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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (March, 2008)

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ESPNEWS HD To Debut March 30

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 30 2008, 11:53pm

ESPNEWS, the nation's only all-sports news television network, will debut a new high-definition studio and an entire new look on Sunday, March 30 at 8 a.m. ET with the first hour simulcast on ESPN HD. In addition, twice later that day - at 11:30 a.m. and at 11:30 p.m. - ESPNEWS HD will be simulcast for 30 minutes on ESPN2 HD.

One notable innovation in the...


Sub-$1,000 Blu-ray Laptop Now Available from Dell

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 28 2008, 2:30pm

The high-definition format wars are over - and you won: Dell customers can now get a Blu-ray laptop for under a $1,000. Available today on dell.com, movie buffs can pick up the Inspiron™ 1525 with optional Blu-ray disc playback starting at $879.

As retailers and video rental companies expand their high-definition offerings, Blu-ray is the new "must-have" technology to help get the most out of your viewing experience.

The award-winning Inspiron 1525 laptop features...


DISH Network Launches NESN HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 27 2008, 8:39pm

DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider, today announced the launch of the New England Sports Network (NESN), New England's most-watched sports network, in high definition (HD). NESN is available in standard definition (SD) on DISH Network channel 434 and HD games are available on channel 434 HD to customers who subscribe to America's Top 100 Plus or higher programming packages.

NESN, the definitive source for New England sports programming, is the top rated regional sports network in the country delivering...


High Performance AMD Phenom™ X4 Processors Lead the Charge to HD Desktop Gaming and Video

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 27 2008, 8:33pm

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom™ X4 processors for PC users in search of the Ultimate Visual Experience. Led by the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor, each CPU features true quad-core design, and when matched to AMD 790 series chipsets supports up to four award-winning ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 series graphics cards. This enthusiast PC platform, codenamed "Spider," energizes the latest PC gaming titles, speeds high-definition video playback, and delivers amazing performance for advanced productivity and multi-tasking.

Featuring the best quad-core desktop CPUs AMD has offered, these AMD Phenom X4 quad-core processors can improve performance for gaming and multi-threaded applications. The AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition is...


29 Million Blu-ray Homes Expected This Year

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 26 2008, 4:14pm

The Blu-ray Disc victory in its recent format war with HD-DVD will propel this technology into 29.4 million homes worldwide by the end of 2008, according to the latest research published by the Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices service. According to, "Blu-ray Devices: Forecasting Sales and Ownership," Sony's PS3 games console will continue to drive the Blu-ray market until 2009, after which stand-alone Blu-ray players will become the dominant segment. By 2012 more than...


GalleryPlayer Inks Deal with Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America to Embed HD Art and Photography in 2008 Flat Screen Models

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 24 2008, 2:33pm

GalleryPlayer, the pioneer in HD lifestyle imagery, has announced a partnership with Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., to embed the Company's proprietary technology into 2008 Mitsubishi HDTV models launching this spring, allowing consumers to view GalleryPlayer's library of full HD 1080p fine art and photographic images.

In addition to embedding GalleryPlayer's technology into their new line of HDTVs...


Plextor Announces New Internal Blu-Ray Drives

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 24 2008, 1:40pm

Plextor® LLC, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced two new multifunction disc drives that combine next-generation Blu-Ray and HD DVD technologies.

The internal PX-B920SA drive features...


Quanta and ooVoo to Bring First 'Plug and Play' High Definition Video Instant Messenger and Chat Solution to the Living Room

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 24 2008, 1:25pm

Quanta Research Institute, the advanced technology research center of Quanta Computer Inc. (www.Quantatw.com), and ooVoo (www.ooVoo.com), the leader in providing high-quality, real-time video communication over the Internet, today announced a technology partnership that will for the first time turn any high-definition television (HDTV) or laptop computer into a simple high definition, multi person video instant messenger and chat screen.

The agreement calls for...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DIRECTV Satellite Launch Sets the Stage for Delivery of Up to 150 National HD Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 20 2008, 7:10pm

A powerful, new DIRECTV satellite, launched successfully today from the Pacific Ocean-based Sea Launch platform, will further boost DIRECTV's HD capacity, enabling the industry's HD leader to deliver up to 150 national HD channels when the satellite goes into service this fall. With the additional capacity, DIRECTV will also expand its delivery of local HD channels to more than 100 markets, representing 84 percent of U.S. TV households.

DIRECTV will launch another satellite in 2009 that will enable the nation's leading satellite TV service to offer consumers up to...


PLAYSTATION(R)3 To Support New Interactive Blu-ray Movie Features (BD-LIVE) With Upcoming System Software Update

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 20 2008, 12:23pm

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that the next system software update for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system, slated for release in late March, will add Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) Profile 2.0 or BD-LIVE, enabling PS3 owners to experience interactive features, such as downloadable video content, ringtones, games, and more. In addition to BD-LIVE, the system software update (v. 2.20) will enable photo and music playlists on PS3 to be copied to PSP(R)(PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system, among other new features. These updates demonstrate how PS3 continues to evolve as a home entertainment hub with the flexibility to deliver the newest technology innovations that benefit PS3 owners.

BD Profile 2.0 requires...

Dell Calls Upon HDTV Magazine to Assist in Educating Consumers

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 19 2008, 6:05pm

Dell and HDTV Magazine announced today a new feature on Dell’s Home Theater Learning Center web site: Ask the Experts. In this new column, respected HDTV pioneers Dale Cripps and Shane Sturgeon will answer consumers' questions about home theater and high definition technology.

You can find this new column...


Best Buy Stands Behind Customers By Awarding More Than $10 Million in Gift Cards to HD DVD Purchasers

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 19 2008, 1:11pm

With Blu-ray declaring victory over HD-DVD in the high definition movie format war, Best Buy, the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, is giving $50 gift cards to customers who purchased an HD-DVD player or HD-DVD attachment from its U.S. stores before February 23, 2008. Customers will get a gift card for each player or HD-DVD attachment that they purchased. Through this program, Best Buy will distribute more than $10 million in gift cards to customers across the country.

The beauty of this offer is...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Outlines Upcoming HD Launch Schedule

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 18 2008, 6:06pm

DISH Network(r) Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH), the nation's third-largest pay-TV provider, today confirmed that plans to enhance its HD programming line-up this spring remain on track, despite the launch anomaly experienced by the AMC-14 satellite on March 14.

Over the next two months, DISH Network will increase its local HD offering by more than 60 percent with the addition of HD broadcast networks in the following markets...


The Window Channel Delivers One-of-a-Kind Programming to Hotel Industry

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 17 2008, 9:43pm

The Window Channel creates an exclusive library of High Definition programming for hotel operators offering guests a customized window on the world.

Hotel operators can choose from a wide variety of existing content or...


Batman Begins First Time on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def July 8 from Warner Home Video

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 17 2008, 3:05pm

Batman Begins catapults into the high definition age on July 8th with the Blu-ray™ Hi-Definition release from Warner Home Video. Batman Begins has already been well received in high definition, as the HD DVD release is the top catalog HD seller.

Three new DVD editions...


Image Entertainment Engages Sony DADC for Production of Blu-ray Releases

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 17 2008, 3:04pm

Image Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISK), a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, announced today that it has selected Sony DADC for the authoring and compression of the company's continuing output of high-definition Blu-ray releases.

Image's first Blu-ray titles...


Food Network, HGTV to Begin High-Definition Simulcast

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 10 2008, 4:30pm

Scripps Networks' HGTV and Food Network will simulcast their respective standard-definition and high-definition feeds to cable and satellite affiliates beginning March 31, 2008. This means that the rapidly growing number of HD-enabled households will be able to watch their favorite Food Network and HGTV programs in high-definition at the same time the shows air on the standard-definition channels.

Since launching in 2006, HGTV-HD and Food Network-HD have carried...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Sea Launch Prepares for the Launch of DIRECTV 11

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 6 2008, 8:06pm

The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have departed Sea Launch Home Port for the equatorial Pacific, in preparation for the launch of the DIRECTV 11 broadcast satellite, planned for Monday, March 17. Liftoff is expected at the opening of a 58-minute launch window, at 3:49 pm Pacific Daylight Time (22:49 GMT).

Upon arrival at the launch site at 154 degrees West Longitude, the team will ballast the platform to launch depth and initiate a 72-hour countdown. During this period...


Panasonic to Release DivX Certified Blu-ray DVD Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 3 2008, 7:13pm

DivX, Inc., a digital media company, (NASDAQ:DIVX) today announced the DivX® Certification of Panasonic's Blu-ray Disc (BD) Player (PN: DMP-BD30EG/EE).

The Panasonic Blu-ray Disc player, which joins a number of existing DivX Certified products from Panasonic, is scheduled to be released beginning in March and is expected to be the first DivX Certified® Blu-ray Disc Player available in Europe and Russia. Like Panasonic's existing DivX Certified DVD players, the latest DivX Certified Panasonic Blu-ray disc player enables users to enjoy...

New Products & Equipment

A Special Deal on Sunrise Earth HD DVD Set

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 3 2008, 6:35pm

For those of you who may have ordered the Planet Earth set we notified you about last week, Discovery Channel is now discounting their Sunrise Earth set as well. They are also offering free shipping on both, if that interests you. Again, I'm not sure how many they have in stock, so if you're an HD DVD owner, you might want to order one of these before they're gone.