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Entries from April 2008

LG TV launch hoax angers celebs, fools media

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on LG TV launch hoax angers celebs, fools media

Tonight in London, LG will spoof media with the supposed launch of a new TV series from David Nutter, the director of Smallville and Supernatural, called Scarlet. But there is no TV show. The carefully stage event is actually part of an elaborate worldwide promotional campaign for its upcoming Scarlet TV range, flat-panel models with […]

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Sony to double LCD TV output for Europe

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Sony to double LCD TV output for Europe

Sony plans to double the annual production capacity of its LCD TV factory in Slovakia, making it the largest producer of LCD TVs worldwide. The Slovak facility (pictured) will produce four million sets by the end of 2008. As part of the expansion, Sony will double the local workforce to 3,500 by the end of […]

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We have Blu for you says Paramount

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on We have Blu for you says Paramount

Former HD DVD stalwarts Paramount and DreamWorks Animation SKG are back with Blu. The two majors have announced a slate of big Blu-ray releases for the Summer, as well as some back catalogue choices. May 20 see the arrival of Bee movie, Next and Face/Off, with box-office hits Cloverfield, There Will Be Blood and The […]

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High costs and few feature benefits will stall Blu-ray

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on High costs and few feature benefits will stall Blu-ray

The high cost of Blu-ray players will stall the mainstream adoption of the format. So predicts a new report from US-based research group Applied Business Intelligence. With few BD players able to display advanced features such as Bonus View and BD Live, retailers have little to sell when it comes to format benefits, they conclude. […]

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Samsung promises massive investment spend

April 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Samsung promises massive investment spend

The Samsung Group intends to bounce back from the tax evasion and corruption investigations which have dogged it for months with its biggest-ever investment plan. During 2008, it says investment will rise 24 per cent, to 27.8 trillion won. Beneficiaries include Samsung Electronics, which will receive 5.3 trillion won. Shares rose on the news.

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Samsung launches 4th gen Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player

April 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Samsung launches 4th gen Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player

Samsung has unveiled its first dedicated profile 1.1 player in Korea. The 4th generation BD-P1500 is expected to arrive in the UK in June. In addition to Bonus View, it will also offer bitstream audio out for Dolby trueHD and DTS-HD MA audio formats. The company says that it has high hopes for Blu-ray, revising […]

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Freesat hi-def system prices revealed

April 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Freesat hi-def system prices revealed

Freesat may well be doing a good job maintaining a media blackout prior to its UK launch on May 6, but that hasn’t deterred some of its retail partners from blowing the lid on prices for the no-subscription satellite TV service. The Freesat platform will offer a mix of standard and high-definition channels, including HD […]

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Sony maintains LCD TV marriage with Samsung, Gen-8 line confirmed

April 29th, 2008 · Comments Off on Sony maintains LCD TV marriage with Samsung, Gen-8 line confirmed

Despite its new alliance with Sharp, Sony and Samsung have now confirmed that they will invest 1.8 trillion won in a cutting-edge 8th generation LCD manufacturing line at their S-LCD joint venture plant in Tangjeong, South Korea. The Gen-8 line is designed to yield super-large LCD screen sizes, in excess of 50 inches. Production will […]

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