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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (May, 2008)

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New Products & Equipment

New LG Electronics Home Theater Systems Deliver High-Quality, Multi-Sensory Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • May 27 2008, 1:28pm

A new line of digital audio-video products from LG Electronics, led by home theater audio products tuned by renowned audio expert Mr. Mark Levinson, have been introduced through national retail stores, such as Best Buy, Circuit City and other leading electronics retailers.

Previewed at the International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the new home theater audio systems (models LHT888, LHT874, LHT854, LFD850 and LFA840) feature...

Marketplace

Home Entertainment Summit Examines Industry in transFORMATion

By Shane Sturgeon • May 23 2008, 4:56pm

A centerpiece of the annual home entertainment industry calendar returns to Los Angeles June 16-17 when Home Media Magazine presents the seventh annual Home Entertainment Summit: transFORMATions.

This year's event, again held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, Calif., will examine several key issues facing the future of home entertainment. Is Blu-ray Disc ready to take the mantle of packaged media from DVD? Will electronic sellthrough be a factor in home viewing habits?

Consumers, bloggers, industry experts and studio representatives will be on hand to weigh in on these issues. The two-day event will feature...

Broadcast

Canada's Leading HD Broadcaster High Fidelity HDTV Signs Exclusive Deal With Smithsonian Networks(TM)

By Shane Sturgeon • May 22 2008, 7:01pm

Canadian HD viewers are about to be able to watch premium new High-Definition programming associated with one of the most trusted brands in the world.

High Fidelity HDTV Inc, Canada's foremost HD broadcaster, and Smithsonian Networks of the USA, have signed an exclusive programming agreement under which programs from the US service Smithsonian Channel HD(TM) will be broadcast on Oasis HD, Equator HD and Treasure HD, three of the all-HD channels operated by High Fidelity in Canada.

Smithsonian Channel HD's programming is...

Internet HD Video

Netflix Teams with Roku on Player that Instantly Streams Movies from Netflix Directly to the TV

By Shane Sturgeon • May 20 2008, 9:55pm

Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, and Roku, Inc., an innovator in digital media streaming technology, today announced the introduction of The Netflix Player by Roku™, a device that enables Netflix subscribers to instantly stream a growing library of movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to the TV. Priced at just $99.99, the player is available for purchase starting today at www.roku.com/netflixplayer.

The player is simple to install, easy to use and gives Netflix members instant access to more than...

Programming

MGM HD Signs Time Warner Cable Affiliate Agreement

By Shane Sturgeon • May 19 2008, 5:36pm

MGM HD, the high definition channel from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has signed an affiliate agreement with Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC) to provide MGM HD to Time Warner Cable customers. The announcement was made today by Douglas A. Lee, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Digital Media, MGM...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Samsung Announces Its OpenCableTM High Definition DVR for tru2way

By Shane Sturgeon • May 19 2008, 3:13pm

Samsung today announced the availability of its OpenCableTM High Definition DVR for tru2wayTM digital cable deployments. Tru2wayTM refers to interactive digital cable services delivered over the cable video network. Cable operators have committed to deploy support for the tru2way platform in service areas covering more than 90 million U.S. homes by the end of 2008.

The SMT-3090 has...

Programming

Comcast Hits 500 HD Choices

By Shane Sturgeon • May 19 2008, 2:50pm

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSK, CMCSA), the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced it has more than 500 high-definition (HD) choices available at any given time and is significantly increasing HD video-on-demand (VOD) movie and television series programming from Showtime, Encore, MoviePlex and Starz. With this content increase, the company strengthens its leadership position in offering more HD movies and programming than anyone else. The company also...

Programming

MGM and Comcast Bring Consumers More High-Def Movies Through MGM HD

By Shane Sturgeon • May 16 2008, 8:32pm

MGM HD, the high definition movie channel from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, today announced it has signed an affiliate agreement with Comcast Corporation, the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications. This new agreement between MGM and Comcast will provide Comcast the ability to distribute the network to its high-definition (HD) customers with hundreds of HD movies from MGM's expansive library.

Comcast's HD customers will be able to enjoy...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Wins the Format Battle, but Consumers Don't Buy it

By Shane Sturgeon • May 14 2008, 6:20pm

While many people expected sales of Blu-ray disc players to spike when Toshiba decided to drop out of the high-definition HD DVD market in February 2008, according to a new Harris Poll, it seems that the recently resolved high definition format war is not motivating consumers to purchase the advanced DVD players any time soon. The Harris Poll® of 2,529 U.S. adults surveyed online between April 7 and 15, 2008 by Harris Interactive® found that...

Broadcast

LG and Samsung Join Forces to Develop and Promote North American Mobile Digital TV Standard

By Shane Sturgeon • May 14 2008, 5:37pm

LG Electronics (LG) and Samsung Electronics (Samsung), which together lead the global digital TV market, announced today that they will propose their jointly developed technology as the North American technology standard for mobile DTV.

Samsung and LG held a signing ceremony at Seoul Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Korea, on May 14, 2008. Executives from the two companies attended the event, including Woo Paik, LG's President and CTO, and JongWoo Park, President of Samsung Digital Media Business.

At the ceremony, the two companies agreed to...

New Products & Equipment

D-Link Now Shipping Wireless Bridge for Connecting Multiple Devices in the Home Entertainment System

By Shane Sturgeon • May 14 2008, 5:24pm

D-Link today introduced the newest member of its award-winning Xtreme N(tm) product family, the DAP-1522 Wireless Bridge, which enables users to create a powerful Wi-Fi bridge to the home entertainment system using the latest draft 802.11n technology. The DAP-1522 connects up to 4 wired devices to an existing wireless network to lend high performance to the home entertainment system for HD transfers, online gaming and more.

The new D-Link® Wireless Bridge allows users to...

Programming

Starz Announces Plans for July Encore HD Launch

By Shane Sturgeon • May 13 2008, 4:16pm

Starz Entertainment announced today plans to launch the company's fifth distinct High Definition (HD) channel, Encore HD. With more than 31 million subscribers to the flagship Encore channel, the Hi-Def version of Encore will meet the growing consumer demand for popular uncut, subscription movies offered in True HD.

Scheduled to premiere in...

New Products & Equipment

Sharp® Expands Professional High-Definition Liquid Crystal Display Monitor Line with Price Competitive Series

By Shane Sturgeon • May 12 2008, 4:36pm

Expanding its broad line of Professional Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Monitors, Sharp today announces the new TL Professional LCD Monitor line, a full 1920 x 1080 two-megapixel high-definition (HD) resolution series. This series joins the high-end PN Monitor series, providing an affordable complement for display and presentation opportunities requiring accurate and precise image reproduction.

The new series, including the 52-inch class (52.03" diagonal) TL-M5200 and the 46-inch class (45.9" diagonal) TL-M4600, offers high image quality, features and performance at a very competitive price point...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Charges Forward With Another Round of National HD Channel Launches

By Shane Sturgeon • May 12 2008, 3:52am

DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH), today announced plans to bolster its rapidly expanding HD programming with the launch of an additional 22 national HD channels beginning Monday, May 12. These additions include...

Broadcast

2008 ATSC Annual Meeting Looks to Future of Digital Broadcasting

By Shane Sturgeon • May 9 2008, 2:37am

Paving the way for next-generation digital television (DTV) standards, the Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the 2008 ATSC Annual Meeting today.

The Honorable Richard E. Wiley, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and of the FCC's Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, was the keynote speaker at the event held at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Va. Wiley, recognized as the "Father of HDTV," highlighted the...

New Products & Equipment

Gefen Offers Easy Way of Extending Hi-Def Displays with RS-232 and IR Control Using CAT-5 Cables

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 10:22pm

When high definition video displays, touch screens and computer monitors need to be extended away from their source or mounted in a remote location, Gefen's HDMI RS-232 CAT-5 Extender enables a simple method of signal delivery. With RS-232 and an IR back channel delivered alongside HDMI, users can adjust their displays, change settings and access audio/video sources from up to 50 meters (150-feet) in distance. Long-distance source control through the display is ideal for digital signage installations where A/V equipment is located in rack-mounted spaces away from the viewing area.

Sender and receiver units connect the A/V source to the remote display using category-5 cables that transmit...

Programming

"The Ellen Degeneres Show" to be Broadcast in High Definition

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 10:17pm

Emmy®-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will go Hi Def this fall when "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" begins its sixth season on Monday, September 8, and is produced and broadcast in High Definition (HD) after moving its production operations to a newly constructed, state-of-the-art facility on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. The announcement was made today by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions, and Jon Gilbert, President, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities.

The one-hour series, renewed through the 2010-2011 season, will now...

New Products & Equipment

Pioneer Expands KURO Display Strategy Beyond Living Room Delivering New 1080p Projector Technology for Home Cinema

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 10:13pm

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announces that it is expanding its KURO strategy across new display technologies to meet the needs of the most discerning entertainment connoisseurs. Just as KURO high-definition televisions have set the standard in the home theater, Pioneer® will enter the home cinema market with the introduction of its new Elite® KURO projector, delivering the same industry-leading black levels and 1080p picture performance that have become synonymous with the brand.

KURO stands for...

New Products & Equipment

Pioneer Continues to Surpass Black Level Performance with New Line of 2008 KURO Televisions

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 10:09pm

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announces a new line of KURO plasma displays featuring black levels five times deeper than the previous award-winning KURO. Widely recognized for its commitment to creating entertainment experiences that transcend the ordinary, Pioneer takes yet another groundbreaking step towards HDTV perfection with this new line of 2008 KURO flat panel televisions.

New Products & Equipment

Pioneer Premium BonusView Blu-Ray Disc Players Emulate True Theater Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 9:49pm

Elevating the high definition experience in home theaters, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announces the Elite® BDP-05FD and Pioneer® BDP-51FD BonusView Blu-ray Disc® players that exceed the capabilities of current players in the market with support of next generation high resolution audio and video formats that fulfill the emotional experience of high end entertainment. Featuring picture-in-picture interactivity and a redesigned platform that significantly improves...

New Products & Equipment

New Pioneer Elite A/V Receivers Deliver Unprecedented Sound Experiences to the Home Theater

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 9:36pm

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduces four new A/V receivers delivering high-definition (HD) audio and video experiences for emerging home theaters - the Elite® SC-07, SC-05, VSX-03TXH and VSX-01TXH. Acting as the HD control center, Pioneer®'s full line of A/V receivers work seamlessly with Pioneer's 2008 KURO displays and Blu-ray Disc® players to deliver the ultimate HD picture and sound performance for a truly emotional response in the living room.

Pioneer's flagship A/V receiver, code named "Susano," has set the industry standard for home theater performance and its 2008 top-of-the-line receivers, the SC-07 and SC-05, continue to incorporate...

Blu-ray

Panasonic Introduces Third Generation Blu-ray Disc Player and Announces Pricing

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 2:23am

Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal U.S. subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE:MC), announces the introduction of the anticipated DMP-BD50, Panasonic's third generation Blu-ray disc player - the ultimate playback source for high definition 1080p content. Blu-ray media offers a wide range of functions that foster the transition to HD - including 1080p image quality, lossless Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ and versatile Picture-in-Picture applications. The BD50 adds the new BD-Live function, which...

Technology

Introducing BIDDLE(TM) Technology: Transforming Blu-Ray Disc Players Into Global HD Set-Top Boxes

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 2:10am

Dreamer, a Korean-based leader in developing interactive TV-related platforms, announced today that it has opened an office in Burbank, CA in order to better serve Hollywood-based customers of its patented BIDDLE technology, which is currently in use by over one million subscribers in Korea.

Dreamer's BIDDLE technology is a software platform that makes it possible for...

Environment / Green

The LCD TV Association Launches GreenTV Program

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 2:03am

The LCD TV Association, a global, not-for-profit, marketing trade association formed to help the entire LCD supply chain, retail channel and consumers, recently launched its GreenTV logo program to help focus LCD TV manufacturers and brands on reducing the power consumption of LCD TVs and raising consumer awareness.

The first step in the LCD TV Association's GreenTV Program is to work with major TV vendors to implement and promote...

Internet HD Video

Vusion Exits Stealth-Mode to Reach Massive Audiences With HD Quality Video Over the Internet

By Shane Sturgeon • May 5 2008, 1:33pm

Vusion, Inc., providers of instant-on, full-screen, HD quality streaming video, today announced its formal company launch, leaving behind its stealth-mode name of 'Jittr Networks'. Vusion will deliver the industry's first end-to-end online video distribution service capable of providing the scalability and reach to serve true HD and DVD quality video to 95 percent of all broadband consumers.

The high bandwidth fees and limited reach of current content delivery technologies has made streaming video a loss leader for even the most highly trafficked web properties. Vusion's technology has been designed to...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Expands Local High Definition Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • May 1 2008, 7:35pm

DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, today announced the addition of high definition (HD) locals in Norfolk -- Portsmouth -- Newport News, Va.

In January, DISH Network(r) announced plans to enhance...

New Products & Equipment

ZeeVee Launches ZvBox, New Consumer Electronics Product for Broadcasting Any Internet TV or Computer Content to All HDTVs in Your Home

By Shane Sturgeon • May 1 2008, 1:35pm

Startup company ZeeVee Inc. announced today the launch of ZvBox(TM), a new consumer electronics product for watching any Internet TV, online video, or computer content on HDTVs at home. Available for preorder online exclusively at Amazon.com, ZvBox will redefine television as we know it.

Until today, the explosion of Internet TV and movie downloads has been confined to the computer's small screen. Alternative solutions have failed to solve this problem, with drawbacks including limited content, added subscription fees, the need for a box at each TV, and the inability to show everything a computer can do with high-quality video and audio. ZeeVee's new ZvBox is the first device that allows consumers to...

Internet HD Video

Purchase New Movies on iTunes Same Day as DVD Release

By Shane Sturgeon • May 1 2008, 1:25pm

Apple(R) today announced that new movie releases from major film studios and premier independent studios are available for purchase on the iTunes(R) Store (http://www.itunes.com/) on the same day as their DVD release. New releases and catalog titles will be available from 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment and First Look Studios. Movies purchased from iTunes can be viewed on an iPod(R) with video, iPhone(TM), Mac(R) or PC or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV(R), with new releases priced at $14.99 and most catalog titles at $9.99.

New releases available for purchase on the iTunes Store this week, concurrent with their DVD release, include...