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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (November, 2008)

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New Products & Equipment

VIZIO Announces TV Price Drops Just in Time for the Holidays

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 28 2008, 1:54am

VIZIO, America's HDTV Company, announces details on some of their special pricing for select TVs during Black Friday weekend (starting the day after Thanksgiving, November 27, 2008.) VIZIO is lowering prices now so buyers can save now on the most popular LCD and plasma models...

Service & RepairDigital (DTV) TransitionPC & Laptop TechnologyPlasma HDTVs

Panasonic Brings Back Open Access to Its Exclusive VIERA HDTV Concierge Service for Holiday Shopping Season and Leading Up to the Digital Transition

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 26 2008, 3:08am

Panasonic, a market and technology leader in flat panel HDTV's, announced today that it will again offer consumers access to its Panasonic VIERA Concierge(TM) toll-free information service prior to "Black Friday" and through this holiday season. The Panasonic VIERA Concierge program, normally open exclusively to Panasonic VIERA Plasma and LCD HDTV owners, will be accessible to any consumer who would like to learn more about selecting a flat panel television from a live expert beginning...

Blu-ray

Sherwood Ships Affordable Advanced Blu-Ray DVD Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 25 2008, 1:48am

Sherwood America Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of high performance audio and video consumer electronics, announces that it is now shipping its first Blu-ray DVD player, aimed at consumers that have been waiting for affordability and optimum performance.

Sherwood's premier 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...

Marketplace

Consumers Continue to Buy HDTV Sets at Strong Rate, But Many Pass On HD Service

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 25 2008, 1:29am

Frank N. Magid Associates' recent study of high-definition television set owners reveals that fewer first-time HDTV set buyers are arranging for high-definition program service from cable and satellite providers than ever before. Among the 12 percent of U.S. households who purchased a new high-definition television in the past year, 41 percent still need to arrange for high-definition program service from a cable or satellite provider, compared to as many as...

New Products & Equipment

Gefen Announces Availability of 1:5 HDMI v1.3 Splitter for Simultaneous HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 24 2008, 10:23pm

Connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the availability of its 1:5 Splitter for HDMI v1.3. This high performance distribution solution accepts one HDMI signal from Blu-ray players, DVD players, set-top boxes, digital video recorders and game systems, and delivers the same audio and video to five HDMI displays and projectors at the same time. Greater signal distributions can be achieved when cascading two or more Splitters together.

With support for the full scope of the HDMI v1.3 format, this Gefen Splitter passes...

Blu-ray

Walmart Confirms Black Friday Deals, Including $128 Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 24 2008, 11:53am

Continuing its commitment to bring the best prices to customers through Operation Main Street, Walmart today posts online at Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/) its entire Black Friday advertising circular with incredible savings on hundreds of items to help its customers cut the cost of Christmas. In addition, Walmart.com today announces it will offer online specials on Thanksgiving Day.

In addition to its Black Friday specials...

Internet HD Video

VUDU Debuts Most Advanced On-Demand Box Ever

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 18 2008, 12:26pm

VUDU debuted today the VUDU XL2, a new Internet movie player designed specifically for professional home theater installations that demand the highest quality picture and a product that occupies just one rack unit (1U) of space.

In addition to providing access to hundreds of titles in VUDU's proprietary HDX format and with the largest HD library available on-demand, the XL2 will allow the most discerning home theater owners to choose from...

Blu-ray

Hitachi Launches New Web Site For Its Blu-Ray DZ-BD10HA Just in Time for the Holiday Season

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 17 2008, 4:42pm

Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc. will introduce a new sales channel for its award-winning Blu-ray camcorder, introduced last summer, using a direct sales Web site, www.hitachibd.com. Launched on November 17th, the microsite provides a convenient outlet for consumers to purchase the coveted camcorders. The user-friendly site also provides consumers direct online access to help them prepare for the holiday season.

Hitachi's new Web site will also feature...

New Products & Equipment

NETGEAR's Award-Winning Powerline Adapters for HD and Multimedia Streaming Now Available

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 17 2008, 4:39pm

NETGEAR(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) , a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced the general availability of its latest powerline adapters for turning electrical power outlets into high-speed Internet and home network connections. Fast enough to stream high-definition video, the award-winning Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111) and Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (XAVB101) provide reliable, high-speed network connections up to...

Programming

Comcast Announces More Than 1,000 HD Choices Available - the Most HD Content Anytime, Anywhere (well, almost)

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 14 2008, 2:39pm

As High Definition (HD) Television viewing skyrockets, Comcast/South Florida, the area's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications services, announced today that it now offers more than 1,000 high definition viewing choices, delivering on the company's commitment to significantly increase HD programming by year's end. This announcement also marks a major milestone for Project Infinity, Comcast's initiative to provide...

New Products & Equipment

Shuttle Introduces a New Media Centre Mini-PC Platform to Meet High Definition Requirements

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 13 2008, 11:16am

Shuttle Inc., the market leader in the Mini-PC segment and manufacturer of Multi-Form-Factor solutions today announces its brand-new XPC Barebone with Intel G45 Express chipset. The Shuttle XPC Barebone SG45H7 is ideally suited to deliver high-resolution 1080p picture quality. Furthermore, heat dissipation and noise level have been further improved in this model. As a unique feature amongst Mini-PCs...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung Introducing Brightest Outdoor Display - A 2000nit 70-inch LCD Panel

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 12 2008, 1:16pm

Looking to brighten the out-of-home advertising market, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world's largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), today announced that it has developed a 70-inch diagonal, "super bright" LCD digital signage panel - the brightest panel in the world to be mass produced.

Samsung's new 2000nit LCD panel is one-third...

New Products & Equipment

VUDU Offers $200 Discount at Best Buy Stores Nationwide

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 11 2008, 4:20am

VUDU Inc. today announced a nationwide promotion only available at Best Buy that should help chase away the winter and lighten the pressure of delivering that "tah-dah" gift this holiday season: a $299 VUDU bundle which includes a VUDU Internet Movie Player and $200 worth of movie credits.

VUDU is the only service to offer...

New Products & Equipment

Sharp Adds Enhanced Inputs and Network Connectivity to Professional High-Definition Liquid Crystal Display Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 10 2008, 9:09pm

Sharp is expanding its comprehensive line-up of professional LCD displays with the announcement of two Monitors that represent upgrades to two successful "PN" series monitors. The new PN-S525, designed for extended use in both landscape and portrait mode, replaces its predecessor - model PN-525U, while the new PN-S655, designed for extended use in landscape mode, replaces its predecessor - model PN-G655U. These new models offer high image quality and performance, adding a new LCD component panel for improved resistance to image retention, as well as additional inputs including HDMI and RJ-45 LAN for advanced connectivity and networking capability. Also...

New Products & Equipment

Silicon Mountain Unveils Allio(TM) 42-inch HDTV With Integrated PC and Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 10 2008, 9:07pm

Silicon Mountain Holdings, Inc., (OTC:SLCM) (BULLETIN BOARD: SLCM) , a technology company specializing in high-performance interactive computing solutions, today announced its design for a 32 and 42-inch High Definition LCD-TV with an integrated, full-function PC and Blu-ray/DVD player. Named Allio, this system will define an entirely new category of converged products, where entertainment and instant, on-demand information and productivity blend together seamlessly, in stunning high-definition.

The Allio HD TV / PC is the first...

Digital (DTV) Transition

Magid Study Finds Lingering Misperceptions in Countdown to Digital

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 10 2008, 9:00pm

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- With only 100 days remaining before broadcasters shut down their analog television transmissions, new research from Frank N. Magid Associates finds that an unprecedented 96 percent of all consumers ages 21 and older now say they have heard something about the pending digital transition.

Magid's online survey, fielded in September, reveals that...

Internet HD Video

VUDU Soars to Over 1,100 HD Titles, Offering Viewers Largest HD Library in Existence

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 10 2008, 8:48pm

VUDU announced today the availability of more than 1,100 HD titles for instant, on-demand viewing, giving the VUDU owners access to the largest library of HD content in existence. VUDU also pledged to continue to aggressively expand this HD library further in the coming weeks. The combination of this massive HD library, which spans mainstream new releases to independent titles and classics, with VUDU's two high quality HD formats, instant-start HD and the superior HDX format, make VUDU the most convenient and exciting choice for consumers who love HD content.

To achieve this milestone, the company added on average over 150 HD titles per week in October alone. Every week...

New Products & Equipment

WD TV(TM) HD Media Player Brings Digital Media Collections to the Big Screen

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 3 2008, 2:41pm

WD(R) (NYSE:WDC) , the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced a simple way for consumers to play their stored digital content on their HDTV in Full- HD 1080p resolution. The WD TV(TM) Media Player connects to a user's TV or home theater and plays digital movies, music and photos from WD's My Passport(TM) portable drive or other USB mass storage device. The WD TV Media Player is available...