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Entries from November 2007

Super-cheap HD DVD player launches on QVC UK

November 30th, 2007 · No Comments

For a time it was the talk of the internet, now the world’s cheapest HD DVD player is coming to the UK. Looking not unlike Toshiba’s new HD-EP30, the Venturer SHD7001 (pictured above) will make its debut via shopping channel QVC on December 29, when it will be the featured product of the day (aka […]

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

Third hi-def format still in the game

November 29th, 2007 · No Comments

In what must be the most unnecessary product news of the decade, London-based New Medium Enterprises, the makers of the Versatile Multilayer Disc HD player claim to have secured distribution through US IT chain PC Rush. 10,000 units have apparently been ordered. This follows deals to make the system available in India, Australia and Central […]

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

Blu-ray chiefs claim sales dominance but dodge questions

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

The Blu-ray Disc Association European Promotions Committee has announced that BD sales across Europe have topped one million units. Data from market analyst Gfk International reveals that of the hi-def movie discs bought by European consumers this year, 73 per cent were in the BD format and 27 per cent were HD DVD. The format […]

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

HD DVD player sales pass 750,000 in the US

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Following the Black Friday sales in the US, penetration of HD DVD players has jumped to more than 750,000. So claims the the North American HD DVD Promotional Group. Universal Studio’s Ken Graffeo says: “HD DVD continues to gain momentum and market share with consumers. With more than four weeks left for holiday shopping, HD […]

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

New plastic fibre optic cable to transform internet speeds

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Korea, home of super-fast internet access, could be heading for another speed boost. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology claims to have developed an optical fibre made of plastic able to increase internet speed by a factor of 25. The new-style data cable can transmit at up to 2.5 gigabits per second. This compares […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · Internet and networking · Trade

Japanese robot exhibition opens

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Japanese robophiles will be heading to the 2007 International Robot Exhibition this week. The four day event, which runs at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, is the world’s leading showcase for all manner of robotic innovation. Organised by the Japan Robot Association, it promises to feature creations from over 199 companies, destined for medical, security […]

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Tags: Robots · Trade

720p projectors blast past Full HD models

November 27th, 2007 · No Comments

When it comes to flatscreen TVs, Full HD 1080p screens are hot. But in the world of projectors, it’s sales of 720p models which are forecast to sky rocket, as prices plummet and gamers opt for bigger-screen action. According to new data from Quixel Research, sales of 720p projectors jumped 43 per cent in the […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade · Video games

Sony PSP back from the dead

November 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Sony’s slimmer, lighter PSP has finally breathed life into sales of the handheld. The company says that it has sold more than a million of the new units in Japan, since its launch on September 20. Many users are watching digital terrestrial TV on the PSP via a third-party plug-in TV tuner. The new model […]

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Tags: Internet and networking · Trade · Video games