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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (July, 2008)

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Marketplace

DisplaySearch Reports Flat Q2'08 Plasma Panel Results as 1080p Shipments Surge 89% Q/Q

By Dale Cripps • Jul 24 2008, 8:00pm

AUSTIN, TEXAS, July 24, 2008-After strong plasma display panel (PDP) shipment growth in Q1'08, units increased 1% Q/Q to 3.5 million units in Q2'08, relatively soft growth due to weaker demand in North America and China in Q1'08, according to the latest DisplaySearch Plasma and LCD TV Panel Shipment Module of the Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.

To view the extended version of this report, follow...

Blu-ray

Sony Announces Availability of Multi-Codec Video Encoder for Professional Blu-ray Disc Authoring

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 22 2008, 1:15pm

Sony Creative Software, a leading worldwide provider of professional video and audio production applications, today announced the availability of Sony's new multi-codec video encoder for Blu-ray Disc authoring developed in conjunction with Sony Electronics and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Originally announced by Sony Electronics at NAB 2008, the BAE-VX1000 encoder is priced to bring high-speed, high-quality Blu-ray Disc authoring within reach of smaller studios.

A multi-codec design enables BAE-VX1000 encoder compatibility with most common Blu-ray authoring applications, such as...

Technology

SMPTE to Establish 3-D Home Entertainment Task Force Committee to Define Parameters of Stereoscopic 3-D Mastering Standard for Home Display

By Dale Cripps • Jul 21 2008, 4:15pm

The SMPTE is a standards setting society for the North American television and motion picture industries. While every task force formed within the SMPTE may not lead to a new industry success, a formation of one sends a very strong message that a seriousness for a topic has set in. The engineers that populate the SMPTE are, for the most part, from the manufacturing and content sectors. For those who have experienced 3D on the big screen (by way of the Christie digital projector) know that a great treat is in store for us when it comes home. That is now technically possible and some sets are being sold today as 3D-ready.

In years past every effort to commercialize 3D (something certainly not new in concept nor even technology) ended with a disappointing collapse. The failure has always been blamed on the same thing--those uncomfortable glasses a viewer must wear for essential left eye-right eye image separation. Several attempts have been made to avoid glasses by u ...

Programming

HDNet Movies to Celebrate Director Steven Spielberg With Six of His Greatest Films in Six Days

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 21 2008, 3:52pm

This month, HDNet Movies presents a programming event to celebrate director Steven Spielberg as one of the most influential figures in cinema.

Beginning Monday, July 28, HDNet Movies subscribers will get a chance to sample some of the early work that helped solidify Spielberg's position as a top Hollywood director, including...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Expands Local High Definition Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 19 2008, 2:37pm

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 local channels in Beaumont - Port Arthur, Texas. DISH Network(R) now offers local channels in 66 markets reaching more than 69 percent of U.S. TV households, continuing its commitment to reach its year-end goal of 100 local HD markets.

Earlier this year, DISH Network announced...

Technology

NBC Peacock Productions, Travel Channel Produce First Uncompressed HD Feed

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 17 2008, 12:12pm

Ascent Media Network Services, a provider of outsourced network origination services to the media and entertainment industry, today announced key milestones in the launch of uncompressed high definition (HD) video transport via Ascent's Midtown Manhattan switching facility.

Ascent announced that it has secured initial...

Internet HD Video

HD Video Delivery Service Coming to Playstation 3

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 17 2008, 2:47am

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today launches the company's new video delivery service on PLAYSTATION(R)Store for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) and PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) systems in the United States. Consumers will have the ability to download full-length movies, television shows, and original programming accessible through the PLAYSTATION Store on PLAYSTATION(R)Network. With nearly 300 full length movies and more than 1,200 TV episodes, many available in both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD), PLAYSTATION Network's video delivery service makes PS3 the ultimate entertainment platform and enhances PSP's status as a portable entertainment marvel. PLAYSTATION Network's video delivery service will become available later this evening.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) will initially make available...

New Products & Equipment

MovieBeam Making a Comeback?

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 17 2008, 2:35am

The Valuable Group (http://www.valuablegroup.com), a leading Mumbai-based media and technology company, has completed a transaction to purchase the assets of pioneering video on demand (VOD) service, MovieBeam, including all trademarks, technology, and alliances. The announcement was made today by Sanjay Gaikwad, Founder and Managing Director, Valuable Group, who also led the deal.

Initially launched by Disney in 2005, MovieBeam was conceived as an on-demand service to wirelessly download movies into customers' homes via a set-top box. Through this acquisition...

Gaming

Microsoft and Netflix Unveil Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies and TV Episodes to the TV via Xbox LIVE

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 15 2008, 2:49am

An exciting new home theater experience is coming to living rooms this holiday season. At the E3 Media and Business Summit, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, today unveiled an exclusive partnership to offer consumers the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system. Xbox 360 will be the only game system that lets users instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix. This movie watching innovation will be available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also Netflix subscribers and will let those users enjoy streaming movies from Netflix on Xbox LIVE at no additional cost.

A growing library of more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes will be available from Netflix when it launches on...

New Products & Equipment

New Belkin FlyWire™ Delivers HD Video and Audio Wirelessly to Any HDTV, Anywhere in Your Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 11 2008, 2:22am

The new Belkin FlyWire is the simple solution that gives you the freedom and flexibility to place your HDTV where you want-without cables. Featuring an intuitive and simple setup, FlyWire wirelessly connects devices such as Blu-ray® players, receivers, video-game consoles, and set-top boxes to HDTVs and projectors, transmitting high-definition 1080p True Cinema picture resolution with whole-home range.

As the first offering in the FlyWire family, this solution provides...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network(R) Meets 100 HD Channel Mark Ahead of Schedule; Announces Launch of 17 More National HD Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 11 2008, 1:55am

DISH Network(R) (NASDAQ:DISH) today announced plans to launch 17 national HD channels, surpassing its goal of reaching 100 national HD channels five months ahead of schedule.

The new HD channels that will be added are...

Digital (DTV) Transition

RCA Multi-Directional Flat Antenna Designed for Pinpoint Pickup of Free Over-the-Air Digital TV Signals

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 10 2008, 7:00pm

Viewers looking for an alternative to soaring subscription TV bills should consider pairing a digital TV with a new RCA Flat Antenna designed to pick up more channels than a traditional "rabbit ears" antenna. Local broadcasters are now sending multiple digital TV channels to supplement their main programs, including informational and live radar and weather forecasts available at the touch of a button - for free!

In addition to receiving pristine uncompressed digital TV signals...

New Products & Equipment

New KODAK Theatre HD Player Transforms Living Rooms into Personal Home Theatres

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 10 2008, 12:21pm

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today unveiled the KODAK Theatre HD Player, a High Definition (HD) media player that enables consumers to interact more freely and creatively with their most valuable possessions -- their memories.

Harnessing Wi-Fi and HD technologies, a wide array of organizational and display features and access to online content through unique partners, the KODAK Theatre HD Player turns consumers into the directors of their own show with...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Expands Local High Definition Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 3 2008, 9:18pm

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) , the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, today announced the addition of four high definition (HD) local markets: Albany - Schenectady - Troy, N.Y.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Lansing, Mich.; and Syracuse, N.Y.

In January, DISH Network(R) announced plans to...

Blu-ray

ONKYO to Ship Blu-ray Disc Player In Late 2008

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

ONKYO Corporation has announced that it will release its first Blu-ray Disc Player for the international market in late 2008. This player is designed to partner with Onkyo's high-definition A/V receivers equipped with full HDMI processing of 1080p video and decoding of Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio surround sound formats.

The release of this Blu-ray Disc player will be...

Technology

Samsung Electronics and Simplay Labs Launch the Simplay HD Self-Testing Pilot Program

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 1 2008, 12:26pm

Simplay Labs, LLC, the leading solutions provider of technologies, testing programs, development tools, and interoperability and performance design standards for the high-definition (HD) consumer electronics industry, today announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEC) will be implementing a pilot program of Simplay HD testing and verification at Samsung's facilities. Administered by both companies, this program will expand Samsung's participation in the Simplay HD Testing Program by increasing product throughput, extending the range of products tested, and accelerating time to market.

This is the first-of-its-kind self-testing initiative for...