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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (October, 2006)

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Technology

First Products with HDMI 1.3 Features Hit the Market

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 27 2006, 7:29pm

HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface™ (HDMI™) specification, next week will kick off a series of briefings and technology demonstrations for media in Asia, the United States and Europe, previewing key technologies enabled by HDMI 1.3.

The demonstrations will preview high-definition (HD) video and audio technology that will begin hitting the consumer market in November and continue rolling out in 2007. According to announcements by manufacturers, among the first consumer products with HDMI 1.3 features to reach the market will be the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in November, the HD-XA2 HD DVD player from Toshiba America Consumer Products, LLC in December, and the EMP-TW1000, a 3LCD 1080p projector from Epson in December.

Gaming

EA Announces 30 Games in Development for PLAYSTATION 3

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 20 2006, 12:46pm

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced more than 30 games in development for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. When the system launches in November, EA will deliver some of the world's most popular game franchises including Madden NFL 07, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 07 and Need for Speed™ Carbon. EA will release eight to ten games on the PLAYSTATION®3 by late March including EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3 and Def Jam: ICON™.

Paul Lee, President of EA Studios commented on the launch of the PLAYSTATION®3...

The CES Show Approaches -- Less Hotel Space and Higher Prices

By Dale Cripps • Oct 17 2006, 5:34pm

What the following press bulletin doesn't note is the fact that fewer hotel rooms will be available in Las Vegas this January due the tearing down of old hotels in preparation for building new ones. Hotel prices are also on the rise along with the new brick and morter. Consumer Electronics CEO, Gary Shapiro, said yesterday in San Francisco that in order to increase the quality of those who do come to the CES the entry fee will be raised from $150 to $200. They anticipate 140,000, a number slightly less than last year's record.



2007 INTERNATIONAL CES EXPANDS TO SANDS/VENETIAN FOR ALL NEW LINEUP OF MUST-SEE EVENTS

Keynotes, High-Performance Audio and Home Theater, Innovations Plus, TechZones, CES Unveiled and Press Conferences among Venue Highlights

Arlington, Va., October 17, 2006 - CES keynotes, high-performance audio and home theater exhibitors, Innovations honorees, emerging technology exhibits, TechZones, and a range of special media events take center stage at th ...

Programming

DirecTV Adds Eighteen More Local HD Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 10 2006, 5:43pm

Already leading the satellite TV industry in the delivery of local HD programming, DIRECTV will offer local HD broadcast networks in 67 markets, representing approximately 74 percent of U.S. TV households, by year end when it rolls out 25 more local HD markets in the fourth quarter.

Local news, sports and popular primetime programming from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC will be available in HD to customers who subscribe to any TOTAL CHOICE(R) programming package that offers local channels. There is no additional charge for local HD programming.

The 25 local markets to receive HD programming from DIRECTV include ...

Programming

Instant Media Introduces Integrated Commerce Engine into High-Definition Internet TV Platform

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 9 2006, 4:03pm

Instant Media (I'M) today announced that a new version of its software is now available for download. Instant Media 1.2 adds an integrated commerce engine, allowing users to purchase, rent or subscribe to premium content on I'M's free high-definition Internet TV player. The commerce function was added in anticipation of the launch of I'M's premium content channels.

Politics & Policy

HDTV Magazine, Affinity Marketing & The HDTV Expo Make Comments to the NTIA Regarding the Digital Transition & Coupon Program

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 4 2006, 11:53am

HDTV Magazine, Affinity Marketing and The HDTV Expo have announced today that their companies joined together and made official comments to the Department of Commerce and NTIA in response to their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning details involving the conversion from analog to digital TV; a consumer awareness of this "watershed" event in TV history; and, a proposed converter box Coupon Subsidy Program for U.S. households.