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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (May, 2010)

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Internet HD Video

Mvix HDHome Converges Home Theater, Gaming and Home Computing Into a Single Device

By Shane Sturgeon • May 26 2010, 1:19am

Mvix HDHome S2/S4Mvix(USA), Inc., a market leader in high-definition entertainment, business signage solutions and networked-accessible storage (NAS) devices, announces the launch of their flagship product HDHome. The device delivers a convergence across high definition home entertainment, gaming and home computing into a single, compact unit along with massive storage space for hi def media files. "This high-end, comprehensive system fills a void in the market where users demand versatility and system flexibility. Our customers have been asking us for a device where they can store terabytes of their movie collection and have access to it from anyplace, anywhere. HDHome is a response to such a market feedback." Said VP of Business Development, Mike Mallon.

Built along the traditional HTPC architecture, Mvix HDHome is targeted toward...

Internet HD Video

Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform to Bring Web to TV

By Shane Sturgeon • May 21 2010, 2:24pm

GoogleToday at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, leading industry players announced the development of Google TV — an open platform that adds the power of the web to the television viewing experience, ushering in a new category of devices for the living room. Intel, Sony, and Logitech, together with Best Buy, DISH Network and Adobe, joined Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) on stage to announce their support for Google TV.

Over the past decade, the Internet has created unprecedented opportunity for innovation and development across the world, but so far the web has largely been absent from living rooms. With Google TV, consumers will now be able to...

Satellite HDTV

DIRECTV to Offer Local Channels in 172 Markets Including 16 New Markets in HD

By Shane Sturgeon • May 18 2010, 1:22am

DIRECTV, the world's most popular video service, will begin the rollout of 16 new HD local-channel markets next month, providing more than 97 percent of U.S. TV households access to local channels by the end of this year. When the rollout is complete, DIRECTV will offer local channels in 172 markets, including local HD in 155 markets.

DIRECTV will roll-out the following new HD local markets...

New Products & Equipment3D HDTV

Integra Delivers its First 3D Ready AV Receivers for Custom Installation

By Shane Sturgeon • May 13 2010, 11:59pm

Integra DTR-30.2Integra, the premier brand of audio-video components specifically engineered for custom installation, has introduced two 3D-video-ready THX Select 2 Plus certified home theater receivers. These include advanced technology that allows home theater owners to take full advantage of all the available dimensions of video and sound.

The new Integra DTR-30.2 and DTR-20.2 use the latest...

Satellite HDTVProgramming

DISH Network Boosts Industry-Leading HD Lineup With Six New Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • May 13 2010, 12:05am

DISH Network L.L.C., America's fastest-growing pay-TV provider, today added five new channels to its already extensive HD lineup of more than 200 channels: DIY HD and Investigation Discovery HD; movie channel EPIX 2 HD; and Spanish-language channels Telefutura HD and Univision HD. In addition, DISH Network will launch Galavision HD in early June.

For more information...

Blu-ray

Kaleidescape Introduces Next Generation Movie Players

By Shane Sturgeon • May 11 2010, 11:50am

Kaleidescape M500 and M300 PlayersKaleidescape, Inc., the market leader in movie servers, today announced its new M500 and M300 Players. Built on the company's proprietary M-Class architecture, this next generation of players delivers a new and improved onscreen user interface and Blu-ray support. The M500 Player copies Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and CDs onto a server. The imported content can then be played back instantly by M500 and M300 Players, creating the world's first multi-zone movie server for Blu-ray.

To address the concerns of the studios, Kaleidescape requires...

Cable HDTV3D HDTV

THX Demonstrates First Metadata-Based System for Optimizing the Cable Viewing Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • May 11 2010, 11:47am

The Cable Show 2010 -- At The Cable Show, THX Ltd. and its partners will demonstrate THX Media Director(TM), a new technology that simplifies the cable viewing experience by optimizing the subscriber's playback settings for a wide range of cable programming, including 3D Video-on-Demand (VOD). The technology is designed to integrate with existing cable infrastructure, including the installed base of set-top boxes (STB) via firmware update. The THX Media Director demo will take place in the CableNET Pavilion.

THX will show how THX Media Director metadata is delivered over a cable network to a high definition set-top-box to enable the subscriber's TV and home audio system to automatically select appropriate...

Fiber/IPTV HDTVProgramming

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

By Shane Sturgeon • May 11 2010, 3:32am

AT&T* today announced four new High Definition (HD) channel additions to the AT&T U-verse® TV channel lineup.

U-verse TV HD customers can now enjoy access to HLN HD, Discovery Kids HD, truTV HD and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) HD as part of their existing HD service subscription, depending on their programming package. The U-verse TV HD channel lineup offers more than 130 HD channels, which continues to exceed the HD channels offered by the major local cable providers in every U-verse TV market.

All U-verse TV packages include...

Blu-ray

Responding to the Remarkable Growth of Blu-Ray™ Hardware Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Expands Its DVD to Blu-Ray Upgrade Program

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2010, 2:25am

DVD2BluResponding to the extraordinary growth of Blu-ray set-top hardware, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has expanded its "DVD2Blu" upgrade program. Starting today, consumers can select from 90 of Warner Home Video's most popular titles to upgrade that include the action-packed "Under Siege" and "Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut" as well as classics from the 1980s including "Risky Business" and "The Lost Boys."

According to recently published figures by the Digital Entertainment Group, sales of Blu-ray hardware for the first quarter of 2010 increased by...

Marketplace

Americans Spending More on Consumer Electronics, New CEA Study Finds

By Shane Sturgeon • May 6 2010, 11:11pm

CEA LogoThe average U.S. household spent $1,380 on consumer electronics (CE) products in the past 12 months, an increase of $151 from last year, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The average household spent 12 percent more on CE devices in the past year, according to the 12th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study, which also shows that individual consumer spending is up 10 percent from the previous 12 month period.

The average adult spent...

3D HDTVSatellite HDTVSports

YES Network, FSN Northwest and DIRECTV to Take Viewers 'Deep' with First-Ever 3D MLB Telecasts

By Shane Sturgeon • May 5 2010, 10:18pm

MLB LogoYES Network, FSN Northwest and DIRECTV will present the first-ever Major League Baseball telecasts in 3D on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 when the New York Yankees take on the Seattle Mariners. DIRECTV and Panasonic will be presenting sponsors of the two 3D telecasts.

The historic 3D broadcasts from Safeco Field in Seattle will be made available to...

3D HDTV

Consumer Reports' Initial 3D TV Tests Find Images Pop, But There's Not Much to Watch - Yet

By Shane Sturgeon • May 5 2010, 2:21am

There's been a lot of hype surrounding the launch of 3D TV, but is the new technology worth buying right away? Consumer Reports tested several new sets in its labs--the first hands-on evaluation outside the manufacturers' facilities--and found that the sets live up to their advance billing, but the average consumer shouldn't rush out to buy one.

The results of Consumer Reports' tests of two Samsung LCD sets and a Panasonic plasma TV with 3D capability are...