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Entries from December 2006

A festive greeting from avzombie.com

December 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Team zombie would like to wish all those who have dropped by over the past year for our daily AV news updates, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. To all our friends in the consumer electronics industry, may 2007 be profitable and rewarding, and for AV enthusiasts the world over, here’s hoping […]

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Tags: Miscellaneous items · Trade

Nintendo brings forward Wii web service

December 21st, 2006 · No Comments

Nintendo has brought forward its Wii web service. From Friday December 22, UK Wii owners will be able to download an early version of the Opera web browser and surf the web from their console. The initiative wasn’t expected to begin until March. The web browser will be free to download until June, after which […]

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Tags: Internet and networking · Trade · Video games

BBC HD trial to run until February

December 21st, 2006 · No Comments

The BBC says that its terrestrial HD trial will continue until at least February. The broadcaster has applied to Ofcom for an extension beyond that date. A spokesman says that “ITV, C4 and Five are currently exploring options for future HD broadcasts but will remain off air for the time being.”

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Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

Broadcast regulator says No to hi-def Freeview

December 21st, 2006 · 1 Comment

In a move which will shock some and surprise many, broadcast regulator Ofcom has rejected pleas to free up additional spectrum space for free-to-air high definition broadcasts when the analogue TV system is switched off in 2012. Both UK broadcasters and the electronics industry had petitioned for two more multiplexes to be made available, for […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade

LCD shipments hit all-time high

December 20th, 2006 · No Comments

According to new figures released by DisplaySearch, worldwide LCD shipments hit a record high over the third quarter of 2006. 34.6 million screens were shipped globally, growing the market by 21.9 percent year on year.

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Tags: LCD TV · Trade

Toshiba ships budget HD DVD player into the UK

December 20th, 2006 · No Comments

Toshiba has finally shipped its first HD DVD into the UK market. The HD-E1 typically sells for around 450 pounds, considerably less than the Blu-ray competition. According to Olivier Van Wynendaele, Deputy General Manager of HD DVD, Toshiba Europe: “The HD-E1 brings affordable, standalone next generation DVD to the mass market in the UK for […]

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

Struggling LG appoints new Korean CEO

December 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Korean giant LG Electronics has appointed a new CEO. Nam Yong (pictured) will replace Kim Ssang-su as part of a broad management restructuring designed to refocus the struggling electronics brand. Analysts believe the reshuffle can’t come soon enough, as the company is heading for a 70 percent drop in its net profit for 2006, due […]

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Tags: Miscellaneous items · Trade

Sony to reboot PSP with movie downloads

December 19th, 2006 · No Comments

Sony believes that video downloads will be the savior of the PSP. The Corporation is being widely tipped to begin video download services for its ailing portable early in 2007. Sony has confirmed nothing, but reliable reports in the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal indicate that the company is well advanced on plans to […]

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Tags: Trade · Video games