on EARTH?

If so, you might be interested in our newly-negotiated DHL Express shipping rates!
$25 flat, and you get the discs within 1-2 days (3 to some more-remote and exotic locations, you know who you are...).

What does that mean?  Whether you buy one disc or 20, you pay $25 to ship it worldwide in under 3 days, and for an extremely limited time we will allow this offer to be combined with our Buy-Two-Get-One free offer. 

We are also working on setting up more worldwide distribution centers for cheaper local service, but our professional customers asked for something fast, and we are thrilled that the folks at DHL were able to help us out.  Now we just need to promote it so we can keep our low rates.

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Our Aquarium for Roku, BrightSign and Apple TV

Posted on August 03, 2013 by Scenic Labs | 0 comments

If you own a Roku or Apple TV and have been looking for an Aquarium that you can loop on your devices, here are a few things to know.

1) All of our downloads show up on Apple TV under "music videos."   We classified them as such so that looping is possible.  If you want to reclassify it, you can just right click on the file in iTunes (under music videos) and select "Get Info."  Then simply select the "options" tab and change media kind from "music video" to "movie" or whatever else you want.

2) If using a Roku, the best solution for looping video seems to be the free Nowhereman USB browser.  It's free and you can add it by searching for it on the Roku.com site.  There is an Official USB channel that you can install but we confirmed that it does not support looping.

3) BrightSign users are lucky.  BrightSign devices support looping out of the box. 

We've considered offering a subscription channel, but we believe that ownership of the files is a better value and a better use of bandwidth for both you and us.  However, we are considering offering an app that allows playing of local video files from USB or MiniSD as an actual screensaver that comes on when the device is not in use.  It might be free or we might charge a token sum of about $1-2 to cover development.

That's it! Enjoy your aquarium!

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Groundbreaking 1080p Downloads

Posted on July 26, 2013 by Scenic Labs | 0 comments

All BluScenes discs now include free instant downloads in DRM-free 1080p.  All download-only packages have also been upgraded.

Your download will now include both a 720p and 1080p version.  Please note that some devices might choke on the bitrates of the 1080p video, in which case we recommend that you continue to use the 720p version. 

Due to the massive file sizes, the use of a download manager is recommended.  

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