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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (July, 2010)

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Blu-ray

Redbox Launches Blu-ray Rentals

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 29 2010, 8:48pm

Redbox, the popular DVD rental kiosk provider, and wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTR) , today announced it has started rolling out Blu-ray(TM) titles with availability at approximately 13,300 kiosks nationwide. Redbox will rent Blu-ray Discs® at $1.50 per night plus tax and the company expects to have availability across its network of approximately 23,000 kiosk locations by the fall.

Each fully automated redbox kiosk holds...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Samsung Introduces Pocket-Sized, Full-HD Camcorder with Swiveling Lens

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 28 2010, 11:48pm

Samsung HMX-E10 HD CamcorderSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today added to its point-and-shoot camcorder lineup with the introduction of the innovative HMX-E10. Offering full-HD resolution, the Samsung HMX-E10 is highlighted by a versatile, 270-degree swiveling lens that enhances consumers' creativity and allows them to add their own unique views to their video by being able to record from just about any angle. The HMX-E10's swiveling lens also brings a new sense of fun to recording video, and gives consumers the ability to step out from behind the camcorder and put themselves in the frame with their friends and family.

Samsung has also strived to simplify the way consumers share content with others through the HMX-E10, with the innovative built-in...

Blu-ray3D HDTV

Panasonic Expands Its Award Winning Line of Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 28 2010, 3:08am

Panasonic, an industry leader in Full HD 3D technology, announced today the expansion of its line of Full HD 3D Blu-ray(TM) Disc players to include the DMP-BDT100. The DMP-BDT100, available in August, joins the DMP-BDT300 and DMP-BDT350 in providing superior 2D and 3D picture quality, as well as such innovative features as VIERA CAST(TM) internet functionality. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

The BDT100 continues the commitment to excellence established by...

HD Camcorders & Cameras3D HDTV

Panasonic Unveils the World's First 3D Consumer Camcorder, Complete With a 3D Conversion Lens

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 28 2010, 2:57am

Panasonic HDC-SDT750Panasonic today announced the launch of the Panasonic HDC-SDT750, the world's first consumer 3D camcorder, which includes a 3D conversion lens1 that enables the camcorder to shoot powerful and true-to-life 3D video content. The Panasonic SDT750 is a user-friendly consumer 3D camcorder that makes experiencing 3D at home easy and affordable2. In addition to shooting 3D, the SDT750 can record full 1080p High Definition (HD) in AVCHD, when the 3D conversion lens is unattached, and includes powerful features such as a 3MOS system, a Leica Dicomar lens and a 12x optical zoom.

To shoot 3D video with the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 camcorder, the user needs to attach...

Satellite HDTV3D HDTV

DIRECTV and HISTORY(TM) Offer 3D Tour of 'THE UNIVERSE'

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 28 2010, 2:16am

DIRECTV and HISTORY are taking viewers on an exclusive 3D tour of the solar system. Beginning Friday, July 30, HISTORY will deliver its first 3D broadcast on DIRECTV's new 3D channel, n3D(TM) powered by Panasonic, with the season 5 premiere episode of its popular series, THE UNIVERSE. On the same day, DIRECTV will also offer a 2D version of this episode on The 101(R) Network.

The season 5 premiere of THE UNIVERSE, titled 7 WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM...

3D HDTV

Onkyo Debuts the World's First 3D-Ready & THX Certified Integrated Home Theater System

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 23 2010, 3:11am

ONKYO HT S9300THXOnkyo, a brand renowned worldwide for quality home entertainment technology, has introduced the world's first THX® I/S Plus™ Certified (Integrated System) and 3D-Ready packaged home theater system. This type of system, popularly known as a "home theater in a box" or HTiB, consists of seven theater loudspeakers, a subwoofer for deep-bass sound effects, and an audio-video receiver that is fully compatible with state-of-the-art HD video players and video displays, including all the latest 3D technologies. It is compatible with the mandatory formats for 3D video broadcast content of "Side-By-Side (Half)" and "Top-and-Bottom" formats.

The Onkyo HT-S9300THX receiver has four 3D-Ready HDMI 1.4a inputs for connection to modern audio/video source components, and it can upscale video from...

Internet HD VideoBlu-ray

Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem Unveils UltraViolet™ Brand

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 20 2010, 11:28pm

UltraViolet LogoThe Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC (DECE LLC), a cross-industry consortium dedicated to driving a new, open market for digital content distribution, today announced its consumer brand – UltraViolet™ – and logo (www.uvvu.com). UltraViolet represents a new way for consumers to have greater choice, confidence and freedom in how, when and where they enjoy digital movies, TV shows and other entertainment. In addition, the consortium announced three additional new members bringing the total to nearly 60 member companies.

Complementing the physical DVD and Blu-ray home entertainment markets, UltraViolet will allow consumers to watch their digital entertainment across multiple platforms, such as...

Fiber/IPTV HDTVProgramming

Verizon Adds Two New HD Channels to FiOS TV Lineup: Nat Geo WILD HD and Investigation Discovery HD

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 20 2010, 2:25am

Verizon's FiOS TV customers are seeing two new high-definition channels this month, as the company launches Nat Geo WILD HD and Investigation Discovery HD. These two channels join FiOS TV's extensive channel lineup, which includes up to 142 HD channels and more than 3,300 HD video-on-demand titles every month -- the best in HD entertainment.

Nat Geo WILD HD, a new cable network dedicated to extraordinary nature and wildlife programming, is available starting...

Internet HD Video

Netflix To Launch Canadian Service for Streaming Movies and TV Episodes Later This Year

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 19 2010, 11:22am

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) , the leading Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand into Canada this fall offering unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed instantly to TVs and computers for one low monthly fee. The Canadian launch will mark the first availability of Netflix outside the United States.

Canadian Netflix members will be able to...

Programming

NASA Television Debuts Full-Time High Definition Channel

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 15 2010, 11:15pm

NASA LogoOn Monday, July 19, NASA Television will launch a full-time High Definition (HD) channel that media, cable and satellite service providers can access for news content and coverage of agency missions and programs.

The channel will deliver HD video that only NASA can provide, such as...

Internet HD Video

Warner Bros. and Netflix Announce Expanded Agreement Covering Streaming Content

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 15 2010, 12:15pm

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) today announced an expansion of the companies' existing streaming content agreement. The new agreement adds a slate of catalog TV shows available to watch instantly at Netflix and extends the existing license for catalog movies through 2011.

Most notably, Netflix has acquired streaming rights - for a period of four years - to all 100 episodes of...

Internet HD VideoGaming

PlayStation®3 System the First and Only Console to Offer Hulu Plus(TM) in 2010

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 14 2010, 9:40pm

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Hulu(TM), an online video service offering an expanded selection of television shows and movies, announced that the Hulu Plus(TM) preview will begin today on the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system in the United States with the consumer release of Hulu Plus available to all PS3 owners set to occur in the coming months. PS3 is the first and only console with dedicated gaming functionality that will offer Hulu Plus in 2010. Hulu Plus will deliver...

Satellite HDTV

XStreamHD(TM) Signs Distribution Agreement With Lionsgate® to Digitally Deliver the Latest Full HD Movies to Consumers

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 14 2010, 9:17pm

XStreamHD, an emerging leader in the delivery and distribution of Full HD entertainment directly to the home, announced that it has entered into a long-term Electronic Sell-Thru and Video-on-Demand home entertainment distribution agreement with Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) , the leading next generation studio and distributor of motion pictures. The agreement will enable XStreamHD to offer its customers the ability to digitally purchase or rent, the latest HD releases from Lionsgate, as well as provide access to Lionsgate's content library of over 12,000 titles.

XStreamHD's ground-breaking whole-home HD entertainment system delivers Full 1080p HD video and up to 7.1 channels of lossless DTS-HD Master Audio(TM) directly to the home via satellite, enabling consumers to...

3D HDTVBlu-rayLED (LCD) HDTVs

LG Electronics Brings Content to Life With Suite of 3D Technology

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 14 2010, 3:27am

LG Electronics takes entertainment to the next dimension by introducing a full suite of 3D technology products to help bring content to life for consumers. By pairing LG's new top-of-the-line "Infinia" LED HDTVs with its first-ever 3D-capable Network Blu-ray Disc player, consumers can now enjoy superior picture quality and the immersive 3D experience of their favorite sporting events and Hollywood mega-hits in the comfort of their home.

LG Infinia LX9500 and LX6500 series HDTVs, paired with the company's BX580 Network Blu-ray Disc player and custom 3D eyewear, now enable consumers to experience...

Satellite HDTV

DISH Network Launches New Satellite to Boost Industry's Largest HD Offering

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 13 2010, 4:30am

DISH Network L.L.C., the fastest-growing pay-TV provider in America, today announced the launch of EchoStar XV, the company's second successful satellite launch this year.

When EchoStar XV begins operations later this summer, it will allow DISH Network to continue expanding the largest high definition offering in the U.S. The company currently delivers more than 200 national HD channels as well as HD locals in 156 markets.

Built by Space Systems/Loral, EchoStar XV launched on...

3D HDTVSports

DIRECTV, Major League Baseball and FOX Sports to Deliver Historic National 3D Broadcast of the 2010 All-Star Game

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 13 2010, 4:22am

DIRECTV, Major League Baseball and FOX Sports, continuing to lead the industry in sports programming innovation, will offer the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in 3D exclusively on DIRECTV's new 3D channel, n3D (TM) powered by Panasonic (Channel 103).

The telecast of the mid-summer classic from Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., next Tuesday will make sports TV history as the first national broadcast of an MLB game in 3D.

The 3D broadcast will require a separate...

3D HDTVNew Products & Equipment

Onkyo Adds Two 3D-Ready HTiBs with 1080p Video Upscaling and Included Dock for iPod/iPhone

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 7 2010, 9:38pm

Onkyo HT-S7300UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ, 7/7/10 -- Onkyo, a brand renowned worldwide for quality home entertainment technology, has added two premium 3D-Ready packaged 'home theater in a box' systems (HTiB).

The Onkyo HT-S6300 and HT-S7300 both have 3-D Ready HDMI-1.4a inputs, 1080p video upscaling, lossless Dolby & DTS high definition audio, Dolby height processing, Audyssey automatic room equalization, and numerous other high performance features typically not found at these price points. Both packages include seven home theater loudspeakers, subwoofer, audio-video receiver, Audyssey calibration microphone, and an outboard dock for iPod/iPhone.

The Onkyo HT-S6300 and HT-S7300 are each equipped with...

3D HDTVBlu-ray

Sony Elevates the Standard for 3D Home Theater With New ES AV Receivers and Blu-ray 3D Player

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 7 2010, 2:45am

Driving the innovation of 3D, Sony today took another step to strengthen its industry leading 3D home product line with new Elevated Standard (ES) AV receivers including the STR-DA5600ES, STRA-DA4600ES, and STR-DA3600ES and a Blu-ray 3D(TM) player, the BDP-S1700ES.

In addition to Sony's latest 3D capable BRAVIA® HDTVs...

Internet HD VideoBlu-ray

BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® Now Available on the Latest Philips Blu-ray Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 7 2010, 2:28am

Blockbuster OnDemandP&F today announces that its latest Philips Blu-ray players will feature BLOCKBUSTER On Demand®, expanding the ways in which Blockbuster provides consumers with instant access to the hottest movies. Families across America are now able to enjoy new movie releases from Blockbuster using Philips' 5320 and 7320 Blu-ray models.

The BLOCKBUSTER On Demand service provides...

3D HDTVSatellite HDTV

DIRECTV and Panasonic Launch Nation's First Suite of 3D Channels

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 1 2010, 3:35pm

n3DDIRECTV, the world's most popular video service and Panasonic, a world leader in 3D TV technology, ushered in a new age in the rapid growth of 3D entertainment for the home with the launch today of three 3D channels, including n3D(TM) powered by Panasonic - a linear channel dedicated exclusively to 3D programming and viewable on 3D television sets including Panasonic's line of award-winning VIERA Full HD 3D TVs.

n3D(TM) powered by Panasonic, is now available at...