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Entries from March 2008

Samsung scales back LCD expectations, talks with Sony ongoing

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Deteriorating trading conditions worldwide have prompted a cautious Samsung to scale back its growth projections for the year. The world’s biggest LCD TV maker says it now expects global sales to increase by 10 per cent, down from an earlier projection of 15 per cent. Yun Jong-yong, Samsung Electronics Chief Executive, blamed: “rising oil prices […]

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Tags: Corporate · LCD TV · Trade

Blu-ray population to hit 29 million this year

March 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Despite growing interest in downloads and streaming, the number of Blu-ray capable homes worldwide will hit 29 million by the end of 2008. So predicts a report from market researchers Strategy Analytics. The BD player population will rise to 132 million by 2012. It’s expected that the PS3 will remain the dominant BD player until […]

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

Philips to introduce UK Blu-ray player

March 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Philips will launch its first UK Blu-ray player, but not until October. Despite the delayed introduction, its BDP7200 will not be BD Live compliant. The unit is Profile 1.1 ‘Bonus View’ only. Standard BD features apply, including 1080p video and multi-channel audio output. According to US market research firm ABI Research, it could take as […]

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

Blu-ray camp in patent wrangle, American professor files complaint

March 25th, 2008 · No Comments

A Columbia University professor has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, claiming that Sony and other Blu-ray manufacturers are infringing a patent she holds regarding blue-laser diodes. Gertrude Neumark Rothschild says that she is seeking to block imports of BD decks into the US. The ITC says that it is taking the […]

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

PS3 to get BD Live update this month, Portable Copy for PSP also promised

March 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Once again, Sony’s PlayStation3 has outmaneuvered its dedicated Blu-ray player rivals. Sony has now confirmed that the next firmware update (version 2.20) due later this month, will make the console compatible with BD Live discs. This will allow owners of upcoming profile 2.0 discs to access online content, including trailers and interactive Java games. Sony […]

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

Forget hi-def, Freeview needs Local TV services

March 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Forget high-def. What we really need on Freeview is amateur local TV channels. That’s the view of 120 MPs who have backed an Early Day Motion to turn over spectrum space on terrestrial digital TV to local TV services. The move follows campaigning by a group called United for Local Television, which seeks to secure […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · Miscellaneous items · Trade

Retailer offers goodwill gesture to HD DVD owners

March 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Leading US retail chain Best Buy has followed the lead set by rival Circuit City, and has begun to compensate its customers who backed HD DVD. It will send owners of players on its database a 50 dollar gift voucher; the giveaway applies to any of its patrons who purchased an HD DVD player prior […]

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

LG Display takes team to Himalayas

March 20th, 2008 · No Comments

South Korean panel purveyor LG Display is to take a crack squad of employees to the Himalayas, as part of an innovative corporate team-building extreme challenge project. 15 members of staff have been selected to climb to the Annapurna Base Camp on March 28. The company hopes to improve management techniques during a week long […]

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Tags: Corporate · LCD TV · Plasma · Trade