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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (August, 2009)

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Internet HD Video

More than a Media Server: S1Digital's New Digital Entertainment Platform Stores and Distributes All Kinds of Digital Media Including HD Movies and Television

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 26 2009, 4:44pm

As households become increasingly populated with an assortment of digital media from many disparate sources, consumers have been calling for a way to easily store, manage and consume all their content around the home. Now S1Digital (http://www.s1digital.com/) has answered the call with the Digital Entertainment Platform, which provides centralized archiving, storage and distribution of HD...

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Kicks Off 3D Home Entertainment Promotion With IGN.com

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 24 2009, 2:14pm

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. (MDEA) today announced its 3D-Ready(1) Home Theater TV promotion with IGN.com (http://www.ign.com/), the Web's leading videogame and entertainment information destination. The promotion showcases the capabilities of 3D gaming and movies, a feature becoming more in demand among consumers as 3D content production continues to increase. The promotion includes a sweepstakes for a chance to win a complete Mitsubishi 3D home entertainment package, including...

New Products & Equipment

Onkyo Debuts 3 Networked, Multi-task AV Receivers

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 24 2009, 2:03pm

Onkyo has introduced three network- and internet-radio-capable, 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus certified A/V receivers that deliver all the power, processing, and features to support cutting edge home theater and whole-house entertainment. The three new models, the Onkyo TX-NR1007, TX-NR3007, and top-of-the-line TX-NR5007, will all be shipping...


New Slimmer and Lighter PlayStation(R)3 to Hit Worldwide Market This September

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 19 2009, 3:15am

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled the new PlayStation 3 (CECH-2000A) (body color: charcoal black) computer entertainment system, featuring an extremely streamlined form factor with a 120GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The new PlayStation 3 (PS3 ) system will become available in stores from...

Global & Worldview

Brazil Leads in High Definition TV Channel Launches

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 14 2009, 4:13pm

Sky, the largest HD Pay TV operator in Latin America, and NET Brasil, the company responsible for distribution of Globosat channels, announced today that they have reached an agreement for the distribution of the high definition channels of Globosat, Latin America's largest subscription TV programmer.

Sky will offer its clients three new...

New Products & Equipment

Zune HD Available for Pre-Order Today

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 13 2009, 10:50am

Zune HD, the next generation of Microsoft Corp.'s portable digital media player, is available now for pre-order and is set to hit store shelves on Sept. 15. The player, available in 16GB and 32GB capacities, is the first touch-screen Zune and includes powerful playback technology to give you a different way to experience media on the go. Combined with unparalleled PC software and online services such as Zune Pass, Zune provides a rich and meaningful connection to music, videos, podcasts and more.

Pre-order Zune HD in 16GB Black and 32GB Platinum through...

New Products & Equipment

Onkyo Debuts Mid-Price THX Select2 Plus AV Receiver With Streaming Internet Radio Capabilities and DLNA 1.5 Networking Compatibility.

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 12 2009, 3:22pm

Onkyo has introduced and begun shipping its first network-capable home theater receiver configured for Pandora, Rhapsody, and Sirius' streaming internet radio services. The new Onkyo TX-NR807 also capable of playing computer music files from networked PCs, is fully compatible with the Digital Living Network Alliance's DLNA 1.5 consumer electronics interoperability specification, and sells for less than...


Walt Disney Studios Extends Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack Efforts through December 2010

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 12 2009, 3:18pm

In a time when price, quality and value are top of mind with consumers, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) today announces the extension of it's Blu-ray Combo Pack initiatives worldwide, providing extended utility of DVD and exceptional quality of a Blu-ray Disc in a single value-pack. The Combo Packs will now be available across all Disney-branded Blu-ray titles releasing through December of 2010.

In a recent online survey...


Marvell Redefines Video Quality - Introducing Qdeo HD Video Evaluation Blu-ray Disk

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 12 2009, 3:11am

Marvell today introduced a new high definition (HD) test disk that enables objective evaluation of the quality of video processing in HD audio-video products like Blu-ray players, AV receivers and HDTVs. The HD test disk has been designed to provide...


It's Official, Toshiba to Enter Blu-ray Market

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 10 2009, 2:26pm

To meet the increasing consumer demand for high definition content, Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. will be entering the Blu-ray market. We will share additional product information and details...

Internet HD Video

Panasonic Announces Availability of Amazon Video on Demand on Its Full Line of 2009 VIERA CAST(TM)-Enabled Blu-ray Disc Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 4 2009, 3:24pm

Panasonic announced today that Amazon Video On Demand is now available on its full line of 2009 VIERA CAST(TM)-enabled Blu-ray Disc players. Current owners of Panasonic's 2009 Blu-ray Disc players automatically received a free software update today and can begin enjoying the service immediately when they...

New Products & Equipment

Vivitek Raises Bar and Lowers Price with Sub-$1,000 1080p Home Theater Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 3 2009, 5:16pm

Vivitek Corporation announced the launch of its sub-$1,000 1080p home theater projector, the H1080FD. The Vivitek H1080FD is a high-performance, digital projector that fits into any home theater-based environment. It will be available through authorized retailers and key e-tailers for an MSRP of $999 in August 2009.

The Vivitek H1080FD home theater projector features native 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, 1800 lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 5000:1. It is designed for...


Netflix Announces Agreement With Disney-ABC Television Group to Stream Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and More

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 3 2009, 5:02pm

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced an agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group that will make several of ABC's most popular TV series available to be streamed instantly from Netflix.

In its entirety, the deal will allow Netflix members to instantly watch the first five seasons of the hit ABC franchise "Lost," seasons four and five of the pop culture phenomenon "Desperate Housewives," season five of the critically acclaimed "Grey's Anatomy," and seasons one and two of the syndicated epic action-adventure fantasy series "Legend of the Seeker" from ABC Studios. Many of the episodes, including the first four seasons of "Lost," will be available from Netflix beginning August 1. The remainder will be available..