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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (July, 2007)

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Blu-ray

Target to Feature Sony Blu-ray Disc Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 26 2007, 5:42pm

Beginning this fall and continuing at least through the holiday season, Target will feature Sony® Blu-ray Disc® players as the exclusive product in the emerging category of high-definition home video systems, as well as an expanded assortment of Blu-ray Disc movies.

The Sony BDP-S300 Blu-ray Disc player will arrive in stores in October as part of a holiday feature endcap that will clearly communicate the consumer benefits of the Blu-ray Disc technology. The endcap will also feature an expanded list of movie titles from a variety of Hollywood studios.

Blu-ray

Hit Movies, Blockbuster TV Shows, and a Price Drop on the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 26 2007, 2:34pm

The HD DVD Promotional Group today announced at Comic-Con International 2007 that companies supporting HD DVD showcased some of the most anticipated movie and TV titles for fantasy and sci-fi fans, including Heroes: Season 1 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 300 from Warner Home Video, and STAR TREK: The Original Series from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. Microsoft Corp. announced that it would reduce the price of its popular Xbox 360 HD DVD Player in the United States to $179, as well as adding five free HD DVD movies with the purchase of every player.

New Products & Equipment

Sony Elevates Standard of Home Theater with New ES Receivers

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 24 2007, 6:11pm

Sony today launched new audio/video receivers in its "Elevated Standard" (ES) line featuring compatibility with the latest audio formats including Dolby Labs' Dolby® Digital +/Dolby® TrueHD and dts® High Resolution Audio and dts® HD Master Audio.

The STR-DA5300ES, STR-DA4300ES and STR-DA3300ES 7.1 channel models offer iPod® intergration through the receiver's Digital Media Port feature and optional iPod audio dock (TDM-iP1), sold separately. Users can then access digital music from most iPod players as well as the device's playlists, artist, album and track information through the receiver's Xross Media Bar™ (XMB) inspired icon-based, on-screen menu system.

New Products & Equipment

The New TiVo HD DVR - $299.99

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 24 2007, 4:56pm

TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), announced today the launch of a new TiVo high definition DVR, delivering a premium HD experience at an affordable price. Starting today, consumers can pre-order TiVo HD at www.tivo.com for just $299.99, down from the original TiVo Series3™ HD Digital Media Recorder at $799.99. Product expected to arrive on retail shelves in early August. The new TiVo HD DVR is the ultimate HDTV companion, maximizing the HD cable experience by combining a new popular price with the clarity of HD programming and our Emmy® award-winning TiVo™ service. The new TiVo HD is also a Digital Cable Ready set-top-box that works seamlessly with any cable provider in the U.S. Moreover, the new product also enables the latest and greatest exclusive TiVo service features such as Movie & TV Downloads from Amazon.com, Home Movie Sharing and universal Swivel™ search, delivering the best o ...

New Products & Equipment

JVC Announces New 3CCD High Definition Hard Disk Drive Camcorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 19 2007, 4:21pm

JVC Company of America today announced the launch of a new consumer high definition camcorder that combines a 3-CCD image sensor, high definition 1440 x 1080 recording and embedded 60GB hard disk storage in a compact size that fits in the palm of the hand.

The new HD Everio GZ-HD3 follows the launch earlier this year of the high definition HD Everio GZ-HD7, which combined the pristine image quality of high definition with the convenience and high capacity of recording to a built-in hard drive. With the new GZ-HD3, JVC brings these same benefits to a wider audience in a palm-sized camcorder that's easy to carry and offers point-and-shoot simplicity.

Business & Investment

Flat Panel Goes Flat In May

By Dale Cripps • Jul 18 2007, 7:17pm

For those following such things Pacific Media in Menlo Park, California reports that the month-to-month (April and May 2007) increase in flat panel sales was only 1% in volume but 4% in total income. Why the disparity between volume and revenue? Consumers are stepping up to buy the more expensive 1080p models. Given that 1080p now accounts for a third of all flat display volume demand for distributed signals in 1080p cannot be far behind. Charlie Rhodes, a legendary engineer who ran the technical arm of the Advanced Television Testing Laboratories, said some 20 years ago that the old analog standard would not be replaced by a single new high-def standard. Time has proved him to be unerringly right as there are now a plethora of standards ranging from being lower than NTSC to the highest attainable. In "Charlie's future world" each customer will pay for the level of signal and programming quality they can afford. With 1080p being purchased with one thing only in mind -- image quality -i ...

High Definition Production

Added Versatility to HD Acquisition

By Dale Cripps • Jul 17 2007, 5:33pm

For you in the production of those scrumptious HD sports and remote location programs we adore, here is a little something fresh from the fiber folks that may make your job easier and more versatile. Give it a read and let me know what, if any, creative ideas come to mind. _Dale


Telecast Fiber Systems' New CopperHead DLV-3X1 Fiber Optic Multiplexer Adds Versatility to HD Acquisition

WORCESTER, Mass. - July 17, 2007 - Telecast Fiber Systems today announced the release of the new CopperHead DLV-3X1 camera-mounted fiber optic multiplexer for Dual Link Digital Cinema Cameras. The DLV-3X1 converts four 1.5-GB/s data streams from copper to fiber, permitting transmission of...

Blu-ray

HD DVD Outpacing All Next-Gen Formats in Sales Growth

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 17 2007, 5:21pm

At the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) Home Media Expo 2007, the North American HD DVD Promotional Group today announced that overall HD DVD hardware sales were up 37 percent from Q1 to Q2 2007, while software sales experienced a 20 percent increase in growth. The data is based on NPD reports, Nielsen Netratings reports and point of sale data from the studios. During the same time-frame, overall Blu-ray hardware sales saw a 27 percent decline from Q1 to Q2, and Blu-ray software sales were down 5 percent.

Driven by major spring marketing efforts which brought standalone HD DVD players down to an industry first $299, dedicated HD DVD CE players experienced an astounding 183 percent quarterly increase. There are currently more than 180,000 dedicated HD DVD CE players in the market.

Business & Investment

Consumers Want Internet-Connected TV

By Dale Cripps • Jul 11 2007, 1:42pm

iSuppli Survey Finds


El Segundo, Calif., Jul. 11, 2007-Nearly two-thirds of consumers want their televisions to link to the Internet, a sentiment that will help propel rapid sales growth for network-enabled consumer electronics devices in the coming years, according to iSuppli Corp.

In line with consumers' desires, home networking is migrating beyond its PC-centric beginnings to incorporate a variety of...

Programming

Sundance Channel and Universal HD to Deliver New High Definition Programming Block

By Dale Cripps • Jul 10 2007, 7:58pm

Microsoft Named Presenting Sponsor

Lineup Includes: "Iconoclasts," "Big Ideas for a Small Planet"
and "Live from Abbey Road"

Premieres Wednesday, August 1st at 8PM

New York, July 10, 2007 - Sundance Channel President & CEO Larry Aidem and President NBC Universal Cable and Digital Content Jeff Gaspin announced today that Sundance Channel and Universal HD are going to bring HD viewers a new weekly programming block beginning Wednesday, August 1st at 8 PM ET/5PM PT. The branded programming block, presented by Microsoft, will run Wednesdays through December 26th, showcasing Sundance Channel's critically-acclaimed, original series "Iconoclasts," "Big Ideas for a Small Planet" and "Live from Abbey Road" in high definition.

"Sundance Channel speaks to a very educated, tech savvy audience," said Aidem. "Our viewers are...

Programming

DISH Network Expands Nation's Largest HD Package

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 10 2007, 5:08pm

EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) and its DISH Network(tm) satellite TV service today announced exciting enhancements to its industry-leading DishHD programming package.

On July 11, DISH Network will launch eight Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) in high definition (HD) that feature game-only baseball content, including Fox Sports Network Arizona (Ch. 365), Fox Sports Network Northwest (Ch. 376), Fox Sports Network Cincinnati (Ch. 377), Fox Sports Network Pittsburgh (Ch. 378), Fox Sports Network Detroit (Ch. 380), SportsTime Ohio (Ch. 381), Fox Sports Network North (Ch. 386), and SportsNet New York (DISH Network Ch. 388). With the launch of nine HD RSNs earlier this year, these new additions bring DISH Network's total lineup of HD RSNs to 17, with more channel launches planned for Aug. 15.

Also on Aug. 15, DISH Network will add seven national HD channels to its DishHD programming package...

Programming

InFocus Launches First 1080p DLP® Home Theater Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 10 2007, 2:41pm

Today, InFocus (NASDAQ:INFS), the industry pioneer in digital projection technology, introduces the newest addition to the Play Big line-up, the InFocus Play Big IN82, full HD 1080p projector. As the highest performing, single-chip DLP home theater projector in InFocus history, the Play Big IN82 sets a new benchmark in video performance. Whether watching your favorite HD DVD, Blu-ray™ movie or the final swing of the US Open, the Play Big IN82 ensures fans will see every detail of high-definition (HD) 1080p entertainment magnified in perfect clarity.

Armed with the latest DLP® DarkChip3™ technology from Texas Instruments, the InFocus Play Big IN82 full HD 1080p projector boasts a native 4000:1 contrast ratio that can be boosted to a maximum of 12000:1 using the iris that ensures deep, rich blacks, and bright, pure whites while preserving all of the subtle shades in between.

New Products & Equipment

Sony Introduces New 80GB Playstation3 (PS3); Announces New Price on Current 60GB Model

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 10 2007, 2:25pm

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), Inc. today announced a new 80GB model of its PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system. Beginning in August, the new PS3 model will be available in North America for a suggested retail price of $599/$659 CND and will be sold with the popular online-enabled racing game MotorStorm(TM). In conjunction with this news, the company also announced that effective immediately, the current 60GB PS3 model will be available in North America for $499/$549 CND, or $100 below the original launch price.

By featuring an expanded hard disk drive (HDD), the new 80GB PS3 is designed to appeal to the online gaming and entertainment enthusiast, providing ample storage space to download more games and other entertainment content from PLAYSTATION(R)Network.

Programming

DIRECTV 10 Launch A Giant Leap for HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 7 2007, 2:59pm

The DIRECTV 10 satellite soared into space yesterday, beginning the first leg of its mission to dramatically expand HD programming for millions of DIRECTV customers nationwide and establish DIRECTV as the industry's HD pace-setter.

The Boeing-built 702 model satellite lifted off at 6:16 p.m. PDT, Friday, July 6, from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard an International Launch Services (ILS) Russian-built Proton Breeze M launch vehicle. After nine hours and eight minutes in flight, the rocket left the spacecraft in a geosynchronous transfer orbit with a high point of 22,300 miles (36,000 km) above the equator. Controllers at the ground station in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa have made contact with the satellite and confirmed that all systems are functioning properly.

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A Battle Won, War In Question...Blu-ray vs. HD DVD

By Dale Cripps • Jul 2 2007, 7:11pm

The following is drawn wholly from a HD-HDTV public relations spin article about the raging high definition pre-recorded format war. The HD DVD camp was recently stung by a PR coup when Blockbuster popped up with a boldly worded press release saying that they will be carrying the Blu-ray format exclusively in a significant number (1450) of their better located stores. HD DVD advocates say that there is far more to the story than first meets the eye. The war between the two HDTV DVD formats, they claim, is far from won (as the Blu-ray advocates claimed immediately following the Blockbuster announcement). You, as always, are the final judge of which direction the disks are truly spinning.

Blockbuster Choice of Blu-ray has Little Impact on Blue Format War

Austin, TX (July 2, 2007) - Blockbuster's recent announcement that 1450 of its stores would exclusively carry Blu-ray Disc titles as their high-definition offering, has been noted by some as a potential turning point i ...