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Entries from May 2006

Disney joins digital download revolution

May 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Disney has joined the digital download revolution. A selection of around 30 titles from its current and back catalogue have been made available via the US CinemaNow download site. Files can be viewed either on a PC or a portable device. Titles include Pirates of the Caribbean (star Keira Knightley is pictured at the UK […]

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Tags: Internet and networking · Trade

LED backlights for LCD TV will arrive sooner rather than later

May 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Market research organization Insight Media believes that LED-backlight LCD TVs will come to market much quicker than originally thought. Both Sony and Samsung have shown LED LCD TV products, but high prices have prevented them being developed into mainstream products. “Conventional wisdom predicts that LED-based backlights will not make significant inroads into large screen LCD […]

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Tags: High definition TV · LCD TV · Trade

Slingbox gets a new boss for Europe

May 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Confirming its commitment to the European market, Sling Media, maker of the ground-breaking Slingbox place-shifting viewing device, has appointed Stuart Collingwood as the company’s Vice President of Europe. For the last three years Collingwood has worked with pay TV providers, digital media companies and technology start-ups, gaining extensive experience of new digital platforms and technology. […]

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New Sony tech delivers 1080p from any source

May 31st, 2006 · 3 Comments

Sony today announced an upgrade on its long-evolving Digital Reality Creation TV picture improvement technology. First introduced in 1997, this new iteration called DRC Multifunction v2.5.has been developed to create 1080p HD images from any type of digital signal input. It extends the basic DRC concept, which centers around improving the resolution of various input […]

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Tags: High definition TV · LCD TV · Trade

Slingbox place-shifting viewer launched in UK

May 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Slingbox, the original place-shifting remote viewing device, is now available in the UK. Priced at 180 pounds from PC World, the unit allows owners to watch their own TV content, either live via a Sky+ or PVR, anywhere in the world on a laptop or PC. According to Sling Media’s VP for Market Development, Jeremy […]

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Groundbreaking Pioneer 1080p plasma makes UK debut

May 29th, 2006 · 2 Comments

The first consignment of Pioneer’s 1080p plasma monitor, the PDP-5000EX, have arrived in the UK. With a resolution of 1920 X 1080, the groundbreaking screen is the first Full HD plasma to go on sale in Britain, and pre-empts the arrival of 1080p Blu-ray sources and Sony’s BD-compatible PS3 games console. “It is also ideal […]

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Tags: High definition TV · Plasma · Trade

Toshiba pledges support for victims of Java earthquake

May 29th, 2006 · No Comments

The Toshiba Group today announced that it would donate 150,000 US dollars to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated central Java in Indonesia, on May 27. According to a statement from the Japanese giant, the “details, including timing and the organizations that will receive the donations, are now under consideration.”

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Tags: Miscellaneous items · Trade

High definition rebirth for Dirty Harry

May 28th, 2006 · No Comments

In what’s being seen as a harbinger of entertainment industry strategies to come, Warner Brother’s movie and games divisions are working hand in holster to develop Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry cop character into a long term video game franchise. As part of the process, all five Dirty Harry movies will be withdrawn from sale on […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Trade