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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (November, 2007)

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Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Cablevision Adds HGTV HD and Food Network HD to Leading High-Definition Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 29 2007, 4:53pm

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC) and Scripps Networks, today announced the addition of HGTV HD and Food Network HD to Cablevision's high-definition programming line-up, giving iO TV customers access to 44 high-definition programming services at no additional cost. HGTV HD and Food Network HD are available across Cablevision's entire service area on iO TV channels 730 and 766.

Programs being produced in high definition for HGTV HD include...

Blu-ray

New TDK Blu-ray Discs Achieve High-Speed 4x Recording

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 29 2007, 4:48pm

TDK, a world leader in digital recording solutions, today announced the launch of two new write-once Blu-ray Discs capable of recording at 4x speed. TDK 4x 25GB BD-R Blu-ray Disc media and the 50GB version will both begin shipping later this summer. Retail pricing is set at $19.99 for a 4x 25GB BD-R25B (recordable), while pricing for the 4x 50GB BD-R50B (recordable) has not been finalized. A TDK 4x 25GB Blu-ray Disc can be fully recorded in 22 minutes, and a TDK 4x 50GB Blu-ray Disc can be fully recorded in 45 minutes, cutting the recording time in half in comparison to 2x Blu-ray Disc media. Additionally, TDK announced that it will offer business customers the world's first 50 piece spindles of 4x 25GB BD-R Blu-ray Disc media.

A pioneer of blue laser recording technology and founding member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, TDK began offering its highly anticipated 2x 25GB recordable and rewritable Blu-ray Disc media in the first quarter of 2006. TDK first shipped mass production samp ...

Blu-ray

HD DVD Surpasses 750,000 Dedicated Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 27 2007, 3:59pm

Following landmark Black Friday promotions through major retail chains, the North American HD DVD Promotional Group today announced that sales of dedicated HD DVD players exceeded the 750,000 mark. The data is based on retailer reports and other point of sale data, and includes standalone set-top players as well as the Xbox 360 HD DVD player.

HD DVD continues to...

Blu-ray

Macrovision to Acquire Blu-ray Disc Security Technology from Cryptography Research, Inc.

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 19 2007, 5:17pm

Macrovision Corporation (Nasdaq:MVSN) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain technology assets from Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), the San Francisco-based R&D organization focused on solving complex security problems. Upon closing of the transaction, Macrovision will own the SPDC™ (Self-Protecting Digital Content) technology, which formed the basis of BD+, a key element of Blu-ray's content security platform. The purchase includes certain CRI's patents, security software code, and related third party customer and partner agreements. Macrovision will also hire certain CRI employees involved in the technology.

The Blu-ray Disc Association adopted BD+, exclusive to the Blu-ray format, as an added layer of content protection for movies and other premium entertainment released on the Blu-ray Disc standard. The technology will complement Macrovision's...

Programming

DirecTV Offers to Install HD in the New International Space Station Module

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 16 2007, 1:27pm

Congratulating NASA on the completion of a successful shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and the recent unveiling of a new living space aboard the orbital laboratory, DIRECTV is offering the ISS a complete HD makeover - including its industry-leading line-up of national HD channels, the most advanced HD DVR on the market, a 42" flat screen HDTV and a sturdy velcro-wrapped remote control.

With the solar array repaired and the Harmony module - the ISS's first new living space in six years - successfully bolted into its permanent location, DIRECTV is ready to offer...

Programming

QVC to to Launch High-Definition Simulcast

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 9 2007, 3:17pm

QVC, Inc., one of the world's largest multimedia retailers, announced today that it will be launching a high-definition (HD) simulcast of its domestic broadcast in the first quarter of 2008. HD technology gives QVC the ability to deliver a crisper, more colorful and detailed picture to its shoppers and viewers.

QVC has been updating its "storefront" with...

Service & RepairPlasma HDTVsLCD HDTVsCable HDTV

Consumer Reports: First Ever Brand Repair Rates for LCD, Plasma and Rear-Projection TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 6 2007, 12:11am

For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has brand repair rates for flat-panel and rear-projection TVs. CR's data reveals that flat-panel LCD and plasma TVs have been highly reliable, requiring few repairs during the first three years of use. The report, featured in CR's December issue, reveals that on average, rear-projection TVs were much more repair prone than LCD and plasma sets. These results are based on Consumer Report's National Research Center's Annual Product Reliability Survey which covers almost 93,000 TV sets bought new between 2004 and 2007.

Consumer Reports' new reliability data provides consumers with more detailed information for...

Programming

ESPN and Microsoft Offer Sporting Events and Programming on Demand for Xbox 360

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 5 2007, 6:17pm

ESPN and Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement that will add high- and standard-definition full-length games, television shows and video game programming to Xbox LIVE, the online games and entertainment network on Xbox 360. Effective immediately, fans of all ages can access a growing catalog of marquee sporting events and timely programming, including full-length NCAA college football and basketball games, Summer X Games 13, "World Series of Poker," "The Contender," "Madden Nation" and much more on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, the leading high-definition video download service.

Through this agreement, Xbox LIVE users can download a variety of popular events and shows available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace each week, highlighted by the best...

LCD HDTVsCable HDTVLED (LCD) HDTVs

Sharp and Samsung Reclaim Top Positions in LCD and Flat Panel

By Dale Cripps • Nov 1 2007, 6:42pm

AUSTIN, TEXAS, November 1, 2007--The North American TV brand sell-in rankings were shaken up again in Q3'07 with Sharp on top in LCD TVs for the first time since Q1'05. As shown in Table 1, Sharp led the North American LCD TV market with an 11.3% share, rising from #3 in Q2'07, on 65% Q/Q and 88% Y/Y growth. Its strong growth can be attributed to:

Programming

DIRECTV Launches NHL Network

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 1 2007, 5:31pm

DIRECTV hockey fans now will have access to the ultimate hockey sports lineup with the launch of the NHL Network(TM) in both SD and simulcast in HD on DIRECTV. NHL Network will broadcast 50 live regular-season games this season all in HD in addition to its daily live signature show, NHL on the Fly, classic games, documentaries, instructional shows, highlights and more.

NHL Network is now available to DIRECTV customers subscribing to DIRECTV(R) CHOICE XTRA(TM) and above programming packages, as well as those with a subscription to NHL(R) CENTER ICE(R).

With the addition of NHL Network HD, DIRECTV now offers...

Blu-ray

Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD Player drops below $100

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 1 2007, 3:52pm

According to an article recently posted on Daily Tech, Wal-Mart is advertising that it will sell the Toshiba HD-A2 this Friday for $98.87.