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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (April, 2010)

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Front ProjectionLCD HDTVs

SANYO Introduces A New 120Hz FullHD LCD Front Projector With Topaz Real HD And Color Management System

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 29 2010, 11:17am

SANYO PLV-Z4000SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors, announces the introduction of the PLV-Z4000, a high-performance 120 Hz Full HD 3 LCD front projector with 1080p24 capability for an exquisite home theater and HD video experience. With SANYO's exclusive TopazReal HD system, the projector produces superb image quality and has a 3D color management system that enables extraordinary color accuracy. Through dual HDMI 1.3b inputs, it is Deep Color and x.v.Color capable. Rated at 1,200 ANSI lumens, with a 65,000:1 contrast ratio, it produces superb black levels even in ambient light conditions. The addition of installer-friendly mounting and optical features allow it to be used in a wide variety of rooms and environments. Scheduled for rele ...

Satellite HDTVSports

DIRECTV Launches Univision and TeleFutura in Crystal-Clear HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 28 2010, 5:53pm

DIRECTVDIRECTV, the world's most popular video service, today became the first video provider to offer national distribution of Univision HD and TeleFutura HD networks, marking the beginning of DIRECTV's HD expansion to more than 160 HD channels. DIRECTV is also launching Univision and TeleFutura local stations in HD in top Hispanic markets soon, in anticipation of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM.

HD Video Production3D HDTV

RealD Announces Stereo3D Calculator App for iPhone, iTouch and iPad

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 27 2010, 4:48am

RealD Professional Stereo3D CalculatorRealD Inc., a leading 3D technology provider for cinema, home and professional applications, in association with FrameForge Previz Studio, a cutting-edge pre-visualization solution for professional filmmakers, announced today the availability of the RealD Professional Stereo3D Calculator app for iPhone, iTouch and iPad, a pre-production and on-set tool for filmma ...

Blu-ray3D HDTV

AVATAR is the #1 Movie in North America -- This Time on Blu-ray and DVD

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 27 2010, 4:24am

AVATAR Blu-rayTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that James Cameron's phenomenal epic AVATAR became the best selling Blu-ray of all time after just four days in stores, with an astonishing 2.7 million units sold in North America alone. AVATAR Blu-ray sales crushed the previous record of 2.5 million units.

Retail sales of AVATAR Blu-ray and DVD Discs have exceeded...

3D HDTV

Amazon.com Unveils "3D 101" Customer Education Center

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 27 2010, 2:13am

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today unveiled a new customer education center, Amazon 3D 101 (www.amazon.com/3d), a one-stop information and shopping destination for all things 3D. Amazon 3D 101 provides customers with centralized, easy-to-understand information and offers a lineup of 3D-related products, including 3D capable HDTVs, projectors, monitors, Blu-ray players and movies, gaming consoles and games, laptops and accessories.

Amazon 3D 101 provides a comprehensive destination where anyone can get the information they need about 3D. Key features of the Amazon 3D 101 customer education center include...

3D HDTVPlasma HDTVs

Panasonic Announces Pricing and Availability of VIERA VT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 24 2010, 1:57am

Panasonic, a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D technology, announced today pricing and nationwide retail availability dates for its critically-acclaimed VIERA(TM) VT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs. The debut of the VT25 series will expand Panasonic's 3D offerings to four screens sizes with availability at a wide range of consumer electronics retailers.

The first VIERA VT25 models will be available...

Blu-ray

Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Redbox Forge Distribution Agreement

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 23 2010, 1:23am

Universal Studios Home Entertainment and redbox have reached a long-term distribution agreement that will make Universal DVD and Blu-ray titles available for rental at redbox locations 28 days after release. The agreement ends the legal dispute between redbox and Universal. The announcement was made today by Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and Mitch Lowe, President of redbox.

The deal provides redbox with...

Blu-ray

Twentieth Century Fox and Redbox Announce Distribution Agreement

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 23 2010, 1:18am

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and redbox announce a multi-year distribution agreement that will make DVD and Blu-ray titles from Fox available for rental at redbox locations following a 28-day window from the home entertainment street date for new Blu-ray and DVD film releases. The agreement also ends the legal dispute between redbox and Fox.

Under the agreement redbox will receive...

Front Projection

SANYO Introduces New Wide XGA High-Brightness High Performance Projectors with a Variety of Functions

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 21 2010, 2:10am

SANYO PLC-WM5500SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors, announces the introduction of four new high performance Wide XGA format projectors to the US market. Targeting a wide range of environments, including large conference rooms, lecture halls and digital signage applications, the PLC-WM5500 (with standard zoom lens:LNS-S20), and PLC-WM5500L (with optional lens) have a very high brightness of 5,500 ANSI lumens, and the PLC-WM 4500 (with standard zoom lens:LNS-S20), and PLC-WM4500L (with optional lens) have brightness of 4,500 ANSI lumens. Each projector features two new modes that enable the simultaneous presentation of two images. All four projectors use Wide XGA panels in 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio, with 1280 x 800 resolution, allow ...

Satellite HDTV

DIRECTV Continues To Deliver More Full Time HD Than Any Other Provider With The Addition Of Over 30 New HD Channels -Bringing DIRECTV's HD Lineup to More Than 160

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 21 2010, 1:13am

DIRECTV, the world's most popular video service, continues to deliver more full time HD channels than any other television provider in the nation with the addition of over 30 new HD channels. These new channels will begin rolling out in May and will continue in the following few months bringing DIRECTV's total HD channel lineup to more than 160.

Among the 30 new HD channels that DIRECTV will begin launching next month are...

Satellite HDTV

DISH Network Becomes First and Only TV Provider to Offer 200 National HD Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 20 2010, 3:20am

DISH Network L.L.C., America's fastest-growing pay-TV provider, today became the first and only company to offer 200 national high definition channels. New additions to the nation's largest full-time HD line-up include EPIX HD, G4 HD, Headline News HD, History International HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, ShortsHD, Style HD and Turner Classic Movies HD.

Consumers can enjoy these high definition channels...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Cisco Launches the All-New Flip SlideHD

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 14 2010, 3:02am

Cisco Flip SlideHDSAN FRANCISCO, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cisco today announced the newest member of its groundbreaking Flip Video(TM) line, the Flip SlideHD(TM). It's an all-new Flip, with an all-new form factor, designed to make it even more fun to capture, watch and share HD videos anytime, anywhere. With Flip SlideHD, active consumers and families can record up to four hours of HD video, or store up to 12 hours of content, and then view it instantly with a stunning slide-up full widescreen.

With SlideHD, anyone can...

3D HDTVCable HDTV

Motorola Introduces Innovative 3D TV Set-Tops for Cable

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 12 2010, 1:35pm

The Mobile Devices and Home business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) announced today software enhancements for its industry-leading DCX line of set-tops that represents a breakthrough in 3D video processing, providing consumers with an exceptional and seamless 3D TV experience in their home. By enabling 3D content to be processed in the set-top before delivery to the 3D-capable television, consumers will no longer be confused by having to use remote controls and access on-screen menus to configure the set-top and television set every time a channel change involves switching between 2D and 3D video. Furthermore, all of this is done while maintaining the visual integrity of emergency broadcast messages, closed captioning or on screen displays while 3D video is playing.

With many service providers having already announced their intent to broadcast select 3D programming, there are several challenges to overcome to deliver 3D signals to the home using currently deployed infrastructure and dev ...

Blu-rayInternet HD Video

Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Netflix Announce New Distribution Deals for DVDs, Blu-ray and Streaming Content

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 9 2010, 12:12pm

Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] today announced agreements covering the distribution of Universal new release DVD and Blu-ray titles at Netflix while providing an expanded selection of the studio's movies that can be streamed instantly from Netflix to TVs and computers.

New release titles on DVD and Blu-ray will be...

3D HDTVBlu-raySports

FIFA and Sony to Launch First Ever Global 3D Experience of the FIFA World Cup(TM)

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2010, 3:24pm

Following the initial joint announcement to make the world's first FIFA World Cup(TM) available in 3D, FIFA and Sony Corporation today unveiled insights into what the football fans around the globe can expect from this innovative undertaking to add a third dimension to the football viewing experience. Coinciding with the rapidly growing consumer interest in 3D fuelled by the release of blockbuster movie titles in 3D and impending launch of 3D TV sets for the home, the first ever FIFA World Cup(TM) in 3D will further capture the excitement for millions of football fans around the globe.

With a total of...

LED (LCD) HDTVs

AOC Revitalizes Its TV Brand Line with a Jolt of Innovation

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 7 2010, 10:26pm

AOC is known for producing stunning displays that offer quality performance, clean aesthetic lines and user-friendly interfaces at competitive prices. Most, however, may not realize that AOC (Admiral Overseas Company) has been a fixture in the American television manufacturing market for more than 60 years, formerly under the brand name Admiral. From the 1940s to the 1960s, Admiral Televisions dominated the market thanks to their innovative design, consumer-oriented features, and affordability. It is these characteristics that have made the AOC brand popular in Asia, South America and Europe.

During this year's CES in Las Vegas, AOC's product line-up pointed to a redirection of focus towards reinvigorating its once ubiquitous TV line by introducing new technologies such as LED lighting and additional innovative features, starting with...

3D HDTVCable HDTVSports

The Masters® Golf Tournament Available in 3-D to Time Warner Cable® Customers

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 6 2010, 10:32pm

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) today announced that beginning April 9, customers will be able to view daily highlights from this year's Masters Golf Tournament in 3D on Demand. On demand highlights will be available for viewing until April 30. Customers must have 3D TVs and a Time Warner Cable HD box with HDMI output in order to view the daily highlights.

Time Warner Cable will also...

Mobile High DefinitionInternet HD Video

Envivio Delivers Stunning Live and On Demand HD Video to New Apple iPad

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 6 2010, 1:11am

Envivio Inc. today announced that its 4Caster C4(2) video encoding/transcoding platform now offers comprehensive support for Apple iPad, enabling delivery of live and on demand high definition (HD) TV services over Wi-Fi and 3G networks for Apple's exciting new device. Available for both the 4Caster C4 and 4Caster C4(2), the enhancement further expands the flexibility of the industry's leading Three Screens video delivery platform, which already powers network operator and over the top TV services for the iPhone, including premium Pay TV, sports and movie content for operators in Europe, coverage of the Olympics and NHL hockey in Canada, and telecomm Mobile TV services worldwide.

New iPad owners can experience the quality of...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

JVC to Introduce GY-HM790 ProHD Camcorder at NAB 2010

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 5 2010, 5:12pm

JVC GY-HM790 ProHD CamcorderJVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., will introduce the new flagship of its ProHD camcorder line, the GY-HM790, at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 12-15 (Booth C4314). With an innovative modular design and a full complement of accessories, the new camera supports multicore or fiber-based production. Plus, as a shoulder-mount camcorder, it delivers outstanding ENG and sports production performance with more features than ever.

The GY-HM790 features...

New Products & Equipment3D HDTVBlu-ray

New Yamaha '3D-Ready' Home-Theater-in-a-Box Systems Offer HD Audio, Far-Reaching HD Source Connectivity

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 5 2010, 5:07pm

Yamaha Electronics Corporation, the innovator in home theater and digital audio and video reproduction, today introduced five new HTIB (home-theater-in-a-box) systems that offer advanced features, such as ample HD source connectivity and HD Audio decoding, ideally suited for integration with Blu-ray players, flat panel displays, HD services, game consoles and portable audio/video devices. The new line includes the YHT-893 (7.1 channel, 730W Total Power, MSRP: $849.95), YHT-693 (5.1 channel, 625W Total Power, MSRP: $649.95), YHT-593 (5.1 channel, 625W Total Power, MSRP: $549.95), YHT-493 (5.1 channel, 600W Total Power, MSRP: $449.95) and YHT-393 (5.1 channel 600W Total Power, MSRP: $399.95).

Each system in the line boasts advanced features...

New Products & Equipment3D HDTVBlu-ray

Yamaha Unveils Line of 3D-Ready AV Receivers for HD and Next Generation Entertainment Experiences

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 5 2010, 5:03pm

Yamaha Electronics Corporation, the innovator in home theater and digital audio and video reproduction, today introduced a new line of three versatile, high-performance 3D-ready AV receivers, the RX-V567 (90W x 7; MSRP: $479.95), RX-V467 (105W x 5; MSRP: $379.95) and RX-V367 (100W x 5; MSRP $249.95). These models deliver wide-ranging source connectivity and convenience features for superior HD video and audio performance, 3D support for the Side-by-Side (Half) and Top-and-Bottom formats that broadcasters are adopting, as well as for current 3D Blu-ray content (via upcoming firmware update).

Yamaha's new receivers enable...

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Disc Association Announces Additional Format Enhancements

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 4 2010, 4:20am

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced two new media specifications that use Blu-ray Disc technology to provide targeted functionality for commercial and consumer applications. The specifications for BDXL™ (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) and IH-BD (Intra-Hybrid discs) are expected in the next few months.

The BDXL specification...

Internet HD Video

Netflix iPad App Available From App Store

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 3 2010, 1:51am

Netflix iPad AppLOS GATOS, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) today announced that a free Netflix App for iPad is available on the App Store, allowing Netflix members to instantly watch an unlimited number of TV episodes and movies streamed from Netflix to iPad. Streaming to iPad is at no additional cost to Netflix members on plans starting at just $8.99 a month.

The Netflix iPad App for iPad will...