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By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 30 2009, 3:12am
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
(NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced the Akamai HD Network, its next generation video delivery offering and the first platform to deliver HD video online to viewers using Adobe Flash technology, Microsoft Silverlight, and to the iPhone, at broadcast-level audience scale.
The Akamai HD Network is the only solution that supports live and on-demand HD streaming with a highly-personalized and interactive online experience that matches and complements HD television.
As a first-of-its-kind streaming platform, the Akamai HD Network is designed...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 24 2009, 10:58pm
Sprint and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the upcoming availability of Samsung Instinct® HD, the latest follow-up to the award-winning Samsung Instinct, which made its debut last summer exclusively from Sprint.
Samsung Instinct HD boasts an attractive and intuitive user interface as well as the high-speed connectivity of America's most dependable 3G network3 (EVDO Rev.
A).With Samsung and Sprint's first high-definition 5-megapixel camera and camcorder and TV-out HD connection, it allows photo and video playback on an HD capable auxiliary device but it does not provide...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 23 2009, 3:38pm
Silicon Mountain Holdings today announced their second generation all in one Allio LCD HDTV-PC products.
Like their first generation predecessors, Allio 2.0 products will be available...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 22 2009, 12:44am
SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) today announces its 2009 line-up of nine new HD surveillance cameras that offer up to 4MP MJPEG and Full High Definition (HD) video for critical security monitoring.
The world's first complete lineup of Full HD 1080p and full frame rate compatible network cameras with multi-streaming H.264 and MJPEG codecs includes four different form factors: Box, Dome, Zoom, and PTZ.
These state-of-the-art security cameras will be shown at ASIS 2009 in Booth #2939 Sept.
24 in Anaheim, CA.
The nine new cameras...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 17 2009, 12:30pm
Bringing affordable, big-screen home entertainment to households across the country, Epson today announced the new Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD.
Available for $749.99, the Home Cinema 705HD joins Epson's award-winning line of 3LCD(TM) home theater projectors, providing families and first-time home theater enthusiasts with a versatile, high-quality 720p high-definition solution for a range of options -- from movies and gaming, to broadcast TV and sports, to videos and music with an Apple iPod.
The Home Cinema 705HD is designed to make home entertainment simple and enjoyable, and comes with...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 17 2009, 11:42am
DISH Network® today expanded its local lineup of high definition (HD) channels in six DMAs, fortifying the company's HD leadership.
New HD channels include...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 16 2009, 2:00am
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball announced today they signed a two-year agreement with Microsoft Corp.
to use Microsoft Silverlight 3 to deliver high definition (HD) live streaming video of professional beach volleyball matches to fans around the world.
AVP will utilize its new AVP.com HD Video Player application powered by Silverlight 3 and Internet Information Services (IIS) Live Smooth Streaming to bring worldwide professional beach volleyball fans a new and unique option for...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 16 2009, 1:01am
Today, during a series of events held at local TV retail stores in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco, Californians for Smart Energy released the findings of a new statewide poll that found that 57 percent of Californian's oppose the California Energy Commission's (CEC's) proposal to regulate television electricity usage.
Conducted by Zogby International (see memo at: http://casmartenergy.com/in-the-news.php), other key findings included...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 15 2009, 3:38pm
Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL) (TSX:CRE) today announced the newest version of the world's most widely used DVD playback software-Corel® WinDVD® Pro 2010.
This latest release delivers the industry's best movie-watching experience on the PC, introducing speed enhancements across the application, improved Blu-ray support with BD-Live™, new GPU-based upscaling that boosts standard-definition (SD) video to HD-like quality, all delivered through a new clean and easy-to-use interface.
Whether you're watching a Blu-ray Disc® or an AVCHD™ or SD home movie, WinDVD Pro 2010 provides...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 15 2009, 3:24pm
DIRECTV and DISH Network are urging Michigan state legislators to reject a discriminatory satellite-only tax included in the most recent House budget proposal.
In a joint company letter to be sent to legislators tomorrow, the satellite providers caution that under the proposal supported by cable companies, "approximately 1 million Michigan families would be punished with a new 5% sales tax for choosing satellite TV."
The following is the complete text of the letter:
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 15 2009, 3:12pm
Seagate (NASDAQ: STX) , the worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, today unveiled its new FreeAgent Theater+(TM) [Plus] HD media player, the next generation home theater solution designed to instantly and easily connect your digital media library to your home entertainment system.
The FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player leverages...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 15 2009, 11:11am
JVC today announced a new video camera that offers the performance, features and handling demanded by video enthusiasts.
The new JVC HD Everio GZ-HM400, available immediately, emphasizes image quality and usability in a design that videographers will find allows comfortable extended use.
The HD Everio GZ-HM400, which records to an SD/SDHC card and includes 32GB of internal memory, features a 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers nine-megapixel still images and 1080 TV lines of horizontal resolution for Full HD video.
High-speed recording of up to 600fps is also possible for...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 12 2009, 2:14am
Samsung Electronics America, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, today announced the release of the A600, the latest A Series (A/V) Home Theater Projector with Full High Definition (HD) 1080p performance.
The A600 builds on Samsung's engineering depth and leverages the image performance and color quality of the acclaimed A800 and A900 Full HD 1080p "Joe Kane Signature Series" projectors.
The A600 will be available...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 11 2009, 10:31am
Motorola, Inc.'s Home and Networks Mobility business (NYSE:MOT) today revealed its next generation encoding platform.
This high-performance video processing platform supports both MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) encoding and transcoding and has been designed to meet future processing demands of both 1080P/50Hz and 1080P/60Hz resolutions using the MPEG-4 format.
The powerful compression engine supports...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 11 2009, 6:28am
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
announces its Elite® BDP-09FD flagship model has become the world's first Blu-ray Disc® Player to achieve THX® certification and that its Elite® EX Series in-wall speakers have attained THX Select2™ certification.
These products complement Pioneer's current top-of-the-line Elite A/V Receivers that are the world's first and only THX Ultra2™ Plus Certified receivers to feature Class D digital amplification.
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 11 2009, 6:26am
Today at CEDIA EXPO 2009 (Booth #925) Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced availability for its latest CCFL-backlit LCD TV- the 65" LCD 650 Series (LN65B650) with 1080p resolution.
The latest entry in the LCD 650 Series TVs will deliver Auto Motion Plus™ 120Hz refresh rate, fast 4ms response time for motion clarity and high dynamic contrast ratios for deeper, more natural blacks.
The LN65B650 will also include expansive networking and connectivity capabilities including Samsung's Medi@2.0 Suite, the unique Touch of Color™ design, and it will meet the latest Energy Star® qualifications.
The Samsung booth will also showcase...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 11 2009, 6:20am
Vivitek Corporation, a leading manufacturer of environmentally innovative visual display and presentation products, today introduces its latest 1080p home theater projector to its line-up with the H5080.
A professional-grade projector with the consumer enthusiast in mind, the Vivitek H5080 utilizes the latest advancements in video processing technologies to create remarkable image quality and delivers amazing video processing performance.
The Vivitek H5080 home theater projector provides...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 11 2009, 6:18am
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
today exhibits the future of home theater innovation - a network entertainment concept player, code named "Project ET," that encompasses high quality audio and video playback, Internet access and home theater control capabilities all within a single set-top device.
Pioneer® differentiates its technology concept from existing players in the market by letting consumers combine their personal music, movies and photo collections with access to a choice of online content services, social networking applications and online purchasing sites.
Pioneer's concept incorporates...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 11 2009, 6:15am
Offering diverse integration options for custom installers, LG Electronics is highlighting its first-ever series of wireless LCD HDTVs, including an LED model, this week at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) EXPO 2009 (Booth #2623).
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 11 2009, 6:09am
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) announced the launch of the new Diamond Collection today at the D23 Expo.
Diamond Collection is the definitive collection of the Walt Disney Studios most historic and beloved animated classics that will debut on Blu-ray Hi-Def.
Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on October 6, the Diamond Collection comprises an additional 13 of Disney's most treasured titles, including...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 12:25pm
(NASDAQ:DIVX) , a digital media company, today announced a license agreement for next-generation DivX Plus(TM) HD technology with Panasonic Corporation.
Panasonic plans to incorporate DivX Plus HD technology into its UniPhier semiconductor chips, enabling consumer electronics (CE) devices such as digital TVs, Blu-ray disc players and in-car players to playback DivX Plus HD H.264 video in the MKV container at high-definition resolutions up to 1080p.
Known for great performance, visual quality and interoperability on any DivX Certified device, DivX technology gives consumers...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 11:44am
(NYSE:MOT) , today announced the latest additions to its Home & Networks Mobility business' VIP series IPTV set-top portfolio, introduced to help service providers and consumers lower their carbon footprint.
The flexible high definition (HD) set-tops are compliant with new US and EU initiatives for low-power consumption devices in the home, featuring next-generation power management capabilities for lower energy consumption.
In addition to delivering high-quality digital video products...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 11:41am
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) today announced a new lineup for its professional Blu-ray Disc (BD) authoring, compression, and quality assurance products.
Built on the same advanced technology that has made Sonic BD production systems the choice of more authoring facilities than all other BD production platforms combined, the new BD product line features...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 4:23am
Today at CEDIA EXPO 2009, Microsoft Corp.
discussed key Windows Media Center features for Windows 7 and announced a series of initiatives that enhance the digital cable experience in Windows Media Center.
With the addition of native support for additional international broadcast TV standards, including QAM and ATSC, there will now be support for switched digital video (SDV), a new tool that will make it possible for end customers to add a digital cable tuner with CableCARD to their PC, and for existing digital cable tuner with CableCARD customers to enjoy more portability for digital cable TV that is marked as "copy freely" (CF).
In addition, Microsoft and the Media Center Integrator Alliance (MCIA) announced...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 4:21am
Panasonic Professional Display Company, a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the industry leader in professional Plasma displays, will be highlighting its new 85-inch Plasma display, available next month, at CEDIA 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia Sept.
The industry's first 85-inch, full HD 1080p Plasma, the TH-85PF12U takes advantage of Panasonic's...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 4:16am
Sony today introduced two new "Elevated Standard" (ES) audio/video receivers, including its first to offer control over an IP network, the STR-DA5500ES.
Both the STR-DA5500ES and new STR-DA3500ES are designed as easy-to-use solutions for expanding high-definition entertainment to multiple rooms of the home.
The new STR-DA5500ES model features...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 4:14am
Offering the best of full HD 1080p and streaming Internet video, Sony today introduced the BDP-N460 networked Blu-ray Disc(TM) player.
Beside playing Blu-ray Discs and DVDs, the device instantly streams one of the largest collections of premium and free on-demand entertainment from the BRAVIA(TM) Internet Video platform including thousands of movies, TV programs, and music from...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 4:09am
Sony today announced a new high-contrast, high-definition projector, adding more options for those looking for a true cinematic home theater experience.
The new VPL-VW85 projector features a full HD 1920 x 1080 progressive Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD(TM)) and 24p True Cinema(TM) technology, delivering a true film-like performance.
The new model also has an exceptionally high dynamic contrast of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 4:08am
Sony today introduced a new line of ultra-thin BRAVIA(TM) LCD HDTVs featuring an advanced edge-lit LED backlight and exceptional contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1.
The XBR10-series models also deliver full 1080p wireless transmission of high definition signals from a separate media box to a receiver embedded in the TV, allowing source components to be placed...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 4:04am
LG Electronics today announced the addition of the high-definition streaming movie service from VUDU, Inc.
to the LG Wireless Network Blu-ray Player (model BD390).
With VUDU, consumers can instantly buy or rent from an extensive library of movies and TV titles, including an industry-leading catalog of more than 2,200 high-definition (HD) movies.
The BD390 with VUDU will be demonstrated here this week at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) EXPO 2009 (Booth #2623).
The addition of VUDU service to the BD390 adds...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 3:11am
Panasonic today announced the debut of its first 2.1 channel Blu-ray Disc(TM) home theater system.
The innovative SC-BTX70 is designed with a chic, upright silhouette, making it an ideal match for a flat panel TV.
Panasonic's SC-BTX70 unleashes the beauty of Blu-ray Disc, while also providing a wide variety of other digital media options for family and friends to enjoy.
Sporting a sleek and compact form factor, the SC-BTX70 is a 2.1 system delivers realistic virtual 7.1 channel sound dispersed through a wide listening area.
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 3:08am
Breaking barriers in home entertainment, LG Electronics today introduced a "Full HD" LED LCD HDTV - that looks almost as thin as the single sheet of glass it resembles.
Introduced for the U.S.
market here this week at the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) EXPO 2009 (Booth #2623), the new 47- and 42-inch class* SL90 series HDTVs feature LED lighting and other display technologies developed by LG Electronics.
Unlike conventional LCD TVs, where the panel is recessed slightly within a thick plastic frame, LG's new series of LCD HDTVs use...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 10 2009, 3:04am
Entertainment enthusiasts can now control all of their HDMI electronic devices and manage their home office and media center from the comfort of their couch with IOGEAR's HDMI Control Center.
Using the wireless keyboard with built-in laser trackball, consumers can...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2009, 4:06pm
Harman Kardon, a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com
), today introduced three new audio/video receivers that bring the best sound and visual experience to the home.
Each receiver takes advantage of the latest sound and video technologies - such as the latest high-bit-rate formats, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ delivered via Blu-ray Disc™ and the HD video content stored on iPod and iPhone products - and incorporates them into a beautifully designed, easy-to-use system.
The AVR 1600, AVR 2600 and AVR 3600 are all capable of generating multichannel surround sound, allowing users to hear the crisp detail of a soft guitar stroke and the exciting explosions coming from different directions in the latest action movie.
Since Harman Kardon's introduction of the world's first high-fidelity receiver in 1954, the company continues to utilize the latest in Harman's proprietary ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2009, 3:28pm
Verizon is continuing its high-definition and video-on-demand (VOD) programming leadership by adding even more programming choices for FiOS TV customers who subscribe to premium content packages.
FiOS TV subscribers who have HBO and Cinemax soon can enjoy...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 8 2009, 4:14pm
NETGEAR launched the newest Internet-connected set-top box in its popular "Digital Entertainer" product family.
The new Digital Entertainer Live (EVA2000) is an easy-to-use and affordable Internet set-top box that enables viewers to play their digital media collections, YouTube videos and a wide range of other Internet content on big-screen TVs.
Rather than having to watch downloaded movies and online videos on small computer screens, families can now enjoy media collections stored on USB storage devices, computers and network storage directly on their HDTVs, from the comfort of their couch.
In addition to personal media collections and YouTube, consumers can now...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 8 2009, 2:16pm
CEDIA Expo 2009, Booth 3353 -- Epson America today announced two native 1080p 3LCD(TM) home theater projectors designed for custom installers and home theater buffs, the PowerLite Pro Cinema 9100 and 9500 UB.
These projectors feature the latest 3LCD chips with D7 technology for amazing color and detail, and significantly higher contrast ratios - the Pro Cinema 9100 achieves a 36,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and the Pro Cinema 9500 UB attains an unprecedented 200,000:1 in its class (i).
With professional-level color tools including ISF calibration and color isolation, the Pro Cinema 9100 and 9500 UB offer professional installers full-featured solutions.
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 8 2009, 1:31pm
CEDIA Expo 2009, Booth 3353 -- Epson America today announced two 1080p front projectors, the PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 and 8500 UB, expanding its award-winning line of 3LCD(TM) home theater projectors.
Featuring D7 technology for brilliant color and detail, and higher contrast, the Home Cinema 8100 reaches a 36,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and the Home Cinema 8500 UB achieves an unprecedented 200,000:1(i).
The Home Cinema 8100 and 8500 UB also offer the latest in real color reproduction capabilities for more natural and precise colors, delivering an outstanding viewing experience for home entertainment and AV enthusiasts.
With pricing of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 5 2009, 3:08am
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
(MDEA) today announced it has begun shipping VUDU integrated 1080p flat panel TVs in its Diamond models of Unisen(TM) Immersive Sound LCD Televisions.
MDEA will provide the consumer the opportunity to experience the seamless delivery of thousands of high-definition movies and TV shows.
Consumers will now be able to enjoy VUDU HD movie content through...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 5 2009, 2:41am
Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) today released the Sonic BD PowerStation(TM), a new cost-effective Blu-ray Disc (BD) production suite for professional videographers that's built on Sonic's Hollywood-standard CineVision HD video encoding and Scenarist authoring products, which have been used to create millions of DVD and BD titles worldwide.
Configured and priced to meet the needs of professional videographers, independent film and corporate video producers, Sonic BD PowerStation includes...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 4 2009, 10:30pm
You and your family love to be entertained - enjoying TV, movies, games and music - in the comfort of your living room.
But getting to your entertainment can be difficult, often requiring that you use several remotes just to get to your favorite TV show.
The Logitech Harmony® 700 remote, the newest universal remote from Logitech (SIX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI), can help simplify your home entertainment by replacing up to six remotes.
The Harmony 700 remote features a color screen, rechargeable batteries and one-click control of your favorite activities.
To get you to your entertainment faster, the Logitech Harmony 700 remote offers...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 4 2009, 10:27pm
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the availability of YouTube™ on select Samsung Blu-ray players.
Owners of the BD-P1600, BD-P3600 or BD-P4600 Blu-ray players will be able to enjoy user-generated content on YouTube by uploading the value-added service at no additional cost.
The new service will be on display publicly at Samsung Booth #925 at CEDIA EXPO 2009, taking place September 10-13 in Atlanta, Ga.
When connected to a wired or wireless internet connection, Samsung Blu-ray players deliver...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 4 2009, 7:58pm
Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C.
("Toshiba"), a market leader in home entertainment products, underscores its commitment to high-definition entertainment with the introduction of its first Blu-ray Disc player.
The BDX2000 provides Full HD 1080p digital output that when coupled with a REGZA LCD TV, enables consumers to enjoy the superior quality of high-definition audio & video content.
Supporting BD-Live(TM) (Profile 2.0), the BDX2000 allows users to ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 4 2009, 2:35pm
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced its plans for incorporating 3D into the widely successful Blu-ray Disc format.
The rapid and enthusiastic consumer adoption of Blu-ray Disc, coupled with the format's technical capabilities and capacity make it the ideal format for bringing a vibrant 3D experience to consumers.
The BDA, comprised of...
By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 1 2009, 4:03pm
The VUDU HD entertainment service is now available on LG Electronics broadband HDTVs, the companies announced today.
The VUDU service is available on LG's LH50 1080p LCD series and PS80 1080p plasma series with "NetCast Entertainment Access."**
Starting today, all...