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Entries from March 2006

First HD DVD player goes on sale in Japan

March 31st, 2006 · No Comments

The world’s first HD DVD player has finally gone on sale, in Japan. The long-awaited Toshiba HD-XA1 makes high definition disc playback a reality, upscaling the definition available from DVD and extending the audience experience with a range of playback options, including enhanced L-PCM 5.1ch audio, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. There’s nothing […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Home cinema · Trade

Seismic shift to flatscreens

March 31st, 2006 · No Comments

The world is flat – Business – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper The demise of the CRT TV is happening at an unprecedented rate. Even the world’s largest brands seem to have been caught out by both the appetite of the consumer for slick looking thinscreens and the rapid price erosion which is fuelling the […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Plasma · Trade

The HD future now…or maybe later

March 31st, 2006 · No Comments

With the hype machine gearing up behind both HD DVD and Blu-ray, it’s easy to get swept along with the futuristic view of a converged HD entertainment universe. But not all commentators relish the move to technologies laced with some of the most severe digital rights management technology devised. Andy Marken, of Marken Communications, for […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

CEDIA US adds second trade show

March 31st, 2006 · No Comments

While much of the consumer electronics industry remains in the doldrums, the custom installation trade continues to buzz. So much so that CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) has added a second US trade show to its calendar. Joining its always excellent signature September event will be a spring show to be held […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade

Flatpanel production war hots up

March 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Expect the price of large screen LCD and plasma TVs to plunge over the next few years, as the biggest names in glass embark on a full-blown panel production war. Sony is extending its partnership with Samsung and this week announced that it’s building a new LCD panel production facility in South Korea. The two […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Plasma · Trade

Panasonic prices Blu-ray high

March 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Panasonic has set a price of ‘under’ $1500 (somewhere between $1200 and $1499, probably) for its first Blu-ray player when it launches in the US this autumn. The company predicts that the BD (Blu-ray disc) player population will hit five million worldwide this year, but crucially it includes the PlayStation 3 in this tally. The […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

BMW Z4 gets THX sound system

March 30th, 2006 · No Comments

THX, the US home cinema sound and vision certification operation, is hitting the road. The company has inked a deal with BMW, to certify in-car sound systems for the BMW Z4 Roadster and Coupe Concept (pictured above, when both made their debut at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit) as part of […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade

Full length movie heralds streaming PPV revolution

March 29th, 2006 · No Comments

With so much media interest in movie downloads, conventional streaming video seems to have been overlooked – perhaps because you can’t pop it into a portable device for playback at (or in) your convenience. But compression specialist Vividas still believes in the concept. So much so, that it claims to (possibly) be the first to […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade