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Entries from June 2007

Sony says no to super-sized LCD TV

June 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Sony says it will not be drawn into a ‘my screen is larger than yours’ shootout with rivals Sharp and Panasonic. The world’s biggest screen vendors routinely score points off each other by announcing and showing unfeasibly large screens, particularly during the trade show season. But Sony’s president and electronics CEO Ryoji Chubachi has given […]

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Tags: High definition TV · LCD TV · Trade

Toshiba sticks with low-price HD DVD

June 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Toshiba says it will maintain the 299 dollar price point for its HD-A2 entry level HD DVD player in the US. Sales rocketed when the brand trialled the price as a sales promotion. The HD-A20 is ticketed at 399 dollars, with the top of the range HD-XA2 at 799 dollars.

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

My Space challenges YouTube with new video site

June 30th, 2007 · No Comments

The battle for ownership of the next-gen IPTV market is beginning to heat up. Social networking phenomenon MySpace, aims to take on YouTube with the beta launch of a sister site, Myspacetv.com. User generated content will be supported by channels from Disney, Sony, IGN Entertainment, National Geographic and others.

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Tags: Broadcasting · Internet and networking · Trade

China prepares to unleash HD DVD army

June 28th, 2007 · No Comments

The Chinese HD DVD army is preparing to march. The steering committee of the DVD Forum has now rubber-stamped an agreement with the Optical Memory National Engineering Research Center of China, which effectively gives a green light to the creation of an HD DVD variant for China’s local market. Under the agreement, the country gets […]

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Tags: Corporate · Trade

BBC iPlayer introduction as significant as colour TV says Beeb

June 28th, 2007 · No Comments

The much-debated BBC iPlayer application will be made available for download from July 27. Viewers will be able to use it to watch broadcast TV shows from the Corporation up to seven days after their original transmission (on PCs), albeit in a small window with limited resolution. Director General Mark Thompson claimed that the arrival […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · Internet and networking · Trade

Warner delays Total HD HD DVD Blu-ray flip disc till 2008

June 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Total HD, the combination HD DVD Blu-ray flip disc format, touted by Warner Home Video as a solution to the hi-def format war, will not appear this year as first suggested. The Hollywood major now says it will debut titles ‘early’ 2008. It’s believed that the studio wants to launch with a catalogue of between […]

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

Anti-judder TV tech more meaningful than Full HD says Hitachi

June 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Hitachi says its new frame rate compensation technology for plasma has a more profound benefit on picture quality than Full HD resolution. Speaking at the US launch of a trio of new plasma screens which incorporate the so-called Reel60 60Hz frame rate mode, the Japanese brand says that viewer benefits are clearly superior. Reel60 uses […]

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Tags: High definition TV · Plasma · Trade

Games makers shift focus to Wii, downplay PS3

June 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Three of Japan’s biggest video games makers, Sega, Namco Bandai and Capcom, admit that they are now prioritizing games development for Nintendo’s Wii, over Sony’s PlayStation 3. Namco alone says it will increase its support for the Wii by more than 80 per cent. The big attraction is not only the higher volume of games […]

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