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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (January, 2012)

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WealthTV Launches 24/7 3D Channel

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 19 2012, 10:06pm

Wealth TV, the luxury lifestyle and entertainment network, announced today that it launched its linear 3D lifestyle and entertainment channel branded Wealth TV 3D. Wealth TV 3D is the accumulation of a two year 3D production ramp effort that involved numerous in-house and outside production crews circling the globe. From the ruins in Machu Picchu and the treasures of the Louvre to the man-made grandeur of Dubai, Wealth TV's 3D production crews have literally traveled the world capturing the most compelling sights and stories in 3D. The life-like 3D channel features a broad range of programming including adventure travel, automotive programming, compelling documentaries, culinary delights, boys toys, live events, and much more. Wealth TV 3D has also produced a number of sports related programs, from...

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HDNet, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, and CAA Establish Joint Venture to Rebrand HDNet as AXS TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 19 2012, 4:02am

AXS TVAEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) today announced a joint venture that will rebrand HDNet/HDNet Canada to launch AXS TV (pronounced: access). Scheduled to debut this summer, AXS TV will leverage the global reach and portfolio of content opportunities of its partners to create live entertainment and lifestyle programming. Capitalizing on AEG's unrivaled presence in live events and affiliation with more than 100 of the industry's pre-eminent venues worldwide, AXS TV will provide viewers with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to live concerts and music festivals, red carpet premieres, award shows, parties, pop culture events, and in-depth interviews with the people and artists who make live entertainment so uniquely fascinating.

HDNet's signature programming including HDNet Fights, Inside MMA, award-winning Dan Rather Report ...

Events & Tradeshows

2012 CES Grows, Excites and Catalyzes

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 14 2012, 9:41pm

Executives from business, government, entertainment, automotive, consumer electronics and every major industry converged on the 2012 International CES® to experience new ways of doing business at the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2012 International CES concluded today in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2012 International CES was the largest in the event's 44 year history, with a record number of more than...

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VIZIO Takes Home Entertainment Beyond TV With New Blu-ray Players, a Stream Player, Audio Products and Accessories for 2012

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 3:03am

VIZIO Blu-ray(CES) VIZIO, America's #1 HDTV Company*, today announced its entry into several new product categories and the expansion of key product lines. The new additions to VIZIO's Beyond TV line will provide consumers with better performance and optimized entertainment experiences never seen before.

Key new products include...

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Samsung Announces Set-Top "Boxless" Viewing in all 2012 Smart TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:47am

Today at the 2012 International CES, DIRECTV and Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. unveiled their plans to offer DIRECTV's more than 19.7 million customers the ability to watch live broadcast and stored content from a compatible DIRECTV DVR on Samsung's 2012 line of Smart TVs without the need for additional set-top boxes. This newly enabled feature will also provide the same seamless user experience and replicate the full User Interface (UI) of a DIRECTV DVR set top box. Installers and homeowners alike will benefit from the ability to mount the TV without having to worry about locating an additional set top box.

As founding members of the RVU Alliance, Samsung and DIRECTV are committed to providing...


James Bond Celebrates Fifty Incredible Years with Golden Anniversary Blu-Ray Collection BOND 50

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:22am

James Bond 50 Blu-ray CollectionIn celebration of James Bond's monumental golden anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today unveiled BOND 50, a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete offering. The longest running film franchise of all time, the Bond 50 collection marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray. Fans around the world can pre-order now with participating online retailers.

BOND 50 showcases fifty years of Bond neatly packaged into one cool, sleek collectable box-set featuring...

4K (Ultra HD)HD Camcorders & Cameras

JVC Unveils World's First Handheld 4K Camcorder

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:11am

JVC GY-HMQ10JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the GY-HMQ10, the world's first handheld 4K camcorder, which captures, records, and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition television. Powered by JVC's Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, it delivers real-time 3840x2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p.

High resolution 4K still picture imaging has been around for several years in DSLR cameras. Motion video capture with these cameras has always been done at a lower video resolution because of lack of processing power. Likewise, high end digital motion picture cameras may capture 4K images, but often provide a raw data output to an external storage array for later processing—agai ...

Internet HD Video

Roku Streaming Players Launch in the U.K. and Ireland

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:01am

Roku 2 XSSARATOGA, Calif. & LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roku ®, the leading streaming platform in the U.S., today announced the company's launch in Europe with the first of its streaming players now available for purchase in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Consumers living in those two countries can choose from two of Roku's best-selling models in the U.S. – the Roku LT and the Roku 2 XS – with both now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk.

Roku currently features more than 40 channels of content in the U.K. and Ireland including on-demand films and programmes from Netflix and Crackle (Crackle is currently not available in Ireland); live and on-demand sports from...

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Samsung Unveils New Versatile Smart Blu-Ray Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 1:48am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced an innovative Disc to Digital feature on its 2012 Blu-ray Players that helps consumers turn their personal DVD collection into digital content, and facilitates the sharing of this content on multiple devices in the home and on the go. This service is one of several new features available on Samsung's new smart Blu-ray line, which also includes a full web browser and a wealth of web-based content and services through Samsung's Smart Hub.

The flagship 3D Blu-ray products from the market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics include...


LG Unveils Future of Home Entertainment With Innovative 2012 HDTV Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:35am

LG Electronics (LG) today introduced its 2012 HDTVs, led by what is believed to be one of the world's largest Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV and an awe-inspiring 55-inch class (54.6-inch diagonal) OLED HDTV – at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (booth #8204). This new line of HDTVs brings the future of TV into the home today with virtually bezel-less designs, an upgraded LG Smart TV platform with a redesigned Magic Remote and touch-screen plasma.


Panasonic Expands and Enhances 2012 LED/LCD Model Line-up

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:31am

Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE:PC), the industry and technology leader in High Definition Televisions, introduced an increased 2012 Smart VIERA line-up of LED LCD HDTVs defining the core of a new IPTV lifestyle at the Consumer Electronics Show, confirming Panasonic's commitment to provide the highest quality home entertainment experience and viewing options to the consumer. The advent of Smart VIERA HDTV centers on five main points: Networking, Easy Operation, Picture Quality, Eco and Design elements. The 2012 series focuses on larger screen sizes and LED based HDTVs, with 14 of the 16 models incorporating LED technology. Adhering to its long standing focus on providing products that consumers ask for, Panasonic added 47 inch and 55 inch screen sizes to its LED/LCD family and its 3D line up.

The 2012 line-up continues to benefit from the addition of...

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Panasonic's 2012 Blu-ray Disc™ Player Lineup Focuses on Smart Home Networking, High-quality Picture and Sound, Ease-of-Use, New Slim Design and Eco Efficiency

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:27am

Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE: PC), a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, today introduced an expanded Blu-ray Disc player lineup with four new Full HD 3D models – the DMP-BBT01, DMP-BDT500, DMP-BDT320, DMP-BDT220, and two 2D Blu-ray Disc players – DMP-BD87 and the DMP-BD77. All four of the 3D models include Panasonic's proprietary IPTV platform, VIERA Connect(1), while the 2D models feature IP VOD(1), a service that offers a limited, though targeted, selection of such sites as Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube.

The Full HD 3D Blu-ray Disc players – BBT01; BDT500, BDT320 and BDT 220 are all high-quality Blu-ray Disc players that feature...

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Panasonic's 2012 Smart VIERA Plasma HDTV Model Line-Up Builds Upon Its Award Winning Tradition

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:22am

Continuing its history and tradition of producing award winning Plasma HDTVs, Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE: PC), the industry and technology leader in High Definition Plasma televisions, introduced the company's 2012 Smart VIERA line of HDTV Plasmas defining the core of a new IPTV lifestyle at the Consumer Electronics Show. The advent of Smart VIERA HDTV centers on five main points: Networking, Easy Operation, Picture Quality, Eco and Design elements. With 17 new models, ranging in screen sizes from 42-inches to 65 inches, Panasonic expanded its 3D line-up for 2012.

Also new for 2012 is...

3D HDTVSports

Panasonic & NBC Sports Group Partner to Distribute London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D in the U.S.

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:17am

Panasonic Corporation of North America and the NBC Sports Group announced today that they will partner to make the London 2012 Olympic Games available in 3D to all U.S. distributors who carry Olympic coverage on cable, satellite and telco -- nearly 100 percent of the multichannel industry. The effort will mark the first time that the Olympic Games will be distributed in the U.S. in 3D. Panasonic is NBC's exclusive Flat-Panel HDTV and Blu-ray Disc Player advertiser for the London Olympic Games.

Last year...


Toshiba Announces Its Most Advanced 3D Smart TV Series For 2012

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:11am

images/toshiba-L7200.jpegToshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced an all new level of 3D Smart TV for 2012. Featuring a full suite of new capabilities including ePortal, MediaGuide, Open Browser, SearchAll, MediaShare, Send & Play, eManual, Tablet Remote App Capability (TRAC), built-in Wi-Fi® and the dual core CQ Engine™, Toshiba is changing the Smart TV experience.


Toshiba Announces Totally Redesigned LED TV Lineup for 2012

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:08am

Toshiba L5200Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced a totally revamped HDTV line-up for 2012. New LED TV models feature key enhancements including a stylish new Aero™ Family Design, improved picture quality, enhanced sound quality and new 50-inch class size models. Toshiba's latest televisions are designed to offer more of what consumers really want.

For 2012...

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Sharp® Unveils New 3D High Definition DLP® Home Theater Projector

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:00am

Sharp unveiled its latest 3D capable high-definition DLP home theater projector. Providing unparalleled 3D visuals, the XV-Z30000 features 50000:1 contrast ratio and 1600 ANSI lumens to deliver superior brightness, astounding clarity, and color accuracy.

Part of the XV-Z30000's superior picture quality is due to the...


Sharp® Makes Bigger, Better with a New Large-Screen LED TV Line-up, Smart Features and Enhanced Picture Quality

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:57am

Introducing more than 20 large screen 60-inch plus class TVs, Sharp today announced its new line of AQUOS® LED TVs, featuring picture quality enhancements, advanced smart connectivity and new designs. Serving as its flagship model, Sharp unveiled the first 80-inch (80" diagonal) screen size class Quattron™ 3D LED TV, available in April 2012.

Sharp will expand upon its market-leading selection of large-screen LED TVs in 2012 by offering...


Sharp® Unveils New Line-Up of Multi-Functional Blu-ray Disc™ Players and Sound Systems

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:52am

Sharp Electronics Corporation today unveiled two new multi-function Blu-ray Disc players as well as a line of sound bars and audio systems. These new products will be available in spring of 2012. Distinguishing highlights include the evolution of Sharp's Blu-ray players to multi-functional devices for entertainment content management and new sound bar and desktop solutions for audio enthusiasts and novices alike.

As the TV has become the centerpiece to most entertainment centers, aggregating content from various sources is a key interest of consumers. Sharp will showcase two new Blu-ray Disc players, the BD-AMS10U and BD-AMS20U. Both models incorporate...


Sharp® Expands Its Big, Broad Line-up of Large-Screen Interactive, Touch-Panel Display Systems – Now in an 80-Inch Class (80" Diagonal) Screen Size Class

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:43am

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, is furthering its reputation as a world leader in large-screen interactive touch-panel display systems with the launch of an 80-inch class (80" diagonal) interactive display system, AQUOS® Board, a complete solution to facilitate global collaboration in a way that's never been seen before.

The 80-inch class AQUOS Board combines a high-performance interactive display with a well-designed, comprehensive system for uniquely collaborative sessions – and continues to set a new standard in price...


Samsung Smart LED and Plasma TVs Usher in a New Era of Connectivity and Control

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:39am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled new innovations in its latest LED and Plasma TV series that will redefine the way consumers manage their home entertainment experience, interact with their smart TVs and other devices and access the industry's broadest range of content.
  • Smart Interaction - Launch and use apps more easily through Motion Control, Voice Control and Face Recognition.
  • Smart Content - Share photos, memories and memos with family from the TV to the cloud to smart devices, manage your own health directly from the TV, and access educational content for kids. The industry's broadest offering of movies, TV shows and streaming videos can be enjoyed via Samsung Apps, the industry's preferred TV apps platform, and Samsung Media Hub. Samsung Smart Hub offers true multi-tasking – surf the web while using or downloading multiple apps simultaneously.
  • Smart Evolution - Select Samsung TVs in 2012 will ...


Samsung Unveils the Super OLED TV - The Ultimate in Picture Quality

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:32am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled its 55-inch Super OLED TV, a masterpiece that will be acclaimed by home entertainment and design enthusiasts alike. The OLED TV will be produced from a single pane of glass and uses Samsung's Super OLED technology to deliver the ultimate in picture quality and thinness.

Super OLED technology eliminates the need for a color filter as the OLED pixel unit comprises self-emitting RGB sub-pixels laid directly on the display panel, each emitting its own light. The technology is also able to...

Satellite HDTV

DISH Introduces Hopper and Joey -- Next Generation Whole-Home HD DVR Entertainment System

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:10am

DISH Network L.L.C., the nation's third largest pay TV provider, today introduced a whole-home high definition DVR entertainment system featuring the award-winning Hopper™ and Joey™.

The Hopper HD DVR and accompanying small Joey set-top boxes create a whole-home HD DVR entertainment system that lets DISH customers easily record, pause, and play back shows from any room in the home. While most whole-home DVRs do not have...


LG Display to Showcase Very Latest in Display Technology at CES 2012

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 4:27am

LG Display [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220], a leading manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, will showcase the very latest from its display product lineup at a private booth during CES 2012. The company's product line-up will include the world's largest 55" OLED TV panel and an 84" Ultra Definition (UD) display.

LG Display's booth will offer visitors a chance to experience the company's newest products as well as...


LG Electronics Takes Historic Step Forward With Ultra-Thin 55-inch Class OLED HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 2 2012, 6:06pm

LG 55-inch OLED HDTVLG Electronics will bring the future of home entertainment to the 2012 International CES® next month as the company unveils its revolutionary 55-inch class (54.6-inch diagonal) OLED HDTV. It is designed to recreate reality with perfection, using the Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display technology powered by LG's TRIPLE XD Engine.

Whether in 2D or 3D, LG's 55-inch (55EM9600) OLED TV is designed to display flawless, life-like images through picture quality that...