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Onkyo Releases DV-BD507 Blu-Ray Player

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009


Onkyo is one of the leading names in audio/video components and home theater systems through out the world. Recently, the company announced their cheapest Blu-ray player ever, the DV-BD507. This model supports HDMI 1.3a and is equipped with the latest Profile 2.0 player, which delivers enhanced interactivity through the internet. The player also has a 1080p output and comes with HDMI, component, composite, SD Card slot, and an Ethernet connection. Unfortunately, Onkyo is not releasing any additional information at this time. The retail price for the DV-BD507 is $449.

[via Engadget]

LG Includes VUDU into LH50 and PS80 HDTVs

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009


Streaming movies from the internet to your HDTV used to require an external media box. However, more companies are developing HDTVs that incorporates the box’s technology into the existing screen. The most recent company to do this is LG Electronics as they announced today that they have made an agreement with VUDU Inc. VUDU is a leading provider of digital technologies and services that deliver entertainment to consumers’ HDTVs. LG will update their LH50 LCD series and their PS80 Plasma series to include VUDU on-demand. This included service allows consumers to instantly buy or rent from thousands of movies and TV shows. The best part of this agreement is that both new and old owners of these HDTVs will have no monthly fees for the VUDU upgrade and will not have to buy, install, or connect additional equipment. The VUDU integration will officially kick off next month and will be available to all customers who will by or currently own the LG 47LH50, 42LH50, 50PS80, or the 60PS80 HDTV.

[via Engadget]

BenQ Announces MK2442 HDTV for August Release

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009


BenQ is proud to announce today that they will be releasing soon their latest LCD HDTV, the MK2442. This model features a 23.6 inch display and can also doubly as a large-sized PC monitor. The biggest feature about this TV is that it features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, which is impressive because similar sized TVs only come with WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution. Equipped with Auto Contrast Enhancement technology, the MK2442 produces a 10000:1 contrast ratio that optimizes contrast levels via automatic adjustment of the display backlight for unprecedented black levels. The connection panel specifications are limited, but BenQ did announce that the device will come with an HDMI 1.3 interface and RGB PC inputs. BenQ expects to ship the MK2442 TV on August 20th through out Europe and Russia. Pricing has not been announced yet.

[via BenQ]

Sony and Sharp Work Together to Develop OLED Display Screens

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


Sony has recently announced that they have agreed on a join venture with Sharp to develop OLED HDTVs. Sony will be investing 22 billion Yen (about $224 million) towards a new factory in Sakai, Japan that will be built to develop OLED and new LCD display panels. In exchange, Sony will have a 34% stake on the factory. The new panels that are developed will be manufactured for Sony, while Sharp receives a not-insignificant financial assistance. The deal between Sharp and Sony was expected to be made late last month, however, due to economic hardship. The deal was postponed until this month. All of the details about the venture have not been hammered out yet, but both companies expect the final agreement to happen by the end of the month.

[via Trusted Reviews]

VuNow PoD Media Box Receives Roxio CinemaNow Movie Streaming

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


Versimo Networks is proud to announce today that their VuNow PoD media box will support the Roxio CinemaNow from Sonic Solutions. The CinemaNow allows the media box to stream HD content from the internet. This service gives users access to over 250 content providers with endless video, music, and more. The VuNow media box connects to your computer’s internet connection and then plugs into your HDTV some of the new content that the service includes content like movies, YouTube videos, and live global TV channels. “Consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet for easy and convenient access to entertainment content. Our relationship with Verismo will give entertainment lovers greater ease in accessing premium digital content from the comfort of their living rooms,” said Mark Ely, executive vice president of Strategy, Sonic Solutions.

[via Engadget]

China Blue HD Format Out Sells Blu-Ray Format

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD has been long dead. But a new contender has recently been found in China. The China Blue HD is reportedly not only the successor of the HD DVD format, but is also leading in sales in China. Several reporters believe that CBHD will bring the second coming of the HD format wars. CBHD devices and movie disks are selling more mainly because of their high quality display and low cost. A recently released Shinco CBHD player retails in China for about 2000Yuan ($292), which is 40% cheaper than Blu-ray players in that country. More information about this subject as it becomes available.

[via Engadget]

Pantel Receives Recognition for Outdoor HDTVs

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


Pantel is known for creating outdoor weatherproof HDTVs. Recently, the company was pleased to announce that two of their HDTVs will be featured in the August edition of the widely acclaimed “Robb Recommends” section on RobbReport.com The PAN320 is the smaller of the two selected and features a 32-inch display, WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution, and a 1500:1 contrast ratio. The PAN650 is the company’s biggest HDTV and features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and a 65-inch LCD display. “Robb Report has always been the guide for truly high quality products. We are thrilled that the Pantel 32-inch outdoor weatherproof HDTVs were chosen as a ‘Robb Recommends’ solution for outdoor entertainment,” commented Joe Pantel, CEO of Pantel Corp. “Our large screen sizes provide the ultimate outdoor entertainment experience and can be seen in homes, major venues and hotels nationwide.”

[via Home Toys]

Sharp Releases A77M and A66M Aquos HDTVs

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009


Sharp is proud to announce that they will be releasing two new series for the Aquos HDTVs. the A77M, and A66M series both feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 50000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The main feature about these two series is that they will be using the latest in SRS TruSurround XT technology. SRS is the industry leader in audio signal processing for consumer electronics. The sound system that they will use in these HDTVs will feature surround sound from the mounted speakers in the TVs. The technology creates the popular “phantom” speakers effect, which makes the listener think that there are speakers surrounding them, when in truth they are only mounted in front of them. The A77M and A66M series are only available in part of Asia and Africa including China and the Middle East. The A77M series comes in three sizes, 52”, 46”, and 42”, which are named the LC-52A77M, LC-46A77M, and the LC-42A77M, respectively. The A66M comes in four sizes, 46”, 42”, 37”, and 32”. They are respectively named LC-46A66M, LC-42A66M, LC-37A66M, and the LC-32A66M. Retail pricing has not been released yet.

[via PR News Wire]

Is a Dynamic Contrast Ratio Important When Looking for HDTVs?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

This week’s edition of HD Nation, the hosts talk about the latest Blu-ray disks that were released this week as well as some new TV shows that are being filmed in HD. One of the first big topics they discuss is about Toshiba announcing their release of a Blu-ray player. This announcement was released last week and according to HD Nation’s sources, Toshiba was going to create a new HD format that would have been superior to Blu-ray disks, but because of the Blu-ray popularity and growth in sales, the company decided to make their own Blu-ray player instead. Another major topic that the hosts mentioned was that YouTube has upgraded their HD video uploading. The most noticeable upgrade is that the maximum size that the video could be has doubled from 1GB to 2GB. Another upgrade is that viewers can instantly click on the HD version of videos instead of selecting a normal video and having to change to HD. The big topic for this week’s episode is about HDTVs’ contrast ratio. The contrast ratio is used to define the difference between white and blacks on the HD monitor. The hosts claim that their sources think that the widely marketed “Dynamic Contrast Ratio” is just a load of fluff to try and sell more TV sets. They strongly recommend that you look at the display’s regular contrast ratio or even use a test pattern to measure the contrast yourself.

[via Revision 3]

Comcast Launches HBO VOD Service

Monday, July 27th, 2009


Comcast is the USA’s Largest cable MSO. Today, the company announced that it will be the first cable operator to offer HBO’s VOD service in HD. HBO is one of the last US premium programming providers to offer this service. Comcast customers will be able to enjoy HBO On Demand programming in full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The service features 10000 TV programs each month as well as 1000 HD titles and caters to over 12 billions viewers. Comcast customers will be the first to enjoy the full HBO On Demand product in high definition, including HBO’s original programming and movies,” Derek Harrar, Comcast’s SVP and general manager of video services, said in a prepared statement. “No one does HD like Comcast, with the best and the most HD entertainment on your terms.”

[via ITVT]

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