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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (August, 2007)

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New Products & Equipment

Sanyo Introduces World's Smallest and Lightest Full HD (1920 X 1080) Digital Camcorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 30 2007, 2:28pm

SANYO, a world leading digital camera manufacturer, introduces the Xacti HD1000, the world's smallest and lightest full HD digital camcorder*1. The sleek and simple-to-use device records video in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and also takes 4-megapixel digital still images. The HD1000 utilizes the advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.246 video format and features a 10x optical HD lens and a large 2.7-inch widescreen display.

The SANYO Xacti HD1000 will be available in the U.S.A. in September, 2007, and has an MSRP of $799.99*2.

The new SANYO Xacti HD1000 weighs only 9.5 ounces and has a total volume of only 16.6 cubic inches, making it the world's smallest and lightest Full HD recording (1920 horizontal and 1080 vertical pixels) digital camcorder*1. It incorporates advanced MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression, enabling up to...

Blu-ray

Venturer HD DVD Player to Ship in Time for 2007 Holiday Sales

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 29 2007, 10:26am

Venturer Electronics today announced the launch of its first HD DVD player for the North American market. Responding to strong consumer demand for high definition video playback devices, Venturer will introduce the SHD7000 that offers the superior HD movie experience as defined by the DVD Forum. Featuring 1080i video output and an HDMI connection, the SHD7000 is designed to be compatible with the vast majority of HDTVs already in North American consumers' homes. With Ethernet connectivity to the network , the SHD7000 also allows users to access bonus features from movie studio web servers and unlock special prerecorded content on some HD DVD discs. Dolby TrueHD rounds out the high definition experience by presenting the HD DVD disc soundtrack as it was meant to be heard, virtually equal to the studio master. In addition...

Marketplace

Record High For LCD Monitor Shipments

By Dale Cripps • Aug 28 2007, 4:44pm

DisplaySearch Reports July LCD TV and LCD Monitor Panel Shipments Establish Record Highs

AUSTIN, TEXAS, August 28, 2007--DisplaySearch today released its July LCD panel shipments results. Specifically, the firm announced that LCD TV panel shipments hit an all-time high with 7.2 million units shipped, up 6% M/M and 72% Y/Y. Although LCD monitor panel shipments have been growing in single digits on a sequential basis since April, July results established a record high of 16.1 million units, up 1% M/M and 35% Y/Y.

"Despite worries that US consumer spending might decline due to weakness in the housing market and recent credit crunch, July was...

Technology

Sony Unveils First All-In-One High-Def PC/TV With Blu-Ray Disc Technology

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 27 2007, 12:19pm

Featuring a floating glass design, the VAIO(R) LT HD PC/TV serves as a computer entertainment center, where you can watch and record analog, digital and cable television programming, including premium HD channels. A Cable CARD(TM) is required.

Part of a series, the new LT PC/TV comes in multiple configurations, including a standard and an HD model. The high-definition version features a Blu-ray Disc(TM) optical drive so you can enjoy high-definition movies, as well as record, store and play back personal content on high-capacity BD media (up to 50 GB on a single disc).

Technology

Akamai Brings High Definition to the Internet

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 27 2007, 12:17pm

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and applications online, today announced that a consistent, high-definition video experience is now possible online via its global content distribution network. Akamai's customers are now delivering HD quality content on Akamai's uniquely distributed edge delivery network that is specifically tuned for optimal delivery of HD files online.

HDTV is defined by the industry to be video with significantly high pixel resolution of 1080i, 1080p or 720p. In the broadcast world, the industry is undergoing a series of transformations that are standardizing the delivery of high-definition video to the home. For the Internet, Akamai is making the HD web possible by

New Products & Equipment

Panasonic Delivers World's First LIFI HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 22 2007, 1:02pm

Panasonic has started to ship a new line of High Definition LCD Rear Projection Display televisions featuring the revolutionary long-life LIFI(TM), a first-of-its kind light fidelity projection display application that ensures image brightness over an extended period of time as well as greatly reduced start-up time. The Panasonic LIFI High Definition line includes two series - the LCZ and LCX. The LCZ series, available in three large-screen screen sizes, 61-inches, 56-inches and 50- inches, feature 1080p resolution and an elegant glossy black finish with a new floating panel design. The PT-61LCX70 and PT-56LCX70 offer 720p resolution.

By converting HID (High Intensity Discharge) lamps to LIFI, the models enjoy an especially long life span with incredible brightness. When the electrodes in HID lamps deteriorate...

Technology

Adobe Flash Now Supports High Definition

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 21 2007, 1:04pm

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the latest update for Adobe® Flash® Player 9 software, code-named Moviestar, which includes H.264 standard video support - the same standard deployed in Blu-Ray® and HD-DVD® high definition video players - and High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio support, as well as hardware accelerated, multi-core enhanced full screen video playback. These advancements will extend Adobe's leadership position in Web video by enabling the delivery of HD television quality and premium audio content through the ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player and pave the way to expand rich media Flash experiences on the desktop and H.264 ready consumer devices. The latest update for Adobe Flash Player 9 will be available in beta for immediate download later today on Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com.

With H.264 encoding already available in Adobe Premiere® Pro and Adobe After Effects® software, H.264 playback is now enabled in...

Blu-ray

Paramount and Dreamworks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support for HD DVD

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 20 2007, 4:43pm

Movies Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment Including Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation SKG, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films to be Released Exclusively in HD DVD

Exclusive Program To Begin with Release of "Blades of Glory," Followed by "Transformers" and "Shrek the Third," Films Representing More Than $1.5 Billion in Combined Worldwide Box Office

HDMI(TM) Introduces First-Ever HDMI Developers Conference to Educate Engineers and Product Designers

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 20 2007, 1:25pm

HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface(TM) (HDMI(TM)) specification, today announced that it has teamed up with the China Video Industry Association (CVIA) to sponsor the first-ever HDMI Developers Conference in Shenzhen, China on September 12, 2007. CVIA members include China's largest manufacturers of digital televisions, digital movie/broadcasting, high-definition optical disc, set-top box and information technology equipment and components.

The continued rapid adoption of HDMI as the de facto standard connector for high-definition consumer electronics (CE) devices...

Politics & Policy

Broadcom Announces Complete Digital TV Receiver System Designed to Meet the NTIA's Digital-to-Analog TV Coupon Program

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 20 2007, 1:19pm

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a complete digital television receiver system targeted at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA's) digital-to-analog converter box program. The program, which is part of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiative, includes a budget of $1.5 billion that will be used to assist U.S. households in making an affordable transition from existing analog televisions to digital by providing coupons to households to defray the cost of digital TV converter boxes. Broadcom has introduced a turnkey digital television-on-chip (TVoC) and associated software to enable these digital-to-analog converter boxes, extending the lives of analog-only TVs.

As written in the Department of Commerce's Federal Register...

New Products & Equipment

DISH Network Introduces New High Definition (HD) DVR - ViP722

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 16 2007, 11:25pm

EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) and its DISH Network(r) satellite TV service today announced the introduction of its newest high definition (HD) DVR, the ViP722(tm). The ViP722 is an advanced version of the company's award-winning ViP622 DVR(tm) and complements DISH Network's extensive lineup of HD programming, which was expanded to 38 national channels earlier this week.

Similar to the ViP622, the ViP722 is a dual-tuner DVR receiver that powers two rooms, one in HD and the other in standard definition (SD). Compared to HD DVRs offered by other pay-TV providers, the ViP722 features expansive storage capacity (500 GB hard drive) and the option of recording 55 hours of HD programming in MPEG4, 350 hours of SD programming, and more than 100 hours of movies and shows with DISH On Demand -- for a total of up to 500 hours of programming. The receiver supports ...

Blu-ray

ONKYO Introduces Its First HD DVD Player, Including High-Bit-Rate and Lossless Audio Streaming via HDMI 1.3a

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 9 2007, 10:46pm

ONKYO USA has announced the launch of its first HD-DVD player, the DV-HD805. This player has been introduced to realize the potential of high-definition HD DVD content. It is also one of the first HD DVD players to take advantage of high-bit-rate audio streaming via HDMI version 1.3a. The DV-HD805 will be available in the fall of 2007.

The DV-HD805 is designed to partner with Onkyo's 2007 A/V receiver line-up. Both the HD DVD player and the A/V receivers feature HDMI version 1.3a connections, making the combination of these components the perfect platform for high-definition 1080p video images. It also nicely complements Onkyo's A/V receivers by streaming of the new lossless surround sound formats, Dolby® TrueHD and DTS®-HD Master Audio, as well as two "lossy" formats, Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS®-HD High Resolution Audio.

Programming

Crown Media to Launch Hallmark Movie Channel HD in First Quarter 2008

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 8 2007, 5:31pm

Henry Schleiff, President and CEO, Crown Media Holdings, Inc. -- owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel -- announced today that the company will launch its first High Definition (HD) service in the first quarter of 2008 -- Hallmark Movie Channel HD.

"This launch is in direct response to the growing demand for family-friendly content on television today," said Schleiff. "Once again the Hallmark brand delivers the very best in high-quality entertainment for families and offers distribution partners and advertisers an outlet to reach their consumers where they know they are spending time."

Global & WorldviewCable HDTV

China to Export More Televisions than Ship Domestically in 2007

By Dale Cripps • Aug 8 2007, 4:23pm

For those of you watching the international scene this tidbit just in from iSuppli Corp. should help round out your perspective. _Dale


El Segundo, Calif., Aug. 8, 2007-Despite numerous trade barriers, China's television exports will surpass its domestic shipments for the first time in 2007, iSuppli Corp. predicts.

China is set to export 39.6 million televisions in 2007, compared to 38.3 million sets shipped in the domestic market. In comparison, China in 2006 had 36.8 million domestic TV shipments and 34.8 million exports.

"China's rising exports come as a direct result of...

Blu-ray

Toshiba to Debut Third Generation HD DVD Players for High Definition Enthusiasts

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 6 2007, 12:52pm

Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. ("Toshiba"), announced today its third generation of HD DVD players for the U.S. market. Continuing to outpace the competition in sales of dedicated high definition players and responding to increased consumer demand, Toshiba revealed three new sleek and stylish models for an ultimate HD home movie experience. With all three new models priced under $500 (MSRP), Toshiba is delivering a powerful line-up of HD DVD players designed to meet the aggressive growth in demand for high definition TVs.

"With a majority market share in unit sales of next generation DVD players, consumers are speaking loud and clear, and they are adopting HD DVD as their HD movie format of choice," said Jodi Sally, Vice President of Marketing, Toshiba's Digital A/V Group. "Because of the proven manufacturing efficiencies of the HD DVD format, Toshiba can bring this level of innovation in technology to a new generation of players with cutting-edge functionality at affordabl ...

Blu-ray

Verbatim to Launch World's First Mini Blu-ray Media

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 2 2007, 6:16pm

Verbatim® Corporation and its parent company Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM), announced today the world's first Mini Blu-ray Recordable/Rewriteable (BD-R/RE) media. Measuring three inches (8cm) in diameter, the new 7.5GB discs provide approximately one hour of continuous video capture time on a single side when high definition (1920x1080i) is used, and approximately two hours* of video capture time with images recorded at 1440x1080i. MKM Mini BD media will be available in August in Japan, where the new Hitachi BD-compatible camcorder will be launched. Verbatim will begin shipments to other parts of the world, including North America, when the new BD-compatible camcorders become available locally.

Blu-ray

Hitachi Unveils the World's First1 Blu-ray Disc Camcorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 2 2007, 1:35pm

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT / TSE:6501) announced the world's first Blu-ray Disc (BD) Camcorder, -which records one hour of 1920x1080 Full High-Definition video onto a BD (single side, single layer.) The new camcorders will start selling in Japan on August 30, 2007, and overseas market sequentially starting from October.

The new DZ-BD7H is a Hybrid Cam with a BD drive and a 30 gigabyte (GB) built-in hard disc drive (HDD) which can record approximately four hours of 1920x1080 full high-definition video, or up to eight hours of 1440x1080 high-definition video. It can also copy the contents from HDD to 8cm BD within the camcorder so that users do not need to use any external devices.

Business & Investment

LCD TV Panels Enjoyed Record Quarter in Q2'07, Doubled Up on PDPs at 40"+ as Plasma Sales Remained Weak

By Dale Cripps • Aug 1 2007, 2:11pm

AUSTIN, TEXAS, July 31, 2007-DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in flat panel display market research and consulting, reported in its latest Quarterly PDP Module and TV Shipment and Forecast ReportandWeekly TV Flash Report that plasma and LCD TV panel sales were headed in opposite directions in Q2'07.

LCD TV panel shipments enjoyed a record quarter in Q2'07, rising 32% Q/Q and 65% Y/Y to 19.6M panels. The Q2'07 results exceeded suppliers' expectations and DisplaySearch's forecast by over 700K panels or 4%. Revenues grew 28% Q/Q and 39% Y/Y to a record $7.2B. ASPs were only down 2% Q/Q and 16% Y/Y to $369. For the first time, twice as many 40"+ LCD TV panels were shipped as 40"+ plasma panels, as shown in Figure 1. The LCD TV share of the 40"+ flat panel market rose from 42% in Q2'06 to 68% in Q2'07. This can be attributed to...