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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (September, 2006)

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Technology

Sling Media to Release New Slingbox Supporting HDTV Input

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 28 2006, 1:20pm

I'm still gathering details on this new box from Sling Media. It will allow for HD input, but due to bandwidth and processor demands, will not stream HD. The end signal does benefit from supporting widescreen aspect ratio, better performance and better bit-rates, but is not HD. Another major benefit is that you no longer need to down-convert your HD signal prior to sending it through your Slingbox as this will now be handled by the Slingbox PRO. More information to follow ...

Programming

DIRECTV Activates HD Local Channel Service in Austin, Texas, Cincinnati and Las Vegas

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 28 2006, 1:07pm

DirecTV is now offering local HD programming to customers in the Austin, Texas, Cincinnati and Las Vegas DMAs. With the addition of these markets, DIRECTV offers local HD broadcast channels in 42 cities, representing 62 percent of U.S. TV households. DIRECTV will launch additional HD ...

Blu-ray

Microsoft Announces Xbox HD DVD Player Availability for U.S.

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 27 2006, 6:51pm

Arriving at retailers in North America, the U.K., France, and Germany in mid-November 2006, the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player will retail for $199.99 in North America (ESRP) and €199.99/£129.99 (ESRP) in the U.K., France, and Germany. The Xbox 360 HD DVD Player comes with ...

Programming

DirecTV Ramping-up to Roll-out Hundreds of HD Channels Next Year

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 25 2006, 8:08pm

DirecTV has opened its fourth owned-and-operated call center to further strengthen its ability to provide technical support for its customers as it continues to expand its advanced products and services, including the roll out of hundreds of local and national HD channels next year.

DIRECTV's Missoula, Mont. Customer Contact Center will have the capacity to employ up to 1,000 customer service professionals dedicated to providing technical support to DIRECTV's more than 15.5 million customers. DIRECTV will be among the largest employers in the state and said it expects to hire more than 600 agents by year end.

The new 74,000-square foot call center ...

Blu-ray

Samsung Announces Plans to Make Running Line Production Change to BD-P1000 Blu-ray Disc Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 14 2006, 5:56pm

As we approach the 2006 holiday season, Samsung will make a running line production improvement to BD-P1000 Blu-ray disc players destined for the U.S. market. This production line improvement is slated to begin in the last week of October, and will add...

Blu-ray

Toshiba Announces Introduction of 2nd Generation HD DVD Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 14 2006, 5:21pm

We will include the press release text as soon as it is available. Check this link again later today for more information.

The new 2nd Generation HD DVD players from Toshiba will support 1080p output and HDMI 1.3 compliance.

The HD-A2 will be available...

New Products & Equipment

Sharp Showcases High-Definition Dominance with a ''Full HD'' Product Lineup at CEDIA

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 14 2006, 2:24pm

Sharp AQUOS LC-52D62USharp is rounding out the company's line of "full HD" home entertainment products at CEDIA 2006 with the unveiling of new AQUOS(R) 1080p LCD TVs and its first 1080p DLP(TM) front projector, a new flagship product. Sharp's "full HD" product lineup is highlighted by the first AQUOS models to come out of the company's brand-new Generation 8 factory, Kameyama No. 2. These 46- and 52-inch large-screen AQUOS HDTVs, together with a new 42-inch model, mark the introduction of three new screen sizes to the brand, all of which feature...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Increases Flat-Panel Lead With 52-inch Full HD 1080p Bravia LCD Models

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 14 2006, 2:16pm

Continuing to stretch performance and design boundaries, Sony Electronics today announced its largest BRAVIA™ flat-panel LCD televisions: the 52-inch KDL-52XBR2 and KDL-52XBR3 models.

Both feature native 1920 x 1080 full high-definition resolution panels, HDMI™ inputs with 1080p capability, and Sony’s unique floating glass design.

The company also added two new 1366 x 768 resolution models...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Releases Full HD (1080p) SXRD Front Projector at $4999 MSRP

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 14 2006, 1:58pm

Sony Electronics expects to break another barrier in the home theater category with its latest front projector.

The new VPL-VW50 model, based on the company's exclusive Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD) technology, offers native 1920 x 1080 lines of resolution bringing the cinematic experience to consumers.

Pairing Sony’s critical eye for performance with the growing mass interest in the front projection market, the projector offers...

New Products & Equipment

TiVo Debuts Series3 High Definition Digital Media Recorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 12 2006, 12:52pm

TiVo Inc., the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), announced today the launch of the high end TiVo® Series3™ HD Digital Media Recorder - the first stand-alone TiVo product that is HD compatible. Available beginning mid-September, the TiVo Series3 HD box is the world's first THX®-certified, digital video recorder, delivering audio and video that truly maintains the fidelity of the original broadcast. Once again, TiVo is

Technology

Memory-Tech and Toshiba Announce Three-Layer TWIN Format Disc for DVD and HD DVD

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 11 2006, 9:53am

Memory-Tech Corporation and Toshiba Corporation today announced the latest advance in DVD disc technology: a jointly developed, single-sided, three-layer ROM disc supporting high capacity storage and playback of both DVD and HD DVD formats.

The newly announced disc is the latest addition to the DVD TWIN format, discs that support both DVD and HD DVD content and that are fully compatible with both formats. The new disc boosts capacity and expands versatility with a three-layer structure offering support for...

New Products & Equipment

Blackmagic Design Announces the World's First High Definition HDMI Capture/Playback Card - Only US $249

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 8 2006, 10:35am

Blackmagic Design Inc. today announced Intensity, an ultra low cost HDMI capture playback card. For the first time, low cost consumer cameras with HDMI video connections can move beyond the quality limits of HDV compressed video to a new world of uncompressed editing and design.

Intensity is an incredibly small HDMI capture and playback card that instantly switches between 1080HD, 720HD, NTSC and PAL video standards. Once Intensity is plugged into compatible PCI Express Windows or Mac OS X computers...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Aims New HDV 1080i High-Def Camcorder at Prosumer Videomakers on the Go

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2006, 12:09pm

Sony is expanding its high-definition camcorder line with the introduction of the HDR-FX7 1080i HDV camcorder, a model with three-chip ClearVID™ CMOS Sensor technology to deliver exceptional high-def video and the utmost in creative control.

For videographers on the move, the new model sports a compact body design, weighing in at about three pounds. It is approximately 40 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than Sony's first prosumer HDV model.

Like previous HDV models, the HDR-FX7 can record...