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Entries from July 2007

AV fans ponder ramifications of Sky Amstrad deal

July 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Sky is to acquire Amstrad’s set-top business for 125 million pounds. If the deal is approved by Amstrad shareholders, the satcaster will find itself with an in-house hardware division that should enable it to speed up new tech developments and better control costs. Hitherto, the company maintained that it did not want to be in […]

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Tags: Corporate · Home cinema · Trade

300 Blu-ray reissue already planned

July 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Spartan epic 300 may be headed to Blu-ray for a second time. Speaking at the San Diego Comic Con, Deborah Snyder, wife of director Zack Snyder and executive producer of the movie, admitted that the film could be re-released with new extras that bring it more in line with the current HD DVD title, when […]

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

In-car SACD makes belated appearance

July 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

It’s all but been written off as a consumer format, killed by its conflict with DVD-Audio, but that hasn’t stopped Sony from finally introducing a Super Audio CD capable head-end for the in-car entertainment market. At the American launch of its XAV-W1 DVD/SACD player, Sony’s mobile electronics marketing manager, Kengo Kurokawa, said the product addressed […]

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Tags: Hi-fi · Trade

Spider-man helps Sony to profit, but rivals look stronger

July 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Spider-man has helped Sony double last year’s Q1 profit. The success of the super-hero movie, coupled with strong sales of cameras and computers, helped the company post a 66.46 billion yen profit in its first quarter financials. Sales were up 13.3 percent to 1.977 trillion yen. There was bad news from its TV division though, […]

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Tags: Corporate · Trade

Xbox 360 HD DVD drive cut, awareness remains low

July 30th, 2007 · No Comments

In the US, Microsoft is cutting the cost of the Xbox 360 HDTV disc to 180 dollars. Buyers will also get to pick five free HD DVD discs as part of a generic format promotion. The reduction, which begins on August 1, is expected to herald a more general cut on the console itself. Says […]

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

Samsung LCD TVs boast 100,000:1 contrast ratio

July 30th, 2007 · No Comments

An upcoming range of LED backlit LCD TVs from Samsung boast a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1, thanks to so-called local dimming technology. The brand’s new 81 series models also offer 1080p resolution and a 178 degree viewing angle, courtesy of a new Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (SPVA) panel. The screens range in size from […]

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Tags: High definition TV · LCD TV · Trade

Sky joins Sony to offer PSP TV download service

July 28th, 2007 · No Comments

An unlikely marriage perhaps, but a newly announced alliance between Sky and Sony could breathe new life into the PSP handheld. The two will begin a video download service to PSP owners in the UK and Ireland “early 2008”. The plan is to turn the PSP into a media player with access to a huge […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · Corporate · Internet and networking · Trade · Video games

Samsung unveils Duo HD deck, reveals more BD players

July 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Samsung has finally firmed up details of its first combination Blu-ray HD DVD player. The BD-UP5000 Duo HD will sell in the US for 1,049 dollars and offer full compatibility with HD DVD (including iHD interactivity), Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD. It will also incorporate HQV video processing from Silicon Optix, for upscaling SD to […]

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