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By Dale Cripps • Sep 28 2007, 4:12pm
For those of you who must stay fully informed about the European state of displays (and HDTV in particular) you had best put the DisplayForum 2007 European Display Market Conference being held November 14 and 15 in Prague on your calendar.
Below is a bit more about it.
AUSTIN, TEXAS September 27, 2007-DisplaySearch announced today the agenda for the upcoming 2007 DisplayForum European Display Market Conference they are hosting in association with Meko Limited, the European Display Market research specialist and consultancy.
The conference with the subject 'Developed, Made and Sold in Europe: Europe's Place in the Display World' will gather all of the key players from around the world to...
By Dale Cripps • Sep 27 2007, 3:45pm
The art of retailing HDTV is becoming more of a sharp edged business sword with margins evaporating and new market channels threatening to displace the old.
If you have any responsibility for the retailing of HDTV you had best get your team to this conference -- the 5th Annual HDTV Conference put on by DisplaySearch. _Dale
Leading Retailers Discuss Challenges of Selling HDTVs, HD Service, Next-Generation DVD Players and Gaming Platforms at DisplaySearch's 5th Annual HDTV Conference
AUSTIN, TEXAS, September 27, 2007—DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in display market research and consulting, unveiled plans for the Retailer Panel at its upcoming 2007 HDTV Conference on October 10-11, 2007 at the Hilton Los Angeles/University City, California.
Featuring executives from leading retail outlets, the panel will discuss the CE spending picture for this holiday season, what products are likely to be the best sellers, what has an ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 27 2007, 3:21pm
Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced the retail launch of the new Slingbox™ SOLO, a freshly designed new Slingbox that can connect to a standard definition or high definition set top box and features increased streaming performance for less than $200.
Slingbox SOLO transforms PCs, laptops, Macs and a variety of smartphones into personal, portable TVs and builds upon the goals of the original Slingbox -- giving consumers the freedom to view their home cable, satellite or digital video recorder (DVR) programming on a wide range of devices anywhere they can access the Internet.
Slingbox SOLO is available...
By Dale Cripps • Sep 26 2007, 5:49pm
AUSTIN, TEXAS, Sept 26, 2007-According to DisplaySearch Q2'07 video processor, MPEG video processor and de-interlacer/scalar unit shipment growth was 12% Q/Q and 51% on a Y/Y basis.
Overall revenues, however, declined 3% Q/Q due to ASP margin declines in the quarter that were faster than unit shipment growth but showed a 8% Y/Y increase.
A large percentage (65%) of all IC units shipped were...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 26 2007, 12:35pm
SANYO, a world leading digital camera manufacturer, debuts the Xacti HD700, a pocket-sized, 720p high-definition digital camcorder.
The HD700 is a high-performance camcorder capable of recording both high-definition video and 7.1-megapixel photos easily to an SD or SDHC memory card (memory card sold separately).
Featuring an ultra-compact, ergonomic shape, the HD700 is specifically designed for publishing high quality video and high resolution still photos in formats ideally suited for Web-use or sharing.
Fun and easy to use anytime inspiration strikes, the HD700 is truly an advanced communication tool for the emerging information age.
The SANYO Xacti HD700 will be available in
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 26 2007, 11:53am
I expect there is more to come later today in the form of an official announcement, but below is information on the stations launched this morning.
These new channels appear along-side the existing channels in my guide.
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 25 2007, 4:20pm
By year's end, it's estimated more than 52 million households in the US will own a high-definition television1.
A recent study by Best Buy found that owning an HDTV (high-definition television) doesn't always mean people are getting an HD experience.
In fact, 41%2 of HDTV owners said they understand little to nothing at all about HDTV.
As the leading consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy is committed to helping consumers understand that HDTV is about more than just the television.
That's why Best Buy has launched the HD Done Right campaign, which includes education and resources in stores and online, as well as no-cost phone support.
This educational campaign will help consumers understand how to get the true HDTV experience they are looking for, and how to properly budget for the right home theater for their needs.
The Best Buy survey found...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 25 2007, 1:59pm
Toshiba's Digital Product Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that it has further expanded its lineup of HD DVD-ROM capable notebook computers to give users the industry's fullest portfolio of high-definition mobile computing solutions mixing price points and screen sizes.
These five HD DVD-based notebooks will be showcased this week during the DigitalLife tradeshow in New York at the Jacob K.
Javits Convention Center in Booth (#621) this week.
The five Toshiba HD DVD enabled notebook computers, include the Qosmio® G45, Qosmio F45, Satellite® X205, Satellite P205 and Satellite A205 with select configurations starting as low as $1,1491.
These HD DVD enabled notebooks feature high-definition widescreen displays with resolutions of either 720p or 1080p and sizes ranging from 15.4-inches to 17-inches.
Along with the attractive price points of the HD DVD notebook...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 24 2007, 2:21pm
Smithsonian Networks today announced it has signed its first carriage agreement with DIRECTV and will begin broadcasting its original programming on a new linear High Definition channel, Smithsonian Channel, on or about September 26.
The announcement was made by Tom Hayden, General Manager for Smithsonian Networks.
Carriage on DIRECTV immediately creates a major national presence for Smithsonian Channel and will make the network's programming available to more than 16.3 million customers across the United States.
Much of Smithsonian Networks programming will...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 19 2007, 6:25pm
The NPD Group reported today some reasons for the slower than expected start of high-definition video players and high-definition content sales (i.e., HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc).
NPD's new High Definition Video Report Series examines consumer awareness, ownership, usage patterns, and intent to purchase high-definition players and content, since these new technologies were introduced last year.
Among those who currently own HDTVs, half (52 percent) are familiar with the availability of high-definition DVD players, but only 11 percent expressed strong intentions to buy one in the next six months.
Seventy-three percent of HDTV owners reported that their current traditional-format DVD player still works well for them, so they do not need to replace it; while 62 percent said...
By Dale Cripps • Sep 19 2007, 4:47pm
For those still bitting your fingernails over the analog shut off of traditional broadcasting on Feb 17, 2009, the following written submission to Congress by the National Association of Broadcasters may give you some comfort.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.
Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing today regarding the digital television transition.
Following is a transcript of the prepared oral testimony delivered by NAB Executive Vice President of Television Marcellus Alexander.
* * *
Thank you, Mr.
Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee.
My name is Marcellus Alexander and I am Executive Vice President for Television at the National Association of Broadcasters.
I appreciate this opportunity to testify today.
Local broadcasting is a vital part of everyday life with local news, weather, emergency information and programming.
The switch to digital broadcasting holds great promise.
It is of particular signific ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 18 2007, 3:04pm
Taking advantage of the new opportunities created by the recent growth in high definition broadcasting, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
(MGM) will launch its first wholly-owned channel in the United States, achieving its long-time goal of breaking into the channel business in the world's largest marketplace.
The announcement was made today by Harry E.
Sloan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at MGM.
In a breakthrough agreement, MGM HD, a new 24/7 linear network delivering a robust library of classic and contemporary films in high definition, will launch this fall on DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider.
While the MGM HD channel heralds the studio's first foray into domestic channel operations, the MGM channel is currently available in nearly 120 countries across the globe, including an MGM HD channel in Poland which launched last year.
MGM HD will provide consumers with...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 15 2007, 12:47am
The DIRECTV 10 satellite, launched on July 6, 2007, has been successfully placed in geo-synchronous orbit and is currently undergoing in-orbit testing.
The testing process has confirmed that the satellite is fully functional to deliver all planned nationwide HD programming.
This will enable DIRECTV to deliver up to 100 HD channels nationwide by year-end.
The DIRECTV 10 satellite's transponder payload also includes spot-beam capacity that will support the expansion of DIRECTV's local HD channel services.
While testing of DIRECTV 10's capability continues, it appears that...
By Dale Cripps • Sep 14 2007, 3:11pm
Consumers prefer a 46-inch full HD LCD TV rather than a 50-inch HD PDP TV, according to the latest survey data.
While the full HD TV market is continuing to flourish, led by large sizes, Displaybank (CEO Peter Kwon, www.displaybank.com ), a display market research institute, has surveyed on the preference of 46-inch full HD LCD TV and 50-inch HF PDP TV targeting 673 website visitors,...
By Dale Cripps • Sep 14 2007, 2:53pm
After declining or remaining stable for the past six months, the Average Selling Price (ASP) for LCD-TVs rose significantly in July and remained at a higher level in August, according to iSuppli Corp.'s TV PriceTrak service.
The increase mainly was due to...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:54am
Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide(1) continues to drive innovation in the home theater industry with a new high-end projector that delivers true 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution and contrast ratios measuring up to 50,000:1.
Incorporating the latest 3LCD optical engine -- the D7 chip set with C2Fine and new UltraBlack technology, this professional home theater projector is designed to deliver the industry's best image quality yet for projectors in the sub-$5,000 price category.
Today at CEDIA Expo 2007, Epson America unveiled its first home theater projector to take advantage of these engineering breakthroughs with the Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 UB.
This new flagship model is built upon...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:53am
With HD DVD drives already owning a 70%(1) share of the notebook PC market worldwide, the North American HD DVD Promotional Group today announced that Acer, the world's No.
4 PC vendor, has officially joined the Group.
"We're pleased that Acer is now a member of the North American HD DVD Promotional Group," said Ken Graffeo, co-president of the North American HD DVD Promotional Group.
"Acer is already producing a stellar line of HD DVD-enabled notebook PCs for consumers today and we expect continued strong demand for their products.
Acer's support is one reason HD DVD continues to be the worldwide leader in the PC market."
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:50am
The second-generation dual-format LG Super Blu(TM) Player and new 1080p HDTVs enhance LG Electronics' robust, premium and innovative product line demonstrated here this week at the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) EXPO 2007 (booth #720).
Ranked by integrators as one of the top three preferred brands for flat-panel displays,* LG Electronics has expanded its LCD HDTV line to include displays in sizes that span 20 to 52 inches.
From its new "Full HD" 1080p LCD and plasma HDTVs to cutting-edge digital audio-video offerings, LG Electronics provides custom installers...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:46am
Panasonic, the market and technology leader in Plasma HDTVs, announced today at the opening of the 2007 CEDIA convention, that it has expanded its already industry leading line of 1080p High Definition Plasma TVs, to include two new, more affordable models -- the TH-42PZ77 and the TH-50PZ77.
Scheduled to ship this month, the new 42-inch and 50-inch class Plasmas have SRPs of $1799.95 and $2799.95 respectively.
The introduction of the PZ77 series increases Panasonic's already deep line of 1080p Plasmas to eight -- the widest selection of Plasma TVs in the industry -- and further demonstrates Panasonic's industry leadership and cutting edge technology in big screen Plasma entertainment.
The two new 1080p TVs join the critically acclaimed 700 and 750 series providing consumers with...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:41am
DLP(R) Products from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN) is showcasing high definition 3-D DLP technology at CEDIA Expo, the high end home theatre and entertainment industry's annual meeting.
DLP core technology is enabling stereoscopic 3-D capability for HDTVs that are currently on the market.
CEDIA attendees will see first-hand how TI DLP Products, a world leader in digital imaging innovations, is providing consumer electronics manufacturers with a simple, yet high performance solution that will deliver the thrill of 3-D content in the home.
As the single unifying technology behind leading 3-D HDTV applications, the extremely fast response and refresh rate of the DLP chip allows consumer electronics manufacturers to innovate options for HDTVs that add an immersive third dimension to TV viewing.
Future-proofing HDTVs with 3-D capabilities is especially desirable for video gaming, immersive action scenes, and watching fast-action sports.
Following a similar path to DLP Product's innova ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:38am
At CEDIA Expo today, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
unveils a new flagship A/V receiver; a sophisticated powerhouse that sets the benchmark for multi-channel sound in 1080p home theaters with pristine reproduction of emerging high resolution audio and high definition video formats.
The Pioneer® Elite® SC-09TX A/V receiver features a reengineered "direct energy high HD" amplifier that takes advantage of ICEpower™ analog class-D amplification coupled with Pioneer sound tuning technology.
Reinforced with proprietary digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities, the receiver ensures maximum high resolution sound reproduction of new audio formats, Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS-HD™.
A seamless user experience is achieved with...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:36am
High resolution picture and sound performance come together in the new Pioneer® Elite® BDP-95FD Blu-ray Disc® player introduced at the CEDIA Expo today.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
is showcasing its highly anticipated player, the industry's first to offer bitstream output of all advanced audio formats including: Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital+, DTS-HD™ High Resolution and DTS-HD™ Master Audio.
The BDP-95FD ensures a near cinematic experience with its ability to handle 1080p 24 frames per second (fps) reproduction rate preserving a feature film's original sequence.
Taking advantage of HDMI® 1.3 connectivity, the new player provides smooth, pristine imagery and dynamic 7.1 surround sound to deliver the full emotional impact of Blu-ray Disc feature films as the director intended.
The Pioneer Elite Blu-ray Disc player leads the industry with sophisticated home theater offerings including HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) to ensure seamless integ ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:34am
Sharp introduces the new slim-profile AQUOS® BD player, model BD-HP20U, the company's first offering in the U.S.
market and first U.S.
product outside of the Sharp LCD suite to carry the AQUOS name.
Combining full digital 1080p video output with an AQUOS HDTV Liquid Crystal Television, the BD-HP20U allows consumers to view the latest high-definition films as well as enhanced definition titles in stunning high-definition quality.
The BD-HP20U player lets consumers realize the powerful next generation of home entertainment enabled by the high-definition Blu-ray format.
The user-friendly player features...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:32am
Hitachi America, Ltd.
today announced the company will be showcasing the recently announced Reel60 technology, Blu-ray camcorder and televisions from its fall line up at the upcoming CEDIA Expo 2007 in Denver.
In addition to the new televisions and camcorder products and the launch of a new campaign, Hitachi is realigning its sales strategy to focus on the custom install community.
This new direction is part of Hitachi's commitment to provide accessible luxury to consumers.
Hitachi is revamping its entire go-to-market strategy for its Director's Series televisions to embrace the custom channel with programs suited to the custom specialist.
To implement the new strategy and provide best-in-class service at the same time, Hitachi has...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:29am
NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading stand-alone provider of LCD desktop and large-screen LCDs, plasma displays and projectors, today introduced a new line of affordable, feature-rich LCD displays.
The new AccuSync Multimedia Series combines intelligent design with innovative display technology for performance-minded residential customers.
By incorporating key features, such as a built-in HD Tuner and comprehensive input panels, the AccuSync Multimedia displays bring new value to the entry level LCD display market.
With a detachable TruSurround XT sound system and 5000:1 contrast ratio, the AccuSync Multimedia does not sacrifice performance to get there.
The Series also uses...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:27am
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of professional LCD and PDP display products, today unveiled the SP-A800B projector, a premium projector that enhances the home theater experience by delivering film-like picture quality in high-definition 1080p.
A selection of Samsung's home theater offerings, including the SP-A800B, will be on display at the CEDIA Expo 2007, in the Samsung booth, SR-10, at the Colorado Convention Center, September 5-9.
With the SP-A800B, home theater enthusiasts are able to watch their favorite films in the comfort of their own living and media rooms without compromising on picture quality.
The SP-A800B leverages an advanced 1080p DLP engine to deliver...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 6:21am
Panasonic Projector Systems Company, Unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, today announced the debut of its newest LCD home theater projector with 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) native resolution: the PT-AE2000U.
Designed for savvy home theater enthusiasts and audio video professionals who desire an immersive home entertainment viewing experience, the new projector delivers 1080p images with a carefully-tuned lens system to reproduce remarkable detail and clarity with 1,500 lumen brightness and 10,000:1 contrast ratio.
The new PT-AE2000U model is the next evolution of its predecessor, the PT-AE1000U, which has been widely accepted and used to display professional movies.
The new projector...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 7 2007, 5:40am
EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) and its DISH Network(r) satellite TV service today announced the launch of the Big Ten Network.
"DISH Network recognizes how important Big Ten games are to our customers, and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Big Ten Network so we may continue offering our customers the best in college and all sports," said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of programming for DISH Network.
"Additionally, when we launch the HD simulcast of the Big Ten Network next week, our customers will receive even more HD programming at the best value."
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 6 2007, 6:16pm
Triggering the latest evolution in digital entertainment, Alienware® - the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - is introducing the new Alienware HD Media Server to system integrators at CEDIA EXPO 2007 in the Life|ware booth (#320).
Alienware's award-winning Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center, now featuring Blu-ray Disc, will also be showcased at CEDIA EXPO.
The event runs from September 5-9 in Denver, CO at the Colorado Convention Center.
The ultimate media server for the digital home of tomorrow, Alienware's new HD Media Server comes loaded with up to four terabytes of hot-swappable hard drive storage.
The system enables the recording and playing back of high definition content at up to...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 5 2007, 8:54pm
LG Electronics, the first company to introduce a dual-format high-definition disc player, today unveiled its second-generation LG Super Blu(TM) Player (model BH200).
Sporting both formats' logos, LG's new high-def player is capable of Blu-ray disc and HD DVD playback with advanced BD-Java and HDi interactivity, enabling consumers to choose from the widest variety of high-def content regardless of disc format.
On display for the first time at the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) EXPO 2007 (booth #720), LG's Super Blu Player will be available to U.S.
consumers and custom installers in mid-October at a suggested retail price of $999.
The BH200 further strengthens LG's position as an innovator.
Seven months ago...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 5 2007, 8:48pm
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division, known for award-winning, high-quality presentation and display products, today introduced its newest true 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution HC6000 home theater projector.
Improving upon and replacing Mitsubishi's outstanding HC5000, the HC6000 offers enhanced features at under $4000, performing seamlessly with the latest Blu-ray or HD DVD technology.
Mitsubishi has improved the HC6000's auto iris function for quicker black to light imaging and increased its contrast ratio to 13,000:1.
This combination allows for dynamic and smooth transitions between light and dark scenes and sharper overall details in dark areas, even in fast action spaceship scenes or classic film noir.
The new HC6000 provides...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 5 2007, 8:41pm
SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of projectors introduces the PLV-Z2000 1080p LCD projector during CEDIA EXPO this week in Denver, CO.
The PLV-Z2000 features a new 3D color management system with a high contrast ratio of 15,000:1, along with an advanced lens shifting function and the industry's quietest fan system.
The PLV-Z2000 will be available in the U.S.
in October 2007 with a MSRP of $2,995.99.
Offering a full 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution, the PLV-Z2000 delivers rich, deep and accurate colors due to SANYO's exclusive Topaz Real HD technology, a 3D color management system that addresses changes in color phase and color level to obtain perfect color reproduction.
The PLV- Z2000's color management system provides...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 5 2007, 8:32pm
EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) and its DISH Network(r) satellite TV service today launched The History Channel HD(tm), making DISH Network the first major multichannel distributor to provide the network to viewers.
The addition will bring DISH Network's total national HD channel lineup to 39 -- the most in the pay-TV industry.
The History Channel HD simulcasts The History Channel's lineup of original, non-fiction series and specials, creating a stunning new dimension for the timeless content and powerful storytelling that only The History Channel can provide.
The History Channel HD features a diverse range of programming including...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 4 2007, 7:01pm
CNN Worldwide this week launched the first 24-hour domestic news network in high definition, marking the company's global commitment to provide more news and information in that format for years to come.
CNN HD, which was made available on Saturday, Sept.
1, stands as a separate high-definition signal offering a programming line-up identical to the CNN/U.S.
channel broadcast in the standard-definition format.
As part of its initial entry into high-definition television, CNN will produce all of its New York-based programs, select documentaries and special events, including CNN Presents: Planet in Peril and presidential debates, in high definition.
The launch of CNN HD is part of a continued rollout of high-definition offerings and innovations.
CNN Worldwide's high-definition plans go beyond upgrades of studios...
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