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Entries from June 2006

Secretive new copy-protection technology comes under fire

June 29th, 2006 · No Comments

The high profile CEO of the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association), Gary Shapiro, blasted plans to introduce ever more draconian DRM (digital rights management) technology when he testified in front of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary last week. His vitriol was directed at the Digital Transition Content Security Act of 2005, which was introduced […]

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Tags: DVD · HD DVD and Blu-ray · Hi-fi · Internet and networking · Trade

Hitachi introduces new 55 inch plasma TV

June 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Hitachi will launch a new 55 inch HD Ready plasma TV next month. Priced at around 3,500 pounds, the 55PD9700 has an integrated Freeview tuner, twin HDMI inputs, and a programmable remote control. The screen uses an E-ALIS (Alternate Lighting of Surfaces) plasma panel, with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Picture processing is via the […]

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Tags: Plasma · Trade

New Linux specification for consumer electronics imminent

June 29th, 2006 · No Comments

The latest specification for CE Linux is expected to be announced in July by the steering committee of the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum. The CELF was created to establish a common standard of Linux requirements for CE devices and boasts considerable support from the likes of Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Hitachi. Once published […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade

Twist and lift stands arrive for plasma and LCD TVs

June 29th, 2006 · No Comments

French accessory brand Erard has introduced into the UK a range of remotely operated motorised mounting systems and stands for flat screen TVs. Buyers can choose from traditional wall mounts to TV stands which can be can be raised or lowered as well as rotated left and right. Simplest in Erard’s Motion range is the […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Plasma · Trade

Samsung nukes universal HD disc player reports

June 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Online ‘reports’ of a Samsung combi HD DVD/Blu-ray player have been swiftly dismissed by the Korean giant. The story appears to stem from a series of briefings held by the company in Seoul with a number of international press representatives. What fuelled the excitement was a PowerPoint presentation which cryptically presented a ‘Universal’ HD disc […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

Pioneer to open own-brand high-end AV stores

June 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Beleaguered consumer electronics company Pioneer is taking a leaf out of Apple and Sony’s book, announcing that it will open its own Pioneer-branded shops. The first is due to open in August, in the prestigious South Coast Plaza mall, Orange County. The 3,200 square-foot designer store will feature a full range of Pioneer consumer electronics […]

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Tags: Plasma · Trade

TiVo teams with Sony to offer PSP compatibility

June 28th, 2006 · No Comments

The latest iteration of TiVo’s TiVoToGo software allows TiVo Series 2 PVRs to transfer video content directly to Sony’s PSP handheld, via a PC. For 24.95 dollars the software will allow video stored on the PVR’s hard drive to be converted to PSP format and downloaded to Memory Stick. US TiVo owners can even schedule […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade

Panasonic announces 1080p digital cinema DLP projector

June 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Panasonic has developed a three chip high resolution 1080p DLP projector for the professional digital cinema market. The specification includes a brightness of 10,000 lumens of brightness and 4000:1 contrast ratio, courtesy of a Dynamic Iris, which alters the aperture according to the input signal. Liquid-cooled optics are sealed in a dust-proof chassis and the […]

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Tags: High definition TV · Trade