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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (February, 2008)

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Goldmund Introduces First High-End Blu-ray Player ($16,900)

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 27 2008, 12:58am

Goldmund, makers of the world's most extravagant and technologically advanced systems for audio-video purists, introduced today the company's first Blu-ray player, the Eidos 20 BD. With the announcement of the Eidos 20 BD, Goldmund becomes the first high-end audio/video manufacturer to issue a Blu-ray player.

The Eidos 20 BD embodies the Goldmund high-tech refinement that has made the Swiss-based company a leader in the audiophile community for the last 30 years. Goldmund signature features found on the Eidos 20 BD include...


Sony Adds New Blu-Ray Disc Players With Advanced Interactivity

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 26 2008, 2:49pm

Sony updated its Blu-ray Disc player line today with two new models that will be capable of accessing advanced interactive features such as BonusView and BD-Live.

The BDP-S350 and BDP-S550 models both support BonusView (Picture-in-Picture) featured on some of the new Blu-ray Disc theatrical releases. The BDP-S350 model is BD-Live ready featuring an Ethernet port for an easy firmware update and access to Internet-based interactive content features. The BSP-S550 is BonusView and BD-Live capable when it ships.

Both models also feature...

New Products & Equipment

New Sony 1080p Audio/Video Receivers Manage High-Definition Home Theater Demands

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 26 2008, 2:43pm

Providing a simplified approach to high-definition home theater management, Sony today unveiled a line of four A/V receivers offering high-definition performance, easy set-up and control through a unique icon-driven menu system.

Each of the new models simplify home theater operation by serving as a central hub for audio and HD video home theater components, converging all sources to one HDMI(TM) output from the receiver to the display.

Designed for optimal high-definition home theater performance, the models include such features as...


HDTV Inventories Piled Up in January

By Dale Cripps • Feb 25 2008, 4:25pm

Pacific Media Associates, the global market information experts on large-screen displays, reports that inventories of consumer flat panel televisions at North American distributors rose 68% in January over December's levels. Their Flat Panel Display Distributor Tracking Service report for January 2008 also shows that


Microsoft Pulls Plug on HD DVD Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 24 2008, 8:05pm

Microsoft Corp. said it will stop making HD DVD players for its Xbox 360 video game system after Toshiba Corp. ceded the high-definition video format battle to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray.

Microsoft said Saturday it would continue to provide standard warranty support for its HD DVD players. Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida last week estimated about 300,000 people own the Microsoft video player, sold as...

New Products & Equipment

Special Deal on Planet Earth HD DVD Set

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 24 2008, 5:56pm

We were just made aware of the new pricing on Planet Earth (HD DVD version) from the Discovery Channel Store and thought you might be interested. If you're an HD DVD owner, you might want to order one of these before they're gone.


Onkyo Will Discontinue the Development and Production of HD DVD Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 21 2008, 10:29pm

Onkyo has distributed and sold approximately 2000 units of the HD DVD players in the selected markets due to the growth of the large screen display market and high demand for home entertainment media. Onkyo has reached its decision to discontinue the development and production of HD DVD players after thorough review of Toshiba's public announcement "Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses" on February 19, 2008. As Onkyo manufactures HD DVD players...


Amazon.com to Support Blu-ray as the Digital Format of Choice for Customers

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 20 2008, 2:58pm

In an effort to help demystify high-definition entertainment for consumers, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced its support for Blu-ray as the digital format of choice for customers. As part of this announcement, Amazon.com will more prominently promote Blu-ray hardware and software products on its website.

Amazon.com currently carries a wide array of Blu-ray hardware and software products including...


Q4'07 Worldwide LCD TV Shipments Surpass CRTs

By Dale Cripps • Feb 20 2008, 4:15am

AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 19, 2008-DisplaySearch, the worldwide leader in display market research and consulting, reported in its latest Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report that global TV shipments grew 21% Q/Q and 5% Y/Y to 60.8 million units, which brought 2007 total shipments to almost 200 million units worldwide. For the full year in 2007, TV revenues exceeded $100 billion for the first time, with Q4'07 revenues climbing 10% Y/Y and 26% Q/Q to a record $32.9 billion.

Also of note, DisplaySearch reported that LCD TV shipments worldwide overtook CRT TV shipments...


It's Official: Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 19 2008, 12:08pm

Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide...


December HDTV Sales Jumped 27%

By Dale Cripps • Feb 14 2008, 10:10pm

Menlo Park, California, USA - February 14, 2008. Pacific Media Associates, the global market information experts on large-screen displays, reports that unit sales for flat panel HDTV televisions in North America grew by 27% in December over November's sales, marking a seasonal sales surge for the end of the year. Their Consumer Flat Panel Display Sell-Through Tracking Service also shows that consumers moved toward buying...

PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360

Mad Catz(R) Brings HDMI to All Xbox 360(TM) Owners

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 13 2008, 6:52pm

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (Amex: MCZ; TSX), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider announced today the release of the Xbox 360 HDMI Conversion Kit, a revolutionary new accessory designed to allow owners of the Xbox 360 console to connect directly to any standard HDMI input on their TV's or displays and enjoy true High-Definition (HD) digital video and audio for gaming and movie playback.

The HDMI Conversion Kit connects...


Best Buy to Recommend Blu-ray as the Customer's Digital Format Choice

By Dale Cripps • Feb 11 2008, 10:13pm

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is taking a step forward in addressing consumer confusion about high-definition formats. Beginning in early March, the leading consumer electronics retailer will prominently showcase Blu-ray hardware and software products in its Best Buy retail and online channels in the United States.

"Consumers have told us that they want us to help lead the way. We've listened to our customers, and we are responding. Best Buy will recommend...


Netflix Opts for Blu-Ray High-Def DVDs

By Dale Cripps • Feb 11 2008, 3:15pm

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Netflix Inc., the online movie rental company, said Monday it is switching exclusively to the Blu-ray format for high-definition DVDs, following four major movie studios in selecting the Sony technology over one pushed by Toshiba Corp.

Toshiba and Sony have been vying to set the standard for high-definition DVDs for several years. The stakes are high because ...


Wal-Mart Now Ready With TV Converter Boxes and Promised Low Price for Digital Transition

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 11 2008, 2:01pm

One week before U.S. households receive the first of thousands of $40 digital converter box coupons, Wal-Mart is stocked and ready with these small converter box units designed to keep home analog TVs receiving a digital signal. Today 3,400 Wal- Mart stores carry a new Magnavox digital converter box, with a retail price of $49.87.

The Nielsen Company estimates that ...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DIRECTV Launches Four New HD Local Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 8 2008, 12:47pm

DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, is now offering local HD programming to customers in 76 markets across the United States with the launch of four new HD markets today. DIRECTV customers in Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, Iowa; Louisville, Ky.; Paducah, Ky., and Wichita, Kan., now have access to local broadcast networks in HD. With the addition of these four new markets, DIRECTV now offers access to local HD broadcast channels to nearly 76 percent of U.S. TV households.

DIRECTV's roll out of local HD channels...


Spain's First HD Channel Launched on ASTRA

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 8 2008, 12:40pm

SES ASTRA, an SES company (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), today announced the launch of Spain's first HD channel on ASTRA. The new HD channel is called Canal+ HD and is part of Sogecable's digital pay-TV package Digital+ which broadcasts via ASTRA on 19.2° East. The programme line-up of Canal+ HD includes premium movies, series and sports events such as the 2008 European Soccer Championship whose 31 matches will be broadcast all in HD.

SES ASTRA had announced in October 2007...


Consumer Reports' Latest Tests of HDTVs Show Quality Up, Prices Down

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 5 2008, 6:23pm

There's no need to wait any longer to buy an HDTV. That's the advice from Consumer Reports. Tests of 101 plasma, LCD, and rear-projection TVs for the March issue yielded more sets with top scores for picture quality than in years past. CR also reveals that prices are down as much as 40 percent on some TVs, so consumers continue to get more bang for their buck.

Consumer Reports notes that there are three major considerations when buying an HDTV...


Displaybank Reports Slight Price Decline In Panels

By Dale Cripps • Feb 5 2008, 6:04pm

In its flat TV price report, Displaybank (CEO Peter Kwon, www.displaybank.com), a display research institute, reported the prices for LCD and PDP TVs for the fourth quarter of 2007.

The average selling price for 32-inch LCD TVs were $828 per unit and $26 per inch as of the fourth quarter of 2007, stabilizing with a quarter-on-quarter drop of 2.4%, and amid the tightened supply of panels since the third quarter of last year, panel prices are predicted to remain rosy for the time being. Prices for 40-inch LCD TV slid slightly from the previous quarter to $1,412, with prices per inch at around $35, while 42-inch LCD TV prices dropped 3.7% quarter-on-quarter to $1,413.

As were in the sector for LCD TVs, the PDP TV market has also entered a price stabilization phase since the second quarter. This is because...

New Products & Equipment

Homes Fall Under Control of New Alienware High Definition Media Server

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 1 2008, 1:12pm

With the all-new Alienware High Definition Media Server, Alienware - the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - brings customers one step closer to a fully integrated, digital life. System integrators, distributors and home builders can now join the Alienware Digital Home Channel Program to become an authorized reseller of the media server.

The ideal product for upscale mediaphiles, the Alienware High Definition Media Server integrates seamlessly into a home entertainment system, creating a centralized source for...