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Entries from October 2006

Sony says UMD format will stage a comeback

October 31st, 2006 · No Comments

The PSP movie platform, UMD, may be down but it’s not out. So says Peter Dille, SVP of marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America. Proclaiming UMD the fastest growing platform Sony’s ever had, with more than 20 million users worldwide, he confidently predicts that UMD movies will be coming back to market. And to get […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade · Video games

Adult industry prepares to enter HD disc market

October 31st, 2006 · No Comments

The blue-laser market is about to get a whole lot bluer. Leading adult film company Vivid Entertainment says it will introduce its first HD content on disc early 2007. Explaining why it’s taken the adult companies so long to show an interest in hi def discs, Vivid’s co-founder says that while his industry is often […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

LG knocks Panasonic off top of plasma sales chart

October 31st, 2006 · No Comments

The plasma TV market bloomed again during the third quarter. PDP shipments shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, according to new data from market research outfit DisplaySearch. A record-breaking 2.8 million units were shipped and revenues topped two billion dollars first time. However,the underlying trend reveals that growth is slowing. Previous third-quarter […]

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Tags: Plasma · Trade

Panasonic AV sales rise despite increased competition

October 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., parent of Panasonic, has posted strong figures despite growing international competition, in its half-year financials. Its consolidated group sales for the second quarter increased 2 percent to 2,252.6 billion yen, up from 2,211.0 billion yen year-on-year. Gains came from both its AV products as well as Home Appliances and Components […]

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Tags: Plasma · Trade

1080p playback in latest Xbox 360 update

October 30th, 2006 · No Comments

The latest system update for the Xbox 360, available from Tuesday 31 October, will introduce 85 enhancements – including native 1080p gameplay and movie playback, via the unit’s HD DVD optional drive (pictured). The update will be distributed via the Xbox Live network to all members (Xbox Live Silver and Xbox Live Gold). Other enhancements […]

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

Blu-ray and HD DVD picture quality set to improve

October 30th, 2006 · No Comments

The image quality on Blu-ray and HD DVD discs is about to jump forward. So claims Thomson’s Technicolor Content Services division, which has just introduced a new H.264-based proprietary encoding system for next generation HD disc content authoring. The so-called TIGER AVC, which has been co-developed by Thomson Corporate Research laboratories and Technicolor, is an […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

Motorised TV stands offer ambient backlighting

October 30th, 2006 · No Comments

French AV furniture maker Erard has introduced a new range of five motorised TV stands with ambient backlighting designed for plasma and LCD displays. The top of the range Pratik II Twist and Light (pictured below) can be remotely adjusted left or right by up to 25 degrees, as well as raised and lowered, in […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Miscellaneous items · Plasma · Trade

Sony Introduces Bluetooth hi-fi range

October 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Sony has released an innovative range of Bluetooth products, including two Bluetooth enablers designed to upgrade any music system to the wireless standard. Its HWS-BTA2W is a two-way audio adaptor that converts non-compliant products into stereo Bluetooth devices by transmitting and receiving stereo audio streams. By using one, an AV system which is not Bluetooth […]

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Tags: Hi-fi · Trade