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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (October, 2008)

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Internet HD Video

Microsoft and Akamai Innovate on Consumer Video Experiences Using Silverlight

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 30 2008, 11:04am

Microsoft Corp., the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions, and Akamai Technologies Inc., the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced plans to enable high-definition (HD) quality experiences on PCs. Akamai will release a beta version of a new service, powered by Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Silverlight, to deliver rich Internet applications via the world's largest HTTP edge network.

Microsoft is introducing new Web server technology, called Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7.0) Smooth Streaming, that gives consumers instant start-up times and no buffering by adapting the quality of the video stream in real time based upon changing connectivity speed. This enables...

New Products & Equipment

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. Announces Retail Availability of World's First Laser-Based Television

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 30 2008, 11:00am

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. today announced the beginning of the laser era and the immediate availability of the world's first, laser-powered television. The Mitsubishi LaserVue(TM) 65" model is now being sold for $6,999 at select specialty retailers nationwide. After months of anticipation, many consumers nationally have already purchased LaserVue and have had the rare opportunity to experience the amazing breadth and depth of color that laser television offers. LaserVue has been introduced as the most energy efficient large-format, high-definition television available on the market today. LaserVue not only delivers two times the color(1) of many of today's HDTVs, but it also uses exponentially less power(2) than LCD and plasma TVs.

LaserVue's technology is...

Politics & Policy

FOX News Presents America's Election HQ: Election Night on November 4th

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 30 2008, 10:50am

FOX News Channel (FNC) will provide live continuous coverage of Election Night beginning at 6:00PM ET on November 4th.

Brit Hume will kick off the evening's coverage joined by Chris Wallace and panelists Fred Barnes and Bill Kristol from The Weekly Standard, Juan Williams of National Public Radio, and Nina Easton of Fortune magazine. Coverage will emanate from FNC's all new High Definition studio which will be debuted that evening, and analysis will be provided by both the former Co-chief Strategist and Communications Director for Senator Hillary Clinton Howard Wolfson and former Senior White House Advisor to President Bush Karl Rove.

In addition...

Internet HD Video

Netflix Begins Roll-Out of 2nd Generation Media Player for Instant Streaming on Windows PCs and Intel Macs

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 27 2008, 2:24pm

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced it has begun the deployment of Microsoft Silverlight to enhance the instant watching component of the Netflix service and to allow subscribers for the first time to watch movies and TV episodes instantly on their Intel-based Apple Macintosh computers. The deployment, which will initially touch a small percentage of new Netflix subscribers, is the first step in an anticipated roll-out of the new platform to all Netflix subscribers by the end of the year.

Silverlight is designed for

New Products & Equipment

Netflix and Samsung Partner to Instantly Stream Movies on Next Generation Blu-ray Disc Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 23 2008, 5:22pm

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, and Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced a broad partnership to offer consumers the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from the Netflix Web site directly to their living rooms via Samsung's BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray disc players. The companies also said they are collaborating to enable Samsung to integrate instant streaming from Netflix into a range of home entertainment products.

The BD-P2550 and BD-P2500 are currently available for...


Dan Rather Reports to Broadcast Live Coverage of Election Night 2008 on HDNet

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 22 2008, 3:55am

Continuing in his celebrated tradition of providing comprehensive Election Night coverage, Dan Rather will host a live broadcast from the Newseum in Washington, DC on Tuesday, November 4.

"Dan Rather Reports On Politics: Election Night 2008" will kick off at...

New Products & Equipment

VIZIO Launches Two New Lines of Mid-Sized LCD Displays With High Style and Full HD 1080p Performance

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 22 2008, 3:53am

VIZIO, America's HDTV Company, has announced today four new high performance Full HD 1080p LCD flat panel displays in 32" and 37" sizes. The VOJ370F and VOJ320F are the first of the exclusive decor-colored "Java" product line with colored bezel and stand treatments that integrate elegantly into contemporary styling of today's homes. VIZIO has also released two additional Full HD models based on the popular VIZIO "VO" series of products. The VO32LF-32" LCD and VO37LF-37" LCD are now Full HD 1080p, offered at...


Churchill Downs to Become First U.S. Racetrack to Offer High-Definition Simulcasting

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 20 2008, 8:07pm

Churchill Downs will become the first racetrack in the United States to offer simulcasting in high definition ("HD") when it opens its 2008 Fall Meet on Sunday, Oct. 26. The HD signal will be rolled out progressively to select off-track betting locations ("OTBs") and racetracks across the nation, as well as on-track in a variety of public areas.

Churchill's high-definition simulcast will present live racing in...

Internet HD Video

ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC Offer Incredible Lineup of Programming in Stunning HD on the iTunes Store

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 16 2008, 1:38pm

Apple(R) today announced that all four of the major networks are offering primetime programs in stunning high definition on the iTunes(R) Store (http://www.itunes.com/), including viewer favorites "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost" from ABC, "CSI" and "CSI: Miami" from CBS, "Bones" and "Prison Break" airing on FOX, and "Heroes" and "The Office" from NBC Universal. The iTunes Store is the world's most popular online TV store with over 200 million TV episodes sold, including more than one million HD episodes purchased since the launch of HD programming on iTunes last month.

The list of HD programs now available on the iTunes Store includes...

New Products & Equipment

Panasonic Announces Arrival of First Tru2Way HDTVs at Retail

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 16 2008, 1:52am

Panasonic (NYSE: PC), the consumer electronics industry leader in the development and application of tru2way technology, and Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications today announced the arrival of the first tru2way VIERA HDTVs at Abt Electronics in Glenview, IL and officially declared the tru2way platform active in Chicago and Denver.

Tru2way technology is being used to create...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Expands MPEG-4 Advanced Delivery System to Reach 32 Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 16 2008, 1:43am

DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital television leader, today announced it will begin transmitting the industry's most advanced MPEG-4 delivery system to consumers in 11 additional markets in the eastern half of the United States. Now, consumers who sign up for DISH Network(R) in 32 markets will receive all standard and high definition programming in the MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding Standard, which provides the best picture quality on any TV. In August, DISH Network became the first pay-TV provider to offer all-MPEG-4 service.

New customers in 32 designated markets* in the eastern half of the U.S. who sign up for any DISH Network HD package will receive...


Internet2 and Partners Demonstrate First Uncompressed High-Definition Video Using Dynamic Circuit Networks

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 15 2008, 5:28pm

This week at its annual Fall Member Meeting in New Orleans, La., Internet2 together with several collaborators will showcase the first uncompressed high-definition videoconference application over revolutionary dynamic circuit networks (DCN). The demonstrations will highlight the promise of DCN and high-definition video technology to create the ultimate collaboration environment that can support new innovation in science, research, the arts, telemedicine and beyond.

"The Internet2 community is deploying...


Sherwood Home Audio to Deliver Affordable Advanced Blu-ray DVD Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 14 2008, 10:47pm

Sherwood America Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of high performance audio and video electronics, introduces its first Blu-ray DVD player, aimed at consumers that have been waiting for affordability and optimum performance. Sherwood's BDP-5003 offers function and features at an irresistible $299.95 price.

Sherwood's premiere entry-level Blu-ray DVD player is aimed at consumers that are looking to step up to high-definition discs but have been waiting for an affordable solution. The BDP-5003 supports...


Lite-On Introduces 6X Blu-ray Disc Reader With DVD Writer Combo

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 14 2008, 5:36pm

Lite-On proudly introduces its 6X internal Blu-ray Disc Combo, iHES206. The new Blu-ray Disc Reader plus DVD writer provides consumers an innovative way to playback high definition content, while maintaining the capability of archiving personal data files onto CD or DVD.

The iHES206 is a great solution for enthusiasts who wish to enjoy the advanced technologies of Blu-ray in home entertainment. It will not only allow them to play high-definition content such as Blu-ray movies, it will also...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Brings the Red Carpet Home With Exclusive Premiere of Blockbuster Hancock to BRAVIA HDTV Sets

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 14 2008, 5:34pm

Sony today announced that for a limited period, BRAVIA(R) Internet Video Link owners will have the opportunity to watch the Sony Pictures summer hit, Hancock, prior to retail DVD and Blu-ray Disc(TM) availability.

The movie, which can be rented for $9.99, will stream directly to BRAVIA televisions equipped with Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link for a 24-hour viewing period. This offer will be available to BRAVIA Internet Video Link owners beginning on October 28 and running through November 10.

As a bonus to consumers who purchase the rental stream and who register online, a free Blu-ray copy of Hancock will be mailed to consumers after the Hancock Blu-ray street date, November 25. This combo package is valued at...

New Products & Equipment

CyberLink Releases Digital Home Solution for Accessing High-Definition Video Remotely

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 14 2008, 5:32pm

CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solution provider for the connected digital lifestyle, today announced the release of CyberLink Media Server 2 and CyberLink SoftDMA 2, home networking applications for remotely accessing and sharing high-definition videos, photos, and music throughout the digital home.

Media Server turns a home PC into a network server for digital video, photo, and music content, which can be accessed and played by media players-such as SoftDMA-that are connected across a DLNA/UPnP network. Media Server, which is certified for the DLNA 1.5 logo, supports...


Integra Introduces its First Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 6 2008, 8:31pm

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (10/06/08) -- Integra has introduced its first Blu-ray disc player, the DBS-6.9, which delivers the ultimate in high definition performance, including 1080p Deep Color capable video and bitstream output of the latest high-resolution audio codecs.

The DBS-6.9 delivers...

Internet HD Video

VUDU Launches HDX, New Benchmark for Picture Quality in On-Demand Content

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 2 2008, 4:00am

VUDU Inc., a leading provider of digital technologies and services that deliver Internet entertainment to consumers' HDTVs and Home Theaters, today unveiled HDX, a groundbreaking video format that for the first time enables the viewing of Internet-delivered movie content in full High Definition 1080p format that is optimized for 40 inch and larger HDTVs and Home Theaters.

HDX delivers...

New Products & Equipment

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Announces FL6900U High Brightness 1080p Projector for Commercial and Education Applications

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 1 2008, 1:38pm

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division, known for award-winning, high-quality, high-definition presentation and display products, introduced its FL6900U projector designed for commercial and education installations. At a manufacturer's suggested retail price of only $9,995, Mitsubishi continues to lead the market for high-brightness 1080p projectors at lower price points than most with similar specs.

Mitsubishi's FL6900U offers a combination of 4000 lumens with full 1080p high-definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution for commercial venues with high ambient lighting such as sports bars, restaurants, hotel conference rooms, school auditoriums and corporate boardrooms.

The projector provides


Thomson's Technicolor Establishes First BDA-Approved Blu-ray DiscTM Testing Center in the United States

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 1 2008, 1:36pm

Thomson (Paris:18453) (NYSE:TMS) - the worldwide leader in video solutions for the Communication, Media & Entertainment (CME) industries - through its Technicolor Business Group, today announced it has established the first Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA)-approved Blu-ray Disc Testing Center in the United States at its Burbank location.

Because Blu-ray Discs feature cutting edge video, audio, and interactive features (BD-Jive and BD-Live), a sophisticated level of testing is required to ensure compatibility and flawless operation of all players available on the market before the discs are publicly released. Technicolor's test center is categorized as a