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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (November, 2010)

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Netflix Launches U.S. Subscription Plan for Streaming Movies & TV Shows Over the Internet for $7.99 a Month

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 23 2010, 3:19am

LOS GATOS, Calif., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- With its members now watching more content streamed over the Internet than on discs delivered by mail, Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) today introduced a $7.99 streaming-only subscription plan in the United States, the first time it is promoting a 100 percent streaming option in the U.S. The plan, which allows members to instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix to TVs and computers, is available now to both new and existing members.

The company also announced that the price of its popular subscription combining unlimited movies and TV shows streamed instantly over the Internet and unlimited DVDs delivered quickly by mail, with one DVD out at a time, will increase by a dollar a month to $9.99. Prices of subscription plans allowing for more DVDs out at a time will also increase and...

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VUDU Goes Live on Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray Disc™ Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 23 2010, 3:13am

SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, a leader in Full HD 3D technology and built-in TV web entertainment and movie streaming service, VUDU™ announced that Panasonic's 2010 line of VIERA CAST™-enabled Blu-ray Disc™ Players(1) will offer instant streaming of VUDU's huge high definition movie library, including more than 4,000 Full HD (1080p) movies, beginning on November 24.

VUDU is a video-on-demand service offering instant streaming (no download time) of movies and TV programs through IPTV-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc Players with no computer or cable/satellite TV service required, and no subscription or monthly membership fees. VUDU boasts...

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DISH Network's Enhanced Google TV Solution Now Available to Subscribers for $179

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 11 2010, 1:10am

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- DISH Network L.L.C. (Nasdaq: DISH) today announced that DISH Network's Google TV solution is now available to customers for the lowest price on the market: $179. By combining robust search capabilities and the variety of content on the Web with DISH Network's onscreen programming data, DVR and Video on Demand content, DISH Network delivers a seamless entertainment experience resulting in the most advanced integration of Google TV on the market.

DISH Network's Google TV solution, which requires a DVR integration service of $4 per month, includes...

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JVC Announces World's First THX® 3D Certified Home Theater Projectors

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 10 2010, 1:58am

WAYNE, NJ, November 9, 2010 – Four new JVC home theater projectors are the world's first to gain THX® 3D Display Certification. The four projectors, announced at CEDIA Expo in September while undergoing THX testing, will be available later this month.

The new THX 3D Certified projectors are...

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NETGEAR Introduces 3DHD Wireless Technology for Sending High-Definition Video to Home Theaters Without the Expense and Hassle of New Wiring

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 9 2010, 1:48am

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and Internet service providers, today announced availability of its 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit (WNHDB3004) with NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless technology, the first solution capable of reliably delivering jitter-free 1080p high-definition video streams throughout the home with no new wires.

The growing popularity of Internet-capable televisions and other home-theater equipment, including Blu-ray™ players, video game consoles and digital media adapters, often presents consumers with a big hurdle...


Oakley Releases World's First Optically Correct 3D Glasses

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 9 2010, 1:40am

Images/Oakley 3d GascanFOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oakley, Inc. today announced the release of the world's first optically correct 3D glasses, OAKLEY 3D GASCAN®. Utilizing the company's proprietary HDO-3D™ technologies, these premium glasses are engineered for unrivaled 3D performance, superior visual clarity and signature Oakley comfort. OAKLEY 3D GASCAN will both complement and optimize the technology used in the majority of 3D movie theaters around the world.

It should be noted that "optically correct" does not refer to prescription correction. Conventional non-prescription lenses that are designed and manufactured with inferior technologies may cause...


Blu-ray Disc™ Honored with Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 2 2010, 4:18am

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Sony Corporation, and TDK Corporation will be honored with the 62nd annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award during the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for their contributions to the Blue Laser Optical Systems for Consumer Playback which was announced by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on October 25th. The development of the blue laser optical systems was fundamental for the distribution and recording of full HD content on optical discs at consumer price levels.

Today, the Blu-ray Disc™ format is...


Consumer Reports: First-Ever Rankings of 3D Performance Show Plasmas Offer More Realistic Images Than LCDs

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 2 2010, 3:49am

YONKERS, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its first-ever ranking of 3D performance, Consumer Reports evaluated 14 3D TV models and found that plasma TVs are better at displaying 3D images than LCD sets, primarily because they exhibit less ghosting, or double images that appear even when wearing 3D glasses. Three plasma models from Panasonic exhibited the best 3D picture quality and the least ghosting of all the sets tested. The report appears in the December Annual Electronics issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.

Using exclusive 3D test patterns developed in-house, as well as 3D Blu-ray movies and recorded 3D sports broadcasts, Consumer Reports engineers found that...

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Yamaha Aventage BD-A1000 High Performance, 3D-Ready Blu-ray Disc Player Adds a New Dimension to Home Theater Entertainment

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 2 2010, 3:42am

Yamaha BD-A1000BUENA PARK, Calif.––Yamaha Electronics Corporation, the innovator in home theater and digital audio and video reproduction, today introduced the BD-A1000 Blu-ray Disc Player. Offering impressive HD video and audio qualities, the BD-A1000 features content playback from NetFlix, Blockbuster and YouTube Internet video streaming, along with dual USB (front/rear) inputs for a wide-array of audio and video sources.

The BD-A1000 represents Yamaha's first universal Blu-ray player, and adds...