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New Products & Equipment

New JVC HD Everio Camcorders Offer High-Performance, Compact Design & 1080p60 HDMI Output

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...


Survey Shows the HD Experience Is a Key Factor for Fans Deciding How and Where to Watch the Super Bowl

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...


High-Definition Successor to DVD (Blu-ray) to Be Showcased in Seven New Cities across North America

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...

New Products & Equipment

VUDU Cuts Entry Price $100 to $295

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. 24, 2008.

Since its launch last year, VUDU has quickly achieved critical mass among home video fans by offering...


STARZ Bulks Up Movie Line-up

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...


MGM HD Coming to Verizon FiOS HDTV

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...

New Products & Equipment

AMD Unleashes the ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 and ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series

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...


Plasma Panel Market Starts Flowing Again in Q3

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...


Paramount Home Entertainment Announces HD DVD Slate for First Quarter of 2008

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...


DisplaySearch Expects Sales of TFT LCD Manufacturing Equipment to Jump 40% to $11.6 Billion in 2008

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...


Apple Premieres iTunes High Definition Movie Rentals With All Major Film Studios

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...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

MTG: Viasat Launches High Definition Television

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...


Travel Channel Launches Travel Channel HD(TM) Simulcast Nationwide

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...


Toshiba Deploys New HD DVD Marketing Initiatives Based on Strong Fourth Quarter Unit Sales

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...

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Hauppauge Demonstrates New Affordable High Definition Video Recorder for PCs

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...

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WirelessHD™ Emerges as Leader in Wireless High Definition at 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

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...

New Products & Equipment

HD VMD Shipping in U.S. - Affordable HD Disc Solution Available to Consumers

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. market. 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...

New Products & Equipment

Life|ware Launches Their First Entry Level Life|media Servers, Including the LMS-150 with Dual CableCARD Tuners

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...

New Products & Equipment

XStreamHD™ Unveils First-Ever Transport Network to Deliver High-Definition Movies, Music, and More Directly to the Home at CES 2008

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...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Comcast On The March

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. _Dale


Verbatim Showcases Expanding Line of Blu-Ray Media at CES

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...

New Products & Equipment

Mitsubishi Introduces New Category of Large-Format Televisions with Groundbreaking Laser Technology

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...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung HD LCD TVs to Feature GalleryPlayer at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2008, 3:08am

GalleryPlayer, the pioneer in HD lifestyle imagery, has announced an agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 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...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung and HP Unveil Extender for Windows Media Center Extender Devices, Bridging the Gap Between PC and TV

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. Ltd. 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...

New Products & Equipment

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Announces Fl7000U Ultra-Bright 1080p Projector

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...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Freezes Prices On Most Popular Packages

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...


DISH Network to Expand HD Line-Up in 2008

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...

New Products & Equipment

SPECTRONIQ 3-D, Inc. Introduces 3-D HD LCD TVs - Retail Launch Slated for Summer '08

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...

New Products & Equipment

Canon Introduces the VIXIA Family of High-Definition Camcorders

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. In addition...

New Products & Equipment

Sharp Demonstrates LCD Display and Video Prowess at CES with Enhanced TV Features and Groundbreaking New Technologies

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...


XStreamHD™ Announces Strategic Partnerships with High-Definition Audio Pioneer, DTS, Inc., and Worldwide Storage Leader, Seagate Technology

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...


SyncTV Demonstrates Proof-of-Concept Hardware for Viewing HD Downloads on TVs

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

New Products & Equipment

DLP® Products' DualView, The Ultimate Dueling Technology for Gamers

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...

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DLP® Products Demonstrates HDTV With Enhanced Brightness That Exceeds Plasma

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...

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ViewSonic Unveils Industry Leading Color Performance and Improved Pixel Density for Desktops, Living Rooms and Home Theaters at CES 2008

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...

Dolby Debuts New Video Technologies at International CES 2008

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...

DISH Network to Expand HD Line-up in 2008

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

New Products & Equipment

Niveus Media Introduces Sierra Edition HD Media Server

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...


HD DVD Rallies Consumer Audience in 2007 Driving Nearly One Million Dedicated Player Sales in North America

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...


Verbatim Adds World's First 2x-Speed HD DVD Recordable Media to Industry's Broadest HD DVD Media Product Line

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...

New Products & Equipment

High-Definition Content Takes Center Stage as Seagate Announces New Hard Drives Designed to be the Gold Standard for HD Performance

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...

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Panasonic Builds Upon Its Award Winning Line Of 1080p Full HD Viera(R) Series Plasma Televisions

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 ...

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Panasonic Unveils Two New Full-High Definition Camcorders

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...

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Panasonic Launches Wireless Home Theater System With Integrated Blu-Ray Disc Player

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...

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Panasonic Showcases World's First* Prototype of 32GB SDHC Memory Card, With Fast Speeds to Capture HD Videos

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...

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Sony Takes Center Stage at CES With Innovative Products and Strategic Business Alliances

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...

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Samsung Redefines the Way Consumers Use HDTVs with the Introduction of Its New Series 6 and 7 LCD HDTV

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...

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Samsung Releases New Flash-Based 1080P HD Camcorder

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 ...

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Samsung Invites Newcomers into the World of HD Home Entertainment with New Duo HD Player

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 ...

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Bluetooth Integration and 1080P Upscaling among Winning Features of Samsung's 2008 Home Entertainment Systems

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...

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Dell Lounge Immerses CES Attendees in the Next Wave of High-Def Living

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...

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Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces PlayStation(R) Hardware Sales Exceeding 3.9 Million During Holiday Sales Window

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...

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JVC Announces World's Thinnest LCD TVs* with Sleek, Thin-Bezel Design and Reduced Power Consumption

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...


Toshiba Third Generation Players Deliver on the Promise of the HD DVD Format

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...

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Toshiba Introduces All Encompassing 2008 LCD TV Line With a Series for Every Lifestyle

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...

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LG Electronics' 2008 LCD HDTV Line Includes Eight Series, Focus on Design, Superior Performance

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...

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Panasonic Reveals Wireless High Definition Audio-Visual Connectivity at 2008 International CES

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...

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VIZIO Introduces New Generation Plasma TVs Including Full 1080p HD Models and Silicon Optix HQV Processing

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...

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VIZIO Announces 120Hz LCD HDTVs with MEMC and Side Access HD Game Port

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...

HDMI Licensing Launches Programs for Home Theater Installers

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...

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Pioneer Unveils KURO Flat Panel Technology Concepts for Extreme Contrast and Ultra Thin 9-mm Thick Display at 2008 CES

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...


Toshiba's Comment on Announcement from Warner Bros. Entertainment of Its Exclusive Support for Blu-ray Disc Format

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...


VUDU Expands High Definition Content to More Than 70 Films

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...

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New VUDU XL Targets Home Theater Audience

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...

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Sling Media Unveils Top-of-Line Slingbox PRO-HD

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...

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Hitachi Shows off New Ultra Thin Plasma Display at CES

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...

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Hitachi to Unveil New Line of Ultra Thin LCDs at CES

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. consumers in...


Warner Bros. to Release Its High-Definition DVD Titles Exclusively on Blu-ray

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...


Cox Communications Announces Expanded Lineup of High Definition Content Via On DEMAND

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...


LG Electronics and Netflix Announce Plan to Stream Movies From the Internet to the TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 3 2008, 3:16pm

Netflix Inc. (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...


HANA Demonstrates Integrated Home HD Networking at CES 2008

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...

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Syntax-Brillian Showcases 120Hz and Full-HD Technology on New LCD HDTV Demonstration Units at CES 2008

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...


DTS Showcases Solutions for HD Content Distribution, Simulated Surround and Lossless HD Audio at CES 2008

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 3 2008, 2:52pm

DTS, Inc. (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...