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Internet HD VideoLED (LCD) HDTVs

LG Previews Google TV At Internet Week

By Shane Sturgeon • May 16 2012, 4:34am

LG Google TVLG Electronics USA is conducting live demonstrations of LG's highly anticipated Google TV models at Internet Week New York, which starts here today. LG's Smart TV with Google TV (G2 Series) combines the power of Google services with the speed of LG's new L9 dual-core chipset and a user-friendly interface for the next-generation Google TV experience. The event runs from May 14-17 at 82 Mercer Street in Manhattan.

LG's G2 Series TVs are the first Google TV models coming to the U.S. market with a...

3D HDTV

Dolby and Philips Unveil 3D HD Format Capable of Bringing Full HD 3D to Glasses-Free 3D Devices

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 13 2012, 4:29am

Dolby 3DDolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHI) today unveiled Dolby® 3D, a 3D HD format and suite of technologies designed to deliver full HD 3D content to 3D-enabled devices, including glasses-free displays. Dolby 3D is being demonstrated at the NAB Show® (April 16–19, 2012) at booth SU1212.

The two leading companies have undertaken the joint project to improve the 3D viewing experience on displays of all sizes, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and televisions. Dolby 3D is...

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Smartphones, HDTVs Are the Most Planned CE Purchases This Year, According to CEA Study

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2012, 4:25pm

Smartphones and HDTVs are the top consumer electronics (CE) products U.S. households plan to purchase over the next 12 months, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The 14th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study also shows that household penetration rates for tablet computers will see their largest growth this year.

Smartphones will be the...

Internet HD Video

Apple Brings 1080p High Definition to New Apple TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 8 2012, 4:48am

Apple TV 1080pApple® today announced the new Apple TV® featuring 1080p programming including iTunes® movies and TV shows, Netflix, Vimeo, photos and more in HD. With iTunes in the Cloud, customers can purchase and play their favorite movies and TV shows from the iTunes Store® and watch them instantly on their HD TV. The new Apple TV features a simpler, refined user interface making it easier than ever to access your purchased movies, TV shows and music with iTunes Match℠ right from iCloud®. With AirPlay®, users can stream or mirror their favorite content from their iPad® or iPhone® 4S to Apple TV.

"People are going to love streaming movies and TV shows in 1080p with the new Apple TV, and photos look beautiful displayed at the maximum resolution of your TV," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of ...

Smart HDTVs

Samsung Delivers the Future of Smart TV Now

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 8 2012, 4:23am

The Future of TV is here. Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced that its highly anticipated 2012 TVs will begin shipping this month in the U.S., beginning with the LED 6-series and higher, as well as the Plasma 6-series and higher.

The new models represent Samsung's fifth generation of Smart TV. While features vary by model, highlights of the products include...

Blu-ray

Only One Name Defines the Ultimate Hero ... Only One Format Delivers the Ultimate Experience ... Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 1 2012, 5:06am

Indiana Jones Blu-ray CollectionThe man with the hat is back – and looking better than ever! The world's favorite globe-trotting archaeologist is, at long last, embarking on his greatest adventure – when The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection will be excavated in the fall of 2012 and will include all four of Indy's thrilling adventures, using the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation – along with a "best of" collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and a few new surprises...

3D HDTV

SENSIO and Samsung Electronics Reach a Patent License Agreement over SENSIO® S2D Switch

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 1 2012, 4:51am

SENSIO Technologies Inc. (SENSIO) (TSX-V: SIO), a pioneer in 3D-image processing and leader in 3D business solutions, and Samsung Electronics co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, today announced that they have reached a patent license agreement over the SENSIO® S2D Switch. As a result of this agreement, SENSIO is licensing Samsung Electronics the right to implement SENSIO® S2D Switch in its 3DTVs. The financial terms of the license agreement will...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Panasonic Announces Pricing for 2012 Line of High Definition Camcorders, all Available in March 2012

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 29 2012, 4:48am

Panasonic today announces pricing for its 2012 line of camcorders, which were debuted at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, ranging from a full-High Definition 3MOS model with a superb imaging system; to six full-HD 1MOS models that feature incredible lenses, to a compact HD model that has a powerful 70x enhanced optical zoom, to the ideal active camcorder that is waterproof* up to approximately 10 feet. All nine new Panasonic camcorders will be available in March 2012.

The Panasonic HC-X900M camcorder, the top-of-the-line model that can record 1080 60p, and features the 3MOS System Pro, will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of...

Politics & Policy

CEA Launches Working Group to Unite Content and CE

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 16 2012, 3:12am

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the formation of the Device, Apps and Content working group (DAC). The working group will create a forum for collaboration among device manufacturers, content creators, aggregators and app developers to increase and enhance consumer availability of content and apps on CE devices.

The convergence of content, apps and technology is...

Events & TradeshowsOLED HDTVs

Dates Announced for IntertechPira's OLEDs World Summit 2012

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 13 2012, 10:38pm

OLEDsIntertechPira and the OLED Association are pleased to announce that the OLEDs World Summit 2012 will take place Sept. 26-28, 2012, at the Parc 55 Wyndham in San Francisco, Calif. This year will mark the 14th edition of this event, making it one of the longest-running and preeminent conferences in the OLEDs sector.

In 2011, OLED technology reached new levels of maturity and advancement indicated by unprecedented AMOLED shipment and revenue growth, the demonstration of 55" 3D TVs, and a range of new lighting products. OLEDs World Summit 2012 will feature...

Front Projection

Canon U.S.A. Introduces the REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D, its Brightest Installation LCOS Projectors to Date for the Professional AV Market

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 2 2012, 3:19am

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced its brightest-ever REALiS Installation LCOS Projectors, which are designed to provide exceptional display performance for a wide range of professional AV markets. Incorporating multiple features for convenient installation and maintenance, the new REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors utilize Canon's unique fourth-generation AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical technology to maximize the display capabilities of their advanced LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) imaging panels. This combination enables the projectors to deliver higher-than-HD-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen video and still images with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a high brightness level of 5000 lumens. The 5000 lumen brightness level improves display quality in long throw venues or rooms with relatively high ambient light levels, thereby increasing the versatility of the new projectors for a wider variety of viewing e ...

3D HDTVLED (LCD) HDTVs

Planar's Clarity Matrix Sets New 3D Video Wall Standard

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 1 2012, 2:13am

Clarity Matrix 3D Video WallPlanar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in digital display technology, unveiled its latest breakthrough in professional 3D visualization and full-HD large format video wall technology at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012.

Clarity™ Matrix 3D, the industry's thinnest, most visually accurate 3D LCD video wall system, will be the main attraction at Planar's ISE booth (#3A82), demonstrating the technology's many advances, including...

Programming3D HDTV

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...

Satellite HDTVProgramming

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...

Blu-ray3D HDTV

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...

Blu-ray

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...