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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (June, 2008)

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Digital (DTV) Transition

DTVPal(TM) Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes From DISH Network Now Available

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 26 2008, 6:08pm

The DTVPal qualifies for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's TV Converter Box Coupon Program; coupons may be ordered by visiting http://www.dtv2009.gov. Consumers can purchase the converter box for $19.99 after the $40 government coupon is applied; MSRP for the DTVPal is $59.99.

The DTVPal by DISH Network was deemed a "top choice" by...

New Products & Equipment

Mitsubishi Announces Screen Sizes for LaserVue(TM) Laser TV Shipping in Q3 2008

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 25 2008, 5:20pm

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. today announced additional details surrounding the performance and functionality of its LaserVue(TM) TV. LaserVue will be available in 65" and 73" models with the 65" Diamond shipping to authorized retailers in the third quarter of this year and the 73" Diamond to follow. LaserVue will raise the bar for large screen television by delivering twice the color at half the power of today's HDTVs while at the same time providing an unparalleled 3D viewing experience.

Laser beams provide...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung Premium High-Definition Projector Available Nationwide for High-End Home Theater Market

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 19 2008, 1:37am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a world-leading supplier of professional LCD and PDP display products, today announced the nationwide availability of the SP-A800B projector, a premium projector that enhances the home theater experience by delivering film-like picture quality in full high-definition 1080p. The SP-A800B will be on display at the InfoComm Tradeshow 2008, in the Central Hall at Samsung booth, C2417, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 18 - 20.

The high-end projector maximizes the home theater connoisseur's full HD viewing experience by leveraging advanced optics and a Texas Instruments 1080p DLP® chip to deliver...

Blu-ray

New Kaleidescape Movie Players Produce Stunning Video Quality From Ordinary DVDs, Provide Viewing Experience That Rivals Blu-ray

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 18 2008, 2:20pm

Kaleidescape, Inc., the market leader in entertainment servers, today introduced the 1080p Player and 1080p Mini Player - two Movie Players that produce stunning video quality from ordinary DVDs, providing a viewing experience that rivals Blu-ray. The new family of Players makes it possible to enjoy the Kaleidescape Experience even with DVDs and CDs that have not been imported into a Kaleidescape System, and a new form factor makes it possible to place a 1080p Mini Player anywhere in the home.

The 1080p Player is designed as a...

New Products & Equipment

Texas Instruments DLP(R) Products Demonstrates New Prototypes Including Lamp-Free Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 18 2008, 1:35pm

Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today at InfoComm DLP(R) Products introduced the industry's first home theater lamp-free projector that utilizes a PhlatLight(TM) LED light source and a BrilliantColor(TM) chipset. This technology demo delivers a superior 1080p picture for which DLP technology is known, while eliminating maintenance costs such as lamp replacements and filter changes required by some competing projector products. Multiple DLP customers have plans to develop...

New Products & Equipment

SANYO Introduces New 52" LCD High-Definition Monitor That Is Waterproof and Weather Resistant

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 18 2008, 1:12pm

SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors introduces their second-generation LCD Waterproof Monitor, the CE52SR1. Integrating SANYO's revolutionary sun-readable LCD panel and marine grade construction, the CE52SR1 is designed for virtually any outdoor installation.

This unique LCD monitor is...

New Products & Equipment

3LCD Manufacturers Showcase Break-Through Projector Innovations at InfoComm 08

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 18 2008, 1:09pm

3LCD, the world's number one projection display technology, and manufacturers of projectors featuring 3LCD technology are showcasing industry advancements and break-throughs at InfoComm 08. From ultra-bright, ultra-portable projectors ideal for a range of business applications, to a high-brightness WXGA unit, to an ultra-short throw with networking capabilities, projectors featuring 3LCD technology will showcase some of the industry's latest and greatest advancements.

New products and innovations debuting at InfoComm include...

New Products & Equipment

Projection Perfection: ViewSonic Introduces Its Brightest Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 18 2008, 1:06pm

ViewSonic(R) Corp. launches its brightest projector, the PJ1173, to fill large venues with eye-catching presentations and entertainment. The powerhouse projector brings true high-definition picture quality and 5,000 lumens to ensure clear, crisp visuals in auditoriums, religious sanctuaries, lecture halls and conference sites.

The PJ1173's extreme brightness, combined with a 1024x768 native resolution and...

Blu-ray

James Bond on Blu-ray Disc

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 18 2008, 1:05pm

The world's most well known secret agent and his bevy of babes are even hotter in high definition when six, must-have, classic James Bond films debut worldwide on Blu-ray Disc -- (OCT. 21 North America / OCT. 20 UK/International) -- from MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Recently restored and re-mastered for the highest quality picture and sound quality via the state-of-the-art Lowry process digital frame-by-frame restoration and featuring...

New Products & Equipment

SANYO Launches New 4LCD Technology

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 18 2008, 1:04pm

SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors introduces their latest optical engine, called 4LCD, which adds a Color Control Device to conventional 3LCD (red/green/blue) systems. The first projector to launch this innovative new 4LCD engine is the PLC-XP200L. The additional Color Control Device in the 4LCD optical engine allows...

Global & Worldview

Study Suggests 2008 the Year for HDTV in Asia

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 17 2008, 2:24pm

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. ("MEASAT") and Euroconsult jointly announced today the results of a study into the development of High Definition Television ("HDTV") in the Asia-Pacific region. The study, which was conducted during May by Euroconsult, polled the rationale, benefits, challenges and expectations or HDTV amongst the regions' leading PayTV operators. 25 operators in 15 markets, collectively serving more than 24 million subscribers, were interviewed.

The study found that...

Digital (DTV) Transition

Antennas Direct's Clearstream2 Antenna Available for Pre-Order

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 16 2008, 6:12pm

St. Louis-based antennas maker Antennas Direct announced its new, ultra-efficient, compact, digital TV antenna, ClearStream2, will arrive June 30. Orders are being taken now.

ClearStream2 is Antennas Direct's latest model of digital TV antennas, which are optimized specifically for the 2009 digital conversion.

The first DTV antenna created with...

Programming

A Capitol Fourth Fireworks Celebration, America's Biggest Birthday Party, Live in HD and All Commercial Free

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 16 2008, 4:10pm

On July Fourth, there's no place like our nation's capital for America's biggest birthday party. Featuring the most spectacular fireworks display anywhere in the nation, the 28th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth airs live in high definition and commercial free from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Hosted by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits, the star spangled party features special performances by...

New Products & Equipment

New JVC HD Everio Line Includes World's First 50-Hour AVCHD Camcorder and Dual-Format Models

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 16 2008, 4:07pm

JVC has added three new high definition camcorders to its HD Everio line, including a pair of dual-format models, one of which records up to 50 hours of AVCHD Full HD video.

Two new models, the GZ-HD40 and GZ-HD30, are the world's first AVCHD / MPEG-2 dual-format camcorders, allowing access to the superior long time compression afforded by AVCHD, as well as MPEG-2's superior editing and post-production environment. Both offer...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Launches WGN America in HD and Renews Retransmission Agreement With Tribune's 23 Television Stations

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 12 2008, 7:16pm

DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, today announced an agreement with Tribune, America's largest employee-owned media company, to add WGN America in HD to its lineup of more than 80 national HD channels. As part of the agreement, DISH Network(r) this week will begin to carry high-definition programming from four Tribune stations in major markets -- KCPQ FOX, Seattle, Wash.; WPIX CW, New York, N.Y.; WGN-TV CW, Chicago, Ill.; and KTXL FOX, Sacramento, Ca.

The agreement also provides for...

Education

HDTV Entertainment: Is Your Home Theater Ready?

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 11 2008, 10:32pm

Digital TV and high-definition (HD) entertainment have finally arrived. New HDTV channels, HD programming, movies, and music videos are constantly being announced as networks and studios strive to release more HD content. To help consumers with their HD buying decisions, Dolby Laboratories has created HD Essentials: Get in the Middle of the HD Action-an easy-to-follow guide that demystifies the process and outlines the essentials of HD technology.

Following the FCC regulation that...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Delivers Stylish Surround Sound System for High-Definition Home Theaters

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 5 2008, 9:35pm

Offering a stylish solution for the modern high-definition home theater, Sony today introduced the HT-IS100 BRAVIA(R) Theatre Micro System.

Designed with five incredibly small speakers roughly the size of a golf ball, the new audio/video system delivers a rich surround sound experience that can be easily integrated into a home theater.

The system includes three 1080p HDMI(TM) inputs with...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Redefines LCD Picture Quality With New XBR HDTV Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 5 2008, 9:31pm

Sony today introduced seven new BRAVIA(R) XBR flat-panel LCD high-definition televisions including models with TRILUMINOS(R) LED backlight and local dimming for outstanding black-level reproduction and unmatched contrast.

The new models expand the BRAVIA LCD line up to 30 models ranging in screen size from 19- to 70- inches measured diagonally.

The XBR models represent Sony's premium line, delivering the latest features and the pinnacle of picture quality...

Internet HD Video

VUDU Has Gone Wireless

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 5 2008, 3:17pm

VUDU Inc., the company that brings instant access to video content to the living room, today announced the release of the VUDU Wireless Kit, a new wireless solution that lets consumers enjoy their VUDU set top box anywhere in their home without the need for ethernet cables.

The VUDU Wireless Kit will retail for...

Marketplace

Wal-Mart Boosts Volume of Blu-ray and Hi Def Among More New Electronics Enhancements

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 3 2008, 6:56pm

Wal-Mart announced today that it has completed a redesign of its consumer electronics department in stores nationwide, adding hundreds of new consumer electronics models and features. In addition to new product assortment, recent design changes intend to help Wal-Mart customers also better understand the uses and options of many new products in the market, such as the addition of a "hi-def Blu-ray experience area" in 1,200 of its stores.

Details about these new enhancements to Wal-Mart's electronics departments include...

Blu-ray

The NPD Group: Consumer Awareness of Blu-ray Rising (but still less than half of HDTV owners)

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 3 2008, 6:48pm

According to The NPD Group, a leading market research company, 45 percent of HDTV owners in the U.S. now claim to be familiar with Blu-ray Disc (BD), up from 35 percent in June 2007. And, while only 6 percent of all consumers surveyed said they plan to purchase a BD device, NPD found purchase intent to be higher among the growing population of HDTV owners, boding well for the future of the format.

Nevertheless, manufacturers still face challenges. Although HD-DVD is no longer a competitive threat, many consumers are content with standard-definition DVD players and content. The leading reasons cited as barriers to purchase were...

Blu-ray

LG Electronics Introduces Versatile Optical Disc Drives with Ultra-Fast Recording Speeds

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 3 2008, 1:25pm

LG Electronics today launched its new line of optical disc drives, which feature one of the fastest Blu-ray reading and writing speed of 6x. The latest models - BE06, GBC-H20L and GBW-H20L - are available now through national retail stores as well as other leading online electronics retailers.

Unique to LG, the line offers...

New Products & Equipment

Integra Ramps Up HD Features on DTR-5.9 Custom Installation Focused A/V Receiver

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 3 2008, 1:03am

Integra, the first company to produce audio-video receivers specifically designed for custom installers and systems integrators, has expanded connectivity and HD audio and video features on its mid-priced DTR-5.9 A/V receiver. The new model features the same HDMI 1.3a repeaters and high resolution audio processing as the best-selling DTR-5.8 that it replaces, and adds two additional HDMI inputs for a total of four, 1080i upscaling of standard definition sources over HDMI, and Audyssey's new Dynamic EQ loudness compensation technology.

The DTR-5.9 features...