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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (September, 2008)

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New Products & Equipment

Sling Media Begins Shipping Slingbox PRO-HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 25 2008, 2:51pm

Sling Media, Inc., a leading digital lifestyle products company, today announced its next generation Slingbox™ PRO-HD is now available for purchase from www.slingmedia.com and leading online and brick and mortar retailers nationwide for $299.99. Sling Media is also pleased to announce the Slingbox PRO-HD will be available at leading Canadian retailers for $329.99 in the coming weeks. The Slingbox PRO-HD is a revolutionary new product that is capable of streaming HD content from a home television source, including over the air HD digital signals (ATSC), digital cable channels (Clear QAM), HDTV cable set-top boxes, HDTV satellite receivers, or HD DVR's, to a laptop or desktop computer in and around the house. Additionally, customers who have a high speed broadband connection that features upload speeds of 1.5 Megabits per second or higher, Slingbox PRO-HD can even stream HD TV signals outside the home to just about anywhere you can receive a high-speed network connection.

With the ...

New Products & Equipment

JVC Reveals New Details And Revised Specifications For New D-ILA Home Theater Projectors

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 25 2008, 2:48pm

JVC today released additional technical information and revised specifications for four recently announced D-ILA home theater projectors to be available this fall. Among the four new full high-definition front projectors are two THX® Certified* models that offer a native contrast ratio of 50,000:1, the industry's highest. The other two models achieve native contrast ratios of 32,000:1 and 30,000:1. Like current highly-acclaimed JVC projectors, all four new models achieve high contrast ratios without the use of an auto iris.

The new projectors are the...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network(R) Launches Next-Gen Digital-To-Analog Converter Box: DTVPal(TM) Plus

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 24 2008, 11:43pm

DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the digital transition leader, today announced the availability of the DTVPal(TM) Plus, its next generation digital-to-analog converter box. The DTVPal(TM) Plus offers all the features of the industry favorite DTVPal(TM), plus an enhanced digital tuner for optimizing weak signal areas.

The DTVPal(TM) Plus joins DISH Network's suite of converter boxes that qualify for...

Global & Worldview

HDTV: Germany at Center of Growing Industry

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 24 2008, 11:38am

Every year 30 million HD-ready (high definition) televisions are sold in the European Union (EU). The European HDTV market will be the focus of the trade fair "HD-TV across Europe" taking place October 14-15, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. Invest in Germany, the country's inward investment promotion agency, will be present to outline the many benefits of Germany as both a manufacturing and service location.

The European Union has set the year 2012 as the deadline for all European television stations to transfer...


GE Launches Global HDTV Joint Venture

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 23 2008, 2:03pm

GE today announced the formation of General Displays & Technologies LLC (GDT), a new joint venture with Tatung Company, a global leader in display technologies. GDT will design, market and service GE-branded HDTVs to deliver the best home high definition video, audio and Internet experience. The first series of premium product offerings will be available to consumers in Spring 2009.

In addition to offering innovative HDTVs, GDT will partner with NBC Universal...


Sony Debuts 8X Blu-ray Disc Writer Drive

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 23 2008, 2:00pm

Sony Electronics today announced its third generation internal Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) writer for the computer aftermarket, which at about $400 achieves a new level of affordability for BD enthusiasts.

The new BWU-300S model burns single and dual layer BD-R media at up to 8X speed, recording a full 25GB disc in about 15 minutes and a full 50GB disc in about 30 minutes. The 8X recording speed is achieved using...

New Products & Equipment

Big Entertainment in a Small Package: ViewSonic 3-in-1 LCD TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 23 2008, 1:55pm

ViewSonic(R) Corp. introduces the latest addition to its LCD TV portfolio with the 3-in-1 22-inch, N2201w LCD HDTV/DVD combo to accommodate the growing popularity of small screen dual-purpose displays. At less than $500, the N2201w is an ideal choice for thrifty shoppers as the holiday season approaches with PC capabilities and built-in DVD player, which is placed on the side of the TV for a convenient, streamlined appearance and multi-functionality.

The N2201w is perfect for environments where space is at a premium and various mediums are used...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Unveils World's Lightest Blu-ray Disc Notebook

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 23 2008, 1:23pm

Sony today took the wraps off the world's lightest computer with Blu-ray Disc(TM) technology -- the VAIO(R) TT Series notebook.

Housed in a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis, this new model weighs just 2.87 pounds and is less than...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Customizes BRAVIA HDTV Sets With New Link Modules

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 23 2008, 1:20pm

Sony Electronics today announced the availability of three new BRAVIA(R) Link modules including the Wireless Link, DVD Link, and Input Link. The new devices attach to the back of compatible BRAVIA HDTVs and integrate directly into the television's menu system.

Sony's Wireless Link Module (DMX-WL1) is a two-piece system that wirelessly transmits high-definition video (up to...


Netflix Announces Agreements With CBS and Disney Channel to Stream an Array of Current Hit TV Shows at Netflix

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 23 2008, 9:32am

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) , the world's leading online movie rental service, today announced separate agreements with the CBS Television Network and Disney-ABC Television Group that will allow current season episodes of a number of today's most popular TV shows to be streamed at Netflix. The two deals add meaningfully to a growing library of 12,000 choices that Netflix members can watch instantly on their PCs and TVs as part of their existing subscription plans and without impacting the number of DVDs they receive.

The CBS deal brings to Netflix the global phenomenon "CSI." Starting in...


ATSC Adopts Standard for Advanced Video Coding

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 22 2008, 4:24pm

The Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. has approved and published A/72 which details the methodology to utilize Advanced Video Coding (AVC) within an ATSC DTV transmission. AVC, which was developed by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group together with the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group, is also known as H.264 and MPEG-4 Part 10. The A/72 Standard defines constraints with respect to AVC, compression format restraints, low delay and still picture modes, and bit stream specifications. In addition it specifies...


Entertainment Studios to Launch Six HD Networks

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 22 2008, 4:18pm

Entertainment Studios (http://www.es.tv/), the largest independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, announced today that the company will launch six targeted high-definition (HD) networks, and has signed Verizon's FiOS TV for the initial launch.

The six HD networks, currently planned to launch on FiOS TV later this year, are...