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Entries from August 2006

Plasma sales boom, Panasonic tops sales chart

August 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Plasma TV sales are booming. According to the latest market data from Displaysearch, shipments of plasma screens are up 95 percent year-on-year. Worldwide sales over the past quarter hit 2.2 million units, which means that plasma now accounts for 20 per cent of all worldwide TV hardware revenue. There’s been a dramatic uptake in China, […]

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Tags: Plasma · Trade

Sharp launches 1080p Aquos LCD range

August 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Tech Digest: IFA 2006: new Sharp Aquos LCD models At IFA, Sharp has announced a range of Full HD 1080p LCD TVs, from 37 inches to 52-inches, which will go on sale from this October. A 1080p 42-inch Aquos is expected to sell for around 2,000 UK pounds. To see the video report posted by […]

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Tags: High definition TV · LCD TV · Trade

Panasonic UK to introduce Blu-ray in October

August 31st, 2006 · 1 Comment

Panasonic will introduce its first Blu-ray player into the UK as early as October. The DMP-BD10 (pictured above) is expected to sell for around 1000 UK pounds and 1,400 Euros in Europe. “It’s the upper end of the market, but we’ve been at these kind of price points before, with our first Diga DVD recorder,” […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

Fox announces UK Blu-ray movie launch in November

August 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Mike Dunn President Worldwide Home Entertainment for 20th Century Fox says the studio will introduce its first nine Blu-ray movies worldwide this November. Key titles comprise Ice Age 2, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Fantastic Four, Kiss of the Dragon, Omen 666, Speed, Transporter, Behind enemy lines and Kingdom of Heaven The Director’s Cut. Dunn […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

Philips says no Blu-ray for Europe until 2007

August 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Philips has used IFA to announce that it will not introduce a Blu-ray player into Europe until some unspecified time in 2007. It is concentrating on its American launch of the BDP9000 (pictured above) first. As for a BD recorder, Philips says the jury is out on the HD recorder market. “We will have to […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

75 movies announced for Japanese Blu-ray rollout

August 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Even as the Blu-ray disc association announces its launch plans for Blu-ray in Europe this week, the Japanese debut is also gathering steam, with the announcement that 75 movies will be available by the end of year. Speaking at a press conference to confirm the software roll-out (but significantly not the availability of a dedicated […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

Denon previews new kit including cheap DVD upscaler

August 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Denon will launch no fewer than 12 new products at this week’s IFA show in Berlin, including an upscaling disc player, the DVD-1730 (pictured above) which will sell for just 150 UK pounds. All will go on sale in the UK during September and October. The collection includes four new AV receivers (the AVR-2307 at […]

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Tags: Hi-fi · Home cinema · Trade

Sony confirms first 50GB Blu-ray movie releases

August 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Sony Pictures has confirmed that it intends to release its first two 50GB (dual-layer) Blu-ray movies this autumn. The first wave of BD releases have all been single layer discs, but the 25GB capacity has precluded any extras as space has been too tight. Sony Pictures’ worldwide home entertainment president Ben Feingold refused to confirm […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade