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By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 30 2008, 8:38pm
JVC today announced a pair of new high definition Everio hard disk camcorders that offer industry-leading picture quality in a dramatically reduced size.
The new JVC GZ-HD6 and GZ-HD5 HD camcorders are 45 percent smaller than JVC's previous top-end HD camcorder, the GZ-HD7, without any sacrifice in image quality.
To provide the best possible quality, both new HD camcorders feature...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 28 2008, 6:53pm
As millions of TV viewers make their Super Bowl plans, a new survey conducted by Comcast offers important information for potential party hosts: the high-definition (HD) experience -- an HD television and HD service -- will play a big part in how and where people choose to watch the Patriots and Giants take the field in Arizona.
Comcast's study found that...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 25 2008, 9:40pm
Following overwhelming consumer and media response of Blu-ray technology being the leading format of choice for home entertainment - Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Panasonic Electronics today announce the official extension of Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour to visit seven additional North American cities in 2008.
The announcement was made by Bob Chapek, president of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.
Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour, sponsored by Panasonic, will continue to educate consumers across the country about...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 24 2008, 5:00am
VUDU Inc., the company that brings instant access to video-entertainment to the living room, today announced that it has lowered the price of the basic VUDU box to $295, a decrease of more than $100.
The new price takes effect Jan.
Since its launch last year, VUDU has quickly achieved critical mass among home video fans by offering...
By Dale Cripps • Jan 23 2008, 7:21pm
Englewood, Colo., - January 23, 2008 - "Ushering in the new year on a great note, Starz Entertainment has finalized deals with five major studios," announced Stephan Shelanski, Starz executive vice president programming.
Its exclusive first run output deals with Sony Pictures Television and Disney-ABC Domestic Television have been extended well into the next decade, and library acquisitions from Warner Bros.
Domestic Television Distribution, MGM Worldwide Television Group and Universal Pictures will provide the rights to approximately 1,200 top movie titles and television series from these studios' substantial film vaults.
The deals allow Starz Entertainment to offer...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 23 2008, 7:09pm
Continuing to capitalize on the opportunities created by the recent growth in high definition television, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
(MGM) has secured carriage for its MGM HD Channel on Verizon's FiOS TV service, bringing feature film hits from the MGM library to Verizon FiOS TV subscriber households in full high definition splendor.
The announcement was made today by Douglas A.
Lee, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Media for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Jim Packer, Co-President, MGM Worldwide Television.
MGM HD will be rolled out in...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 23 2008, 3:42pm
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the introduction and availability of the ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 and ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 series, the leading-edge entry-level and mainstream graphics processors (GPU) in the ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 series.
Ranging in price from USD $49-$65 suggested e-tail pricing (SEP) for the ATI Radeon HD 3400 series and USD $79-$99 SEP for the ATI Radeon HD 3600 series1, the new graphics solutions deliver unmatched value to the consumer.
Both series continue to advance AMD's leadership by delivering display connectivity through DisplayPort™ integrated into the GPU2, allowing AMD to exceed current manufacturing expectations in the industry.
As part of the first family of graphics cards built using 55nm process technology3, both series provide exceptional performance-per-watt for a quiet and power-efficient experience at unbelievable price points.
Blu-ray or HD DVD disc playback can be...
By Dale Cripps • Jan 23 2008, 5:53am
El Segundo, Calif., Jan.
22, 2008-After two lackluster quarters, Plasma Display Panel (PDP) shipments rebounded during the third quarter of 2007 due to increased consumer demand driven by rapid price declines, according to iSuppli Corp.
Global shipments of PDPs, which are used mainly in televisions, in the third quarter reached...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 17 2008, 3:17pm
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) today announced its upcoming slate of releases on HD DVD for the first quarter of 2008.
A compelling array of action-adventure, drama and family fare, PHE's lineup of HD DVDs provides something for everyone, further expanding the format's offerings for a broad consumer audience.
Released on January 8, PHE's first HD DVD title of the year is...
By Dale Cripps • Jan 15 2008, 9:27pm
Austin, Texas, January 15, 2008 - DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in display market research and consulting, reports that sales of equipment used to manufacture TFT LCDs is expected to surge 40% to more than $11.6 billion in 2008, and will likely remain at a similar level through 2009 in its Quarterly TFT LCD Supply/Demand and Capital Spending Report.
According to DisplaySearch Vice President of Manufacturing Research Charles Annis, “2007 turned out to be an excellent year for TFT LCD panel makers.
Unfortunately, it was a very challenging year for equipment companies, who generated only $8.3 billion in revenues, down 35% from 2006 levels.
These dynamics of reduced investment and healthy panel maker earnings, coupled with continued strong...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 15 2008, 5:59pm
Apple(R) today announced iTunes(R) Movie Rentals featuring movies from all the major movie studios including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Lionsgate and New Line Cinema.
Users can rent movies for as low as $2.99 and watch them on their Macs or PCs, all current generation iPods*, iPhone(TM) and Apple TV(R).
iTunes Movie Rentals launches today and will offer over 1,000 titles by the end of February, including over 100 titles in stunning high definition video with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound which users can rent directly from their widescreen TV using Apple TV.
iTunes Movie Rentals are priced at $2.99 for library titles and $3.99 for new releases, and high definition versions are just...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 15 2008, 1:38pm
Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ.) (‘MTG' or ‘the Group') (STO:MTGA) (STO:MTGB), the international entertainment broadcasting group, today announced that Viasat Broadcasting has launched its high definition television (HDTV) offering on its Nordic Satellite pay-TV platform, including two Viasat-branded premium HDTV channels - TV1000 HD and Viasat Sport HD.
The initial line up of Viasat's HDTV channels consists of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 14 2008, 7:03pm
Today, the Travel Channel announced the launch of Travel Channel HD(TM).
The high-definition simulcast of the Travel Channel network offering is now available to cable, satellite and telco providers nationwide, and will feature the network's popular series and personalities such as Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures and Samantha Brown's Passport series.
Consumers interested in finding out more about Travel Channel HD(TM) should visit http://www.travelchannel.com/hd.
In the Travel Channel HD Landscape Study, conducted by Frank N.
Magid Associates in Fall 2007*, Travel Channel was ranked...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 14 2008, 11:24am
Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.
("Toshiba") today announced that it is stepping up its successful marketing campaign for HD DVD as it experienced record-breaking unit sales in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Major initiatives, including joint advertising campaigns with studios and extended pricing strategies will begin in mid- January and are designed to spotlight the superior benefits of HD DVD as well as the benefits HD DVD brings to a consumer's current DVD library by upconverting standard DVDs via the HDMI(TM) output to near high definition picture quality.
As Toshiba achieved the #1 sales volume in the next generation DVD category with...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2008, 4:03pm
2008 International CES, South Hall 4 - Booth #35328 -- Hauppauge Digital, Inc.
(NASDAQ: HAUP), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of analog and digital TV receiver products for personal computers, demonstrated at CES 2008 for the first time their ‘HD PVR', a USB personal video recorder which can record high definition TV video into H.264 in real time.
The HD PVR can connect to high definition cable TV or satellite TV set top box receivers, and uses it's on-board...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2008, 1:02am
At the 2008, International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), SiBEAM, Inc., a leading innovator of millimeter wave (mmWave) solutions and developer of high-speed wireless communications platforms, along with other WirelessHD Promoters, Toshiba and Panasonic, are showcasing the World's First WirelessHD-based solutions which are poised to revolutionize the wireless high-definition multimedia experience.
WirelessHD experienced a triumphant introduction at CES this year and has established itself as the choice of major global consumer electronics manufacturers for delivery of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2008, 1:00am
New Medium Enterprises (NME) (BULLETIN BOARD: NMEN) today at International CES 2008 announced HD VMD players are shipping into the U.S.
HD VMD is delivering maximum-HD 1080p high-quality players to consumers for a groundbreaking MSRP of $199 via PCRush.com and NMEStore.com.
All orders for HD VMD players in January will come with two complementary titles, "Mother Ghost" starring James Franco and cult hit "Cutting Room."
Shipping since December, HD VMD discs and players stand to revolutionize the high-definition disc market, providing consumers with...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2008, 12:48am
Today at CES, Life|ware™ launched their new entry level LMS-100 and LMS-150 Life|media™ Servers.
Life|ware, the industry pioneer in Windows® Media Center-based digital entertainment and home automation, is now offering two media servers direct to consumers to provide end users with media servers that meet their personal entertainment needs.
The Life|media LMS-100 is the starting point for an all-digital future.
A true workhorse with both the power and the storage to gracefully manage all of your digital media - pictures, videos, TV shows, movies, music and more in up to five zones in your home.
The LMS-100 is priced at...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2008, 5:23pm
XStreamHD, revolutionizing the delivery and distribution of Full HD entertainment to the home, today unveiled at CES 2008 (Sands Booth #71838) the first-ever transport network to deliver movies, TV, music, electronic games, and more in Full HD (1080p) video and 7.1 channels of DTS-HD Master Audio™, directly to consumers, via satellite.
XStreamHD is leading the Full HD revolution with the first transport network to bring...
By Dale Cripps • Jan 8 2008, 4:40pm
Comcast distributed three powerhouse press releases(see below)that will punctuate Comcast Chairman, Brian Roberts key note speech scheduled for 9:00 am this morning at the 2009 CES in Las Vegas.
For a webcast of Robert's address go to www.comcast.com/ces.
While most newsreleases are felt as little quakes at best these announcements from ferociously shake the ground and raise a Tsunami.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2008, 8:01am
Verbatim® Americas, LLC announced today that it has extended its support for Blu-ray Disc (BD) technology and will feature its expanded line of Blu-ray media at Booth #S4-36249 in the South Hall during CES this week.
In addition to the 2x BD recordable (BD-R) and BD rewritable (BD-RE) media which are available now, Verbatim will showcase six new BD products scheduled to begin shipping in the first half of 2008.
The new products include 4x BD-R discs, Single-sided Double-layer (DL) 2x BD-R and BD-RE discs, Mini BD-R and BD-RE discs and 1-2x BD-R LTH TYPE discs.
The market for BD blank media is being driven by the growing demand for...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2008, 7:59am
itsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
today announced the world premiere of the laser television category during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, unveiling a new large-format LaserTV that delivers as much as twice the color of current high-definition televisions.
Mitsubishi has harnessed its worldwide leadership in precision laser technology to produce the first-ever...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2008, 3:08am
GalleryPlayer, the pioneer in HD lifestyle imagery, has announced an agreement with Samsung Electronics Co.
to embed a collection of images from the Company's online library of true 1080p high definition fine art and photography in Samsung's new line of Series 7 LCD TVs during the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
A world leader in Full HD technology, Samsung has...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2008, 3:06am
During Sunday's keynote address at the 2008 International CES, Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment & Devices Division at Microsoft Corp., announced that premier consumer electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics Co.
will include Extender for Windows Media Center technology in its Home Digital Media Adapter (DMA) arriving this year for compatible Samsung HDTVs.
In addition, HP is launching a new Extender device for Windows Media Center, the HP MediaSmart Receiver x280N, designed to work with any high-definition television.
Extenders for Windows Media Center allow viewers to enjoy...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 4:27pm
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division, known for award-winning, high-quality, high-definition presentation and display products, introduced the FL7000U, its first ultra bright 1080p HD projector for commercial, home theater and education installations.
At a cost remarkably lower than similar projectors of the same caliber that are available today, Mitsubishi continues to lead the projector industry by offering this combination of high brightness and high definition at an unprecedented price.
Blasting 5000 lumens with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, the projector uses three...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 4:14pm
DISH Network(r) (Nasdaq:DISH) today announced a freeze on pricing for its most popular programming packages, including the DishDVR Advantage.
In addition, new and current DISH Network customers can take advantage of several new promotions and save even more on their monthly bills.
DISH Network's DishDVR Advantage packages includes...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 4:08pm
DISH Network(r) (Nasdaq:DISH) today announced plans to increase its national HD channel count from 76 to 100 in 2008.
The company also plans to add local HD channels in 65 new markets, bringing its HD local market total to 100.
DISH Network plans to launch three satellites in 2008, providing the company additional bandwidth to maintain its reign as a top HD provider.
The company begins its HD launches with...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 4:05pm
Southern California-based consumer electronics innovator SPECTRONIQ(R) 3-D Inc.
("SPECTRONIQ 3-D"), will unveil its inaugural stereoscopic 3-D HD LCD TVs in Las Vegas as the focal point of the company's presentation during CES, January 7-10.
Already a leader in the realm of high-end HD LCD televisions, SPECTRONIQ 3-D is ramping up for a groundbreaking summer 2008 nationwide retail launch for the 46" 3-D TVs under the SPECTRONIQ(R) brand, the first mass market consumer roll-out of its kind.
At the vanguard of setting a new industry standard for...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 3:47pm
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
proudly announces the VIXIA family - a new lineup of consumer High-Definition camcorders embracing Canon optical and imaging technologies for superior image quality and flexibility - at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Booth #12606).
The new HD camcorder family - the Canon VIXIA HF10 Dual Flash Memory camcorder, VIXIA HF100 Flash Memory camcorder and VIXIA HV30 HD camcorder - reflects Canon's commitment to High-Definition imaging excellence.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 3:44pm
Sharp continues to change the LCD industry with one-of-a-kind innovations, increased performance and dazzling new designs.
Reinforcing its commitment to the display industry at CES 2008, Sharp is demonstrating several revolutionary products and technologies that help to make the LCD TV both a design statement and the leading technology for home entertainment.
Sharp is taking LCD technology to new levels and responding to consumer demand for stylish, unobtrusive home theater products.
For the first time in the U.S., Sharp is showcasing...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 3:42pm
XStreamHD, setting a new standard for the delivery and distribution of Full HD entertainment to the home, today announced strategic partnerships with two recognized pioneers of high-definition technology, DTS, Inc.
(DTS) and Seagate Technology® (NYSE: STX).
XStreamHD will provide the first-ever transport network to deliver high-definition movies and music directly to the home - offering up to 7.1 channels of DTS-HD Master Audio™, and featuring Seagate's purpose-built DB35 Series™ hard drives with up to an incredible one terabyte (TB) of storage, allowing consumers to use up to 2TB of storage in one solution.
The XStreamHD solution will be unveiled for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7-10.
XStreamHD will offer affordable access to...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 3:40pm
SyncTV (www.synctv.com) will demonstrate a proof-of-concept device that will play downloads, including 1080p HD video content on a television set at this year's CES show.
The device is one example of how SyncTV will be integrated into a variety of Consumer Electronics devices, as well as work on Windows PCs, Macs and Linux PCs.
SyncTV has an open-standards approach which facilitates
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 3:31pm
DLP® Products from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN), the first HDTV technology to enable 3-D viewing in the home, demonstrated the ability to display two separate image sources at the same time on a DLP HDTV screen.
DualView capability is an innovation for two-player gaming that gives each gamer independent full screen views.
This technology demonstration, along with 3-D ready HDTVs and other DLP HDTV advancements, are on display at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) (Central Hall - Booth 8205).
All 3-D ready DLP HDTVs are capable of DualView and can simultaneously display...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 3:30pm
DLP® Products from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN), today at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) set a new benchmark in HDTV brightness due to advancements in Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
DLP technology has now doubled the brightness of previous LED models and reached levels that exceed that of the competing full HD plasma.
These brightness advancements can be expected in future product lines from leading DLP HDTV manufacturers and a prototype can be experienced in the DLP products booth at CES (Central Hall, Booth #8205).
The latest DLP HDTV LED enhancements also feature...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 3:23pm
ViewSonic(R) Corp., a leading global provider of visual display products, has once again expanded its display technology innovations from the desktop to any room in the home with ease, style and affordability.
In conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the company will showcase more than a dozen new displays that push the boundaries of color reproduction and image quality, including industry- leading, stylish desktop LED and LCDs; a broad line of true high definition (HD) 1080p HDTVs, a complete line of digital photo frames and a high-end home theater projector.
With new designs and enhanced feature sets, ViewSonic...
By Dale Cripps • Jan 7 2008, 2:19pm
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Jan.
7, 2008 At the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
(NYSE:DLB), is demonstrating its new suite of high dynamic range (HDR) imaging technologies and announcing that the first to market, Dolby(R) Contrast, will be ready for distribution to LCD manufacturers in the first quarter of 2008.
"Dolby develops technologies that elevate the entertainment experience, and our new HDR technologies continue that tradition," said Francois Modarresse, Vice President, Marketing, Dolby Laboratories.
"With Dolby HDR technologies, you see how the contrast and brightness of images displayed on LCD TVs with...
By Dale Cripps • Jan 7 2008, 2:02pm
100 National HD Channels, 100 HD Local Markets
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan 7, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- DISH Network(r) (Nasdaq:DISH) today announced plans to increase its national HD channel count from 76 to 100 in 2008.
The company also plans to add local HD channels in 65 new markets, bringing its HD local market total to
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 1:07pm
Niveus Media, the leading manufacturer of high-performance digital entertainment solutions for the connected home, is pleased to introduce the Sierra Edition Media Server.
Based on Windows Vista Home Premium featuring Windows Media Center, Sierra is a scalable and energy efficient Media Server that offers users a simple way to access, store, manage, and distribute digital content throughout the home.
A CES Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree, Sierra offers the functionality, performance, and reliability for which Niveus is recognized, in a low power consuming (less than 180W) and compact form factor (just over 1U).Boasting uncompromised processing power, Sierra is built with...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 7:52am
At the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the companies of the HD DVD Promotional Group recapped a breakthrough year for the high definition format, reaching nearly one million dedicated HD DVD players sold in North America and delivering on the promise of affordability, quality and a consistent experience on every machine.
With a leading install base of dedicated players, there are now more than 400 titles available in the US and more than 1,000 titles available worldwide.
During the key five week holiday selling period, HD DVD software sales grew at nearly twice the rate of Blu-ray, which was consistent with increased player growth.
As the industry looks for a format that can break into the mainstream consumer market, HD DVD continues...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 7:50am
Verbatim® Americas, LLC announced today that it will begin shipping the world's first 2x-speed HD DVD-R (recordable) and HD DVD-RW (rewriteable) discs this quarter.
By adding the new HD DVD recordable media to its current offerings, Verbatim now offers the industry's broadest range of premium-quality HD DVD media products.
The complete HD DVD media product line, including Verbatim's 2x HD DVD R/RW media and its 1x HD DVD-R DL media will be showcased at Verbatim's CES Booth #S4-36249 in the South Hall this week.
Verbatim 2x-speed HD DVD-R/RW Media -- At 2x-speed Verbatim's new recordable and rewriteable HD DVDs slash the time required to fill a 15GB HD DVD disc to about...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 7:47am
Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced its PipelineHD(TM) Series Hard Disc Drives, a new family of purpose-built HDDs for Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) with initial capacities planned up to 1TB, allowing DVRs to capture up to 200 hours of exciting high-definition (HD) television or 1,000 hours of Standard Definition television.
Fueling the need for these large capacity options is the ever- increasing demand for high-definition content from consumers all around the world.
The new PipelineHD Series hard drives not only increase the amount of content which can be stored but also...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 7:39am
Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal U.S.
subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
(NYSE:MC) , the industry leader in high definition and Plasma TV, today introduced its 2008 line of Plasma full HD televisions.
The VIERA 2008 full HD Plasma series introduces a new screen size - a 46-inch(1) class display, complimenting the Panasonic Plasma family of televisions, further strengthening Panasonic's award winning Plasma line-up, which also includes televisions in the 42-inch class, 50-inch class and 58-inch class size.
This year, Panasonic 's VIERA Plasma 1080p series feature a new panel with increased contrast ratio and an improved anti-reflective screen, a Game Mode, VIERA Link(TM), increased luminous efficiency, lead free panels and 100,000 hours to half brightness.
Completing the 2008 Plasma HD line-up are two 720p Plasmas in 42-inch class and 50-inch class screen sizes.
The entire VIERA line of HDTVs features a new aesthetic look.
Year after year, Panas ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 7:37am
Panasonic, a leader in High Definition and digital video technologies, today announces two new full-High Definition 3CCD camcorders, the HDC-HS9, a hybrid model that can record to either an SD (or SDHC) Memory Card or its built-in 60-GB hard disk and the HDC-SD9, the world's smallest and lightest* SD card High Definition camcorder, weighing in at just 0.606 pounds.
Both the SD9 and HS9, which feature new Panasonic camcorder technologies, Face Detection and Intelligent Shooting Guide, will be displayed at the 2008 International CES in Las Vegas from January 7-10 at the Panasonic booth #9405.
The Panasonic HDC-SD9 and HDC-HS9 offer...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 7:26am
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company today announced the launch of its first home theater in a box (HTiB) system with an integrated Blu-ray Disc player.
The new model, SC-BT100, is the perfect complement to a flat panel, large screen TV.
The new model epitomizes Panasonic's emphasis on media friendly capabilities.
It is made for iPod* and features...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 7:20am
Panasonic, a leader in High Definition technology, today announced the development of the world's first* 32 Gigabyte (GB) SD High Capacity (SDHC)** Memory Card with Class 6 speed specification, perfect for recording High Definition video.
With the ability to store up to eight hours of High Definition video, the 32GB SDHC Memory Card prototype will be showcased at the 2008 International CES in Las Vegas from January 7-10 at the Panasonic booth #9405.
The newly developed card, featuring a massive 32GB of capacity is ideal for...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2008, 6:52am
Sony rolled out new products, technologies and business relationships here on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show.
From razor-flat television technology to innovative audio, mobile and IT products, the company demonstrated its leadership across several major product categories.
Key alliances were announced at a press conference, where company executives highlighted three new exhibit areas: HDNA (high-definition), mobility and creativity.
The company took the wraps off...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 11:16pm
Samsung Electronics, the market leader in HDTV design and innovation, is redefining the role HDTVs play in the home with its forward-looking LCD HDTV Series 6 and 7.
Not only is picture quality dramatically enhanced, but an elegant new design born from Samsung's extensive R&D in the automotive and fashion industries brings a never-before-seen "Touch of Color" to any living room or home theater.
Samsung's TOC (Touch of Color) design features a hint of amber color naturally blended into Samsung's traditional piano black bezel frame.
Samsung has also incorporated...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 11:14pm
Samsung Electronics, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, continues to improve its camcorder offerings with the addition of the SC-HMX20C Progressive HD Flash-based Camcorder.
Featuring Full HD and a1080p mode with 30 frames-per-second recording capability, the SC-HMX20C's flash-based design makes this camcorder compact and easy-to-use.
With an included docking station, users will find it simple to not only charge the SC-HMX20C, but utilize the HDMI input and component connectivity to easily view home movies directly on an HDTV.
Furthermore, users are able to connect the SC-HMX20C to their laptop or PC via a USB connection and share their home movies with family and friends quickly and easily.
For added value and convenience, this multifunctional HD camcorder also delivers among the best still camera functionality within a camcorder on the market-up to 8 megapixels size through pixel-rising technology.
Samsung's camcorder lineup will be on display at Boo ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 11:12pm
Samsung Electronics, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, introduces a new Duo HD disc player offering the ideal solution for those consumers new to the world of HD home entertainment.
In addition to the Blu-ray and HD DVD playback capability found in the CES 2008 Innovation Award Honoree BD-UP5000, the next-generation BD-UP5500 is a fully functioning Blu-ray Bonus View player packaged in a slim and sleek cabinet design.
Opening access to both HD formats for a wider consumer audience with this new Duo HD player, Samsung continues its commitment to developing products that make life simpler through its breadth of innovative technologies.
Both the Samsung BD-UP5000 and BD-UP5500 Duo HD Players will be on display at booth #11033 during the International Consumer Electronics Show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 7 through 10.
Designed to invite both novices and aficionados into a world of vivid HD picture quality, Samsung's BD-UP5500 next-g ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 11:11pm
Samsung Electronics, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, offers consumers an enhanced total HD solution with its 2008 Home Entertainment lineup.
Designed to enhance the digital living-room experience and complement Samsung's HDTVs, Samsung's latest home entertainment lineup brings functionality, audio quality and connectivity to a whole new level.
With fully integrated Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities, 1080p support technology and full support for iPod connectivity, Samsung is expanding the possibilities of HD living, making the home theater experience more accessible and convenient for consumers.
Samsung's home entertainment lineup will be on display at Booth #11033 during the International Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 7 through 10.
New for 2008, Samsung has...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 11:08pm
Consumer Electronics Show attendees can preview the next wave in digital entertainment, gaming and home networking through an array of innovative concepts, conversations and technology demonstrations at the Dell Lounge.
Those not making the annual trek to Las Vegas can tune into www.delllounge.com/ces, where Dell will post webcasts of entertainment events and product demos.
Featured displays include a premium 16-inch concept laptop with a picture-perfect full HD 16:9 aspect ratio and a preview of a mainstream XPS™ gaming desktop that will offer performance approaching purpose-built gaming systems.
Dell will also demo a high-definition...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 10:38pm
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced PlayStation(R) hardware retail sales reached more than 3.9 million units in North America during the critical holiday sales window (Friday, November 23, 2007 to December 31, 2007).
This accounts for SCEA's three systems currently in the market PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)), PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) and PlayStation(R)2 (PS2).
PS3 retail sales reached 1.2 million hardware units during this holiday timeframe.
Sales of PSP reached 1.4 million units during this same timeframe.
The success of the...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 8:08pm
Establishing a new benchmark in flat panel TV design, JVC today unveiled the world's thinnest LCD TVs with built-in tuners*.
The new line of super-slim Full HD TVs also weigh less and consume less power than conventional LCD TVs.
JVC's new slim LCD TVs feature a cabinet that across most of its width measures a mere 1.5 inches (39mm) deep, with a maximum depth of just 2.9-inches (74mm) at the panel's center.
The design ensures that from nearly any angle, the sets present a super-slim appearance.
Complementing the slim design is a thinner bezel, further minimizing the presence of the cabinet.
The new super-slim design will be available...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 7:58pm
Demonstrating strong consumer acceptance for the HD DVD format, Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C.
("Toshiba") today announced that the rollout of its third generation HD DVD players has been the most successful to date.
With their unrivaled performance including real-world Web-enabled networking capabilities, consumers have chosen Toshiba's third generation HD DVD players for their ultimate high def entertainment experience, resulting in the strongest quarter of unit sales to date and solidifying Toshiba's market share leadership position.
As it has become established in the market, HD DVD has delivered on the promise of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 7:54pm
Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.
("Toshiba") announced today its Spring 2008 LCD TV introductions, including 20 new LCD TV models in five distinct series, creating a robust line-up with something for every lifestyle.
For 2008, Toshiba has focused on improving image quality, connectivity, and design.
From the Toshiba AV500 Series, to the premium REGZA(R) CV510, RV530, & XV540 Series, to the exclusive Cinema Series(R) REGZA XF550 Series, Toshiba has created superior quality at every price point.
Toshiba is also showcasing...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 7:34pm
LG Electronics today unveiled its stylish 2008 LCD HDTV line -- eight series, 24 models, 17 with "Full HD" 1080p display capability -- with screen sizes ranging from 19- to 52-inches.
The line features multiple design and technological innovations, including a stunningly designed 1.7-inch thin LCD, a unique wireless HDTV and a model with LED backlighting technology.
A new invisible speaker system tuned by...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 7:31pm
Panasonic today announced that it has developed the world-first wireless High Definition (HD) Audio/Video transmission system based on the "WirelessHD(TM)" standard, in partnership with SiBEAM, Inc.
(SiBEAM) of the United States.
The system enables HD video transmission in uncompressed format between a television and other AV equipment like a Blu-ray Disc player without quality deterioration.
Panasonic will debut this system at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which will be held from January 7-10, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Panasonic's lineup of featured products and technologies will be on display at booth #9405.
Unlike conventional wireless transmission technologies, this system uses...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 7:23pm
VIZIO, America's Fastest Growing Flat Panel HDTV Company, today introduced seven new plasma High-Definition Televisions with advanced processing power and the latest technological advancements.
Offerings will include the feature rich VP504F-50" Full High Definition, 1080p Plasma Display featuring Silicon Optix HQV Processing and the all new VP605F-60" Full high-Definition 10800p display.
In addition, VIZIO will release the all new VIZIO VP series of products including the VP322-32" Plasma ($689), VP422-42" Plasma ($999), VP423-42" Plasma ($999), and VP503-50" Plasma ($1399) all with High Definition 720p technology.
VIZIO also reintroduces the VIZIO Jive VP500 and new VP501 All-in-One home theatre solution which include 50" Plasma technology alongside a full Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound system, now also featuring...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 7:20pm
VIZIO, America's Fastest Growing HDTV Company, announced today a new line of 1080p, flat panel displays with 120Hz processing with MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation).
The new "Black Tie" VIZIO SV42LF-42" LCD and SV47LF-47" will bear four HDMI inputs, Full 1080p resolution, 120Hz processing, Motion Estimation Motion Compensation (MEMC), and side access HD Game Port with HDMI.
The new SV42LF and SV47LF will begin shipping in July 2008 with estimated selling prices of $1499 and $1899 respectively.
Both Black Tie models benefit from the inclusion of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 7:03pm
At the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface(TM) (HDMI(TM)) specification, today announced the launch of a suite of tools and educational programs specifically designed to help the installer community more effectively install home theater systems that are connected with HDMI.
The new tools and programs include a dedicated web-based installer area on the HDMI Licensing website, featuring new webinars hosted by HDMI Licensing developed specifically for installers, and a new, easily accessible Knowledge Base that provides installers with tips and answers to help solve installation issues and questions.
The new installer section can be found at...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 6:58pm
Pioneer Corporation (TOKYO:6773)(ISIN:JP3780200006) (President and Representative Director: Tamihiko Sudo) today unveils concepts for future plasma display technologies under the code name "Project KURO" at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
After a year where it was proved that its award-winning plasma technologies are leagues above the rest of the HDTV industry in picture quality, Pioneer engineers preview future Project KURO concepts for extreme contrast and advanced design.
The extreme contrast concept realizes the reproduction of absolute black, and the advanced design concept becomes the world's thinnest 50-inch display(1) at only nine millimeters (mm) thick.
The extreme contrast concept is the industry's first plasma that can achieve...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 4:51pm
Toshiba is quite surprised by Warner Bros.' decision to abandon HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, despite the fact that there are various contracts in place between our companies concerning the support of HD DVD.
As central members of the DVD Forum, we have long maintained a close partnership with Warner Bros.
We worked closely together to help standardize the first-generation DVD format as well as to define and shape HD DVD as its next-generation successor.
We were particularly disappointed that this decision was made in spite of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as other regions in 2007.
HD DVD players and PCs have...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 4:40pm
VUDU Inc., the company that brings instant access to video-entertainment to the living room, announced today that it is greatly expanding the high-definition (HD) movies available through the VUDU box.
By the end of January, 70 HD movies will be available for customers to rent and watch instantly.
More HD movies will be added to VUDU over the coming months as the studios make their films available.
Playback of the HD movies will be instant provided the Internet connection to the home network is...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 4:37pm
VUDU Inc., the company that brings instant access to video-entertainment to the living room, today announced at CES the launch of VUDU XL, a brand new high-end version of the already successful VUDU box, designed for integration into high-end home theaters.
Since its release earlier this fall, the VUDU box has quickly won a strong following among those seeking instant access to high quality home video entertainment.
VUDU XL takes this one step further by providing storage to accommodate more than...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 3:05pm
Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced its next generation Slingbox™ PRO-HD, a revolutionary new product that is capable of streaming HD content from a home television source, including over the air HD digital signals, HDTV cable or satellite receivers, or HD DVR's, to a laptop or desktop computer in and around the house.
In addition, when paired with Sling Media's new SlingCatcher, Slingbox PRO-HD will transmit the HD signal to another TV in the house.
In fact, customers who have a high speed broadband connection that features upload speeds of 1.5 - 2 Mbps or higher, Slingbox PRO-HD can even stream in HD outside the home to the office, to a hotel room or even to a remote TV when using SlingCatcher.
As part of the Slingbox PRO-HD product, Sling Media is also announcing...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 3:03pm
Hitachi has developed an Ultra Thin plasma display panel (PDP) that is a mere 1.5-inches in depth.
Having shaved more than one third of the thickness off of today's comparable plasma displays, this new product represents an engineering achievement of significant importance from Hitachi.
This new Ultra Thin plasma display will be the centerpiece of Hitachi's Innovations Showcase here at CES, which also features...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 2:57pm
As the advertising around Las Vegas have been hinting for days, "1.5 Is Coming..." and, after much anticipation, it's now here.
For the first time in the U.S., Hitachi is officially unveiling its new line of Ultra Thin LCDs.
Having already received overwhelmingly favorable response in sneak previews to overseas audiences last Fall, the new line called "1.5" - in reference to its 1.5-inch depth - is now expected to be among the hottest items being announced and displayed at this year's International CES.
These slim, stylish LCDs from Hitachi represent an important new category of product that is being called Ultra Thin Displays.
The Hitachi Ultra Thin 1.5 series have been available in Japan since December of last year and will be available for U.S.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2008, 2:53pm
In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros.
Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros.
and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros.
Home Entertainment Group.
Warner Home Video will continue to release its titles in standard DVD format and Blu-ray.
After a short window following their standard DVD and Blu-ray releases, all new titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 3 2008, 5:24pm
Cox Communications Northern Virginia today became the first company in Fairfax County and the Fredericksburg region to launch high-definition On DEMAND, featuring exciting content from Starz! and Showtime.
Any Starz! or Showtime subscribers who have an HDTV and HD receiver from Cox can access the new On DEMAND HD content at any time for free.
More than 20 Starz! and Showtime On DEMAND HD movies are currently available, with more titles added every week.
In addition to this new high- definition On DEMAND content...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 3 2008, 3:16pm
(NASDAQ:NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, and LG Electronics, a global consumer electronics leader, today announced they are joining forces to develop a set-top box for consumers to stream movies and other programming from the Internet to HDTVs -- bypassing the need to use a personal computer.
The collaboration is expected to deliver a compelling new online home entertainment service via technology embedded in an LG networked player planned for...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 3 2008, 2:58pm
The High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance (HANA) announced today that it will host a four-room "HANA Home" demonstration of its HD home networking solution at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10 in Las Vegas.
Along with the demo, HANA also announced that Firecomms Ltd.
and Newnex Technology Corporation have joined HANA as adopter members.
The HANA Home is located in the North Hall Meeting Rooms N119/N120.
HANA will showcase the HANA Home, a four-room demo that will simultaneously distribute five wireless HD content streams throughout the home over...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 3 2008, 2:55pm
Syntax-Brillian Corporation (Nasdaq:BRLC) today announced that at CES 2008 it will be exhibiting a diverse range of new Olevia™ LCD HDTVs featuring the latest in display technology hardware and feature enhancements combining 120Hz Motion Estimation/Motion Compensation (ME/MC) technology with full-HD 1080p resolution, new industrial designs and firmware upgradeability via USB.
These new technology demonstration units will be on exhibit from January 7 - 10, 2008 in the Olevia™ booth #20401, Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall.
At the Olevia™ booth, visitors can experience...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 3 2008, 2:52pm
(NASDAQ: DTSI) returns to main floor of the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), January 7-10, Booth # 21913, South Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center, with breakthrough demonstrations of its new DTS Surround Sensation™ simulated surround sound technologies, innovative high definition content distribution partnership news with XStreamHD™, as well as new developments in its highly regarded DTS-HD Master Audio™ technology (common to both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD next generation optical disc standards).
At CES, the company will be showcasing its offerings for the consumer electronics, personal computing, and digital content distribution marketplaces including live A/B demonstrations of DTS Surround Sensation headphone technology.
The company will also distribute its new Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD movie / music discs featuring DTS-HD Master Audio™ throughout the show.
At CES 2008, DTS will feature...