During its annual press briefing at CEDIA Expo today, Sony Electronics unveiled a new reference standard 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player which will be shipping next spring. The new ES Series model (UBP-X1000ES) offers full Custom Installation (CI) compatibility and incorporates a number of features and technologies that will make it the centerpiece of the most advanced home audio-video systems.

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According to Yukio Ishikawa, Director of Home Entertainment Systems for Sony Electronics, “The new UBP-X1000ES player has been long awaited by custom installers who desire a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that provides a “one-stop” solution for their clients’ premium entertainment needs. Our new reference model has been specifically designed to deliver the highest quality video and audio possible and will excite the most demanding A/V enthusiasts”.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Intel Corporation today announced that ULTRA, SPHE’s 4K movie streaming service, will debut on computers powered by 7th Gen Intel Core processors beginning Q1 in 2017.

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Coinciding with the expanded availability of the service, ULTRA will add new features like 48 hour rentals and free 10 minute previews, allowing customers to experience a sample of any film on the service in full 4k resolution before buying.

With its new 7th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel is bringing 4K content to mainstream PC users. This latest processor sets a higher bar for richer experiences and incredible performance and responsiveness, with long battery life and true 4K entertainment. More than 100 stunning new devices powered by 7th Gen Intel Core will be available this holiday season, and some will be available as early as September.

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Samsung Electronics announced today that its UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player has been certified as ‘UHD Premium’ by the UHD Alliance (UHDA). Now a part of Samsung’s total UHD ecosystem, the UBD-K8500 joins the 2016 Samsung SUHD TV lineup in UHDA Premium Certifications.

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Samsung’s recently released HDR-compatible UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers four times the resolution and 64 times higher color expression than conventional Blu-ray players. When paired with Samsung SUHD TV’s Quantum Dot Display, the UBD-K8500 delivers a level of picture quality never before seen in the home. Its built-in upscaling technology enhances the picture quality from standard Blu-ray discs and DVDs.

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Roku Inc. today announced the highly anticipated Roku 4 streaming player. Designed for entertainment-loving streamers, the Roku 4 features superior streaming performance and brilliant picture quality for both 4K Ultra HD (UHD) and HD TVs. With access to one of the biggest streaming channel lineups including 300,000 movies and TV episodes and the industry’s most comprehensive and only unbiased universal voice search, finding what to stream is simple with the new Roku 4. Plus, now consumers will no longer need to look for their remote control with the new Remote Finder feature.

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The Roku 4 runs the new Roku OS 7 that the company also announced today. Roku OS 7 is filled with new discovery features that give consumers more access to entertainment choices. With a major update to the Roku Feed consumers can now follow movies, TV shows, actors and directors to receive automatic entertainment updates about pricing and availability. Those at college or who travel and want to stream will now be able to use the new Hotel and Dorm Connect feature for quick wireless connectivity in locations that require log-in credentials to access the network. In addition, the redesigned Roku mobile app brings more control to the Roku experience from a mobile device, and soon will feature an on-the-go mode that allows for access to features such as the Roku Feed while away from home.

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Roku Inc., which is widely applauded for giving consumers the most comprehensive and unbiased search, today released new ways for consumers to find and discover streaming entertainment. The ‘Roku Feed’ is a new feature that allows consumers to follow entertainment and get automatic updates on pricing and availability. Roku is launching the feature with a focus on ‘Movies Coming Soon’ taking the guessing out of when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs. The company also introduced a new Roku 3 streaming player with voice search and a new faster-than-ever-before Roku 2 streaming player. The new features, new players and updated mobile apps are available beginning today.

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“With the biggest lineup of streaming channels available, the most comprehensive and unbiased search, and new ways to discover new movies; Roku players make it simple for consumers to stream the entertainment they want to watch on their terms,” said Roku Founder and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wood. “Now with a fast and fun way to search by voice, we’ve made the Roku 3 – the best streaming player on the market – even better.”

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Sony Electronics today unveiled its latest – and smartest – Blu-ray Disc players. Capable of delivering top quality video from packaged Blu-ray Discs or instantly streaming a wide variety of online movies, videos, TV shows, and music from over 300 applications including Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Video Unlimited, and more, these new models reinforce Sony’s leadership in the Blu-ray Disc player category.

The 2015 Sony Blu-ray Disc players – models BDP-S6500, BDP-S5500, BDP-S3500 and BDP-S1500 – are packed with features to enhance the viewing experience. The Quick Start/Quick Load feature lets viewers jump right into their entertainment, while Miracast™ allows viewers to display photos and video from a compatible Android smartphone or tablet to TV screens by wirelessly connecting through their Blu-ray Disc player.

Sony’s new Blu-ray Disc players come equipped with the PlayStation™Now (PS Now) application. With PS Now, users can stream and play select PlayStation®3 (PS3™) games directly on a TV, without a console, using their Sony Blu-ray Disc player and a DUALSHOCK®4 controller with USB cable.

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Less than seven months ago, Amazon introduced Amazon Fire TV, and it quickly became the best-selling streaming media box on Amazon. Today, Amazon is bringing the same experience customers love about Amazon Fire TV—ease of use, great performance, and vast selection—to a smaller and even more affordable device. Introducing Fire TV Stick, a small stick that connects to the HDMI port on your HDTV for instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. Fire TV Stick is just $39 and is available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/fire-tv-stick and will ship November 19. As a thank you to new and existing Prime members, Fire TV Stick is available for two days only for just $19 on Amazon.com.

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“Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available—a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, included remote control, voice search with our free mobile app, easy set-up, an open ecosystem, and exclusive features like ASAP for instant streaming,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “The team has packed an unbelievable amount of power and selection into an incredible price point—Fire TV Stick is just $39.”

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Yamaha Corporation of America, AV Division, today introduced the premium AVENTAGE BD-A1040, its fullest featured universal Blu-ray Disc player to date with expanded connectivity that includes Bluetooth for the first time. Designed and engineered with the same granular attention to detail as the company’s premium and critically-acclaimed series of AVENTAGE AV receivers, the BD-A1040 presents exciting new possibilities for home theater enjoyment.

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AVENTAGE build quality features include a high-grade aluminum front panel that dampens vibrations, as well as symmetrical audio circuitry design with 192 kHz/32-bit DAC and gold-plated output terminals. Ensuring the highest video quality, the BD-A1040 features 1080p/24 Hz HDMI® video output, x.v.Color and Deep Color compatibility, video noise reduction and 1080p playback for DVDs, photos and home videos.

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Seagate Technology plc today announced the addition of a new capability for connecting Seagate Central personal cloud storage or Seagate Wireless Plus to a Roku streaming player.

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Now with the new Seagate Media Channel on Roku, pictures, video and music saved to a Seagate Central or Seagate Wireless Plus is available to enjoy from the comfort of the living room.

The Seagate Media Channel on Roku allows visual browsing of content on the drive with cover art for movies, albums, song titles for music and thumbnails for photos.  Millions of people use Roku players every day to watch their favorite entertainment on demand. Now Seagate has made it easy to enjoy a personal library of music, movies, photos, and more on the big screen.

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WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today unveiled the new WD TV – Personal Edition, an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled media player that plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on the home network.

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"Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers," explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. "WD's ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalizes the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music."

WD TV - Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media such as photos, video and music on their home entertainment systems by supporting many file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and more. Files can be streamed from any connected USB drive like the My Passport® Ultra™ and My Book® product families, personal cloud and network attached storage drives like WD's My Cloud product family, digital camcorder or cameras, and any networked PC or Mac® computer in the home.

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