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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (July, 2009)

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New Products & Equipment

LG Electronics Showcases New Products with 'Unparalleled Performance by Design' for Holiday Season

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 31 2009, 2:41am

Led by the new SL80 and SL90 HDTVs with their seamless design and ultra-thin bezel, LG Electronics highlighted its latest collection of home entertainment, home appliance and mobile communications products at the company's 2009 holiday preview event.

During its annual Summer Line Show today LG showcased...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung Introduces Stylish New LED HDTV That Delivers Excellent Picture Quality, Connectivity and Interactive Features

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 30 2009, 3:29pm

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today unveiled the flagship model of its expanded LED HDTV lineup with the all-new 8500 Series. The new HDTVs combine the award-winning picture quality and thinness of Samsung's previous LED HDTVs, with the latest networking and interactive features, to provide an ideal option to all TV connoisseurs.

Samsung 8500 LED HDTV Series Pricing and Availability...

Internet HD Video

VUDU's Streaming Movie Service Transforms HDTVs into Movie-On-Demand Video Stores

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 29 2009, 2:12pm

VUDU Inc., a leading provider of on-demand Internet entertainment services today announced its second-generation service platform specifically optimized for Internet capable smart TVs.

The new VUDU service delivers a compelling environment for consumers to discover and watch high definition 1080p movies on-demand. The company is also announcing that industry leader LG Electronics will ship new HDTVs that include...

Internet HD Video

LG Electronics First to Bring VUDU HD Movie Service to Broadband HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 29 2009, 2:11pm

LG Electronics will be the first to introduce broadband HDTVs with the instant-access high-definition (HD) movie service from VUDU Inc., a leading provider of digital on-demand entertainment services, the companies announced today. VUDU on-demand movies will be available on LG's LH50 1080p LCD series and PS80 Plasma 1080p series with "NetCast Entertainment Access," beginning next month.

The VUDU service allows consumers to instantly buy or rent from an extensive library of movies and TV titles, including...

Blu-ray

Onkyo Debuts Blu-ray Disc Player with BD-Live Interactive and AVCHD Compatibility

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 28 2009, 9:41pm

Onkyo has introduced a new, state-of-the-art, BD-Live interactive Blu-ray Disc Player, model DV-BD507. This full-featured player delivers outstanding high definition 1080p video playback and high resolution multichannel audio over a HDMI 1.3a. It has all the capabilities once could expect from a Blu-ray player, plus the high performance and build-quality consumers have come to expect from Onkyo products.

The Onkyo DV-BD507 plays Blu-ray discs with their full high definition 1080p resolution, including...

Blu-ray

Onkyo Home Theater Packages Ideal for Blu-ray and HD Video Systems

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 28 2009, 9:39pm

Onkyo has introduced two new 7.1-channel home theater systems that deliver leading edge AV processing and surround sound reproduction for today's most advanced home theater programming, including HDTV and Blu-ray. The HT-S7200 and HT-S6200 each feature powerful AV receivers with 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs, 130 watt-per-channel amplification, processing for every major audio format on the market - including the option of incorporating front height-channel reproduction with Dolby's newly introduced ProLogic IIz processing. Each package also includes a high performance 7.1-channel speaker system with a powerful active subwoofer, and Onkyo's exclusive U-Port single-cable iPod dock and charging system.

The Onkyo HT-S7200 and HT-S6200 feature five and four HDMI 1.3a inputs, respectively, and are completely compatible with...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

New Panasonic LUMIX, 18x Optical Superzoom Digital Camera Features High Definition Video Recording

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 28 2009, 12:47am

Today, Panasonic announced the new LUMIX DMC-FZ35, a digital camera featuring AVCHD Lite, High Definition (HD) video recording capability, combined with a powerful 27mm wide-angle, 18x optical zoom LEICA DC lens. A successor to the popular FZ28, the FZ35 packs enhanced creative features combined with the power to shoot HD videos, including motion zoom capabilities to take full advantage of the 18x zoom. The operational layout of the FZ35 includes a dedicated video record button, making it a true hybrid -- a single model that performs seamlessly at capturing both still and motion images -- while still providing smooth and easy operation in either mode.

For users looking for increased creativity while shooting both video and still images, the LUMIX FZ35 delivers. New manual controls and creative options, include...

Blu-ray

Sony Organizes Your Entertainment Collection With New 400-Disc Blu-ray Disc/DVD MegaChanger

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 23 2009, 11:44pm

Looking to help consumers simplify and manage their living room entertainment experience, Sony today announced the new BDP-CX960 and the "Elevated Standard" (ES) BDP-CX7000ES 400-disc Blu-ray Disc(TM) MegaChangers.

The company also announced the BDP-S1000ES single disc ES player expanding Sony's Blu-ray Disc line to 13 models offering a broad set of performance and features.

The Blu-ray Disc MegaChanger models store and play...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Comcast First to Launch HBO On Demand® HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 23 2009, 3:17pm

Comcast announced that it is the first cable provider to offer the full HBO On Demand service in HD, bringing the ultimate HBO experience to its customers. As part of this initiative, HBO original and award-winning programming, as well as their extensive movie collection - content which has never been offered in HD On Demand before by any provider - is now available to Comcast On Demand customers who subscribe to HBO.

Comcast's HBO customers have unlimited access to the network's HBO On Demand HD service, featuring...

New Products & Equipment

Toshiba Enhances Sleek Sophistication in LCD TV/DVD Combo Category With its Striking New Stainless Style(TM) TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 23 2009, 2:04pm

Toshiba announced the latest addition to its comprehensive 2009 LCD TV/DVD combination lineup, reinforcing its authority in this growing product category. The glamorous new Stainless Style(TM) model continues the Toshiba advantage of an all-in-one entertainment ensemble combining style and innovation with picture excellence, with the look of stainless steel for today's kitchen.

Toshiba's new Stainless Style(TM) LCD TV...

Technology

LG Electronics Introduces First-Ever THX Display Certified LED LCD HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 22 2009, 1:47pm

Redefining the LED LCD HDTV landscape, the newest HDTVs from LG Electronics are the first LCDs to receive THX Display Certification in the U.S. market. LG's new LH90 series, available now through national retailers such as Best Buy and other leading electronics dealers, offer consumers advanced picture quality, smart energy savings and stylish design.

Previewed at the International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the new LH90 series of LCD HDTVs features...

Blu-ray

Samsung Unveils Enhanced Home Theater System with Blu-ray Creating Powerful HD Experience for Consumers

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 21 2009, 3:42pm

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the introduction of its new HT-BD3252 home theater system to deliver an enhanced Blu-ray integrated home theater experience for consumers. The new HT-BD3252 combines a high quality viewing experience, with powerful audio and an array of advanced networking options in a boldly designed player that can help convert almost any living space into a premium HD showroom.

Samsung HT-BD3252 Home Theater System Product Pricing and Availability...

Internet HD Video

Blockbuster and Samsung Sign Agreement to Deliver BLOCKBUSTER(R) OnDemand Services to Select Samsung HDTVs, Home Theater Systems and Blu-ray Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 14 2009, 11:00am

Blockbuster and Samsung announced they are joining forces to enable consumers to access Blockbuster's vast and growing library of premium digital entertainment via select new Samsung HDTVs, home theater systems and Blu-ray players. The new services will be available in the fall of 2009 and are expected to provide millions of homes across America access to Blockbuster's digital library of movies. Additionally, as part of the agreement, Blockbuster OnDemand will have preferred positioning on the Blu-ray interfaces.

The BLOCKBUSTER OnDemand service provides

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

MSNBC HD Now Available Nationwide Exclusively on DISH Network

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 9 2009, 1:33pm

DISH Network today introduced MSNBC HD, becoming the first and only pay-TV provider to offer the channel to consumers nationwide.

DISH Network customers will now be able to watch MSNBC's popular primetime programming in full high definition, including...

Internet HD Video

Sony Adds Netflix to Bravia Internet Video Platform

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 9 2009, 1:31pm

Netflix, Demand Media(TM), and ON Networks(R) are the latest content providers to join Sony's BRAVIA(R) Internet Video platform.

In the fall of 2009, Netflix members will be able to instantly watch more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes on Sony BRAVIA Internet Video-capable HDTVs and on previous BRAVIA models compatible with Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link module.

With BRAVIA Internet Video-capable HDTVs, users can enjoy access to...

Marketplace

Best Buy and TiVo Form Strategic Alliance to Transform the Home Entertainment Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 9 2009, 1:27pm

TiVo Inc. announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with Best Buy Co., Inc. designed to transform the digital home entertainment experience. The alliance seeks to drive greater distribution of TiVo(R) products and its user experience, and to provide Best Buy with a digital platform in the home to strengthen its customer relationships. For Best Buy, the alliance is a major step intended to accelerate its evolution in digital media and better serve the needs of its customers. As part of the agreement, TiVo and Best Buy plan to investigate development of a unique user interface for TiVo DVRs purchased at Best Buy which would provide Best Buy a platform to more effectively market its digital content services, to regularly offer consumers trusted advice and guidance on the digital home experience, and to provide an ongoing dialogue with customers about Best Buy's various retail offerings.

Best Buy is making a commitment to TiVo to...

High Definition ProductionPlasma HDTVs

Living in High Definition Community Website Offers Opportunity to Win a 54-Inch Panasonic Viera Plasma HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 8 2009, 4:40pm

Panasonic announced an opportunity exclusively through its www.LivinginHD.com community web site for a chance to win Panasonic's critically acclaimed 54-inch class Panasonic VIERA V10 Series 1080p Plasma HDTV.

The giveaway, which runs through...

Blu-ray

OPPO Announces Availability of BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 8 2009, 12:33am

I received the following email from OPPO today as a subscriber to their newsletter. Many of you may have received the same letter, but I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the official "release".

We have not yet reviewed this unit, but we will. A quick search of our site for OPPO will show that they have a good track record of churning out excellent products. And there's no reason to believe their Blu-ray effort would be any different.

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Sony Unveils New Flash Memory 1080x1920 HD Camcorders With Advanced Optics

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 8 2009, 12:11am

Sony today announced its new HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V Handycam(R) camcorders, which capture full 1920x1080 high-definition video and up to 12-megapixel photos on a 64GB or 32GB internal flash memory, respectively, offering up to 25 hours of HD video (LP mode).

For optimal playback, the HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V camcorders feature 60p output, which automatically converts...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Introduces New DVDirect With Smaller Body and Larger LCD Display

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 7 2009, 11:05pm

The VRD-MC6 can transfer AVCHD(TM) quality videos to DVD discs in their native 1080i HD resolution when connected directly to a Sony hard drive or Memory Stick(R) media-based Handycam(R) camcorder. AVCHD quality DVDs can be played back on compatible Blu-ray Disc(TM) devices, including players and computer drives, as well as PlayStation(R) 3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment systems.

It can also transfer...

New Products & Equipment

New Pioneer Elite A/V Receivers Produce High Resolution Multi-Channel Sound Quality That Brings Cinematic Entertainment into the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 2 2009, 12:53am

Raising the bar on high power A/V Receiver performance, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveils four A/V Receivers designed to bring enhanced clarity, detail and dynamic "quick response" from uncompressed Dolby® True-HD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio soundtracks used in Blu-ray Disc® entertainment. The new Pioneer® Elite® SC-25 and SC-27 A/V Receivers incorporate a Direct Energy HD Class D amplifier featuring ICEPower™ technology to ensure unprecedented reproduction of high resolution multi-channel, stereo as well as compressed audio and provide premium home entertainment that rivals the movie theater experience. Pioneer pushes the limits of A/V Receiver innovation with the Elite SC-27, which leverages the full advantages of this emerging amplification technology to become the industry's first Class D amp design to achieve THX™ Ultra2 Plus as well as AIR Studio monitor certifications. Together, these achievements undoubtedly affirm the company's positio ...