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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (January, 2007)

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In the Wake of CES, Universal Announces Plans for More Than 100 HD DVD Releases

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 26 2007, 3:09am

Bringing further heat to the burgeoning HD DVD format, Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE) will release more than 100 new film and television titles in 2007. Perennial favorites such Scarface and instant classics like 40-Year-Old Virgin, Battlestar Galactica S1 and Oscar®-winning Brokeback Mountain will be joined by dozens of new titles released day and date with the DVD.


Warner Home Video Announces Creation of Total Hi Def Disc

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2007, 7:45pm

Warner Home Video unveiled its groundbreaking "Total Hi Def" disc, which plays the HD DVD format on one side and the Blu-ray Disc format on the other, at a presentation hosted by Warner Bros. Entertainment Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

While consumers rave about the quality of high definition when they see it, a confusing format dilemma will result in slower consumer adoption of HD technology. Until now, consumers have been forced to choose one high-definition format-not knowing ...

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DIRECTV HD DVRs Now Connect with PCs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2007, 6:04pm

DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, announces that the DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR has been verified with Intel(R) Viiv(TM) technology. With this certification, DIRECTV becomes largest supplier of Viiv-verified digital media adapters (DMAs).

DIRECTV customers who have a DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR can now access and enjoy their pictures and music on their TVs directly from Intel Viiv technology-based PCs. The DIRECTV Plus(R) HD DVR is the world's first digital set-top box with...

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Apple HDTV Coming to Your Living Room

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2007, 5:02pm

Apple® today premiered Apple TV™, an easy to use and fun way to wirelessly play all your favorite iTunes® content from your Mac® or PC on your widescreen TV, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts. Using Apple TV's stunning new interface, anyone can quickly browse and view their entire collection of digital media from across the room using the simple and intuitive Apple Remote. Apple TV easily connects to almost all modern widescreen televisions, and will be shipping in February for just $299.

Apple TV has a 40GB hard drive to store up to 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each and is capable of delivering high-definition 720p output...


Toshiba Takes HD DVD to the Next Level With 51GB HD DVD-ROM Disc

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 9 2007, 7:58pm

Toshiba Corporation today underlined the versatility and high capacity of the HD DVD format with the announcement that the company has developed a triple-layer HD DVD-ROM (read only) disc with a capacity of 51 gigabytes. The new disc can store up to 7 hours1 of high-definition video and adds an extended capacity, high-end option to the already extensive line-up of HD DVD-ROM discs. Toshiba aims to...


DIRECTV to Offer 100 National HD Channels in 2007

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 9 2007, 2:39am

DIRECTV is hailing 2007 as the "Year of HD" with the planned launch and carriage of 100 national high-definition (HD) channels. With this substantial HD muscle, DIRECTV will offer three-times more HD programming than any other multi-channel distributor, with the majority of these channels launching in Q3.

DIRECTV also announced today...

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DISH Network Offers Free High Definition DVR

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 8:22pm

DISH Network™ satellite TV service announced today that starting February 1st, 2007, it will offer new DISH Network customers the highly-acclaimed, high definition ViP622 DVR™ receiver for free as part of the Digital Home Advantage Program. The ViP622 DVR is the first HD DVR in the satellite industry to be offered with...


Buena Vista (Disney) Announces Release Slate for Blu-ray

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 4:15pm

Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment (BVWHE) today announced the company's most extensive Blu-ray Disc slate yet, with action-packed and family titles due for release throughout 2007 in North America, Europe and Asia. Showing its continued commitment to the next-generation, high-definition format, the company has selected a wide range of titles, many 50GB, to showcase the new Blu-ray Disc format, from blockbusters and Academy Award(R)-winning masterpieces, to popular animated movies for the entire family. In North America, BVWHE will release titles beginning March '07 to include...


Onkyo to Launch HD DVD Player in 2007

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 4:04pm

Onkyo Corporation today announced plans to launch its first HD DVD player for the North American market in 2007. HD DVD is the next generation DVD format approved by the DVD Forum.

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD 5.1 channel audio processing formats are supported by HD DVD, which allows consumers to enjoy a high quality home theater experience. HD DVD also will offer the advanced content and features such as active menus and PinP video adopted by HD DVD.

Onkyo will introduce an HD DVD player initially...


Fox and MGM Titles Slated for Blu-ray for First-Half of 2007

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 3:22pm

Continuing its industry leadership role and unwavering commitment to the Blu-ray disc format, the only high-definition packaged media format supported by the movie, music, gaming and computing industries, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) announced its impressive slate of upcoming Blu-ray Disc (BD) titles due for release through the first half of 2007 in North America. Following the chart-topping sales success of Q4 2006 releases X-Men: The Last Stand and Ice Age: The Meltdown BD releases -- 2 of the top 3 BD sellers to date-- plans call for the Company to collectively release an average of 5 to 10 titles per month from Fox and MGM. The Studio's new release titles will be released day-and-date with DVD whenever possible including the recent...

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AMD Announces HD Digital Cable Tuner for PCs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 3:00pm

AMD today unveiled the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner - the industry's first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.

The ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner turns a PC into a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) with easy to use Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center menus and interfaces. It is scheduled to be available starting...

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Sharp Announces 108-inch LCD TV, Blu-ray Player, and More

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 2:53pm

Sharp is once again raising the bar for LCD technology at 2007 CES with one-of-a-kind innovations and increased performance. The world's largest LCD TV, the 108-inch, is headlining the company's wide breadth of TV offerings, which also includes the newest lines of large-screen AQUOS HDTVs to come from the company's 8th generation factory in Kameyama, Japan, featuring enhanced contrast ratios, response times that are among the fastest in the industry, and more inputs than ever before. In addition, Sharp is showcasing...

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ViewSonic Showcases the Latest in Display Products and Previews Technologies for the Future at CES 2007

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 1:48pm

ViewSonic® Corp. has once again brought display technology innovations to homes and offices everywhere. In conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the company showcased more than a dozen displays, including the industry's first fully-featured, multifunction, high definition DLP® projector with an integrated iPod® dock, two true 1080p HDTVs, and a complete line of Microsoft Windows Vista™ certified widescreen desktop LCDs that give consumers even more options for work and play. These displays...


Warner Brothers to Release Matrix Franchise, Harry Potter Films and Oceans 11/12 on HD DVD in 2007

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 1:34pm

WHV will be opening the vaults and bringing out fan favorites and top franchises for all genres. Planned releases for 2007 include The Matrix franchise, all of the Harry Potter films and Oceans 11 and Oceans 12. Other classic titles to be released in the first quarter of 2007 include...


Samsung Announces Next Generation Blu-ray Player: BD-P1200

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 5:00am

Samsung Electronics today unveiled its second-generation Blu-ray player for the home entertainment industry. Samsung expects that the BD-P1200 player will help the company stay a step ahead of the cutting-edge optical media industry.

One of the BD-P1200 player's key new features is its Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processor, which is a powerful unit similar to those used by Hollywood production studios. With its HQV processor, the BD-P1200 player offers true 1080i to 1080p HD de-interlacing, so it can deliver the best HD images possible...

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Panasonic Debuts Next Generation Big Screen 1080p High Definition Plasma TV's And Shows Prototype 42-Inch 1080p

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 4:26am

Panasonic, the leader in high definition and Plasma TV, today announced its full line of Plasmas for 2007, including a 50-inch and 58-inch 1080p high definition model, which compliment Panasonic's current 65-inch and the world's largest Plasma, the 103-inch, to provide a wide choice of Plasmas in the 1080p resolution arena. The full line brings seven new Plasmas to consumers for 2007, and further demonstrates Panasonic's industry leadership and cutting edge technology in big screen Plasma entertainment.

Also, at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show, Panasonic unveiled a prototype 42-inch 1080p high definition Plasma...


Toshiba Announces Mid-range 1080p HD DVD Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2007, 3:58am

At CES, Toshiba is introducing the new HD-A20, which is expected to retail at $599.99. With the 1080p capabilities of the HD-A20, Toshiba has taken high definition to the next level at an attractive price point. The HD-A20 joins the existing Toshiba HD DVD line-up which includes the entry level HD-A2 and the top of the line model, HD-XA2. This expanded line of products offers...


LG Electronics Launches Industry's First Dual-Format High-Definition Disc Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2007, 8:07pm

Blending the latest technologies and offering unprecedented flexibility to consumers seeking the convenience of playing both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD high-definition content, LG Electronics (LG), a leader in consumer electronics and mobile communications, today launched the groundbreaking "Super Multi Blue" Player at the 2007 International CES®.

Launching in the United States during the first quarter of 2007, this advanced dual-format high-definition disc player, LG model BH100, will be the first player on the market with...

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NETGEAR® and BitTorrent™ Collaborate to Deliver High-Definition Movies and TV Shows to HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2007, 7:44pm

NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR) today announced an ongoing collaboration and agreement with BitTorrent, Inc. to promote video downloads streamed to high-definition televisions (HDTVs) through the new NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) media receiver. BitTorrent, home to the world's leading peer-assisted digital content delivery platform, will work with NETGEAR on marketing and technology initiatives to deliver the highest quality and fastest distribution of media files over home networks.

Debuting this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Digital Entertainer HD is a...

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JVC Announces 2007 Line of New Digital Entertainment Products

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2007, 5:00pm

JVC today unveiled its 2007 line of digital entertainment products in conjunction with the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For 2007, JVC will field a line that positions the company at the forefront of advanced-technology design and engineering, delivering expanded performance capabilities, operational versatility, and unmatched ease of use to consumers.

JVC's 2007 display product line-up reflects its 10 years of HD-ILA technology innovation. Among its many product highlights, JVC will introduce...

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LG.Philips LCD Showcases Cutting-Edge Suite of LCDs at CES 2007

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2007, 4:26pm

LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd. (NYSE:LPL)(KRX:034220), a leading innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced today that it will showcase its cutting-edge suite of TFT-LCDs for HDTVs, desktop monitors, notebook PCs, digital information displays and other applications during CES 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to be held from January 8-11, 2007.

Products showcased will include a full line-up of full high definition...


Toshiba Unveils World's First Desktop HD DVD Writer

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 5 2007, 6:01pm

Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced the world's first half-height HD DVD writer, providing high-definition video editing and content creation capabilities on desktop systems and media centers using this increasingly popular next-generation DVD technology. Like Toshiba's slim-line HD DVD writer launched in 2006, the new SD-H903A provides read and write support for legacy formats, enabling users to enjoy existing CD and DVD material along with high-definition DVD content.

Ideally designed for single-bay desktop PCs with its multi-functional capabilities, Toshiba's SD-H903A is the perfect solution for professional...