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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (February, 2010)

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Blu-ray

Two Disney-Pixar Animated Classics Come to Blu-ray: Toy Story & Toy Story 2

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 24 2010, 2:11am

This Spring, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly presents the eagerly awaited high definition debuts of Disney-Pixar's original animated classics Toy Story and Toy Story 2. In 1995, Toy Story made history as the first feature-length computer animated film and, together with its beloved sequel Toy Story 2, helped establish Disney-Pixar as creators of unrivaled quality family entertainment. Now, viewers can rediscover these wondrous tales of what happens when humans leave the room -- and toys come to life -- as Toy Story and Toy Story 2 debut on Disney Blu-ray(TM) + DVD Combo Pack, followed seven weeks later by the Special Edition DVDs.

For the first time ever, these two groundbreaking films will be presented...

New Products & Equipment

ZeeVee Introduces ZvBox 170

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 24 2010, 1:53am

Today, at Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, ZeeVee introduced a low-cost, simple-to-deploy system for distributing HD video and digital signage. The new ZvBox®170 joins the company's flagship ZvPro® 250 and ZvBox 150 products, creating a complete good-better-best product and pricing assortment.

ZeeVee products use HD encoding and RF modulation to distribute...

Internet HD Video

Walmart Announces Acquisition of Digital Entertainment Provider, VUDU

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 22 2010, 10:48pm

Walmart announced today a definitive agreement to acquire VUDU, Inc., a leading provider of digital technologies and services that enable the delivery of entertainment content directly to broadband high-definition TVs and Blu-ray players. The deal is expected to close within the next few weeks.

VUDU is...

3D HDTV

Sony Introduces Its First 3D Compatible Audio/Video Receiver

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 18 2010, 6:58pm

Sony today announced its first A/V receiver capable of supporting 3D audio and video.

Featuring HDMI(TM) 1.4 3D pass-through technology, ample high definition connectivity and compatibility with all of the latest Blu-ray Disc(TM) audio formats, the new STR-DN1010 A/V receiver is designed to create a simple solution for controlling any high definition or 3D capable home theater.

The 7.1 channel STR-DN1010 A/V receiver (110 watts power per channel @8-Ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD) features...

High Definition ProductionNew Products & Equipment

JVC Introduces Premium 'G Series' Broadcast Monitors with Improved Picture Quality, Dual-Link HD/SD-SDI Inputs

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 17 2010, 1:41am

JVC G Series Broadcast MonitorsJVC Professional Products, division of JVC U.S.A., today announced its new Vérité "G Series" of professional LCD monitors, which feature 3G and dual-link HD/SD-SDI (1080p/60 4:4:4) inputs. The 17-inch DT-V17G1Z and the 24-inch DT-V24G1Z are designed for broadcast, studio, mobile, and field applications that demand accurate color reproduction for critical image evaluation.

G Series monitors feature...

4K (Ultra HD)Digital Cinema

Christie First to Ship and Install 'Series 2' DLP Cinema Projectors

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 16 2010, 6:29pm

Christie®, the leader in digital cinema projection technologies, is pleased to confirm full production, shipping and installation of the latest generation of 4K-ready DLP Cinema® projectors, the Christie Solaria™ series, beginning with the Christie CP2220. The Christie CP2220 digital cinema projector features Texas Instruments' (TI) (NYSE: TXN) next generation Series 2 DLP Cinema technology. Shipments began early January to North and South America, Europe and Asia and are now installed and showing feature films worldwide, including Australia, Canada, Korea and the United States. With orders arriving daily, Christie continues its lead in digital cinema deployment resulting in 70% of all digital cinema installations worldwide since the introduction of DLP Cinema projectors – which Christie was also the first to market.

Designed to meet all Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specifications, the Christie Solaria is...

3D HDTVSports

Panasonic To Provide 152-Inch Plasma Display for NBC's Studio Coverage of the Vancouver Winter Games

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 12 2010, 7:54pm

Panasonic, a worldwide leader in high definition technology and the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Audio and Visual Equipment category for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, has been selected to provide its 152-inch Plasma Display Panel to NBC during the network's studio coverage of the Vancouver Winter Games from Vancouver, February 12-28. The announcement was made today by Randy Raddatz, Vice President, Sourcing and Production Logistics, NBC Olympics and Andrew Nelkin, President, Panasonic Professional Display Company.

According to the agreement, Panasonic will provide...

3D HDTVSports

Panasonic Opens Full HD 3D Theatre At the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Live Site

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 12 2010, 1:27pm

Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) , the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Audio and Visual Equipment category for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, today opened the doors of its Olympic Pavilion "Panasonic FULL HD 3D THEATRE" featuring two 103-inch full HD 3D theatres at LiveCity Yaletown, official celebration site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Open February 12-28 from 11 am to 11 pm daily, the theatres will screen high definition, three dimensional images of the...

Mobile High Definition

Samsung's New CMOS Imagers Offer High-Performance, HD Capable Solutions for Smart and Slim Mobile Phones

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 12 2010, 1:19pm

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that it has developed two new CMOS image sensors – the S5K4E2 and the S5K5CA – for the mobile phone market. Designers and manufacturers of high-end smart phones and slim mobile handsets can now integrate one of these high-performance, cost efficient, small form factor imagers into their next generation design.

Using its proprietary pixel technology...

Cable, Satellite & FiberProgramming

DISH NETWORK® Extends HD Leadership, Delivers Slate of Nine New National HD Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 11 2010, 1:40pm

DISH Network L.L.C., the fastest-growing pay-TV provider in America, today announced a substantial expansion of the largest high definition lineup in the U.S. with the introduction of nine new HD channels: Fox Soccer Channel HD, Sportsman HD, Hallmark Channel HD, IndiePlex HD and RetroPlex HD, which are only available on DISH Network, as well as truTV HD, E! HD, BBC America HD and SHOWTIME® (West) HD. The definitive HD leader, DISH Network now broadcasts more than 160 HD channels.

E! HD is available in...

3D HDTVBlu-ray

Sony Launches Its First Blu-ray 3D-Ready Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 10 2010, 1:51pm

SONY Blu-ray 3D-Ready PlayerContinuing to drive innovation, Sony® today launched the new BDP-S470 stand-alone Blu-ray 3D(TM)-ready player. The model can be upgraded to play Blu-ray 3D content with a firmware update available this summer.

The company also announced that the previously introduced BDP-S570 Blu-ray Disc(TM) model and the BDV-E770W and BDV-E570 Blu-ray Disc home theater systems will be Blu-ray 3D capable with firmware updates available...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Panasonic's New 3MOS HD Camcorders Produce True-to-Life Color and Excel in Low-Light Environments

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 10 2010, 1:42pm

Panasonic today introduces two additions to its 2010 line of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-HS700 and HDC-TM700, both Full High Definition (HD) 3MOS camcorders with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The new Panasonic HD camcorders combine 1080/60p recording - allowing them to capture expressive video without detail loss or Moire pattern - with an advanced 3MOS system that produces vivid, true-to-life colors and excels in darkly-lit environments. The new HDC-HS700, records both to its large...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

SANYO Debuts New Dual Cameras That Look as Good as They Perform

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 5 2010, 1:57am

SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) introduces three new Dual Cameras, the VPC-GH2, VPC-CG102, and VPC-CG20, featuring Full High Definition 1080 60i (1920x1080) video and up to 14 MP photo capability. Offering style, performance and value, these new additions provide a convenient way to capture both videos and photos in daily life or for special events. Available nationwide starting in March, 2010, the VPC-GH2 and VPC-CG102 will have an MSRP of...

High Definition ProductionHD Camcorders & CamerasTechnology

Canon Announces MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) File-Based Recording Codec for Upcoming Professional Video Camera

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 2 2010, 9:57pm

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today the Company has adopted an MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) file-based recording codec for a new file-based professional video camera currently under development. The new Canon MPEG-2 codec will enable high-quality imaging and audio performance with up to 50 Mbps data recording and twice the color data of the HDV*1 profile format. File-based recording helps video operations realize greater efficiencies during post-production, making it an ideal format for many industry applications such as newsgathering, documentary filmmaking and event videography. The main features of the new Canon MPEG-2 codec include...

Blu-ray3D HDTV

Panasonic First Out of the Gate with Blu-ray 3D™ Authoring Facility

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 2 2010, 3:03am

Following on the announcement of a broad range of Full HD 3D TV products, from VIERA consumer 3D TVs to a Prosumer Full HD 3D camcorder, at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic is now unveiling its fully operational Blu-ray 3D™ Advanced Authoring Center located at Panasonic's R&D facility, Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory. The Advanced Authoring Center was recently upgraded and equipped with...