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3D HDTVSatellite HDTV

DIRECTV to Launch ESPN 3D to Millions of Customers Nationwide

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 29 2010, 11:43am

Continuing to lead the 3D revolution by offering customers new dimensions in sports programming, DIRECTV will add ESPN 3D, the industry's first 3D sports television network, to its upcoming 3D lineup that will offer three dedicated 3D channels, including DIRECTV's newly named linear 3D channel, N3D(TM) powered by Panasonic. Launching in June, millions of DIRECTV HD customers will have access to ESPN's entire 3D programming lineup, including up to 25 2010 FIFA World Cup matches.

ESPN 3D will showcase a minimum of 85 live sporting events during its first year, beginning...

3D HDTVCable HDTV

Cablevision Licenses RealD Format for 3D Content in the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 24 2010, 6:55pm

RealD, a leading 3D technology provider for cinema, home and professional applications, and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE:CVC) , one of the nation's leading media and entertainment companies, announced today that Cablevision has licensed the stereoscopic RealD Format for the delivery of high definition 3D content to the home. Through this licensing agreement, Cablevision's content providers will be able use RealD tools to format their 3D content and deliver it to millions of homes in crisp, clear high definition 3D. The delivery of RealD Format content is compatible with Cablevision's current HD broadcast and on-demand systems and works with existing HD set-top boxes

The RealD Format will first be utilized for the...

3D HDTV

Samsung Launches 3D Cinema Advertising Campaign to Highlight World's First 3D LED TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 24 2010, 12:03pm

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, will be the first electronics company in the U.S. to launch a 3D cinema advertising campaign to highlight the wonder of Samsung's new 3D LED TV.

Premiering on...

Blu-rayInternet HD Video

Blockbuster and Warner Bros. Announce New Agreement

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 23 2010, 4:13pm

Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE:BBI) (NYSE: BBI.B) , a leading global provider of media entertainment, announced a new agreement that continues to provide immediate availability of Warner Bros. titles, with Academy Award-winning The Blind Side available on March 23, in BLOCKBUSTER® stores and by-mail. The digital agreement already in place remains unchanged. On March 30, Blockbuster will have Sherlock Holmes available for immediate release.

The new agreement, which covers DVD and Blu-ray, means Blockbuster is the only...

LED (LCD) HDTVsInternet HD VideoNew Products & Equipment

Toshiba Introduces the New UX600 Series LED TV, Blending High Picture Quality with Internet Capability That is Fun and Easy

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 22 2010, 1:31pm

Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. ("Toshiba"), a market leader in LCD TVs, today announced the availability of the new UX600 LED TV, offering breakthrough picture quality with advanced interactive features for non-stop entertainment.

Entertainment on-demand is taken to new levels with the UX600's NET TV(TM) capabilities. Net TV includes a wide variety of applications that broaden the definition of "TV Content" and enrich the overall user experience. VUDU(TM) Movies offers true 1080p HD, 5.1 surround sound and gives viewers access to over 3,000 HD movies on demand. NET TV also streams audio applications such as Pandora(R) and creates personalized "Channels" of the music users enjoy. Viewers can also...

LCD HDTVsNew Products & Equipment

Toshiba Unveils its First Four LCD TV Series for 2010 with Enhancements at Every Level

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 22 2010, 1:27pm

Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. ("Toshiba"), a market leader in LCD TV, today announced the availability of four new LCD TV Series for 2010. Complementing the brand's new and upcoming LED product lines, Toshiba continues to offer a wide range of new LCD televisions, including the G300, E200 and C100 LCD TV, and CV100 LCD / DVD Combo TV, each featuring the new Horizon(TM) design. Boasting a slimming tapered bezel and attractive front panel gradation, the new Horizon design creates a more modern, elegant appearance. Available in a variety of sizes, from 19 to 55 inches, these new LCD series provide an exciting array of home entertainment options for every lifestyle and room in the home.

These new LCD televisions feature...

Internet HD VideoBlu-ray

BLOCKBUSTER On Demand(R) to be Available on the Latest Samsung Connected HDTVs, Blu-ray Players and Home Theater Systems

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 22 2010, 11:54am

Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE:BBI) (NYSE: BBI.B) announced that BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® will reach millions more homes across America through the latest models of Samsung connected HDTVs, Blu-ray players and Blu-ray integrated home theater systems. Consumers now have even more ways to enjoy the hottest new releases from BLOCKBUSTER.

BLOCKBUSTER On Demand is part of the newly-launched...

Cable, Satellite & Fiber

Dish Network Launches New Satellite to Expand Industry's Largest HD Offering

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 21 2010, 5:35am

DISH Network L.L.C., the fastest-growing pay-TV provider in America, today announced the successful launch of its latest satellite, EchoStar XIV.

EchoStar XIV allows DISH Network to continue expanding the largest high definition offering in the U.S. The definitive HD leader, DISH Network currently broadcasts more than 160 HD channels as well as HD locals in 152 markets.

Today's launch brings the size of DISH Network's satellite constellation to...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Bluetooth-Enabled JVC HD Everio Camera Now Available

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 20 2010, 2:26am

JVC Everio GZ-HM550JVC today announced the availability of a new high definition Everio camera with built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology, allowing the camera to work with a variety of other wireless devices. In addition, the new Everio GZ-HM550 features a 10.6 megapixel CMOS sensor for recording high quality Full HD video and nine megapixel digital stills to its internal 32GB flash memory. An SD/SDHC card slot provides the camera with additional storage.

Among the capabilities the camera's Bluetooth technology offers is...

Blu-ray3D HDTVProgramming

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Announces AVATAR Blu-Ray Disc and DVD Global Release Dates

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 16 2010, 4:14pm

Avatar Blu-ray/DVDTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced that it will launch director James Cameron's history-making motion picture AVATAR on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Thursday, April 22.

AVATAR on Blu-ray presents the ultimate high definition experience for home viewing audiences. Fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron's AVATAR in the comfort of their own home. Blu-ray is recognized for presenting optimal picture and sound, and now AVATAR's masterful cinematography, art direction and visual effects will lend itself to awe-inspiring clarity when you become absorbed in the extraordinary all-encompassing experience in the living room.

Since its global theatrical release last December, AVATAR...

3D HDTVNew Products & Equipment

SAMSUNG Announces Availability and Pricing of Next-Generation Lineup of LED HDTVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 10 2010, 1:19am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability and pricing of its award-winning LED HDTVs. Samsung has delivered the largest LED TV lineup with eight series ranging from 19 to 65 inches, with select series delivering the most immersive 3D experience. Samsung's LED TV lineup will begin to roll out in retail...

3D HDTVNew Products & Equipment

Samsung Redefines Home Entertainment with Global Availability of World's First Full HD 3D LED TV and First-Time Offering of DreamWorks Animation's Beloved Shrek Film Collection in 3D

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 10 2010, 1:08am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today made another stride toward redefining the home entertainment experience by officially announcing the world's first-available Full HD 3D LED TV and full lineup of 3D home entertainment products to consumers worldwide. Samsung also announced today the expansion of its strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) to feature an exclusive offering of the Company's beloved Shrek film series – which to date has grossed over $2 billion in worldwide box office – in its entirety in 3D for the first time ever.

To make 3D TV more accessible for consumers globally, Samsung unveiled...

Internet HD VideoBlu-ray

Samsung Officially Announces First Ever Application Store For TVs, Blu-ray Players, and Home Theater Systems

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 10 2010, 12:51am

Samsung Electronics America Inc., market leaders and award-winning innovators in consumer electronics, have launched Samsung Apps, the first HDTV-based application store where users can download applications from select 2010 Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray Players and Home Theater systems via the upgraded Internet@TV – Content Service. Samsung Apps provides consumers with an expanded, easy to navigate selection of content and applications from leading services like The Associated Press, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, USA TODAY, and VUDU. More than 20 apps will be available by the end of March*, with hundreds expected by the end of the year. The new application platform allows content owners and developers to...

3D HDTVNew Products & Equipment

SAMSUNG Announces Availability and Pricing of Blu-ray Home Theater Systems

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 10 2010, 12:40am

Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability and pricing of the company's next-generation Blu-ray Home Theater Systems. As announced at CES, the lineup includes the HT-C6930W, HT-C6730W, which received a CES "Best of Innovations 2010" award, the HT-C7530W and entry-level HT-C6500 and HT-C5500. All five models introduce a new, no-grill speaker design. They also offer Samsung's newly-introduced immersive Crystal Amplifier Pro technology, which ensures accurate sound reproduction. The HT-C6930W is a Blu-ray integrated home theater system that also includes 3D capability.

New Products & Equipment

SAMSUNG Announces Eight Plasma Ultra Slim TVs in 2010 Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 10 2010, 12:33am

Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability and pricing of its 2010 portfolio of Ultra-Slim Plasma HDTVs, with three series ranging from 50 inches to 63 inches. Six of the eight models of this year's Ultra-Slim Plasma HDTV line (8000 and 7000 Series) are 3D-enabled, giving consumers the ability to experience a new dimension over the traditional HDTV viewing experience. While the TV is optimized for viewing 3D content, the built-in 3D processor lets you render 2D content into 3D in real time.

To further kick-start the 3D experience, consumers, for a limited time, will receive a free 3D Starter Kit with the purchase of a Samsung 3D HDTV and either the Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray Player or the HT-C6930W 3D Home Theater System. Included in the kit is a 3D version of...

Blu-ray

SAMSUNG Announces Pricing and Availability of 2010 Blu-ray Player Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 9 2010, 11:48pm

Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability and pricing of its ground breaking 2010 lineup of Blu-ray players, beginning at $179.99. As announced at CES, the BD-C6900, winner of the 2010 CES Best of Innovations Award, leads the lineup, featuring built-in 3D playback. For design and performance-conscience consumers...

New Products & Equipment

Samsung Announces Pricing and Availability of 2010 Line of Premium AV Receiver Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 9 2010, 11:31pm

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability and pricing of its 2010 line of AV Receivers, further demonstrating the company's commitment to providing a superior audio experience. The lineup begins at $299.99 and features a stylish design aimed at complementing the 2010 lineup of Blu-ray players. Samsung's AV receivers will be...

3D HDTVTechnology

Onkyo Introduces the World's First THX Certified 3D-Ready A/V Receiver

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 9 2010, 12:26pm

Onkyo TX SR608Onkyo USA has announced March deliveries of its first 3D-Ready home theater receivers and home theater in a box (HTiB) systems. The new models consist of three A/V receivers and three HTiB systems ranging in price from $299 to $599, and all of them support the new HDMI v1.4 connectivity standard for new 3D video displays and Audio Return Channel capabilities. All are exceptionally well equipped to provide a superior music, home theater sound and video experience, with high build-quality and offering excellent value.

The new TX-SR608 7.2-channel THX-Select2 Plus certified receiver has...

3D HDTVTechnology

HDMI Licensing, LLC Releases HDMI Specification Version 1.4a

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 4 2010, 11:05pm

HDMI Logo – HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI®) specification, today announced, on behalf of the HDMI Founders, the release of HDMI Specification Version 1.4a featuring key enhancements for 3D applications including the addition of mandatory 3D formats for broadcast content as well as the addition of the 3D format referred to as Top-and-Bottom. The complete HDMI Specification Version 1.4a, along with the 1.4a version of the Compliance Test Specification (CTS), is available to Adopters on the HDMI Adopter Extranet.

An extraction of the 3D portion of Specification Version 1.4a is available for public download on the HDMI Web site at...

New Products & Equipment

Introducing TiVo(R) Premiere, the One Box to Rule Them All

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 3 2010, 10:32pm

TiVo PremiereTiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), a leader in advanced television services, including digital video recorders (DVRs), announced today the launch of TiVo® Premiere and TiVo® Premiere XL boxes. TiVo Premiere elegantly combines access to cable programming, movies, web videos, and music all in one box at a truly affordable price. TiVo Premiere is now the only way to unlock the real value of the HD television set, a box that is more powerful, compact, and energy efficient than previous generations. If the DVR changed your life, TiVo Premiere will change it again.

3D HDTV

Acer Extends Leadership in 3D Space With NVIDIA 3D Vision-Ready Projectors

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2010, 6:43pm

Acer H5360 3D ProjectorAcer America today extends its leadership in delivering excellent products that take advantage of consumers' growing demand for 3D imagery with two new NVIDIA 3D Vision-Ready video projectors.

The three-dimensional experience is made possible by...

3D HDTV

Philips Selects XpanD Active 3D Technology As Key Component Of Its 3D Strategy

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2010, 6:37pm

XpanD LogoUnderscoring the innovation leadership of XpanD's active 3D technology platform for cinematic, television and gaming applications, the company today announced a partnership with Philips to provide consumers with co-branded iterations of its award-winning, patented pi-cell active 3D glasses with Philips' 3D television sets. In doing so, XpanD and Philips will provide consumers with the most advanced, most comfortable and highest-performing 3D technology that couples Philips' heritage in bringing truly immersive cinematic viewing experiences into the home with XpanD's advanced active 3D technology.

3D HDTV

CBS and Sony Electronics Unveil New 3D Consumer Research Center

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2010, 6:32pm

Sony/CBS 3D ExperienceAs 3D technology and content continue to change the way consumers experience their entertainment, Sony Electronics and CBS today unveiled "The Sony 3D Experience." This research center and screening facility will focus on consumer preferences and perceptions toward 3D programming, as well as how broadcasters and studios can best deliver 3D content for viewing both in and out of the home.

The Sony 3D Experience will be located...

New Products & Equipment

Logitech Adds to Award-Winning Harmony Remote Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2010, 1:37pm

Logitech Harmony 600/650Nearly all of the entertainment devices in today's living rooms use remote controls, so for most people a remote that simplifies complex home-entertainment systems is essential to performing even the simplest of activities, such as watching TV. Today, Logitech (SIX:LOGN)(NASDAQ:LOGI) added to its award-winning line of Logitech® Harmony® remotes by unveiling the Logitech® Harmony® 600 Remote and Logitech® Harmony® 650 Remote. Giving you one-click control over your favorite activities, both new remotes are simple to set up and simple to use, and can replace up to five other remotes.

3D HDTV

Pioneer 5.1 Channel A/V Receivers Deliver Expanded iPhone Experience to the Home Theater

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2010, 12:14am

Pioneer VSX-820-K iPhone Certified A/V ReceiverPioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveils a new line of 5.1 channel A/V receivers that deliver a dynamic music experience to the living room. For the first time, the Pioneer VSX-520-K and VSX-820-K feature wireless Bluetooth® transfer of audio content allowing users to enjoy their music directly from their Bluetooth®-enabled device to their home theater system and are 3D Ready with the latest HDMI, version 1.4, providing more high definition connectivity options for the Blu-ray 3D specification. The VSX-820-K also features "Works with iPhone" certification, providing a seamless user experience for iPhone owners. Pre-orders of the VSX-520-K and the VSX-820-K are currently available at Amazon.com.

The new models feature expanded iPhone™ functions including...

New Products & Equipment

Three-Tuner Moxi(R) HD DVR Now Available for Standalone Purchase

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 1 2010, 2:47pm

ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) today announced that the three-tuner version of the Moxi HD DVR, which allows recording of three channels simultaneously while watching a fourth recorded program, is now available for standalone purchase. Special offer, discounted bundles including the Moxi HD DVR and Moxi Mate multi-room players are also still available for consumers who want the premiere whole-home, multi-room entertainment experience only Moxi provides.

The award-winning Moxi product line is now available in the following configurations and price-points...

3D HDTVCable, Satellite & Fiber

SES WORLD SKIES to Host Extensive 3D TV Tests

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 1 2010, 2:42pm

With its 3D-ready satellites and teleports serving as the distribution backbone, SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG), today announced it plans to join leading broadcasters, programmers, TV makers and technology providers in a series of extensive tests aimed at accelerating the delivery of 3D TV.

Planned for this spring, the trials are expected to bring together eight major 3D TV components that will be tested under real-life scenarios in an end-to-end platform. Participants in the high learning environment will include...

Wireless HDMI/HDTV

NETGEAR Supercharges Home Theater Experience With New Class of WiFi Products to Support Internet-Enabled Set-top Boxes, TVs, Blu-ray Players and Gaming Consoles

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 1 2010, 2:18pm

NETGEAR High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit (WNHDB3004)HANNOVER, Germany, March 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) , a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced two new networking accessories for home theaters. The High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit (WNHDB3004) is a carrier-grade, tested and proven solution for wirelessly playing multiple jitter-free 1080p HD video and audio streams to every room in the house flawlessly, and at double the performance and range of solutions in the market today. The Universal WiFi Internet Adapter for Home Theater Devices and Gaming Consoles (WNCE2001)delivers Wireless-N performance of up to 300 Mbps through the Ethernet port of consumer ...