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Kaleidescape Offers Industry's First Internet Delivery Of Movies That Match Quality And Extra Content Of Blu-ray Discs And DVDs

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 12 2012, 3:21am

KaleidescapeKaleidescape, Inc. today announced an industry-first service that enables the digital delivery of movie purchases over the Internet with video and audio quality equal to Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD. The new service is initially backed by a multi-year license agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and marks the first agreement that enables the electronic delivery of digital movies containing all of the extra content found on physical Blu-ray Discs or DVDs.

Customers can now purchase...

4K (Ultra HD)

Sony's First Collection Of 4K Ultra HD Content For The Home Now Available For Consumers

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 30 2012, 3:24am

Sony Electronics is unveiling the first step in delivering 4K Ultra HD video content in the home. The new 4K Ultra HD Video Player is a hard-disc server that connects easily to Sony's 84-inch 4K LED TV (XBR-84X900) allowing consumers to view 4K resolution movies and short form 4K videos. Available as a bonus loaned exclusively to U.S. customers purchasing the Sony 4K LED TV, the video player comes loaded with content, including both full length Hollywood features and a gallery of videos, creating the first true home 4K experience.

As a standalone unit, the Sony XBR-84X900 TV already upscales all video inputs, including the more than...

LED (LCD) HDTVs

VIZIO Reveals Must-Have TV and Audio Line-Up Just in time for the Holidays

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 7 2012, 3:12am

Just in time for the holiday season, VIZIO, Inc., having recently received J.D. Power and Associates' "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs" ranking1, announced today its new TV and audio line-up featuring an all LED-lit2 E-Series line and four newly designed sound bars. With the recently released E-Series 60" class Razor LED™ Smart TV (E601i) already being America's best-selling 60" flat-panel TV3, the line-up also includes the flagship E-Series 70" class Razor LED™ Smart TV (E701i) and new 2.0 and 2.1 E-Series and M-Series sound bars, the brand's holiday products are a great wish list addition, capable of taking any room in the home from ordinary to extraordinary at an unparalleled value.

Bringing superb picture quality to the forefront of the home, VIZIO's new, sleek E-Series HDTV holiday line-up features...

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New JVC 55" XinemaView 3D HDTV Delivers Powerful Sound & Connectivity

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 18 2012, 1:50am

JVC 55 XinemaView 3D HDTVIRVINE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- JVC-TV, the legendary brand in audio/video electronics, has announced the introduction of the new 55" JLE55SP4000 3D HDTV featuring XinemaView 3D™ (complete with four pair of battery-free 3D glasses), built-in WiFi and Internet applications, 120Hz CrystalMotion™ screen, and a remote control with QWERTY keypad.

The new JLE55SP4000 is the first model in the venerable JVC brand's new "BlackSapphire" line of HDTVs, the second line introduced since JVC merged with Kenwood and licensed by AmTRAN Video Corp., with more BlackSapphire models coming soon. Featuring an ultra-thin bezel design (less than 0.5" thick) and 1080p Full HD resolution, the edge LED backlit JLE55SP4000 stands out from comparable models with...

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1020 Universal Blu-ray Player Updates Award-Winning Predecessor with WiFi and Build Enhancements

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:33am

Yamaha Corporation of America, AV Division, today introduced the AVENTAGE BD-A1020 universal Blu-ray Disc player with superior 3D and HD video and audio playback, as well as built-in WiFi support for easy wireless connectivity. Designed to complement the performance and styling of the company's critically-acclaimed and award-winning line of AVENTAGE AV receivers, this model enables Netflix and YouTube Leanback video streaming and offers full remote operation from smartphones and tablets via Yamaha's top-rated AV controller apps for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices.

Yamaha invites members of the press to its CEDIA Expo 2012 booth (#3011) to see their featured products, including the AVENTAGE BD-A1020 Blu-ray player, AVENTAGE AV receivers and YSP-4300 and YSP-3300 Digital Sound Projectors.

The BD-A1020 offers many Internet-based interactive features, including...

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Pioneer Elite Blu-ray 3D Player Designed for Endless Content Options

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:22am

BDP-62FDINDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CEDIA Show Booth #719 - Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues to enhance the home theater experience with the release of its new Elite® BDP-62FD Blu-ray Disc™ player. The BDP-62FD offers new features including expanded high-resolution file format playback, Marvell Qdeo® video processing technology, dual HDMI® output, and iControlAV2012 app control for additional convenience.

Pioneer's new Elite Blu-ray Disc player is designed with expanded playback capability to offer consumers more source material options for their music and movies. The BDP-62FD supports many of today's most popular video and audio file formats including...

4K (Ultra HD)LED (LCD) HDTVs

LG Electronics Announces U.S. Availability Of First 84-inch Class 'Ultra-Definition' TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:05am

LG Electronics today announced U.S. availability for its enormous 84-inch (84.04 inch diagonal) LED display, boasting a native "ultra definition" (UD) screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 to match its impressive size*.

The gigantic 84-inch screen quadruples the level of detail from full 1080p HD resolution to a massive 8 million pixels. Even before so-called "4K" content is available, LG's proprietary Resolution Upscaler Plus delivers higher detail from current HD/SD external sources. A major step forward for the display industry, ultra-definition TV makes use of the screen real estate available with today's largest-size flat panels, much like the jump from 720p to 1080p years ago. The LG UD 84LM9600 is expected to be available in October at an MSRP of...

4K (Ultra HD)LED (LCD) HDTVs

Sony Previews the Future of Television - Unveiling 84-inch 4K TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 3:44am

XBR-84X900New York, August 29, 2012– Sony Electronics announced its first TV capable of displaying 4K images, raising the curtain on the next wave in innovation from a company that knows a thing or two about television. The new 84-inch set, model XBR-84X900, is equipped with a 4K (3840 x 2160) LCD panel that delivers an image four times the resolution of Full HD and creates an immersive viewing experience previously unavailable from a TV. The new XBR 4KTV will arrive in Sony Stores and select retail locations in North America later this year.

Incorporating proprietary upscaling technology including the 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine, the new TV is designed to...

Internet HD Video

Consumer Reports Survey: Most Viewers Rely On Netflix, But Streaming Rivals Are More Satisfying

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 27 2012, 12:23am

Although 81 percent of the ConsumerReports.org subscribers who used a streaming video service in the previous month used Netflix, rival services such as Vudu, Apple iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video all scored higher for overall satisfaction in Consumer Reports' first comprehensive Ratings of video services.

Streaming video content directly from the Internet is emerging as the preferred choice for video viewing...

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NBC Olympics & Panasonic Announce Nearly 80 Percent Of U.S. TV Households Will Receive High-Definition 3D Broadcast Feed Of The London 2012 Olympic Games

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 21 2012, 2:48am

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group and Panasonic Corporation of North America today announced that the first-ever 3D coverage of the Olympic Games, beginning in London later this month, will be available to subscribers of MVPD's (multichannel video programming distributors) representing nearly 80% of U.S. TV households. The daily 3D programming, which will be shown on next-day delay, will be carried by many cable, satellite and telco providers such as such as Armstrong, AT&T, Blue Ridge, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, Insight, Mediacom, RCN, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and WideOpen West.

These carriers will distribute roughly 242 hours of the 3D broadcasts via the Media Center. Panasonic is...

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Samsung Unveils Amazing New 75-Inch Flagship TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 19 2012, 8:17pm

Samsung Electronics America, a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today showcases several new groundbreaking innovations as part of Samsung SpaceFest, a five-day celebration of the arrival of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the famous Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The new 75-inch ES9000 LED Smart 3D TV will deliver...

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CEA Announces Five New Standards, Including Accessibility, 3D Video

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 9 2012, 8:46pm

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced five new standards, ranging in topic from accessibility to 3D video to wireless charging, which are now available to guide designers as they develop innovative products for consumers. CEA also released a technical report that addresses television picture brightness.

The new standards are as follows...

LED (LCD) HDTVs

VIZIO Announces Availability of XVT Series Cinemawide™ 21:9 Aspect Ratio HDTV, the First Ultra-Widescreen HDTV of its kind in the U.S.

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 29 2012, 2:08am

VIZIO XVT Series CinemawideVIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced the availability of the highly anticipated XVT Series Cinemawide™ LED Smart TV with Theater 3D®, the first 21:9 ultra-widescreen TV available in the United States. VIZIO's groundbreaking TV allows movie lovers to experience the latest Hollywood blockbusters without the distraction of black bars at the top and bottom of the picture.

The 21:9 Cinemawide screen is wider than the standard 16:9 screen found on most HDTVs, allowing it to perfectly fit the 2.35:1 aspect ratio used for most major Hollywood films. Movie lovers no longer need...

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New Pioneer Blu-ray 3D Player Brings More Entertainment into the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 29 2012, 12:46am

Pioneer BDP-150Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today released its new Pioneer® BDP-150 Blu-ray Disc™ player, bringing advanced technologies and a range of features consumers and enthusiasts will appreciate, including Blu-ray 3D™ support. The BDP-150 provides superior picture and audio quality, including high definition file playback for video, audio and photos and the new iControlAV2012 app for control convenience.

In addition to being designed for the highest quality playback of Blu-ray and DVD content, the BDP-150 is geared to access...

Internet HD Video

VIZIO Launches The VIZIO Co-Star™ With Google TV Giving Users The Power To Turn Any HDTV Into The Ultimate Smart TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 27 2012, 2:45am

VIZIO Co-StarIRVINE, Calif., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today the launch of the highly anticipated VIZIO Co-Star™ Stream Player. Using the latest version of Google TV™, the VIZIO Co-Star makes it easy to transform any HDTV into the ultimate smart TV, merging live and streaming entertainment into one intuitive and easy experience. With VIZIO's new stream player, users get instant access to thousands of apps, full-screen web browsing capabilities—via Google Chrome™ with Adobe® Flash® Player and HTML 5 support—and the best in streaming entertainment.

Unique to the stream player market, the VIZIO Co-Star offers...

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Sony's Next Generation Set-top Box With Google TV™ Arrives July 22

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 27 2012, 2:04am

Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the availability and pricing of the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV™, originally introduced in January at CES. Powered by Google TV, the Internet Player will be available at retailers nationwide on July 22, priced at $199. Pre-orders begin on June 25, 2012 at www.sony.com/sonygoogletv.

In addition to the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, Sony's newest Internet Blu-ray Disc™ player with Google TV, the NSZ-GP9, will be available at retailers in time for the holiday season, priced at...

Internet HD Video

NETGEAR Launches NeoTV Pro HD Streaming Player With Wireless Display

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2012, 4:45am

NETGEAR NeoTV Pro HD Streaming PlayerNETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the NETGEAR NeoTV™ Pro HD Streaming Player (NTV200S), the latest addition to the NETGEAR NeoTV streaming player family of products. NeoTV Pro offers high quality streaming content from a wide variety of online channels and is the world's first streaming player to offer wireless display capability using Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi).

With the NeoTV Pro, users can...

4K (Ultra HD)

CEA Paves the Way for 4K; New Working Group Tackles Next Era of High-Definition TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2012, 4:35am

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® is embarking on a new initiative related to next-generation high-definition television with the formation of its "4K" Working Group, a forum for manufacturers, retailers and content providers to define 4K technology, discuss 4K content options, and educate consumers about the newest era in high-definition television (HDTV).

Prominently showcased at the 2012 International CES®, 4K's giant screens, featuring even higher resolution than current HDTV, will offer consumers exactly what they're looking for...

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Samsung Spotlighting Remarkable New Display Technologies at Display Week 2012

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 5 2012, 3:34am

Samsung announced today that it will be showcasing industry-leading technologies at the Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week 2012, in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, June 5-7, Booth #163.

Samsung Mobile Display's collection of about 20 display technologies includes the world's first and largest (55-inch) 3D OLED (organic light emitting Diode) TV panel, the world's thinnest touch sensor-integrated AMOLED panel, and several highly advanced mobile solutions. At the same time and in the same booth, Samsung Display will be showcasing tablet and IT solutions featuring high resolution, wide viewing angle and low power consumption, including...

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Consumers View Video Via More Platforms, But HDTVs Most Popular, CEA Study Finds

By Shane Sturgeon • May 16 2012, 4:46am

As video consumption increases and viewing devices vary, consumers are still using televisions most often to watch video, according to The Evolving Video Landscape study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®.

Consumers are watching more video than they have in the past, across a variety of platforms. One-third of U.S. adults online (34 percent) say they watch...