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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (December, 2008)

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Blu-ray

LG Electronics Announces New Streaming Content Partners for Its Network Blu-ray Disc Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 30 2008, 3:07pm

LG Electronics today announced the expansion of network entertainment options for its Network Blu-ray Disc players through new alliances with CinemaNow and YouTube(TM).

Available on new LG Network Blu-ray Disc Players in...

New Products & Equipment

LG Display Unveils the World's First "Trumotion 480Hz" LCD TV Panel

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 30 2008, 2:37pm

LG Display (NYSE:LPL, KRX:034220), a leading innovator of TFT-LCD technology, announced today that it has developed the world's first "Trumotion 480Hz" LCD TV panel, which has an impressive 480 refresh rate per second, accelerating the advent of ultra high-speed images, without sacrificing picture quality.

LG Display's 'scanning backlight' is the technology that...

Internet HD Video

Roku Digital Video Player Now Streaming HD Content From Netflix

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 22 2008, 7:00pm

Roku Inc., a leading innovator in digital media technology and maker of the popular Netflix Player by Roku, today announced it has released support for streaming high definition (HD) content. Through the use of advanced compression technology, Roku can deliver instant streaming of HD content over average consumer broadband connections - bringing HD to the mass market at an affordable price of just...

Sports

Sony to Simulcast Live 3D Coverage of FedEx BCS Championship Game at CES and Theaters

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 17 2008, 12:26pm

Sony Electronics is teaming with FOX Sports and an all-star roster of technology providers to deliver the first live 3D presentation of next month's college football FedEx Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game between the University of Florida and University of Oklahoma. The announcement was made here during the Sports Video Group annual League Technology Summit.

The Jan. 8 game will be shot using 3ality Digital's image-capture technology and transmitted live via Cinedigm's CineLive(TM) satellite distribution network from Dolphin Stadium in Miami to...

Internet HD Video

VUDU Brings the Web to TV With Breakthrough Internet Application Platform

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 17 2008, 12:23pm

VUDU today took a major step forward in bringing the Web into the living room by launching the VUDU RIA (Rich Internet Application) platform, a standards-based platform that brings Web-hosted rich applications and services to consumer appliances such as the popular VUDU Internet movie player. VUDU RIA combines the openness and ease of development of Web applications, lightweight hardware requirements compatible with today's consumer Internet appliances, and a lean-back user experience optimized for television.

To demonstrate the power and flexibility of VUDU RIA, VUDU has created...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

XStreamHD(TM) Performs Successful Transport System Test

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 17 2008, 11:50am

XStreamHD, an emerging leader in the delivery and distribution of Full High Definition (HD) entertainment to the home, has successfully tested its revolutionary transport system.

The unique transport system, tested on the AMC-16 satellite at 85 degrees west longitude, enables XStreamHD to deliver Full HD movies, music, and games directly to...

New Products & Equipment

ViewSonic Debuts First 24-Inch Widescreen Full HDTV, Ideal for the 'Other Room'

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 15 2008, 8:33pm

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual display products, today announced the launch of the VT2430, a 24-inch LCD HDTV with full 1080p high-definition performance, delivering precise images for a sharper picture. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, TVs top the lists of what both adults and teens want for the holidays1, and the VT2430 is an affordable option to grant those wishes.

The VT2430 has key features that consumers desire...

Internet HD Video

SageTV Releases $199.95 SageTV HD Theater for Full HD playback of home Video, Music & Photos

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 12 2008, 3:14am

SageTV, LLC, today released SageTV HD Theater, a $199.95 Full HD capable networked media player that lets you enjoy virtually any home video, music or photo from your home network in Full HD on your HDTV. Internet Video from YouTube and many other popular online video services can be browsed, searched and played on the SageTV HD Theater.

Setup with the SageTV HD Theater is really simple...

Gaming

PlayStation(R)Home Beta Service Will Become Available to All Users on December 11

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 10 2008, 12:36pm

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that its highly anticipated PlayStation(R)Home Beta service for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(R)) will become available for all PS3 users around the world(*1) on December 11, 2008. Following the successful completion of the closed beta service, PlayStation Home's open beta service will continue to evolve with new features and functionality.

PlayStation Home is a ground-breaking 3D social gaming community available on PS3 that allows users to...

Smithsonian Channel(TM) and Skyworks to Produce Biggest Aerial Series in TV History

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 9 2008, 1:52am

A high definition "bird's eye view" of the visual splendor of each of the 50 states will be the focus of a new series, Aerial America, commissioned by Smithsonian Channel.

The channel is co-producing Aerial America with Skyworks, one of the world's top high definition aerial filming specialists, to profile the USA in 50 distinct one-hour programs. The series will be the most expansive aerial television series ever produced.

Aerial America will capture the wonders of...

New Products & Equipment

Creative Announces Availability of the Vado HD Pocket Video Cam

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 9 2008, 1:24am

Creative(R) today announced availability of the Vado(TM) HD Pocket Video Cam, the ideal holiday gift. The thin, lightweight Vado HD is small enough to fit easily in a pocket, purse or the palm of your hand, and it captures video in 720p high-definition quality with just the touch of a button.

The Vado HD is the only Pocket Video Cam to feature...

Technology

TZero Demonstrates World's First Commercially Viable 1080p60 Wireless HDMI Solution

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 3 2008, 9:41pm

TZero Technologies, the leader in Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology and wireless video solutions, today announced that it will publicly demonstrate its second generation ZeroWireTM product at a developer's conference in Tokyo this week. The new ZeroWireTM solution, with an expected bill of material cost below $50 per device, is the world's first and only commercially viable Wireless HDMI product that supports...

Digital (DTV) Transition

'DTV Day' Is an Innovative Educational Initiative and Readiness Test for DTV Transition

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 3 2008, 1:56pm

To help viewers prepare for the federally mandated shutdown of full-power television analog signals and the transition to digital television (DTV) on February 17, 2009, all Boston market broadcast television stations and cable providers, in conjunction with Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), chairman of the House Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee as well as the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association (MBA), have partnered to launch 'DTV Day' on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

'DTV Day' is a market-wide educational initiative designed to...