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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (April, 2007)

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New Products & Equipment

Digital Video Essentials (DVE) HD DVD Now Available

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 26 2007, 5:56pm

Joe Kane, whose name became synonymous with home theater calibration upon the creation of the original Video Essentials 10 years ago, has now created the preeminent audio/video calibration tool: "Digital Video Essentials HD DVD." One side of the disc features both 1080p and 720p Test and Demonstration materials, and also introduces 6.1 channel Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital True HD. The second side is presented in Standard Definition, in NTSC or PAL format. "Digital Video Essentials HD DVD" was produced in cooperation with Microsoft Corporation and Deluxe Laboratory, and is available now from ...

New Products & Equipment

Onkyo to Release HDMI 1.3a Receiver in May for $599

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 25 2007, 2:02pm

The TX-SR605's two HDMI v1.3a inputs provide the most advanced interface for transporting both uncompressed high definition (HD) video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in all HD formats including 720p, 1080i and 1080p. It is among the first receivers available to include decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master multichannel audio formats from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players.

Sports

NFL Officials to Use Harris Corporation High Definition Systems to View Instant Replays

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 18 2007, 4:14am

National Football League (NFL) referees for the first time will be able to review instant replays with the sharpest images possible thanks to high definition (HD) technology from Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) , an international communications and information technology company.

The NFL has placed an order with Harris for the purchase of...

Blu-ray

HD DVD First to Reach 100K CE Players Sold in the U.S.

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 17 2007, 11:04pm

Marking the first anniversary of HD DVD hardware and movies sold to consumers, the North American HD DVD Promotional Group announced today that sales of dedicated HD DVD consumer electronics players reached more than 100K units sold in the United States, ahead of any other high definition format. This figure does not include sales of HD DVD PC drives or the Xbox 360 HD DVD player, which are also selling strongly.

Blu-ray

Samsung to Release Combo HD DVD/Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 13 2007, 3:00pm

Samsung Electronics Co., LTD., a leader in consumer electronics and digital media technologies, and the first company to introduce a Blu-ray disc player will introduce a dual format High-Definition (HD) optical disc player in time for the holidays.

Samsung's Duo HD player (BD-UP5000) will fully support both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats and their interactive technologies, HDi and BD-Java. With the Duo HD consumers can

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LSI Provides Professional Broadcasters with First High Definition Encoder Supporting Full HD

By Dale Cripps • Apr 11 2007, 7:45pm

The press release from LSI (below) marks a beginning of 1080p distribution in ways other than optical disks. The encoding of a progressive source is not much more data consuming than it is for an interlaced version (sometimes less, and algorithms, like wine, are improving with time). While many still ask why we need 1080p since so much of the installed base of HD today is no more than 720p? At least one answer to that question is simple. Manufacturers want to sell bigger and bigger screens and they are hell-bent-for-leather to outdo each other in marketing low-to-lowering cost 1080p projection--front and rear--devices that support those bigger screens. As you recall ten years ago the $10,000 price point for a 50 Inch rear tube-type projector plagued us, but changed dramatically over the ensuing years to one tenth of that cost. Another answer to why 1080p is the fact that the dedicated media room is now an essential space in our homes, especially if we have any ideas toward selling tha ...

Programming

DISH Network(TM) Launches Regional Sports Networks in High Definition

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 4 2007, 10:45pm

EchoStar announced today the launch of seven Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) in high definition (HD) that will strengthen DISH Network's position as the leader in HD programming. Now avid fans in these seven markets will have access to their home team's games in vivid HD and stunning surround sound.