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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (April, 2008)

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New Products & Equipment

LG Brings Scarlet to Life With New Series of LCD HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 29 2008, 11:25pm

LG Electronics today unveiled the "Scarlet" series, a stylish new line of "Full HD" 1080p liquid crystal display (LCD) HDTVs (LG60). The global campaign included advertising, public relations and viral components to bring Scarlet to life. The integrated marketing campaign rolled out to more than 27 countries worldwide over the last four months and will continue through July.

Key elements of the campaign included...

SportsHigh Definition ProductionPC & Laptop TechnologyBroadcast

Panasonic Gives Consumers Taste of First-Ever All High Definition Olympic Games with Multi-Faceted Promotional Campaign

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 29 2008, 5:09pm

Panasonic, a market and technology leader in flat panel HDTV's and an Official Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games, celebrated the 100 day mark to the start of the Summer Olympic Games with the launch of a nationwide promotional campaign designed to make sure consumers are ready to enjoy the upcoming Olympic Games - the first time the entire Games will be broadcast in High Definition. Panasonic VIERA series Plasma and LCD HDTV's are the official HDTV of the Olympic Games.

At the center of Panasonic's Summer Olympic promotional campaign is a nationwide truck tour which features...

Technology

Internet HIGH DEFINITION now offered by EINSTEIN MAGIC at speeds less than 1 MBPS

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 28 2008, 2:20pm

EINSTEIN MAGIC unveiled this week its answer to streaming video both Live and Prerecorded content over the Internet with what they call the DreamStream™ iHD Universal media player. DreamStream™ iHD is a stand-alone plug and play unit that is capable of streaming high definition content under 1 MGPS download speed with no measurable buffering or latency whatsoever viewable in any operating system with nothing to install or download prior to viewing.

Already dubbed...

Marketplace

HDTV Adoption Jumps A Significant 25 Percent Over 2007 Holidays

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 24 2008, 12:24pm

5.5 million households brought home an HDTV set for the first time during the 2007/2008 holiday and Super Bowl season this year. A recent study of consumers across the U.S. indicates that 25 percent of U.S. households or 28 million now have at least one HDTV set, that up from a penetration of 20 percent in September 2007. In a study conducted shortly after Super Bowl XLII, Frank N. Magid Associates identified an impressive three million homes added a second HDTV during this same time frame, bringing multiple HDTV set homes up to nearly 10 million.

Due to falling prices and the upcoming digital transition, a larger percentage of younger adults 21-34 purchased HDTV's this holiday season. Among those who purchased their HDTV set in the past year, 18 percent say they did so to connect it to a high definition video game console like Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3...

New Products & Equipment

New Iomega(R) ScreenPlay(TM) HD Multimedia Drive Brings High-Definition Content, via Upscaling, From the PC to the Home Theater System

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 23 2008, 4:07pm

Iomega Corporation (NYSE:IOM) , a global leader in data protection and security, today announced the new Iomega(R) ScreenPlay(TM) HD Multimedia Drive, a portable external hard drive that leaves the PC behind, delivering multimedia content to high-definition televisions and home theater systems.

The Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive is a 500GB* drive with the storage capacity to hold up to...

Blu-ray

Samsung Delivers its Fourth Generation Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 23 2008, 3:59pm

Samsung Electronics, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, continues to expand its lineup of Blu-ray format A/V products with its fourth-generation Blu-ray player. Featuring the latest in Blu-ray technology as well as advanced connectivity for use with other digital devices, it offers consumers exceptional functionality, compact design and remarkable viewing quality.

As the first company to introduce a stand-alone Blu-ray player, Samsung reinforces its support of the Blu-ray format with the next generation, full HD, BD-P1500. An ideal player for anyone who enjoys Blu-ray, DVDs or CDs in their home, this groundbreaking model significantly...

Marketplace

CEA Finds American Households Spend an Average of $1,400 Annually on Consumer Electronics

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 23 2008, 12:08am

The average U.S. household reports spending $1,405 on consumer electronics products in the past 12 months, $120 more than the year before, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The 10th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study shows that HDTVs will have the highest growth in household penetration rates this year.

Cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and laptop computers are also helping drive growth in...

Marketplace

Planar, Mitsubishi, and Eiki Top-Rated Overall among North American Projector Brands in Pacific Media Associates Dealer Survey

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 23 2008, 12:03am

Planar, Mitsubishi, and Eiki earned the first three spots as the top front projector brands overall in the 12th annual survey of U.S. and Canadian projector dealers. Pacific Media Associates, the global market information experts on large-screen displays, conducted the survey at the end of 2007. The company's Annual Dealer Survey is the authoritative source of independent, unbiased ratings of large-screen displays manufacturers by dealers throughout North America.

The survey ranks 25 aspects of...

Marketplace

The NPD Group: U.S. Consumers Anticipate Spending Less on Entertainment This Year

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 22 2008, 3:03pm

According to The NPD Group, a leading market research company, keeping consumers excited about devices and hardware may be the secret to industry success in the current challenging economic environment. Results from NPD's upcoming "Entertainment Trends In America" report showed that 37 percent of Americans believe they will spend less on entertainment products and devices in 2008 versus 2007, compared to just 18 percent who anticipate spending more.

Just under half of respondents to NPD's survey (46 percent) thought they would...

Blu-ray

Format Wars May Be Over, but Blu-ray Still Faces Challenges, According to ABI Research

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 22 2008, 3:01pm

Aided by the major motion picture studios, Sony's Blu-ray format has emerged as the undisputed technology for high-definition DVD video, but according to new market data released by ABI Research, Blu-ray cannot rest on its laurels. A bright future for high-definition DVD is not a foregone conclusion.

One of the primary challenges facing Blu-ray, says principal analyst Steve Wilson, is that many consumers are...

Programming

HDTV Laptops to Arrive in China in Time for 2008 Olympic Games

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 22 2008, 2:59pm

When the Olympic Games begin in August this year in Beijing, China, many viewers will be able to watch live High Definition (HD) broadcasts of the games on their laptops, thanks to an initiative between Legend Silicon and Intel. The move is part of the rapid evolution of digital television (DTV) in China, where the new Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcasting (DTTB) standard supports both fixed HDTV (High Definition TV) sets as well as viewing on mobile devices. Legend Silicon developed the core technology behind China's DTTB standard.

In August 2006, China launched its DTTB standard, GB20600-2006, demonstrating the country's capacity for innovation. In 2007, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced...

New Products & Equipment

Onkyo Adds HDMI inputs/Video Upscaling to New TX-SR606 Receiver

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 21 2008, 8:10pm

Onkyo has upgraded the features set of its most popular HDMI-1.3a-capable home theater receiver by adding 1080i video upscaling, two additional HDMI inputs to handle a total of four HDMI sources, Audyssey's new Dynamic EQ loudness compensation technology, and Onkyo's new Music Optimizer circuit. The new Onkyo TX-SR606 replaces the company's best selling TX-SR605.

The Onkyo TX-SR606 provides HDMI 1.3a inputs for up to four high-definition 1080p video sources, plus...

Programming

DISH Network Expands National HD Line-Up with CNN, Sci-Fi and USA

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 19 2008, 4:36am

DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, today launched CNN HD, SCI FI HD and USA HD.

The new high definition channels are available to DISH Network customers who subscribe to...

Programming

NASA to Broadcast Earth Views in High Definition Television

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 17 2008, 8:12pm

Since humans first flew in space, nothing has captivated astronauts more than the view of home out the window of their spacecraft. In honor of Earth Day, April 22, NASA will make those views available to people here on Earth with an event highlighting imagery taken by astronauts and the science behind it.

For the first time ever, NASA Television will air...

Technology

EdgeStream Delivers High Definition Video Streaming for Everyone

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 17 2008, 5:47pm

EdgeStream announces a Video Content Delivery Network with an attitude - High Definition Video streaming for everyone. No Interruptions; No degradation in Video Quality; No re-buffering. Powered by its patented Internet Congestion Tunnel Through (ICTT) and Continuous Route Optimization (CROS) technologies, the EdgeStream VCDN is fulfilling the dreams of every web video operator - provide a quality of service similar to private operators like Cable, Satellite and Telco TV with High Definition video streaming to...

Blu-ray

Universal Unveils Inaugural Slate of Film and TV Offerings Coming to Blu-ray(TM) Disc Day and Date With DVD

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 17 2008, 4:21pm

Universal Studios Home Entertainment revealed its initial lineup of film and television properties arriving later this year on Blu-ray(TM) Disc, day and date with DVD, it was announced today by Craig Kornblau, President, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms. Marking the rollout of the studio's first global release on Blu-ray(TM) will be the "Heroes: Season Two," which will debut beginning August 26, 2008.

The highly anticipated premier of the sophomore season of NBC's...

New Products & Equipment

HP Announces Industry's First Integration of HDTVs and Media Center Extender

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 17 2008, 1:55pm

HP today announced it is the first company to release Microsoft's Media Center Extender capability to an Internet-connected TV.

With the capability, people using HP MediaSmart TVs not only get access to rich content from the Internet(1) but they also can enjoy their own digital treasures from their home PCs on a big screen high-definition TV (HDTV).

Extender for Windows® Media Center enables...

Gaming

Iomega Announces New Media Xporter Drive for Use With Today's Popular Game Consoles

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 17 2008, 1:52pm

Iomega Corporation (NYSE:IOM) , a global leader in data protection and security, today announced the new Iomega(R) Media Xporter(TM) Drive, a game-oriented portable hard drive that provides cross-platform media storage for Xbox(TM) 360 and PlayStation(R) 3 consoles, making it easier than ever to utilize today's popular game consoles and high definition televisions and other large screen TVs to share photos, videos, and music collections with family and friends.

The wallet-sized USB-powered 160GB* Media Xporter Drive utilizes the USB 2.0 ports on the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3 to...

Programming

Lifetime Networks Launches Lifetime Television HD Channel

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 16 2008, 2:46pm

In a significant expansion of its multi-platform business, Lifetime Networks announced today that it has launched Lifetime Television HD, joining sister channel Lifetime Movie Network HD, which bowed last year.

In making this announcement, Lori Conkling, Executive Vice President, Distribution, said that Lifetime Networks has signed deals with...

High Definition ProductionHTPCs & LaptopsHD DVDHD Video Production

Universal Music Group (UMG) and PluggedIn Partner to Bring Fans HD Music Videos Via New Entertainment Site

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 16 2008, 2:21pm

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, and PluggedIn (http://www.pluggedin.com/), announced today an agreement whereby PluggedIn users will have access to thousands of high-definition quality videos from UMG's extensive roster of chart-topping artists covering every genre of music.

PluggedIn is powered by an innovative new media player that supports high-definition full-screen video playback with no buffering and DVD like controls, a multimedia search engine and fan centric social networking applications. PluggedIn's Media Player delivers...

High Definition ProductionHD DVDInternet HD VideoHD Video Production

Consumers Will Pay $7-9 for Earlier-Release, High-Definition Video-on-Demand and Internet Rental Movies, Oliver Wyman Study Finds

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 15 2008, 5:59pm

A study of 2,000 U.S. consumers conducted by Oliver Wyman, an international management consulting firm, found that a price point between $7 and $9 is optimal for the next generation of video-on-demand (VOD) and Internet movie rentals: high-definition (HD) movies released on the same day as DVDs. This premium over today's $4 price for standard DVD or VOD movie rental would create substantial market growth by 2010.

Rollout of HD VOD and Internet movies on day-and-date of DVD release is...

New Products & Equipment

RedMere Technology Debuts the Industry's First 3.4Gbps HDMI Switch Product with Embedded CEC Controller.

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 15 2008, 2:25pm

RedMere Technology, a leading innovator in semiconductor solutions for ultra low power interconnect announced the world's first High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) switch and repeater products to include integrated programmable CEC microcontroller and EDID memory at speeds up to 3.4Gbps. All switch and repeater products include RedMere's Cable MagnifEye® equalization technology designed to recover signals over the full frequency range from non compliant or long cables offering an extremely robust solution to the TV manufacturer. Performance at the maximum HDMI operating speed of...

New Products & Equipment

Sanyo Announces Two New Superbright 'T' Series Projectors

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 15 2008, 2:11pm

SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD projectors announces the addition of two new LCD Multimedia Projector's, the PLC-ET30L and PLC-XT21/L, to their popular 'T' Series of high brightness, high resolution projectors for the education and business presentation markets.

Offering a full 1400 x 1050 resolution and 10-Bit digital gamma correction, the PLC-ET30L makes it possible to...

Gaming

Sony Computer Entertainment America Unveils Revamped PLAYSTATION(R) Store for PS3

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 15 2008, 2:05pm

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today introduced a new, more dynamic look and faster, more fluid navigation to PLAYSTATION(R)Store for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)). As part of the revamp, PLAYSTATION Store, previously a Web-based storefront, now lives natively as an application on the PS3 system, dramatically improving navigation speed. PS3 users can now more quickly and seamlessly shop, purchase and download...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Expands Local High Definition Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 15 2008, 12:42am

DISH Network(r) (Nasdaq:DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the leader in digital television, today announced the addition of four high definition (HD) local markets: Cleveland -- Akron (Canton), Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Richmond -- Petersburg, Va.; and Tampa -- St. Petersburg (Sarasota), Fl. DISH Network now offers HD locals in 43 markets, reaching more than 58 percent of U.S. TV households.

In order to view HD programming, DISH Network customers will need...

Programming

CBS to Present 'SURVIVOR' in High Definition for the First Time Using Sony's XDCAM HD Technology

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 14 2008, 5:58pm

Sony and CBS have joined forces to bring the ground-breaking reality series "SURVIVOR" to high definition. Sony's XDCAM HD(TM) Professional Disc(TM) system will be used to shoot the upcoming 17th season of "SURVIVOR" in high definition, with production scheduled to begin this summer and the premiere episode debuting in the fall.

The XDCAM HD camcorders and decks to be deployed are...

Canon Introduces New XL H1S and XL H1A HD Camcorders at NAB

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 11 2008, 1:20pm

Building on the success of its acclaimed XL H1 High Definition (HD) camcorder, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging technology, has introduced the new shoulder mount XL H1S and XL H1A HD camcorders, which include new advanced features requested by professional users for improved operation and image control.

Canon's new XL H1S and XL H1A camcorders, which will be on display at the 2008 NAB Show (Booth #SU3020), feature an updated Canon 20x HD Video Lens with three independent manual adjustment rings (focus, zoom and iris), as well as enhanced manual focus and zoom control. Additionally, the XL H1S and XL H1A incorporate...

Blu-ray

Blockbuster(R) Rolls Out Blu-ray Format Across U.S. & Canada

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 10 2008, 2:56pm

Beginning this week, in addition to the standard DVDs lining its shelves, Blockbuster Inc. will be offering customers something extra -- Blu-ray movies, for rent and sale in all of its corporate stores in the U.S., as well as in Canada, and select domestic franchise locations. Blockbuster made news last July with its announcement that the company was making Blu-ray available in 1,700 of its stores. Now, less than a year later, the company is positioning itself to become the customer's Blu-ray headquarters for rental and retail product with this national launch.

To highlight the availability of Blu-ray in its stores, Blockbuster is...

Programming

Now Available at Your Wal-Mart Connection Center: The Power of You™

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2008, 5:49pm

Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) announced today that customers are now able to purchase its cable, broadband internet access and digital phone service in nearly 700 Wal-Mart locations Customers can sign up for services with the help of a Wal-Mart electronics associate, guiding them on selecting packages of their choice through easily accessible in-store kiosks at the Wal-Mart "Connection Center."

The partnership between the nation's leading retailer and second largest cable operator will allow customers to...

New Products & Equipment

Mitsubishi Introduces New Line of HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 7 2008, 2:57pm

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. today announced its new multi-dimensional HDTVs for 2008, which will take sight and sound to new heights for consumers demanding only the best in quality and performance from their HDTVs. New 2008 product highlights include thinner frame and brighter DLP(R) models and Ultra Thin Frame(TM) LCD HDTVs with improved sound capabilities.

Mitsubishi also has named its recently announced Laser TV, which will be branded as LaserVue(TM) and will be available to consumers...

New Products & Equipment

New Pinnacle PCTV HD Sticks Deliver HDTV on a PC

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 4 2008, 4:21pm

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., the consumer division of Avid Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: AVID) , announced today the next generation of its Pinnacle PCTV™ HD Stick, and Pinnacle PCTV™ HD Pro Stick-the number one selling TV tuner for PCs in the U.S. retail market in 2007, according to NPD. In addition to delivering free digital HD and SD TV over-the-air (ATSC), these new Pinnacle PCTV HD and HD Pro Sticks now support unencrypted digital cable (ClearQAM) channels and include a next-generation tuner/demodulator with more sensitive reception of both analog and digital TV signals and, in the case of the PCTV HD Pro Stick, even FM radio.

About the size of a...

Programming

DIRECTV Brings HD to Indy as Premiere Official Sponsor of the IndyCar Series

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 3 2008, 1:10pm

DIRECTV, the nation's leading satellite television provider, adds another notch in its HD belt as the Premiere Official Sponsor of the IndyCar Series. Beginning with the April 6 Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg all IndyCar Series events will be carried in DIRECTV HD, delivering unprecedented detail and realism to a sport already defined by speed, history and pulse-quickening close finishes.

As the Premiere Official Sponsor for the IndyCar Series, DIRECTV will be recognized in the series logo to reinforce that each respective race event is carried "in DIRECTV HD". DIRECTV will also...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Rolls Out World's Smallest Full HD Camcorder Just in Time for Your Summer Vacation

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 3 2008, 4:16am

The new pocket-sized Sony HDR-TG1 Handycam(R) camcorder's weighty high-definition capability will appeal to vacationers who prefer to "travel light."

This diminutive camcorder weighs in at only ten ounces. It has an ultra-portable body measuring just 1.3-inches wide by 4.7-inches tall by 2.5-inches deep.

It is a full-featured camcorder that can record...

Politics & PolicyGlobal & WorldviewBusiness & InvestmentDigital (DTV) Transition

Trade Fuels $1.4 Trillion Consumer Electronics Industry says New CEA Report

By Dale Cripps • Apr 2 2008, 9:12pm

Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association in Arlington, VA., is sharpening his battle ax for the likes of Lou Dobbs. Dobbs is chief among those believers and campaigners against many elements of free trade, at least as practiced around the world today. Dobbs asserts that FT is hollowing out our advanced civilization and replacing it with a third-world-like existence--a bad deal for America. Shapiro holds a far different view and offered it on Dobbs afternoon CNN television program a few months ago. The recalcitrant Dobbs left Shapiro appearing as a well-spoken but one-sided representative of a foreign constituency rather than a noble upholder of the truth. Shapiro is widely acknowledged as being a savvy, but shoot-from-the-hip operator, and one of the most effective lobbying forces in all Washington. Shapiro said recently in a confident statesman-like address to the Detroit Economic Club that contrary to popular thinking the benefits of Free Trade are many and ...

Sports

DIRECTV Announces MLB EXTRA INNINGS(R) SuperFan(R) Service - Up to 40 HD Games per Week

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2 2008, 8:55pm

DIRECTV's unparalleled commitment to providing sports fans with superior HD programming and interactive content is on display again with its 2008 MLB EXTRA INNINGS(R) out-of-market subscription service.

DIRECTV customers who subscribe to MLB EXTRA INNINGS(R) and the SuperFan(R) option will receive up to 40 games in HD each week, about four times more than last year. Additionally, SuperFan offers unique features like...

New Products & Equipment

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Introduces WL6700U High-Brightness, High-Definition WXGA Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 1 2008, 5:45pm

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division, known for award-winning, high-quality, high-definition presentation and display products, introduced its WL6700U, a 5000 ANSI lumen, WXGA resolution (1366 x 800 pixels) projector for commercial, home theater and education installations. By offering this projector at a cost remarkably lower than others of the same caliber, Mitsubishi continues to lead the projector industry with a combination of high brightness and wide-screen, high definition at an unprecedented price.

Blasting 5000 lumens with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, the WL6700U uses three...

Digital (DTV) Transition

Consumers Plan to Sell, Donate or Recycle 95 Percent of Unused Analog TVs Following the DTV Transition

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 1 2008, 4:30pm

Questions of what will happen to millions of analog TVs following next year's transition to digital television (DTV) have been answered with news that is also good for the environment, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. Indeed, results of the study, Trends in Consumer Electronics (CE) Afterlife show that households receiving broadcast signals only over-the-air (OTA) expect to remove fewer than 15 million televisions from their homes through 2010, ninety-five percent of which will be sold, donated or recycled. Most OTA-only households expect to...