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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (August, 2010)

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New Products & EquipmentBlu-ray

Onkyo Introduces Flagship THX-Certified AV Component Separates

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 31 2010, 12:36am

Onkyo PR-SC5508Onkyo, the world's premier manufacturer of advanced-technology home theater receivers, is now expanding its product line to include upscale separate components. With its announcement today of three new THX Certified components, Onkyo is now offering the higher levels of performance, quality, and capabilities typical of separates. These new products include Onkyo's first A/V preamplifier/processor that is both 3D-Ready and THX-Certified, a powerful 150-watt nine-channel amplifier, and a full-featured Blu-ray Disc Player.

Onkyo's flagship PR-SC5508 is a...

4K (Ultra HD)DLP HDTVs

Christie Previews 4K at IBC

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 31 2010, 12:31am

Christie®, the leader in digital cinema projection, will present a pre-launch demo of its new Solaria™ Series 4K DLP Cinema® projector line for digital cinema at IBC2010 in Amsterdam, September 10-14. Taking the lead with the world's first demo of a DLP Cinema solution in 4K, the new Christie CP4230 features the enhanced 4K DLP Cinema chip from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and is designed to be compliant with the Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) specification. It is the most robust and cost-effective 4K solution available today, based on time-tested, highly reliable DLP Cinema technology.

Built on...

LCD HDTVs

Samsung Expands Monitor Line-up with 90 and 30 Series Monitors with HDTV Tuners for High Performance at Work and Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 27 2010, 4:14am

Samsung FX2490HD LEDSamsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the number one worldwide brand of LCD display products, today announced two new lines of multi-function monitors (MFMs) offering consumers a computer monitor and HDTV in one. Ranging from 21.5 to 24 inches, the 30 and 90 display series allow viewers to switch easily from work to play with enhanced picture quality all in one space-saving device.

Both the 30 and 90 series monitors can be used as...

3D HDTVDLP HDTVsLaser HDTV

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Nationwide 3D Experience Tour Brings Largest, Most Immersive Lineup of 3D TVs to Cities Across America

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 27 2010, 3:54am

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. (MDEA) today announced the launch of its nationwide 3D Experience Tour, which will introduce its unparalleled lineup of theater-like immersive 3D* DLP® Home Cinema Televisions to U.S. consumers. The tour packs Mitsubishi's latest and greatest 3D TV technology into Mitsubishi's Mobile Marketing Showroom, a 995 sq. ft. 18-wheeled home theater experience that gives viewers across the country the chance to experience the industry's largest and broadest lineup of 60-inch plus large-screen 3D-capable TVs available today.

The tour will showcase...

3D HDTVSports

First Ever 3D Broadcasts of US Open Spearheaded by Panasonic and CBS Sports

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 27 2010, 3:40am

The USTA today announced that consumer electronics giant Panasonic has become an official sponsor of the US Open in a new three-year agreement.

Working with CBS Sports, the USTA and Panasonic will spearhead the first-ever 3D broadcasts of the tournament. CBS Sports will produce 3D versions of all the Arthur Ashe Stadium matches that it broadcasts in High Definition on Labor Day Weekend and on Finals Weekend, September 10-12. These matches will be made available nationwide via DirecTV's exclusive dedicated 3D entertainment channel, "n|3D Powered by Panasonic" (DirecTV channel 103).

On-site at the 2010 US Open, Panasonic will have...

3D HDTVLED (LCD) HDTVs

Sony Launches New 3D BRAVIA TVs Just in Time for Kickoff

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 27 2010, 3:33am

Sony KDL-60NX810Just in time for the kickoff of the fall football season, Sony just announced three new 3D BRAVIA TVs that are perfect for the big game.

With a number of college and pro football games slated to be broadcast in 3D this fall, Sony's BRAVIA is the perfect way to see the next dimension in sports -- the full HD picture puts you right on the sideline!

Offering outstanding contrast with smooth, vibrant images, Sony's new NX810 HDTV models have...

New Products & EquipmentBlu-ray

Denon Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary With Debut of Special Edition Product Collection

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 24 2010, 9:37am

100th Anniversary DenonMAHWAH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Denon Electronics, one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment products celebrating 100 years of innovation and technology leadership in 2010, is proud to announce the debut of its special-edition Anniversary Product Collection (A100), seven new home entertainment components that offer discriminating consumers an opportunity to become a part of Denon's century-old legacy of innovation and craftsmanship. The limited special-edition Denon Anniversary Product Collection includes...

Satellite HDTV

DISH Network Adds AMC HD to Industry-Leading HD Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 22 2010, 12:06am

DISH Network today announced the launch of AMC HD – becoming the first and only satellite TV provider in America to offer this channel to customers.

AMC reigns as the only network in television history to ever win...

3D HDTVHD Camcorders & Cameras

FUJIFILM Introduces the World's First 3D Digital Camera That Can Capture High Definition 3D Movies

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 18 2010, 2:08am

Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W3VALHALLA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced a new addition to its FinePix REAL 3D system – the FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera. The FinePix REAL 3D W3 steps it up from its predecessor with the ability to shoot high-resolution 3D photos and movies in 3D HD at 720p¹, with the help of a new RP (Real Photo) Processor. It also sports a new Mini HDMI port² for easy playback on most 3D television systems and an Autostereoscopic 3D Widescreen 3.5" LCD. All components make for stunning 3D still photos and movies that can be viewed and enjoyed through an easy connection between the FinePix REAL 3D W3 and their 3D TV³, or printed in stunning 3D quality.

The slim FinePix REAL 3D W3 digital camera...

Gaming

PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) System to Feature New Higher Capacity Hard Drives in North America This Fall

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 18 2010, 1:52am

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. (SCEA) today announced that the PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) system will be offered in North America with 160GB or 320GB Hard Disk Drives (HDD), offering more capacity to download games and entertainment content from PlayStation®Network along with personal digital content, such as music, photos, and videos. The new models will continue to offer the same advanced features and functions of the current models, but with approximately 33 percent more capacity and at compelling price points. This increased HDD space addresses the growing demand for the digital content offered on PlayStation®Network, where more than 1 billion pieces of content have been downloaded as of July 2010.

At $299.99 (MSRP), the 160GB model PS3 system offers...

3D HDTVSports

National 3D Demo Days Powered By CEA and ESPN Coming to Local Retailers September 2010

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 17 2010, 3:36am

Today, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and ESPN announce a weekend of 3DTV programming events and demonstrations in retail locations nationwide. During National 3D Demo Days, September 10-12, 2010, knowledgeable sales staff will showcase the latest in 3DTV, as ESPN provides continual 3D programming from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

A recent study conducted by CEA found 64 percent of sales associates said shoppers are expressing a desire to experience sports in 3D (CEA's 3D at Retail, June 2010). ESPN will provide this desired content directly to stores...

Events & Tradeshows

The 3D Experience Festival Arrives in New York City

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 17 2010, 3:31am

The 3D Experience, New York's first annual 3D entertainment and technology festival, will take place September 24-26 in Times Square with the latest advances in digital theater and home entertainment for industry professionals, consumers and media.

3D HDTVPlasma HDTVs

Panasonic Expands its Line of Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 17 2010, 3:19am

Panasonic, a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D(1) technology, announced today the expansion of its award-winning line of Full HD 3D VIERA® Plasma TVs with the launch of the Panasonic VIERA GT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs(2). The series will feature Panasonic's first 42-inch class (41.6" measured diagonally) Full HD 3D Plasma TV, broadening Panasonic's range of Full HD 3D TV offerings and addressing consumer requests for a smaller 3D set for video gaming.

The VIERA GT25 Series features 42-inch class (41.6" measured diagonally) and 50-inch class (49.9" measured diagonally) screen sizes. The TC-P42G25 will have an MSRP(3) of...

3D HDTVFiber/IPTV HDTVSports

Verizon FiOS Scores First NFL Game on 3D TV: Giants-Patriots Preseason Match-Up on Sept. 2

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 11 2010, 11:09pm

Verizon is kicking off the football season with the production and broadcast of the first National Football League game in 3D on television for the company's FiOS TV customers in parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The game is the Sept. 2 preseason match-up between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Coverage begins at...

3D HDTVBlu-ray

Samsung Unveils World's First Portable Blu-Ray Player with 3D Capability; Further Expands 3D Product Line-Up

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 11 2010, 11:06pm

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability of the world's first portable Blu-ray player with 3D capability. The Samsung BD-C8000 delivers true 1080p HD video, enables 3D playback when connected to a 3D-capable TV and used with 3D glasses, and features a brilliant 10.1-inch screen. It includes built-in Wi-Fi for easy access to advanced connectivity features, including an expanding library of content and applications via Samsung Apps and HDMI 1.4a support. With three hours of battery life, the Samsung BD-C8000 is the perfect travel companion for anyone who wants an outstanding entertainment experience while on the go.

Samsung also introduced three additional standalone Blu-ray players and three new Blu-ray Home Theater Systems that deliver...

3D HDTVBlu-rayLED (LCD) HDTVs

Samsung Expands Blu-Ray 3D Content and Introduces World's Largest 3D LED TV for the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 11 2010, 11:02pm

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced new 3D content exclusive to Samsung. This fall, Samsung will make available 3D Blu-ray versions of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: DWA) global 3D blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon, IMAX's original productions Into the Deep and Galapagos, and Giant Screen Films' Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs. Samsung also announced four new 3D LED and Plasma TVs, further adding to the world's broadest lineup of 3D home entertainment products. The expanded 3D TV portfolio features Samsung's proprietary technologies and innovative design and larger screen sizes to deliver more immersive 3D experiences.

Samsung's latest line-up of 3D-capable HDTVs and new Blu-ray 3D films...

Internet HD Video

EPIX and Netflix Announce Exclusive Internet-Only Deal to Instantly Stream EPIX Movies to Netflix Members

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 11 2010, 2:54am

EPIX LogoEPIX™ and Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] today announced an agreement through which Netflix members can instantly watch an array of new releases and library titles from EPIX streamed over the Internet from Netflix. Movies from the multi-year deal will begin streaming from Netflix on September 1 and include movies from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM.

EPIX has subscription pay TV rights to new releases and movies from the libraries of its partners and will make these movies available to Netflix 90 days after...

Wireless HDMI/HDTVCable HDTV

World's first multi-stream, multi-room wireless HDTV system

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 10 2010, 3:55am

ProVision Communications will demonstrate AXAR2010, the world's first wireless, quad channel, multi-room HD video system at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone Colorado, August 15-18.

The AXAR2010 can simultaneously stream four independent 1080p HD video channels over a standard 5GHz 802.11n wireless network throughout a home. The system is highly robust, reliably steaming the HD video through walls and floors to multiple HDTVs and mobile devices.

The technology's introduction means...

Satellite HDTV

DISH Network Introduces World's First DVR Scheduler App Optimized for the Apple iPad

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 6 2010, 2:26pm

DISH DVR iPad AppDISH Network L.L.C., the fastest-growing pay-TV provider in America, today announced a free app for the Apple iPad: DISH Remote Access. DISH Remote Access is the first and only app from a TV service provider specifically designed for the iPad that allows users to control their televisions and manage their programming remotely.

Similar to the version available for the iPhone and iPod touch...

HTPCs & Laptops

Hauppauge Introduces High Definition Video Recorder Support for Windows Media Center

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 6 2010, 2:22pm

Hauppauge Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAUP) , the world's leading developer and manufacturer of analog and digital TV receiver products for personal computers, has announced that the HD PVR is now supported as a TV video recorder in Windows Media Center. With a free software update from Hauppauge, Windows Media Center can now use the HD PVR to record high definition TV programs from a cable TV or satellite set top box. HD PVR can record HD TV from any cable TV or satellite set top box which has a component video output. In addition to high definition video, HD PVR can record 5.1 channel audio through its optical audio connections.

With this new software update...

HD Camcorders & CamerasSports

SANYO Takes Underwater Full HD Video to a Whole New Level

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 6 2010, 2:19pm

SANYO VPC-CA102YLSANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), introduces a new waterproof Full HD (1920 x 1080) Dual Camera Xacti, model VPC-CA102YL, for active lifestyles. The new Dual Camera can be used to record over 480 minutes of 1080 Full HD video on a single 64GB SDXC memory card and 14MP photos from a depth of ten feet underwater. The camera will be available for purchase in August with an MSRP of $349.99.

Designed for...

Satellite HDTVSports

DIRECTV Beefs Up Its Exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) Package with HD, Red Zone Channel, Game Mix and More at No Additional Cost

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 2 2010, 10:12pm

DIRECTV is making the best NFL viewing experience even better for fans in 2010 by adding every game in HD, the Game Mix channel, the popular Red Zone Channel and more to its exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) service at no additional cost.

And for fans who want to catch every minute of NFL SUNDAY TICKET no matter where they are, DIRECTV's online and mobile services...