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Entries Tagged as 'Home cinema'

No HD future for remastered Star Trek

April 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Star Trek fans who have been waiting for the newly remastered Original Series to migrate from HD DVD to Blu-ray will be disappointed by Paramount’s announcement that reissues will continue on DVD only. The HD DVD camp made quite a ballyhoo after the first season of Trek:TOS debuted on its hi-def format, following an impressive […]

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

US retailer lines up to buy Denon and Marantz

April 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Mainstream US CE retailer Best Buy is apparently in the running to buy a large chunk of D&M Holdings, owner of high-end AV brands Marantz, Denon, Boston Acoustics, Snell and Escient. Holding company RHJ International SA/NV is auctioning its 49 per cent stake in D&M, and has lined up four potential suitors: the aforementioned US […]

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Tags: Corporate · Hi-fi · Home cinema · Trade

PS3 finally gets DTS-HD Master Audio support for Blu-ray

April 10th, 2008 · No Comments

The PlayStation 3 will finally get support for DTS-HD Master Audio on Blu-ray discs. The high-quality lossless audio format will become available to PS3 owners with a firmware update due April 15. DTS-HD MA has long been favoured by Fox for its movie releases. With a bit-rate up to 24.5 Mbps, the system can deliver […]

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

Home Cinema Choice Awards announced, Panasonic Blu-ray and BT Vision lead winners

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

The UK’s ultimate home AV gear for 2008 was revealed at a ceremony in central London last Friday, as the annual Home Cinema Choice Awards were announced. Presented by former Dr Who Sylvester McCoy, the 19 categories were judged and awarded by leading reviewers from UK AV magazine Home Cinema Choice. Amongst the winners, BT […]

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

Warner brings DVD and VOD same day releasing to UK

April 7th, 2008 · No Comments

In what could be a trend-setting deal, Warner says it will release new movies on DVD day and date with availability on the UK’s leading Video on Demand services. The move will allow subscribers to Sky Box Office, BT Vision, Virgin and Xbox Live to download and view titles for 3.95 pounds. Viewers will need […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · Home cinema · Internet and networking · Trade

Blu-ray awareness rockets, player sales grow

April 4th, 2008 · No Comments

More than 10 million US households now have a hi-def disc player, according to a new report from media analysts Interpret. The figure includes both BD and HD DVD players. Blu-ray awareness is also up, with 60 per cent admitting to having heard about the format. When it comes to the early adopter crowd (men […]

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

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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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