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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (October, 2009)

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Internet HD Video

Apple Introduces Apple TV 3.0 Software With Redesigned User Interface

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 29 2009, 7:38pm

Apple® today introduced new Apple TV® 3.0 software featuring a redesigned main menu that makes navigating your favorite content simpler and faster, and makes enjoying the largest selection of on-demand HD movie rentals and purchases, HD TV shows, music and podcasts from the iTunes® Store even better on your TV. You can now enjoy iTunes Extras and iTunes LP in stunning fullscreen with your Apple TV, as well as listen to Genius Mixes and Internet radio through your home theater system. The new Apple TV software is available immediately free of charge to existing Apple TV owners, and Apple TV with 160GB capacity is available for just $229.

The redesigned main menu on Apple TV gives you...

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Among HDTV Viewers, Daily Viewing of High-Definition Programming Increases 65% in Just Two Years

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 29 2009, 4:38pm

A new Knowledge Networks recontact study of persons ages 13 to 54, released as part of How People Use® HDTV 2009, shows that high-definition TV (HDTV) viewers are now 65% more likely to say they watch HD programming daily, compared to their viewing habits two years ago.

In 2009, Knowledge Networks recontacted high definition viewers from...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

KVH Unveils Breakthrough Marine HDTV Antenna with Simultaneous Tracking of Three Satellites

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 29 2009, 1:21pm

There's a new definition for satellite television at sea and it's called the TracVision® HD7 from KVH Industries (NASDAQ:KVHI) . Unveiled today at the 2009 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, the TracVision HD7 is a breakthrough in maritime satellite TV design, offering boaters a DIRECTV® high-definition TV experience exactly like they enjoy at home thanks to simultaneous reception of two DIRECTV Ka-band satellites and one Ku-band satellite.

The 24-inch diameter TracVision HD7 is the world's...

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Texas Instruments announces new low power IP camera reference design providing H.264 main profile 1080p at 30 frames per second and 30% performance boost

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 29 2009, 1:00pm

Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced a new Internet Protocol (IP) camera reference design that provides low power, high definition (HD) video processing for the video surveillance market. The DM368IPNC-MT5 IP camera reference design with H.264 main profile 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps) offers industry-leading compression in a full HD solution, with the complete camera utilizing only three Watts. Based on a new DaVinci(TM) video processor, the IP camera reference design provides 30 percent more host processing performance over the previous generation. This overall performance boost allows the camera to support 720p at 60 fps for multiple video formats including H.264 and MPEG-4, as well as MJPEG at five Megapixels (MP) at 15 fps. It also supports multi-streaming video proce ...


Panasonic to Show Full HD 3D Home Theater, Expanded tru2way(R) Solutions at Cable-Tec Expo 2009

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 29 2009, 11:01am

Panasonic will demonstrate prototype Full HD 1080p 3D televisions and will exhibit an expanded range of tru2way solutions, including tru2way-based broadband cable set-top boxes and its tru2way-intergrated consumer VIERA HDTVs at this year's Cable-Tec Expo® -- the cable industry's engineering show of the year -- beginning today through October 30 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

In addition to the Panasonic booth (#14053), the company's presence will be supplemented by a Panasonic Full HD 3D Home Theater-equipped tractor trailer exhibit from its nationwide 3D tour fleet to demonstrate 3D for show goers. The Full HD 3D system, which will reach the market next year, utilizes...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Motorola Unveils New All-Digital, High-Definition Set-Top for Cable Operators

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 28 2009, 2:00pm

Expanding on Motorola, Inc.'s industry-leading set-top portfolio, Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility business today introduced the addition of the DCX700 all-digital, high-definition (HD) set-top to the DCX product line. This new low-profile design will help cable operators' successful migration to an all-digital network while accelerating the delivery of personal media experiences and multi-room-DVR (MR-DVR) capabilities.

The Motorola DCX700's small, streamlined profile allows for a space-saving wall-mounted installation. It is a cost-effective set-top with a single 1 GHz tuner that supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC services. The all-digital DCX700 also includes...


JVC Announces Popularly-Priced Blu-ray Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 28 2009, 1:20pm

JVC XV-BP11 Blu-ray PlayerJVC today announced the availability of a new entry-level Blu-ray player. The new JVC XV-BP11 is a truly versatile high definition player, offering playback of high definition Blu-ray discs, plus playback of the AVCHD format, the high definition format widely used for HD camcorders, including the JVC HD Everio line.

JVC XV-BP11 Features...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung HDTV Monitors Eliminate Line Between Work Productivity and HD Entertainment

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 28 2009, 3:34am

Samsung 933HD+ and 2333HDSamsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the number one worldwide brand of LCD display products, today announced the debut of its entertainment-centric monitors, the 933HD+ and 2333HD. At an estimated street price of $249.99 and $329.99, respectively, both monitors produce picture perfect HD quality in a sleek design and are now available from Samsung resellers and retailers.

The 19-inch 933HD+ and 23-inch 2333HD have all the benefits of a compact television including...


Long Island Doctor Shows First '4K' Ultra-High Definition Surgery

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 27 2009, 5:22pm

Doctors at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine got a glimpse into the future of women's health with the presentation of endoscopic gynecologic surgery performed for the first time using "4K" technology.

Steven F. Palter, MD, an obstetrician, gynecologist, reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist performed the world's first 4K super high-definition (HD) ...

Internet HD Video

Roku Introduces New $79 Instant Streaming Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 27 2009, 2:26pm

RokuRoku, Inc., maker of the popular and award-winning Roku player, announced today for immediate availability two new models. The new Roku SD and Roku HD-XR expand the product lineup to three models. Now customers have a variety of features and price points ($79.99, $99.99, $129.99) to fit their needs. All players continue to deliver instant entertainment from Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Video On Demand and MLB.TV. With today's announcement, customers can now purchase a Roku player for as little as $79.99 at www.roku.com or www.amazon.com. For a limited time, customers purchasing through either Roku or Amazon will receive free shipping, making it even more affordable to get started with a Roku.

The Roku SD player connects to the ...


Hollywood Theaters to Install Sony 4K Digital Cinema Projectors Across Its Circuit

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 26 2009, 5:28pm

Hollywood Theaters is installing Sony Electronics' 4K digital cinema technology across its circuit. The Portland, Ore.-based exhibitor will begin its digital conversion by equipping 13 of its U.S. locations (167 screens) with Sony® projectors over the next few months.

The 4K roll-out will also include...

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Coming Soon: Netflix Members Can Instantly Watch Movies and TV Episodes Streamed to TVs Via the PlayStation(R)3 Computer Entertainment System

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 26 2009, 12:30pm

Netflix-PS3Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced that they are joining forces to make thousands of movies and TV episodes from Netflix available to be streamed instantly to TVs via the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system. Netflix expects to begin streaming via the PS3 system...


CEA Files Comments Urging the FCC to Evaluate and Protect Our Nations's Valuable Spectrum

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 24 2009, 1:06am

Today, in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® urged the FCC to initiate immediate action to assess spectrum usage and determine how additional spectrum can be allocated for wireless broadband and other uses.

CEA worked with...

New Products & Equipment

SANYO Releases New Two-Lamp Projector With Innovative QuaDrive(TM) Optical Engine for Improved Color Reproduction

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 21 2009, 2:28pm

Sanyo PLC-XF1000SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors, announces the release of a new two-lamp projector, the PLC-XF1000, which features the exclusive QuaDrive(TM) optical engine for exceptional color reproduction for brighter capacities, 12,000 lumens brightness, 4000:1 contrast ratio, and the proprietary Active Maintenance Filter (AMF) for increased reliability.

The high brightness, two-lamp PLC-XF1000 projector is the second SANYO model to be equipped with...


Starz Entertainment Announces Five More Channels Going Hi-Def

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 21 2009, 2:09pm

StarzStarz Entertainment revealed plans to launch five additional high definition (HD) channels, adding to its suite of premium, commercial-free offerings. Anticipated to launch in phases in early-mid 2010, Starz In Black HD and Starz Cinema HD will round out the complete Starz channel lineup in HD. Additionally, IndiePlex HD and RetroPlex HD will debut, as well as a West Coast feed of the flagship Encore HD channel and bring Starz Entertainment's total HD channels and feeds to eleven.

Specifically, upon launch of the five new HD channels, Starz Entertainment will offer...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

Philips Sets Flat-Panel TVs Free with U.S. Launch of Wireless HDTV Link

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 21 2009, 1:57pm

Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX: PHI) today confirmed U.S. retail availability for its much-anticipated Wireless HDTV Link (SWW1800/27) that uses innovative technology to wirelessly deliver superior high-definition TV picture quality (up to 1080p) without ruining the aesthetics of the home. Unsightly wires are a digital burden of the past with the Philips Wireless HDTV Link which replaces the cables that connect the HD cable set-top box, HD satellite receiver, Blu-ray player and gaming console to a HDTV.

Just in time for holiday gift-buying, Philips Wireless HDTV Link is currently available for...

Internet HD Video

Best Buy and Netflix Announce Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies Over the Internet Via Latest Models of Insignia Blu-ray Disc Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 20 2009, 12:46pm

Insignia, a Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) exclusive brand, and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) , the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced the availability of two new Insignia Blu-ray Disc Players that enable Netflix members to instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix over the Internet to their televisions.

The new Insignia Advanced Series Blu-ray Player (NS-WBRDVD) and the Insignia Connected Blu-ray Player (NS-BRDVD3) are now on sale for...

High Definition Production

NewTek Unveils Miniature Live TV High Definition Production Vehicle on Cross-Country Tour

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 16 2009, 9:30pm

NewTek MINI Cooper HD live production vehicleNewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, announced the NewTek TriCasts™ America Tour, sponsored by Canon U.S.A., Inc. and TodoCast™. From October 27 through November 17, 2009, NewTek is traveling cross-country in one of the world's first, and smallest, live TV high definition (HD) production vehicles showcasing the...


With Standard Adopted, Broadcasters Poised to Bring Mobile DTV to American Consumers

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 16 2009, 9:18pm

The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), a voluntary association of more than 800 broadcast stations, today announced it is "All Systems Go" for a new era of television service on mobile devices. With Thursday's adoption of a final mobile digital television (Mobile DTV) broadcast standard by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), U.S. broadcasters are poised to roll out an array of digital program services that will be available to consumers on devices ranging from in-car screens to portable DVD players and mobile phones.

OMVC today demonstrated the services enabled by the new standard during a Mobile DTV briefing for government officials and...

Internet HD Video

Samsung and Blockbuster Roll Out Blockbuster On Demand(R) Services Starting Today

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 15 2009, 3:08am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, and Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE:BBI) (NYSE:BBI.B) , a global leader in entertainment, today announced the immediate availability of Blockbuster's vast and growing library of premium digital entertainment for rent or purchase on select 2009 Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray Players and Blu-ray integrated Home Theater Systems.

Specific models featuring the new BLOCKBUSTER On Demand service include...

High Definition Production

Telairity BE8500 Hot-Switchable HD/SD H.264 Encoder Introduced at HD World

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 15 2009, 3:05am

The Telairity BE8500, a versatile H.264/AVC video encoder capable of hot-switching between a high-definition (HD) or standard-definition (SD) video source, was introduced today by Telairity, Inc. at HD World. The exhibition is being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center today and tomorrow, October 14-15. Telairity is exhibiting in Booth #1248.

The newest model in the Telairity family of H.264 encoders, the 1-RU BE8500 enables users to encode...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Flip Video Introduces Next Generation Flip MinoHD

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 15 2009, 2:54am

The maker of the acclaimed Flip Video(TM) family of camcorders -- recently acquired by Cisco® -- today announced the second generation of its popular Flip MinoHD(TM) line. The premium Flip MinoHD offers consumers an easy and stylish way to capture and share high-definition (HD) video with a sleek new design, up to two hours of recording time, and a large high-resolution screen. Also introduced today was the latest version of the pre-loaded FlipShare(TM) software which now offers consumers direct video uploads to Facebook(TM).

The all-new Flip MinoHD camcorder offers...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung's Latest Ultra-Slim LED Monitor Offers HD Quality Picture

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 8 2009, 6:10pm

Samsung XL2370Samsung Electronics America Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the number one worldwide brand of LCD display products, today announced the debut of its premium LED monitor, the SyncMaster XL2370. At an estimated street price of $299, the XL2370 produces picture perfect, HD quality in a sleek, aerodynamic design. It will be available at Best Buy starting October 12 and through distribution and retailers in late November.

Whether you're watching a Blu-Ray movie or video clips online, the XL2370's LED edge-lit backlight performs at...

New Products & Equipment

Panasonic Launches New Full High Definition Home Theater Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 8 2009, 4:15pm

Panasonic Projector Systems Company, Unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, today announced the debut of its newest LCD home theater projector with 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) native resolution: the PT-AE4000U. Designed for savvy home theater enthusiasts and audio video professionals who desire an immersive home entertainment viewing experience, the new projector delivers 1080p images with remarkable detail and clarity with 1,600 lumen brightness and 100,000:1 contrast ratio.

The new PT-AE4000U is...

New Products & Equipment

Sony Delivers New Touch-Screen HD PC/TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 8 2009, 12:36pm

Sony today unveiled its new touch-enabled, multi-media machine -- the VAIO® L Touch HD PC/TV.

With the VAIO L Series' multi-touch screen, easy access to your PC, HDTV, DVR -- your entire entertainment hub -- is readily at your fingertips.

Equipped with a 24-inch (diagonal) WUXGA (1920x1080) widescreen panel, the unit displays high-definition content in Full HD resolution.

Select models feature a Blu-ray Disc(TM) optical drive so you can enjoy high-definition movies. A rewritable BD drive...


Samsung Announces Its First Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Drive With BD-R and BD-ROM Read Speed of 8X

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

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, has launched its first internal Blu-ray disc COMBO, the SH-B083. The Samsung Blu-ray disc (BD) drive is available with large capacities of up to 25GB for a single layer disc and 50GB for a double layer disc for use in PCs. Building upon the company's ODD leadership, the new Blu-ray drive reads BD-R and BD-ROMs at up to 8x speeds. The COMBO drive also reads CDs at up to 40x and DVDs at up to 16x.

With Samsung's fast dual layer jumping algorithm, the new SH-B083 COMBO drive features an average access speed of...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Eutelsat Breaks the Barrier of 100 HDTV Channels!

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 7 2009, 5:33pm

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced that it has broken through the barrier of 100 High-Definition TV channels broadcasting through its video satellites. The 100th channel to take to the skies was Sky Sport 1HD, the flagship channel of the latest HD package from the SKY Italia pay-TV platform.

Commenting on passing the landmark of 100 HD channels, Eutelsat's Commercial Director Olivier Millies-Lacroix said...


3M Enhances 3D Display Capabilities for Handheld Displays with 3D Optical Film

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 7 2009, 3:19am

3M's Optical Systems Division today announced that 3M has developed a new, field sequential 3D optical film for handheld devices-enabling true auto stereoscopic 3D viewing on mobile phones, gaming and other handheld devices without the need for glasses.

The company's 3D optical film can...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DIRECTV Has Launched Altitude in HD 24/7

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 7 2009, 2:42am

Following its recent announcement that all Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets games this year will be available in high-definition (HD), Altitude Sports & Entertainment has launched Altitude programming in full-time HD on DIRECTV, and is now available in 5.1-channel surround sound. DIRECTV is currently the only satellite TV provider to offer Altitude in HD on a 24/7 basis.

In addition to...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DIRECTV HD Customers Now Have Access to Popular Interactive Weather Features and On-Demand Content from The Weather Channel HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 7 2009, 2:28am

After its successful launch on the standard-definition version of The Weather Channel less than a year ago, DIRECTV's interactive weather applications, including "Local on Demand" and "Local on the 8's" have generated close to 1 billion total household impressions. Now, these same interactive features will be available on the crystal-clear feed of The Weather Channel HD(R) (TWC HD). As an additional benefit, customers can now access TWC VOD content 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week from the DIRECTV on DEMAND platform at the click of a button on their remote control.

The popular interactive weather services include...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

SiBEAM's Second Generation Chipsets Accelerate WirelessHD Market Adoption

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 6 2009, 12:11am

SiBEAM, the leading innovator of 60GHz wireless solutions and developer of high-speed wireless communication platforms, today unveiled its second generation 60GHz chipsets based on the WirelessHD® specification at CEATEC Japan. Following the success and widespread adoption of its award-winning first generation high performance WirelessHD chipsets, this latest achievement keeps the company in the industry lead as the only option for high quality lossless 1080p Full HD video in the world. Major technical breakthroughs in the new chipsets also serve to boost and simplify CE manufacturer accessibility and WirelessHD product development.

The second generation consists of...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DISH Network(R) Announces Free Preview of CBS College Sports Network

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 5 2009, 6:36pm

DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), today announced a free preview of CBS College Sports Network from Wednesday, Oct. 7 through Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009.

DISH Network is making the channel available to all customers in celebration of CBS College Sports Network's Armed Forces Appreciation Week. The week of special programming saluting our nation's armed forces and service academy football teams includes a triple header of...