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Samsung Survey Says 43 Percent of Football Fans Are Likely to Visit In-Laws If They Owned an HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 28 2009, 5:25pm

Samsung Electronics America, the market leader in HDTVs and the Official HDTV of the NFL and Super Bowl XLIII, today announced additional findings from a recently commissioned survey. The survey revealed that an HDTV can entice your spouse to visit the in-laws, even for the Super Bowl, if it means viewing football in high definition.

According to the survey, Americans, football fans or not, agree there is no better place to watch the game than at home when there is a high definition television in place. However, the survey also found that...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network Expands Local High Definition Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 15 2009, 7:05pm

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 seven markets: Abilene, Texas (KTAB CBS Ch. 32 and KRBC NBC Ch. 9); Joplin, Mo. (KODE ABC Ch. 12 and KSNF NBC Ch. 16); Little Rock, Ark. (KARK NBC 4); Louisville, Ky. (WDRB FOX Ch. 41); Springfield, Mo. (KOLR CBS Ch. 10 and KSFX FOX Ch. 27); Wichita Falls, Texas (KFDX NBC Ch. 3 and KJTL FOX Ch. 18); and Wilkes Barre, Penn. (WYOU CBS Ch. 22 and WBRE NBC Ch. 28). DISH Network(R) now offers local channels in 90 markets reaching 78 percent of U.S. TV households.

Consumers can...

New Products & Equipment

New JVC Everio Line Offers a Compact, Stylish Camcorder to Meet Every Need

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 9 2009, 4:28pm

JVC today announced a new line of Everio camcorders that offers innovations in video sharing, dual storage memory models and hi-def camcorders no larger than their diminutive standard definition counterparts.

For 2009, what the Everio line offers is choice - in storage medium, color and sharing. The line includes hard disk drive (HDD) models, memory camcorders, and for the first time dual memory models, including standard and high definition dual...

New Products & Equipment

Epson Introduces High-Performance Home Theater Projector With 1080p Resolution and 75,000:1 Contrast Ratio

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 9 2009, 4:25pm

Building on its leadership position as the number-one selling projector brand worldwide(ii), Epson today announced the latest addition to its award-winning line of 3LCD 1080p front projectors, the PowerLite(R) Home Cinema 6500 UB. Offering true 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution with the latest 3LCD D7 chip set for significantly higher contrast, a built-in HQV Reon-VX processor by Silicon Optix, and a wide range of new performance advantages, the Home Cinema 6500 UB delivers an outstanding viewing experience for...

3D HDTV

RealD Takes 3D Spotlight at CES

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 9 2009, 4:21pm

RealD, the global leader in 3D, showcased its innovations in 3D entertainment at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Thursday with spectacular demonstrations at the opening keynote address, Sony Electronics booth and the first live 3D broadcast of...

Digital (DTV) Transition

Consumers Union Asks Congress to Consider Delay of Digital TV Transition After Federal Coupon Program Runs Out of Money

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 9 2009, 1:08pm

Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, today said Congress should consider delaying the February 17 transition from analog to digital TV broadcasts.

In letters to members of Congress, President Bush, and President-elect Obama...

Blu-ray

New Pioneer Blu-ray BD-Live Players Deliver Cinematic-Quality Performance

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 7:17pm

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveils a complete series of BD-Live Blu-ray Disc players for entertainment junkies who seek cinematic-quality performance along with a premium and unique user experience. The two Pioneer® BDP-120 and BDP-320 models and the Elite® BDP-23FD are outfitted with expandable or built-in memory to deliver on the promise of BD-Live™ right out of the box. Pioneer's players combine supreme features, sophisticated internal construction with a rigid chassis design ensuring the highest quality playback of Blu-ray Disc, DVD and...

New Products & Equipment

Pioneer A/V Receivers Deliver Cutting Edge Digital Entertainment to the Living Room

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 7:15pm

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveils a new line of stellar A/V receivers that are the first to provide a complete digital entertainment solution for the home theater. The Pioneer VSX-519V, VSX-819H, VSX-919AH and VSX-1019AH are some of the industry's first to feature iPhone and iPod® certification for enhanced compatibility to the millions of Apple® mobile digital devices already sold. In addition to simple ‘plug and play' connectivity, Pioneer enhances the overall user experience with full color graphic user interfaces including...

New Products & Equipment

Pioneer Elevates Digital Music with New Upconverting DVD Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 7:13pm

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today debuts the new Pioneer® DV-420V 1080p upconverting DVD player, which is the first to feature an exclusive MP3 encoding capability for supreme music portability. Combining HDMI™ connectivity with advanced multi-format playback, Pioneer's new player is an ideal source device for secondary room settings. Extremely compact in size, the DV-420V features a length of only...

New Products & Equipment

Hauppauge Introduces HD PVR Upgrade to Support Playstation 3 and Digital Audio

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 4:18pm

Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAUP), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of analog and digital TV tuner products for personal computers, has announced that their HD PVR now has direct recording support for digital audio and for the high definition format used by the Sony Playstation 3 (PS3). HD PVR is a high definition video recorder for PCs and Macs. It records from HD cable TV and satellite set top boxes and allows a user to create libraries of high definition TV shows and movies for playback on HD TVs or burning to disk in a Blu-ray format.

HD PVR records videos onto...

3D HDTV

NVIDIA Announces 3D Vision-The World's First High-Definition 3D Stereo Solution for the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 2:45pm

NVIDIA Corporation, in conjunction with the world's leading content developers, display manufacturers, and PC OEMs and system builders, is pleased to announce NVIDIA(R) 3D Vision(TM) for GeForce(R), the world's first high-definition 3D stereo solution for the home.

Forming the foundation for a new consumer 3D stereo ecosystem for gaming and home entertainment PCs, 3D Vision is a combination of high-tech wireless glasses, a high-power IR emitter and advanced software that automatically transforms...

New Products & Equipment

LG Electronics Unveils Stylish 2009 LCD Monitors, Highlights Include 1080p Resolution and 16:9 Aspect Ratio

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 2:29pm

LG Electronics unveiled three new series of liquid crystal display (LCD) computer monitors as the foundation of its expanding information technology (IT) product portfolio.

By combining stylish design with new features, including 16:9 aspect ratio, ATSC tuners, Full HD 1080p resolution and multi-screen capability, consumers can now elevate the look and functionality of any home office. The monitors highlight...

New Products & Equipment

SANYO Smashes $2000 Price Barrier on Full HD 1080p Home Theater Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 2:26pm

SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP presentation systems introduces a new Full HD LCD projector for popular residential applications, such as home theaters and media rooms. While the PLV-1080HD is SANYO's entry- level projector it is equipped with a state-of-the-art Full 1080p HD 3LCD panel, the most advanced lens-shifting technology in the industry, a new variable iris, and SANYO's 3D color management system. The PLV-1080HD is shipping...

Blu-ray

LG Electronics Debuts Full Line of Network Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:52pm

Building on the success of its BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player -- the world's first Blu-ray player to instantly stream Netflix -- LG Electronics introduced two new Network Blu-ray Disc Players (BD370, BD390) and three Network Blu-ray Disc Home Theater Systems (LHB954, LHB977, LHB979) with expanded content options and wireless connectivity...

Technology

Dolby Showcases Audio Innovations Driving High-Definition Entertainment

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:44pm

At the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), will highlight the first television sets for the US and European markets that feature Dolby® Volume audio technology. The company will also demonstrate the latest entertainment innovations that feature Dolby's world-class audio technologies, including...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Verizon Now Offers 100 or More High-Definition Channels in all FiOS TV Markets

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:41pm

Verizon FiOS TV now provides 100 or more channels of high-definition (HD) television in every market where the TV service is offered, delivering Verizon's promise to provide the ultimate high-definition home-entertainment experience by surpassing all of its cable competitors in the number of HD channels it offers. FiOS TV also offers superior picture-and-sound quality because it is delivered over...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network(R) Introduces World's First 'SlingLoaded' HD DVR at 2009 Consumer Electronics Show

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:35pm

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) , the nation's third largest pay-TV provider and the digital transition leader, today unveiled the world's first SlingLoaded(TM) HD DuoDVR(TM), the award-winning ViP(R) 922. The ViP(R) 922 is the first high definition digital video recorder that incorporates placeshifting technology.

The ViP(R) 922 was built by...

New Products & Equipment

Seagate Brings Enjoyment of Digital Content to the Living Room With Seagate(R) FreeAgent(R) Theater(TM) HD Media Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 3:19am

Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) , the world's leading provider of storage solutions, today unveiled the new Seagate(R) FreeAgent(R) Theater(TM) HD media player, a complete home theater solution designed to enhance the experience of enjoying digital media by providing an easy way to play your favorite videos, movies and photos on your TV. The Seagate FreeAgent Theater media player is a new accessory designed to work with...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung Launches High Performance Plasma HDTVs at CES 2009

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:47am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today unveiled two series of advanced plasma HDTVs. Delivering full HD 1080p resolution, increased energy efficiency, breath-taking design and deeper levels of black performance, Samsung's latest plasma line sets a new standard of excellence in the Plasma HDTV category.

The entire line-up will be...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung's 1080p LCD HDTVs Couple Energy-Efficiency with Advanced Picture Quality

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:44am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today unveiled its next-generation LCD HDTV lineup with CCFL backlighting. The LCD HDTV line-up is led by the Series 7, which is the company's first CCFL-backlit LCD TV with a 240Hz refresh rate. Samsung's line of LCD HDTVs will be...

Blu-ray

Samsung's Latest Award-Winning Blu-ray Players Open up a New Multimedia Experience Portal

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:41am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today unveiled the world's first wall-mountable Blu-ray player, the BD-P4600, as well as the new standard for Blu-ray performance and versatility, the BD-P3600. A 2009 CES "Best of Innovations" Award Winner, the BD-P4600 unites a plethora of multimedia features in a svelte, first-in-class package. The enthusiasts' choice, the BD-P3600 promises top-notch video playback, comprehensive audio decoding, and unprecedented networking capabilities for an immersive, theater-like experience. Both players set a new direction for the Blu-ray category with wireless...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung Ushers in New Era for Flat-Panel Television with New Category Line-Up of LED LCD HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:33am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, raises the bar for flat-panel TVs everywhere with the launch of an entirely new line-up of advanced LED HDTVs. Samsung's latest HDTVs will be...

New Products & Equipment

Sharp® Demonstrates Continued Leadership in LCD Innovation and Introduces Cutting-Edge Video and Audio Technologies at CES 2009

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:27am

At CES 2009, Sharp is showcasing several revolutionary products and technologies that demonstrate the company's drive to innovate and improve the LCD industry with increased performance, the widest array of screen size offerings, improvements in energy efficiency and dazzling new designs. While maintaining its commitment to the LCD industry, Sharp is also incorporating its leading display technologies into the video industry with new Blu-ray introductions and an array of...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung Delivers World's First Blu-ray Home Theater Sound Bar

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:14am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today debuts its new line of award-winning home theater offerings, including the HT-BD8200 Blu-ray Home Theater Sound Bar, HT-BD7200 Blu-ray 2.1 channel Home Theater System, and the HT-BD1250 5.1 channel Blu-ray Home Theater System. The HT-BD8200 and HT-BD7200 are 2009 CES "Best of Innovations" Award winners, while the HT-BD1250 Blu-ray Home Theater System is a CES 2009 Innovations Design and Engineering Award honoree. Samsung's home entertainment lineup, available in...

Technology

The Next Dimension in Home Entertainment: 3D HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:09am

3D isn't just for the movie theaters anymore; very soon viewers will be able to enjoy a true 3D experience right in their own home. Next3D has developed a ground-breaking technology that allows consumers to receive theatrical 3D films, 3D IMAX films, movie trailers, real-time stereo camera webcasts and other 3D content directly to their XBOX 360 or PC.

Blu-ray

Panasonic Introduces World's First Portable Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:07am

Panasonic, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, introduced the world's first portable Blu-ray Disc player at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. The DMP-B15, designed to provide the ultimate high definition Blu-ray experience for those on the go, features a high quality 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD screen and includes the unique VIERA CAST(R) internet accessibility and BD Live functionality. The DMP-B15 will be available in...

New Products & Equipment

Panasonic Develops Super High-Efficient Thin-Profile Plasma and LCD HDTV Displays

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:06am

Panasonic, the industry and technology leader in HDTVs, has developed new thin-profile display panel technologies for both Plasma (PDPs) and LCD HDTVs, achieving further advancements in picture quality and environmental performance. These prototypes will be featured at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week.

The newly developed NeoPDP technology has been incorporated into two types of PDPs. The first is...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

Panasonic Premieres Wireless HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:04am

Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE:PC) , the industry leader in high definition and Plasma HDTV, today introduced its flagship 1080p one-inch thin Z1 Plasma series. The NeoPDP HDTV features, in addition to the one-inch design and separate tuner box configuration, WirelessHD(TM) technology to deliver the ultimate in sleek, uncluttered panel cabling setup and an expansion of last year's innovative internet enabled VIERA Cast(TM) functionality, that now incorporates Amazon's Video-on-Demand service. The Z1 series will be available in...

Blu-ray

Panasonic Creates Ultimate HDTV and Blu-ray Entertainment Devices With Amazon Video On Demand

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:01am

Panasonic announced today a collaborative relationship that adds Amazon Video On Demand to Panasonic's line of 2009 VIERA CAST(R) enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray devices. Bringing unique internet enabled services to VIERA HDTV and Blu-ray owners, VIERA CAST will enable customers to instantly shop and watch their favorite movies and TV shows, selecting from Amazon Video On Demand's huge selection of more than 40,000 titles. Panasonic is a leader in built-in TV web entertainment via VIERA CAST and its award winning line of VIERA HDTVs and Blu-ray players, while Amazon.com is a leader in video-on-demand entertainment.

For 2009, Panasonic's VIERA CAST feature has been extended to...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Panasonic Expands Line of High Definition Camcorders, Including Model With World's Highest Total Pixel Count*

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 12:58am

Panasonic today expanded its 2009 High Definition (HD) camcorder line with six new full-HD models, ranging from introductory to semi-professional. Three new models, the HDC-HS300, HDC-TM300 and HDC-HS250, are more advanced and feature a newly developed 3MOS chip system, while the three other introductory models, the HDC-HS20, HDC-TM20 and HDC-SD20, offer features ideal for first-time users wanting simple but powerful video capabilities. All six High Definition models feature...

Blu-ray

Panasonic's Expanded 2009 Blu-ray Line Up Features VIERA CAST(R), BD Live(TM), World's First VHS-Blu-ray Player and Reduced Power Consumption

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 12:53am

Panasonic, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, today introduced the successors to last year's award winning DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55 players, as well as presenting the world's first Blu-ray-VHS dual player. All three of the new Blu-ray players - DMP-BD60, DMP-BD80, DMP-BD70V - combine high quality images with enhanced networking functions, including VIERA Cast's improved internet functionality that provides access to Amazon VOD's huge selection of titles. Continuing its commitment to producing products that stress ease of use, the 2009 line of Blu-ray Disc(TM) players continue to incorporate...

New Products & Equipment

Panasonic Expands Its Award Winning Line of VIERA(R) HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 12:51am

Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE:PC) , the industry leader in high definition Plasma and LCD televisions, introduced its expanded line of VIERA HDTVs at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. Building upon its award winning portfolio of high definition televisions, Panasonic will broaden its offering in 2009 by introducing new screen sizes in both Plasma and LCD lines with a new 54-inch class plasma and 19-inch class LCD. In addition, VIERA will extend its unique technology features, such as the acclaimed VIERA CAST(R) web menu, to additional model lines.

VIERA CAST, originally launched in 2008, will broaden its entertainment offering with the addition of...

New Products & Equipment

Panasonic's World's First 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater System* Makes U.S. Debut at CES 2009

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 12:46am

Panasonic, the market and technology leader in HDTV, announced today the U.S. debut of its world's first 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater System (3D FHD) this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2009. The system made its world debut at CEATEC JAPAN 2008 in October 2008 to very strong reviews.

Panasonic's 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater System enables...

Technology

Panasonic and Comcast to Collaborate on Bringing HDMI-CEC to Set-Top Boxes

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 12:44am

On the heels of the successful retail launch of the first tru2wayTM -ready VIERA(R) HDTV, Panasonic, the market and technology leader in HDTV, and Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA; CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced that they are collaborating to bring HDMI-CEC technology to the latest generation of digital cable set-top boxes.

HDMI-CEC is the technology underlying...

Programming

Panasonic Announces Creation of 3D Full HD Advanced Authoring Center in Hollywood

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 12:42am

Panasonic Corporation, a market and technology leader in HDTV, announced today the creation of Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory Advanced Authoring Center (PHL-AC) which will begin operations effective February 1, 2009. The center, which will be located within Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory (PHL) in Universal City, CA, will accelerate 3D Full HD (3D FHD) Blu-ray format-establishment and development and will work directly with Hollywood studios providing 3D title development services for 3D FHD Blu-ray titles.

PHL-AC will feature...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Share Fun Moments Online With Sony 'Webbie HD' Cameras

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 12:40am

Social networking is all the rage with Sony's new stylish cameras that make it easy to capture and upload MP4 video and still photos directly to the Web.

The MHS-CM1 and MHS-PM1 Webbie HD(TM) cameras capture daily events in high definition video (1440x1080/30p) and 5-megapixel still photos. Embedded software makes it possible to quickly upload content online in a few simple clicks. Two portable designs in three stylish colors...

Programming

Picture Gets Clearer With GOLF CHANNEL Now in High Definition

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 9:33pm

GOLF CHANNEL's exclusive coverage of the first three PGA TOUR events of 2009 in high definition is merely a tip of the cap to the network's newly launched HD channel, which will bolster the network's schedule with more than 2,100 total HD hours of tournaments, original programming and news this year.

The tournament season kicks off Thursday with...

Internet HD Video

Netflix Announces Partnership With VIZIO to Instantly Stream Movies to New High Definition TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 9:31pm

Netflix Inc., (NASDAQ:NFLX) the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced a partnership with VIZIO, the American TV and consumer electronics company based in Irvine, Calif., that will enable consumers to instantly watch movies from Netflix directly on new VIZIO high definition televisions featuring...

New Products & Equipment

Haier America Offers Most Extensive New Electronics Product Launch in 10 Year History

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 7:31pm

The 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will unveil a completely new line of televisions, portable electronics and technologies by Haier. As the Official HDTV of the NBA, Haier will showcase a broad array of LCD high-definition televisions, including...

New Products & Equipment

Toshiba to Build on Its Collaboration with Intel and Microsoft with New Internet- and PC-Connected AV Products

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 7:08pm

Today, Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) announced a major product initiative that will reinforce its collaboration with Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation respectively and allow users to quickly and easily access and enjoy a diverse range of high quality content and information services in the home.

New Products & Equipment

From 19 to Advanced 55", the 2009 Toshiba LCD TV Line-Up Has It All

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 7:06pm

Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. ("Toshiba"), a market leader in LCD TVs, today announced its full 2009 line-up of LCD televisions offering striking new cosmetics, unique technologies, more advanced features and additional screen sizes. From 19-inch to new 55-inch Cinema Series(R) models, Toshiba's line-up offers...

New Products & Equipment

NETGEAR Unveils Two New Internet-Connected Set-Top Products to Enrich TV Entertainment for Internet Families and Serious Media Enthusiasts

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 7:02pm

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opening today, NETGEAR(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) , a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, introduced two new products that enable consumers to enjoy the world of Internet videos and digital entertainment content on their HDTV screens. Designed to enhance the connected lifestyles of Internet-generation families and serious media enthusiasts, the NETGEAR Internet TV Player (ITV2000) and the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150) will be...

Internet HD Video

LG Electronics Launches Broadband HDTVs With 'NetCast(TM) Entertainment Access'

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 6:59pm

LG Electronics today announced two new HDTV series with NetCast(TM) Entertainment Access that offer instant streaming of movies, TV shows, video, and a Widget-based user experience via Ethernet connectivity directly to the television. Through new alliances with Yahoo!, Netflix, and YouTube(TM), consumers can instantly stream...

New Products & Equipment

LG Electronics' 2009 HDTV Lines Feature Smart Technologies, Beautiful Viewing Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 6:57pm

LG Electronics today unveiled 12 stylish new HDTV product lines -- nine series of LCD models and three plasma series -- with screens ranging from 19- to 60-inch class sizes. Each of these HDTVs blends a refined design with smart technologies to elevate and personalize the home theater experience. The entire line is being introduced this week at the 2009 International CES(R), Booth #8214, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center.

Many of LG's HDTV series incorporate advanced technologies -- such as...

Technology

New HDMI Version Coming - Will Add Networking, Higher Speeds and Address Emerging Auto Industry

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 6:42pm

HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface™ (HDMI™) specification, today announced an overview of the capabilities and features of the next version of the HDMI specification which will be launched in the first half of 2009.

Our goal is to address 5 key industry trends in the coming spec...

New Products & Equipment

Accell Announces the UltraAV 4x4 High Speed HDMI 1.3 Matrix Switch

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 6:38pm

Accell announces the debut of their UltraAV 4x4 High Speed HDMI 1.3 Matrix Switch. This switch allows any of up to four HDMI audio/video sources such as a DVD player, set-top box, PS3 and receiver to independently send an audio/video signal to any four devices such as TV's and Projectors. The UltraAV 4x4 High Speed HDMI 1.3 Matrix Switch will...

New Products & Equipment

Accell's New Locking HDMI Cable Offers Trouble Free Connectivity and Enhanced Performance

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 6:36pm

Accell announces the debut of their patent pending Locking HDMI cable. This exclusive design was created for anyone purchasing an HDMI cable that wants to ensure a trouble free installation. The Locking HDMI cable will be showcased at International CES, from January 8-11, 2009 in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall 1, Booth #20425.

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

VIZIO Announces New and Exciting 'Connected HDTV' Platform With Wireless Connectivity (802.11n)

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 3:54pm

VIZIO, America's TV and Consumer Electronics Company, announced today the unveiling of its "Connected HDTV" Platform, which enhances the HDTV viewing experience by bringing personalized entertainment, information and social networking content into the viewer's living room. With unprecedented choice and control of web-based and local content from a wide range of popular content providers and services, including on-demand movies and music, news, weather, sports, gaming and social networking services, this platform will be integrated as a key feature into VIZIO televisions shipping...

New Products & Equipment

VIZIO Extends Universal Line of Accessories With Energy Saving Surge Protector, HDMI Cables, HDTV Wall Mounts, and HDMI Extender

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 3:51pm

VIZIO, America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, introduced several new products for their branded line of accessories including the company's first Surge Protector, HDMI cables, a variety of Flat Panel Wall Mounts, and a HDMI Extender.

New Products & Equipment

VIZIO Offers Complete Line of Energy Efficient LCD HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 3:48pm

VIZIO, America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, revealed details about seven new EcoHD(TM) LCD HDTVs that meet or exceed all of the Energy Star 3.0 requirements.

Currently, all VIZIO LCD HDTVs meet Energy Star 3.0 requirements for lower energy consumption. These seven new EcoHD(TM) models, however, exceed those standards by as much as 25%, which is good news for both the environment and value-conscious consumers. The amount of energy consumption depends on the size of the TV. For instance...

New Products & Equipment

TiVo Transforms the TV World Once Again by Offering a New Way to Search & Discover Content

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 3:46pm

TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO) , the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today showed the future of television, unveiling a redesigned TiVo Search feature that offers improved search results with a completely new High Definition design, all at no additional charge. TiVo Search brings users the power of choice, offering millions of pieces of content not available via cable or satellite, along with thousands of linear TV choices. Delivered via broadband, TiVo Search combines a graphics rich experience with simplicity and relevancy that...

New Products & Equipment

Macrovision's Guide Daily to Be Deployed in SANYO's Digital TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 3:44pm

Macrovision Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:MVSN), a digital entertainment technology leader, announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with SANYO Manufacturing Corporation, allowing Macrovision's Guide Daily to be incorporated into SANYO's digital TV product line. Guide Daily is a version of Macrovision's full-scale interactive program guide (IPG), designed to help consumers navigate, sort, select, and schedule television programming.

SANYO will deploy Guide Daily into its flat panel TV product for its value line of digital televisions to be available...

Blu-ray

Memorex® Blu-ray Disc Player, HDMI Cables and Soundbar

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 3:31pm

Recreate the cinema movie experience right in your home with easy-to-use and affordable Memorex home theatre products. Memorex, a portfolio brand of Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN), today introduced the powerful SimpleSurround HDMI DVD SoundBar with iPod® dock, the feature-packed MVBD-2520 Blu-ray Disc player, and high performance audio/video cables including High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cables. The latest in the Memorex line of home theatre components and accessories represent the perfect blend of quality and value, and offer consumers the exciting opportunity to experience high-definition (HD) movies in their homes without breaking the bank.

The following home theatre components and accessories will be on display...

New Products & Equipment

VIZIO Expands Flagship XVT Series of HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 3:13pm

VIZIO, America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, unveils several new models to the XVT Series expanding the performance line with five NEW models. The most dramatic technology introduction is the use of LED panels featuring 240Hz with Scanning Backlight and VIZIO's Smooth Motion II(TM) technology in their largest model the 55" VF551XVT. LED backlight technology provides better picture quality with 1,000,000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast with local dimming. LED also provides faster response times and higher color saturation so you achieve a better picture. It is also environmentally responsible because it is mercury free. The VIZIO VF551XVT also has 5 HDMI Inputs and a speaker bar designed into the TV so you achieve more robust full body sound from a flat panel TV with SRS TruSurround HD(TM), and TruVolume(TM).

They are also expanding their collection of 42" and 47" XVTs to include...

New Products & Equipment

VIZIO Introduces High Style Line of Full HD 1080p and 120Hz LCD HDTV Series With JAVA Color HDTV Collection

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 1:19pm

VIZIO, America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, launches the VL and VT Series, enhancing the performance of Full HD 1080p LCD HDTVs with 120Hz Smooth Motion II(TM) technology. The VL Series consists of four new models ranging from 32" to 47" (VL320M, VL370M, VL420M, and VL470M). The VT Series consists of three new models ranging from 37" to 47" (VT420M, and VT470M).

Each model in the VL and VT Series incorporates...

New Products & Equipment

Hitachi Showcases Latest Advanced Technologies at CES 2009

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 4:09am

Always on the cutting edge of design and aesthetics, Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) (TOKYO:6501) and Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc. will unveil their "Style-Unlimited" showcase at the 2009 International CES in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11.

Starting with...

Technology

The Winning Touch: Logitech Harmony 1100 Offers Customizable Touch Screen

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 2:05am

Say goodbye to complicated lists and long explanations about how to use your home-entertainment system. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduced the Logitech® Harmony® 1100 advanced universal remote control, delivering powerful home-entertainment control through a customizable, 3.5-inch full-color touch screen. Logitech's newest remote provides a touch-screen interface that lets you put the commands you want, where you want them. The Harmony 1100 remote has received...

Internet HD Video

Amazon Video on Demand Brings Customers New-Release Movies and TV Shows to the Roku Digital Video Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2009, 3:16am

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it will offer customers the ability to instantly purchase, rent and watch digital movies and TV episodes from its popular video service, Amazon Video On Demand, via the Roku Digital Video Player. Beginning in early 2009, the Roku Player, which currently supports only the Netflix service, will offer access to Amazon Video On Demand's more than 40,000 commercial-free movies and television shows, enabling Roku customers for the first time to watch new release movie titles instantly.

With an easy-to-use interface that customers can enjoy from their couch, Amazon Video On Demand and the Roku Player will enable customers to...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Canon U.S.A. Packs a Punch with a Powerful New Camcorder Line-up for 2009

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2009, 3:04am

Canon U.S.A., Inc, a leader in digital imaging technology, announces an exciting new line of five VIXIA high definition and six standard definition camcorders, which are available in a variety of different recording formats, including Flash Memory. The camcorders retain Canon's core imaging technologies, but add a wide selection of new features for enhanced image quality and added flexibility for sharing and storing memories.

Highlighting the list of new features is Canon's newest and most sophisticated image processor, DIGIC DV III. The new HD processor is featured in select VIXIA models and delivers...

Internet HD Video

Samsung and Yahoo!® Bring the Best of the Web to Television

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2009, 2:59am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, and Yahoo! Inc., a leading global Internet company, today announced a new Internet-based service to Samsung televisions available in the spring of 2009. Select models in Samsung's 2009 flat-panel HDTV line-up will be powered by the Yahoo! Widget Engine, a fifth-generation applications platform that enables TV watchers to interact with and enjoy a rich set of "TV Widgets." TV Widgets make it easy to interact with Internet content and services to complement and enhance the traditional TV viewing experience. The lightweight Javascript and XML applications bring content, information and community features available on the Internet within easy reach of the remote control. The new televisions will be displayed at CES 2009 in Samsung's booth located at Central Hall, Booth #11033.

Select models in Samsung's 2009 flat-panel HDTV lines will support the new TV Widget service, called "Internet@TV - ...

Education

MD Goes HD: Phoenix Doctor Is First to Use New High-Definition Television Production Vehicle to Help Educate and Teach From the Operating Room

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2009, 2:46am

VAS Communications, a multi-media marketing and video production company co-owned by Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, Founder and Medical Director of Arizona Heart Institute and Arizona Heart Hospital, has recently custom built a High-Definition Satellite uplink production vehicle, the first vehicle with High-Definition capabilities in Arizona.

Early in his career...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

Wireless Extension from Gefen

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2009, 12:20am

Ideal for hard to reach locations where cable runs are unwanted, Gefen's wireless extension solutions support the delivery of high definition video with audio up to various lengths, depending on the technology used. Each system allows home entertainment system installers to place high definition displays in hard to reach locations, such as...

Technology

PPC Announces First Locking HDMI Cable at CES

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2009, 12:09am

PPC www.connect2ppc.com, the proven leader in the design and manufacture of connectors for the telecommunications, satellite and wireless industries with the most patents in connector technology worldwide, announced today that it will be debuting the first HDMI locking cable available on the market, the "PPC Locking HDMI Cable," at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held this week in Las Vegas.

The PPC Locking HDMI Cable is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface, providing...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

Celeno and Cavium Networks Collaborate to Offer Whole-Home 1080p60 HDMI Connectivity over Wi-Fi®

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 5 2009, 6:29pm

Celeno Communications, a leading provider of semiconductors for multimedia Wi-Fi home networking applications, today announced a collaboration with Cavium Networks (NASDAQ: CAVM), the leader in super low latency, full-HD H.264 video codecs to fulfill the demand for a robust, low latency and long range wireless HDMI solution. The joint reference design meets the demand for in-room HDMI cable replacement applications as well as whole-home full-HD video content sharing, using standards-based Wi-Fi networking technology. The solution enables consumer electronics manufacturers to develop products that support various digital home connectivity use cases. Examples include...

New Products & Equipment

projectiondesign to Amaze CES Visitors with New Avielo DLP® Home Cinema Projectors

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 5 2009, 6:23pm

projectiondesign invites discerning visitors at the upcoming International CES to experience mind-blowing performance by their new avielo home cinema DLP projector series in suite 31-133 at the Venetian Resort Hotel, Las Vegas.

At CES, projectiondesign will feature and demonstrate its top-of-the-line avielo optix single-chip projector with full HD 1080p resolution for screen sizes up to 180" diagonal. The optix features...

New Products & Equipment

LG Electronics First to Unveil 'Broadband HDTVs' that Instantly Stream Movies from Netflix

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 5 2009, 12:29pm

LG Electronics today extended its groundbreaking partnership with Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), as the two companies announced the first broadband-enabled HDTVs with Netflix streaming software embedded directly in the TV, requiring no external device. LG's new LCD and plasma "Broadband HDTVs" will display the growing library of movies, TV episodes and high-definition (HD) content that Netflix members can watch instantly directly on the TV with Ethernet connectivity.

Available this spring, the new LCD and plasma HDTVs will join the LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player, the first Blu-ray disc player to stream movies instantly from Netflix. These products - and five new models of Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems planned for 2009 - will offer...

Blu-ray

ezGear® Introduces BluCobra™ Blu-ray Disc™ Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 4 2009, 7:34am

ezGear, a leading marketer of state of the art audio and video products, -announces the introduction of the BluCobra EZ3000 video player for Blu-ray Discs. The EZ3000 is the first in the new BluCobra line of products from ezGear. BluCobra Blu-ray players include a full host of features you get with higher end models at an affordable price.

The BluCobra EZ3000 is a multi-format player that supports...