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Spain Announced a New 3D Channel in 2010

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

With the coming of 3D to the home, several broadcast companies have stated that they will be releasing 3D channels this year. Today, Spain has announced that the nation will get a brand new 3D channel sometime in 2010. The channel will simply be called ‘3D Channel’ and will be produced by 3D pictures. The producers will also be making new 3D movies, video games, and advertisements. The new channel will be available for anyone in Spain who has an IPTV, satellite, wireless network, cable, or mobile TV. However, the announcement did not say exactly when the channel will be released.

[via 3D Display Info]

Philips Releases New 3DTVs in Europe

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Philips is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. Today, the company was happy to announce that they are releasing several new products in the UK, including three new HDTV series. Some of the products include the HTS9140 Soundbar and a new Immersive Sound home theater system. The new HDTV series are the 7000, 8000, and 9000 series and they include a total of 14 new screens. The TVs range from 32” up to 47” and all feature 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. As an added bonus, the 8000 series and the 9000 series also include 3D capabilities. However in order to view the 3D content you will have to download a new “3D upgrade pack.” The 3DTVs will come with a wireless transmitter and two pairs of Active3D glasses. Unfortunately, Philips has not released any price information at this time. They also haven’t announced yet when the TVs will be available in the USA.

[via Engadget]

Apple Has No Interest in HDTV Industry

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Since last year, there has been the rumor that Apple might be developing their first HDTVs. However today, Apple COO Tim Cook stated that that while their set-top box will continue to develop and change, the company has no intention of creating an Apple TV. Cook said, “Today, the go-to-market model for Apple TV is very difficult. Because it would seem that that go-to-market model would lead to the TV. And we have no interest in being in the TV market.” However, even though they aren’t interested in the TV market, Cook also made a statement about Apple’s set-top box, “…There’s people — and I’m one of those — that they’re avid Apple TV users, and so, because their gut says something there, we’re continuing to invest in this. But today it’s just a hobby.” So for right now the concept of an Apple TV is in limbo. Only time will tell for sure if Apple will give the ax to the TV.

[via Gizmodo]

HD Streaming to Your TV on HD Nation

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

HD Nation talks about the best HD content that is available now and on this week’s show they state that the 2010 Winter Olympics with out a doubt is the best HD show available today. In order to see the Olympics in HD quality, the hosts recommend going to NBC’s website and stream it from the site. The best part of it is that it is free to watch. In other news with watching HD content from online, Robert has announced that they have found a new app online for windows media player. This will allow anyone to have a media server instead it only being reserved for those with big pockets. The program allows a user to have a quick and easy access to movies or TV shows that they have stored onto a hard drive. Another internet related topic that the hosts talk about includes their top five list. This week, the hosts reveal the top five legal websites to stream HD content. The list includes Hulu Desktop, Netflix, Comedy Central, Youtube XL, and Over the Air.

[via Revision 3]

Samsung LN40C550 HDTV Now Accepting Pre-Orders

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Samsung has been releasing a lot of new HDTVs for pre-ordering lately. The latest release is the LN40C550, which features a 40” display and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Samsung has included Touch of Color technology with this TV, which combines texture and color that will compliment the room it is mounted in. Other features include a game mode, wide color enhancer, and dual 10 watt stereo speakers. The only connections that the company is posting are that it’s four HDMI ports and a RGB port. In addition the LN40C550 complies with the latest Energy Star requirements. There is no word yet when the TV will be available, but it is available to pre-order for $849.

[via I4U]

Sharp Unveils Four New HD Monitors

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Sharp announced today their new PN-“E” LCD monitor series. The series includes four new big screen monitors that could easily substitute a HDTV. The panels include the PN-E601, PN-EN521, PN-E471, and PN-E421. The displays range from 60” to 42” and all feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The screens can be used for standard use or can be turned vertically to display appropriate images. “As an LCD technology leader, Sharp has a long history of bringing continued image quality innovations and enhanced features to the dynamic and fast-growing digital signage market,” said Dan Wynne, senior director, Marketing, Professional Display Division, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “With a full new line-up of large-screen models, Sharp is offering a wide breadth of high-quality signage displays with reliable components and expansion options for a one-stop custom signage solution for a variety of applications.” Sharp will release these four HD monitors between now and March. They will retail between $7550 and $1795.

[via Sharp]

LG 2010 HDTV Lineup Leaked

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

In an unfortunate turn of events, it was reported that LG’s entire 2010 plans have been leaked to the press. While this could be bad news for the company, the news sites are happy to report that LG will be releasing up to five new series this year. Three of the series (LH9500, LX9500, and LX6500) are the company’s new 3DTVs and range from large to mid-range screen sizes. These three series are expected to release between March and April. Two other series include the LEX8 and LEX9 and they will feature 480Hz panels and a ultra-thin design that is only 0.27 inches thick. The main feature about these TVs though is that they will be capable of using the 720p Skype feature. These series will range between 47 to 72 inches and will be available sometime in June.

[via Electronista]

Samsung LNC350 Series Now Available for Pre-Ordering

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Samsung is proud to announce today that they are releasing opening their new LNC350 series for pre-order. The series includes four new models, the LN19C350, LN22C350, LN26C350, and LN32C350, which range in size from 19” to 32” These models all share a 720p WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution and LCD display technology. They also come with at least one HDMI, component, and a RGB port. The 26” and 32” models come with two HDMI ports. Samsung has included a lot of features with these TVs, including game mode, wide color enhancer technology, and a Connect-Share input system, which allows a user to connect a memory stick, or any other USB device to the TV quick and easily. Samsung has announced that all four HDTVs will release in March and will retail between $280 and $500.

[via I4U]

Walmart Acquires VUDU

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Walmart is the USA’s most popular convenience store that sells everything from automotive to groceries. Today, the company announced that they have purchased the online streaming company Vudu. Vudu is an online HD streaming service that originally started out as a hardware retailer and then branched into online streaming. Today, Vudu is quickly becoming one of the standard online applications that are integrated into HDTVs. “The real winner here is the customer,” said Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman for Walmart. “Combining VUDU’s unique digital technology and service with Walmart’s retail expertise and scale will provide customers with unprecedented access to home entertainment options as they migrate to a digital environment.”

[via Walmart]

Samsung Plans to Release First 3DTVs in the UK

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Back at CES, Samsung displayed their line of 3DTVs. The new lineup included models from the new 9000, 8000, 7000, and 6000 series. Today, the company has officially announced that they intend to release their first 3DTVs in the UK next month. This announcement is the earliest 3DTV release so far. Samsung did not state exactly what models will be released in March, but they will feature 3D technology and they will also be big screen models. The company was quoted to have the smallest model measure 40” diagonally. One of Samsung’s executives stated, “3D is not a niche product, every single high end Samsung television will have 3D.” The release is only intended for the UK right now. There is no word on when 3DTVs will reach the USA.

[via Slash Gear]

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