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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (December, 2009)

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Cable, Satellite & Fiber

DIRECTV HD and Movie Choices to Get a Lift With Successful Satellite Launch

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 30 2009, 4:27pm

As the DIRECTV 12 satellite soars into space following its successful launch today, DIRECTV customers will soon see a stellar lineup of new HD channels and movie choices.

When the satellite begins operations in the early second quarter of next year, it will be among a fleet of five powerful, HD satellites delivering an unprecedented array of programming and other services to households across America.

The new satellite will boost DIRECTV's HD capacity by 50 percent, to more than...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor to Launch the HDBaseT™ Cross-Industry Alliance

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 21 2009, 7:20pm

LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor announced today that they intend to launch a cross-industry alliance to promote and standardize the HDBaseT™ technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content.

The HDBaseT Alliance will...

3D HDTV

Disney's Toy Story 3 to be Released in IMAX(R) 3D on June 18, 2010

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 19 2009, 1:43am

IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures today announced that Toy Story 3, the third installment of the blockbuster hit franchise Toy Story, will be released to IMAX(R) 3D theatres simultaneously with its wide release on June 18, 2010. Toy Story 3 will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of...

Blu-ray3D HDTV

Blu-ray Disc Association Announces Final 3D Specification

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 18 2009, 2:40am

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the “Blu-ray 3DTM” specification. The specification, which represents the work of the leading Hollywood studios and consumer electronic and computer manufacturers, will enable the home entertainment industry to bring the 3D experience into consumers’ living rooms on Blu-ray Disc, the most capable high definition home entertainment platform.

The “Blu-ray 3D” specification fully leverages...

Technology

NXP Announces Support for 21:9 Cinema-like Display

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 16 2009, 6:01pm

NXP Semiconductors today announced that its TV550 platform now offers direct support for 21:9 panels running at 60 Hz. NXP will be showing HD movies on a 21:9 display panel at the upcoming 2010 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in January. The demo will show different use cases that are possible with the TV550, such as full screen “true size” movies. In addition, the demo will show how interactive Internet applications such as widgets, newsfeeds, weather and Video on Demand can run in the remaining screen space, alongside a high-definition 16:9 image.

The NXP TV550 is a...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

AT&T U-verse TV Lineup Expands to Include Five New HD Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 15 2009, 4:42am

AT&T today announced several additions to the AT&T U-verse(SM) TV channel lineup, including five new High Definition (HD) channels and new international programming channels for Filipino and Cantonese viewers.

With the latest additions, AT&T U-verse has launched more than 60 channels this year, including 30 HD channels. The U-verse HD channel lineup now offers more than 115 HD channels, which continues to exceed the HD channels offered by the major local cable providers in every U-verse TV market.

U-verse TV HD customers now have access to...

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AMD Advances 3D Entertainment: Demonstrates Blu-ray Stereoscopic 3D Playback at 2010 International CES

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 8 2009, 1:45am

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will demonstrate the forthcoming Blu-ray stereoscopic 3D standard at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, showcasing how consumers will soon get to enjoy high-fidelity 3D entertainment once reserved only for theaters.

* A new way to enjoy Blu-ray entertainment: Expected to hit store shelves in...

Sports

Sony and FIFA Announce the World's First 3D FIFA World Cup(TM)

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 4 2009, 4:27am

Sony Corporation and FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) today announced an agreement for selected media rights of the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM) in 3D. FIFA is to produce the world's first FIFA World Cup(TM) in 3D. Up to 25 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa(TM) matches will be produced using Sony's 3D professional cameras, which will provide coverage of the action that is unprecedented in depth, vividness and excitement to people around the world.

FIFA will utilize Sony's...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Boeing Ships High-Definition Broadcasting Satellite DIRECTV 12 to Launch Site

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 2 2009, 4:16am

DirecTV 12Boeing announced today that DIRECTV 12 was shipped Nov. 25 from Boeing's satellite manufacturing facility in El Segundo to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan. Upon arrival, the satellite will undergo final preparations for a December launch aboard an International Launch Services Proton/Breeze M rocket.

DIRECTV 12 is the 11th satellite Boeing has built for the nation's No. 1 satellite TV service, enabling DIRECTV to...