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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (June, 2007)

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New Products & Equipment

Hitachi Introduces Fall Line of Plasma & LCD HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 28 2007, 2:09pm

With today's introduction of its new product line, Hitachi takes an important step forward in executing on its visionary strategy of providing all 1080, all flat panel, all large-screen (42"-60") HDTVs with patented, innovative features and never-before-seen technology breakthroughs that deliver the most captivating, sharp and clear visual experience, no matter what viewers are watching.

The following 10 new HDTVs are being announced today and bring Hitachi's overall product offering to a total of 14 feature-rich flat panel displays:

New Products & Equipment

AMD ATI Radeon™ HD 2600: DirectX® 10, HDMI (HDCP), and 1080p

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 28 2007, 1:45pm

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the arrival of the ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 and ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 series, the mid-range and entry-level graphics processors in the ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 series. These next-generation graphics processing units (GPU) bring premium support for Windows Vista® with feature-rich DirectX® 10 graphics1, and built-in multimedia functions for an immersive HD video experience on the PC. Ranging from USD $89-$149 (SEP) for the ATI Radeon HD 2600 series and USD $50-$85 (SEP) for the ATI Radeon HD 2400 series2, the new graphics solutions deliver compelling performance and image quality at an unbelievable price point. The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon 2400 series have enjoyed broad customer adoption and are designed into a significant number of major OEM mainstream and value DirectX® 10 PCs to be shipped in 2H07.

Programming

Rainbow Media's VOOM HD Networks to be Carried on Cablevision

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 21 2007, 4:40pm

Cablevision will now carry Rainbow Media's fifteen channel suite of VOOM HD Networks, it was announced today by Joshua Sapan, Rainbow President and Chief Executive Officer. The VOOM HD Networks will be available to Cablevision subscribers beginning July 1, 2007.

New Products & Equipment

Panasonic Announces Availability of Industry's First 1080p 42-Inch Plasma HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 20 2007, 6:53pm

Panasonic, the market and technology leader in Plasma HDTVs, announced today that its much anticipated TH-42PZ700U, 1080p 42-inch Plasma HDTV -- the first 1080p 42-inch Plasma to come to market - will be available at retail beginning in early July with an SRP of $2499.95.

The arrival of the 1080p 42-inch Plasma rounds out Panasonic's 2007 line of critically acclaimed 700 Series 1080p HDTVs which includes 42, 50, 58 and 65-inch models as well as the 103-inch model -- the world's largest 1080p Plasma on the market today. Panasonic's 700 Series has received stellar reviews from some of the leading industry media for their deep blacks, high contrast ratio, excellent shadow detail, and clean images.

New Products & Equipment

Onkyo Professional Debuts its First Multichannel Surround Processor

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 18 2007, 5:16pm

Onkyo Professional introduced its first surround processor model designed for commercial and professional studio applications at the InfoComm 2007 event here today. The Onkyo Pro PR-SC885P is a THX-Ultra2 Certified 7.1-channel A/V processor that delivers state-of-the-art features and performance for the most technically sophisticated installations, including HDMI 1.3a compatibility, comprehensive upconversion of all sources to HD video with Reon-VX HQV video processing, and a wide array of connection options to accommodate any system. The rack-mounted unit is built around a massive toroidal transformer power supply with two separate power transformers for audio and video processing, and includes professional XLR balanced pre-outs for all channels.

New Products & Equipment

SAMSUNG Introduces 70" Full-HD LCD TV with Local Dimming Technology

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 14 2007, 2:12pm

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has introduced the largest (70 inch) commercially available full high-definition LCD TV in Korea. The new TV boasts Samsung's very best image enhancement technologies and employs a light-emitting diode (LED) backlight instead of the conventional cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) version. Moreover, Samsung's unique local dimming technology enables the LED backlight to be turned off in dark image areas, delivering a dynamic contrast ratio of 500,000:1. At the same time, power consumption is lowered by as much as fifty percent.

Programming

DIRECTV to Offer 11 HBO/Cinemax Channels in HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 13 2007, 4:07pm

Continuing to pack its lineup with premium-quality HD channels for launch this fall, DIRECTV will begin to roll out the HD feeds of 11 HBO and Cinemax channels nationally in September.

In addition to the HBO (East) HD channel it currently offers, DIRECTV will launch the following HBO/Cinemax channels in full-time HD: HBO West, HBO2 West, HBO2 East, HBO Family East, HBO Family West, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, Cinemax East, Cinemax West and MoreMax. The channels will begin rolling out in September and continue to launch through the rest of the year. DIRECTV currently carries each of these channels in standard-definition.

New Products & Equipment

Sony Adds Nine Models to BRAVIA(R) Flat-Panel LCD Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 6 2007, 10:17pm

Sony today introduced nine new BRAVIA(R) flat-panel LCD high-definition televisions with advanced features.

The new models all feature 1920 x 1080 full high-definition resolution, 10-bit panels and, in select models, Motionflow 120Hz high frame rate technology, as well as x.v.Color(TM) capability. Encompassing the XBR5, XBR4 and W series, they come in screen sizes of 52, 46 and 40 inches (measured diagonally). Including the previously announced S series and V series flat- panel LCD models, the complete line of 17 models range in size from 70 to 26 inches (measured diagonally.)

New Products & Equipment

Sony Introduces Slim SXRD Micro-Displays With High Frame Rate

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 6 2007, 10:13pm

Sony today unveiled five new BRAVIA(R)SXRD(R) (Silicon X-tal (Crystal) Reflective Display) micro-display HDTVs featuring Motionflow 120Hz high frame rate technology and dramatically thinner cabinets.

About 20 percent slimmer than last year's sets, Sony's A3000 line features three new models including the 50-inch KDS-50A3000, the 55-inch KDS-55A3000, the 60-inch KDS-60A3000 (screen sizes measured diagonally) models.