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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (June, 2010)

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Blu-ray Disc Association Approves Final BDXL™ Format Specifications

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 26 2010, 4:11am

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the specifications for BDXL™, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc™ format with up to 128GB of capacity. With the completion and approval of the specification, manufacturers can now obtain licensing information and license applications needed to begin production of the high capacity write-once and rewritable discs and hardware (www.blu-raydisc.info).

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Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Adds New 75-Inch LaserVue TV to Bolster Industry's Broadest Line of 60-Inch-and-Larger 3D TVs Available Today

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 26 2010, 4:06am

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., the undisputed innovator in large-screen televisions, today announced two significant 3D additions to its unparalleled line-up of theater-like 3D TVs: A 75-inch LaserVue® TV (Model L75-A91) brandishing several prolific, new features, and a 3D Starter Pack (Model 3DC-1000) containing all the necessities for watching 3D at home.

The new Mitsubishi 3D Starter Pack contains...


All Starz Channels Now Offered in HD - New Starz In Black HD and Starz Cinema HD Channels Launched First on DIRECTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 26 2010, 3:58am

Starz Entertainment and DIRECTV announced that three new HD channels from Starz Entertainment launched today on DIRECTV, including the brand new Starz In Black HD and Starz Cinema HD offerings. DIRECTV is the first affiliate to launch the new Starz HD channels, and now offers every Starz premium channel in high definition.

DIRECTV recently announced the addition of more than 30 new HD channels to its HD lineup, which includes...

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VIZIO Expands Internet Apps Product Line with New High Definition Blu-ray Players and HD Wireless Internet Routers to Enhance Your Home Theater Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 26 2010, 3:52am

Images/Vizio vbr 231VIZIO, America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, announced today the introduction of a wireless Internet router optimized for VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA), the platform that enables viewers to experience the best of the web and on-demand content, as well as three wireless Blu-ray players with Internet Apps, that offer consumers even more entertainment on demand, such as streaming HD movies, TV episodes, music, photos and social networking. The XWR100 Dual-Band HD Wireless Internet Router prioritizes HD video and audio to VIA HDTVs and Blu-ray players, such as VIA-enabled VBR200W, VBR210, VBR220 and VBR231 Blu-ray players that are capable of...


Buffalo Announces World's Fastest External Blu-ray Writer

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 16 2010, 3:47am

Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced its new MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer. Offering unsurpassed 12x Blu-ray write speeds in an external form factor, this new MediaStation drive is the fastest on the market. Ideal for users who want optimal playback and writing performance of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, or CDs on their PCs or notebooks or for those who want to archive content to optical discs.

The MediaStation 12x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer conveniently connects via...


Paramount Home Entertainment and redbox Announce Multi-Year License Agreement

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 16 2010, 3:43am

Paramount Home Entertainment Inc. (PHE) and Redbox Automated Retail, LLC (redbox), today announced that Paramount exercised its option to extend its revenue sharing license agreement, providing redbox access to PHE DVD and Blu-ray titles to rent at its approximately 22,000 kiosk locations on the same day they are released in the sell-through market. PHE exercised its option following results from a 10-month analysis of DVD sell-through and rental performance.

"After analyzing the data from our test period...

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Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3 Makes Global Debut with Dolby Surround 7.1

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 16 2010, 3:15am

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP) announced today that both 2D and 3D formats of Toy Story 3 will be released globally in Dolby® Surround 7.1 this June. WDSMP also plans to release Step Up 3D in both 2D and 3D formats with Dolby Surround 7.1 this August.

Toy Story 3 will be released...

HTPCs & Laptops3D HDTV

Toshiba Satellite A665 3D-Ready Laptop Brings New Dimension to Entertainment

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 15 2010, 1:27pm

Toshiba Satellite A665 3D-Ready LaptopToshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the introduction of its first 3D-ready laptop for the U.S. market.

The Satellite® A665 3D Edition laptop features...

HTPCs & Laptops

Apple Unveils All New Mac mini (with HDMI Port)

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 15 2010, 10:11am

Apple® today unveiled a completely redesigned Mac® mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an amazingly compact aluminum enclosure. Mac mini is the world's most energy efficient desktop and starting at $699, is the most affordable way to enjoy Mac OS® X, iLife® or Mac OS X Snow Leopard® Server.

Created with the unibody construction process pioneered by Apple, the new Mac mini features...


Samsung Launches New Blu-ray Drive Combo with the World's Fastest 12X Read Performance

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 15 2010, 9:56am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced today its new Blu-ray disc (BD) Combo, the SH-B123 optical disk drive (ODD), which reads BD-ROMs at the world's fastest speed of up to 12X, CDs at up to 48X, and DVDs at a maximum speed of 16X. With Samsung's new internal Blu-ray drive, users can watch HD movies on their PCs as well as record HD camcorder movies and HDTV broadcasting on DVDs with Samsung's...


LG Electronics Brings 3D Experience to Commercial Environments

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2010, 9:55pm

Highlighting that 3D entertainment is not exclusive to movie or home theater environments, LG Electronics is demonstrating its technology leadership with a 3D projector, 3D HDTVs and 3D gaming monitors this week at InfoComm 2010. With worldwide shipments of 3D TVs expected to rise to 78.1 million units by 2011 and an influx in 3D content from movies to gaming to digital advertising, 3D is no longer just a trend, rather it's a technology with staying power.

Demonstrating a...


Sony Delivers the Industry's Largest Array of 3D-Capable HDTVs and Home Audio and Video Products

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2010, 9:52pm

Sony today announced that its 3D-capable BRAVIA® HDTVs are now available for pre-sale at Sony Style stores and that its new integrated Blu-ray 3D(TM) devices will hit retail shelves beginning this July. Additionally, the company released a free firmware update that activates Blu-ray 3D capability for previously announced Blu-ray Disc models including the BDP-S470 and BDP-S570 players and the BDV-E570 and BDV-E770W home theater systems.

Sony now offers consumers...

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DIRECTV Delivers the 'World's Game' to Viewers on Two Continents with Every Match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Offered Live in HD with 25 Matches in 3D

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2010, 9:42pm

DIRECTV, the world's most popular video service, will be the leading distributor of 2010 FIFA World Cup™ coverage in the Western Hemisphere, delivering all 64 matches of the tournament in HD to more viewers than any other video provider. More than 25.6 million DIRECTV customers in the U.S. and Latin America, will have access to every World Cup match, including 25 matches in 3D from ESPN 3D for U.S. viewers.

The 19th FIFA World Cup will kick off June 11 with the match between...


Panasonic Launches Full Suite of Large Format Full HD 3D Plasma Displays

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2010, 9:34pm

Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today marked the formal introduction of the highly anticipated Panasonic TH-152UX1 152-inch, 4K x 2K (4096 x 2160) resolution Full HD 3D plasma display, the world's largest1, at InfoComm. Equivalent to nine 50-inch screens, this stunning 17:9 display will immerse spectators in life-like, three-dimensional images and can illustrate even oversized products with life-size views.

Panasonic Solutions Company is also announcing...


The Magic and Wonder of Life at Sea Continues its Journey on Stunning High-Definition

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2010, 11:12am

Images/Disneynature OceansIn celebration of World Ocean's Day, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announces the release of Disneynature OCEANS as a Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and 1-Disc DVD, October 19, 2010 and the extension of the "See OCEANS, Save Oceans" efforts - an initiative developed between Disneynature and The Nature Conservancy to help establish new marine protected areas.

Disneynature OCEANS is helping...


Toshiba's New Blu-ray(TM) Players Deliver Extreme Entertainment to Today's Home Theaters

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 3 2010, 2:53pm

Toshiba BDX2700Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. ("Toshiba"), an innovator in consumer electronics and digital home entertainment, today announced the availability of its latest Blu-ray Disc players, the BDX2500 and BDX2700. Perfect for consumers who demand a variety of entertainment options, Toshiba's new models are a great addition to any modern home theater setup.

Both players include...

New Products & Equipment3D HDTV

Onkyo Debuts Three THX Certified, 3D-Ready, Network Receivers with Audio Streaming and Multi-Room Functionality

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 2 2010, 2:20am

Onkyo TX-NR1008Onkyo, a world-renowned name in quality home entertainment, announced the release of three new mid- and upper mid-range network A/V receivers for 2010: the TX-NR1008, TX-NR808, and TX-NR708. Each of these models is THX® Select2 Plus™ certified and offers the latest processing and user-friendly features to support multi-room set-ups, network audio streaming, iPhone®/iPod®-compatible USB, and fully immersive 3D capable home theater with multidimensional surround sound to match.

All of these models have...