Panasonic Corporation of North America, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, today introduced an expanded Blu-ray Disc player lineup with three new Full HD 3D models – the DMP-BDT310, DMP-BDT210, DMP-BDT110 – and a new 2D model, the DMP-BD75.
The BDT310, BDT210 and BDT110 are all high-quality Blu-ray Disc players with 2D-3D Conversion, which can convert 2D images from DVDs and Blu-ray discs into 3D with natural depth perception. With the 3D Effect Controller the user can control the leaping effects of 3D images, as well as allowing one to adjust the amount of depth. This permits the user to view expansive images and enjoy 3D content with exactly the kind of 3D effects they want. Also contributing to higher picture quality is the new UniPhier chip, which, simultaneously lowers power consumption. Vertical color reference process has also been increased by 1.5 times, to express fine details and nuances in movie scenes with the Adaptive Chroma Processing. The HDMI Pure Audio improves sound quality, delivering pure and robust bass sound reproduction with minimal noise compared to previous models.
The newest addition to VIERA CAST, Panasonic's proprietary internet solution, on the BDT310, BDT210 and BDT110 is the video/voice communication service, Skype. With this new application and optional camera, users can engage in long distance video/voice conversations with family and friends right from their TV. Panasonic has made it even easier to access this through the Blu-ray Disc player with a devoted Skype button on the remote control. Other features of Skype include Standby Mode, Auto Answering Video Message, which allows users to create a personalized message when away, and Video Voice Mail Recording which automatically records messages left onto an SD card. These three models are also DLNA-certified, allowing users to enjoy content with their Blu-ray Disc player, from a computer or other DLNA compatible device.
Iomega, an EMC company and a leading innovator in digital storage and content management solutions, today announced the new Iomega TV with Boxee, a line of easy-to-use multimedia network devices utilizing Boxee’s innovative software to bring the web to your TV, including thousands of your favorite television shows, movies and other digital entertainment. Iomega TV with Boxee is also a powerful network device that transforms your TV into a media center for all of the video, pictures and music stored anywhere on your home network. The new Iomega TV with Boxee means you never have to leave your TV to enjoy the Internet and your home network.
Two versions of the new Iomega TV with Boxee will be available worldwide in February: one that includes 1TB or 2TB of onboard storage, and another model without an integrated hard drive. Either way, the new Iomega TV with Boxee makes your laptop or desktop a thing of the past for enjoying the web as well as your own videos, photos and music.
AC Ryan has revolutionised the media player world with its market leading, multi award winning Playon! series of Full HD Media Players and Recorders. The ‘out of the box’ thinking Dutch company is now set to expand its product range with technology that will certainly make Consumer Electronics market-watchers take notice and get media player users excited. The AC Ryan FLUXX Full HD Media Player delivers the most connected media player with the fastest consumer electronics media processor available - the Intel Atom CE4150 processor, from the CE4100 series.
The digital world in which we live demands an increasingly higher class of home entertainment. Consumers want to be connected with social media, the internet and all of their favourite content at the touch of a button. AC Ryan, powered by Intel, is delighted to merge its innovative expertise and deliver. The AC Ryan FLUXX is the first and most connected Full HD Media Player to ship with the Intel Atom CE4150 processor. Bursting with features that allow consumers to engage with social media, online streaming, movies and music on a whole new level. Cutting edge hardware with 1.2GHz processing power, 400MHz Extreme graphics, 1GB DDR3 Memory, and 2 GB extreme on-board NAND-flash memory. Ultimate feature offering with Gigabit Wired Network, optional wireless-N via USB and built-in HDD up to 2TB. Connecting people with widgets for endless use of social media applications, connected media library which scans and automatically updates movie information from internet sources, web browser with Flash support and online streaming content, and support for DRM content.
Sonic Solutions today announced that RoxioNow platform licensee, Sears, has officially launched its online movie download service, Alphaline Entertainment. The new service enables Sears and Kmart customers to download entertainment online, including new movies on the same day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Sonic is working with Sears on a multi-phase rollout that includes making the service available from a broad range of connected devices and ensuring compatibility with studio-supported digital programs.
Sonic's multi-year agreement with Sears extends the reach of the RoxioNow platform which powers a range of digital services for leading brick and mortar retailers, cable operators, PC manufacturers, game system vendors, consumer electronics makers, and Hollywood studios' direct-to-consumer initiatives. Sonic and Sears are teaming to embed the services at a chip level on a growing network of devices including portable media players, Blu-ray Disc players, mobile phones, and high-definition television sets from leading manufacturers.
To the delight of avid movie lovers, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today begins shipping its first line of Blu-ray 3D players for those who want to recreate a state-of-the-art theatrical experience in the comfort of their own homes. Unveiled at the 2010 CEDIA Expo, the line includes the Pioneer BDP-430 and two Elite models, BDP-41FD and BDP-43FD, which provide unrivaled picture and audio quality consumers expect from the Pioneer brand in addition to faster load times, streaming compatibility, WiFi ready, a BD-J resume feature and the iControlAV App.
Built with a focus on high quality audio and video reproduction, with a compatible TV, the new line offers pristine 3D video via the latest HDMI standard, 1.4a, allowing for passage of the high data transfer rate required by the Blu-ray 3D format. Additionally, Pioneer’s PureCinema technology upconverts standard definition video sources to 1080p for optimum image processing and delivering clear, sharp images with reduced image noise. Additionally, 36-Bit Deep Color support with compatible content and displays features smooth gradation steps with more accurate color precision and adds to overall high quality color reproduction.
DivX, a division of Sonic Solutions, today announced the launch of DivX TV, the company's comprehensive entertainment service that enables retailers and consumer electronics manufacturers to bring a broad range of web-based content to home and mobile electronics. DivX TV offers a rapidly growing library of more than 10,000 high-quality videos and is capable of powering the distribution of any video content, including premium services. A one-stop shop for consumer electronics companies and retailers that want to provide on-demand access to popular Internet videos, original web programming, and customized content, DivX TV is easy to integrate into virtually any connected device at the chip level. The service can also be used to complement and enhance existing over-the-top content or application platforms.
Launched in October 2010, DivX TV is currently available on LG Electronics' BD550, BD570 and BD590 Blu-ray Disc players and LHB335, LHB535 and LHB975 home theater systems for sale in the United States through leading retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon. As part of this launch, DivX has also updated its content line up, spanning multiple genres such as automotive, business, how-to, humor, music and more. These new shows join a large and diverse roster of existing online content such as Associated Press, CNET, and Revision3.
Netflix, Inc. and Disney-ABC Television Group today announced a new licensing agreement between the two companies that will allow Netflix to stream hundreds of episodes from the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel and – for the first time – ABC Family over the Internet.
The agreement, brokered by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, will add significantly to the growing selection of movies and TV episodes that can be streamed from Netflix. Once made available to Netflix from Disney-ABC – which, for relevant programming, will be no earlier than 15 days after initial telecast – episodes can be streamed instantly with Netflix memberships starting at $7.99 a month.
PNY Technologies, Inc. has announced an extended partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for a national product promotion, now including mobile compatibility.
With every new purchase of specially marked PNY product, consumers will receive one bonus full-length movie download from Sony Pictures, valued at approximately $10.00. Products include PNY HDMI cables, 8GB and higher SDHC™ flash memory cards and USB flash drives, DDR1/DDR2/DDR3 memory kits, and consumer graphics cards. Users can redeem at www.pny.com/movies with the unique promotion code found within the package.
The updated promotion with Sony Pictures offers new content as well as a new mobile feature. The movie platform is now compatible with Windows Phone 7 devices, made by a variety of manufacturers, giving users the versatility to take advantage of their bonus movie download while on the go. Users will have to download the ‘PNY Movies’ app, one of the first mobile applications of its type, to redeem for mobile entertainment anywhere and anytime.
With its members now watching more content streamed over the Internet than on discs delivered by mail, Netflix, Inc. today introduced a $7.99 streaming-only subscription plan in the United States, the first time it is promoting a 100 percent streaming option in the U.S. The plan, which allows members to instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix to TVs and computers, is available now to both new and existing members.
"We are now primarily a streaming video company delivering a wide selection of TV shows and films over the Internet," said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and CEO. "Today's action reflects the tremendous customer value we've injected into streaming from Netflix, our initial success with a pure streaming service in Canada for $7.99 a month and what our U.S. members tell us they want."
The company also announced that the price of its popular subscription combining unlimited movies and TV shows streamed instantly over the Internet and unlimited DVDs delivered quickly by mail, with one DVD out at a time, will increase by a dollar a month to $9.99. Prices of subscription plans allowing for more DVDs out at a time will also increase and are detailed at http://blog.netflix.com. Price changes take effect now for new sign-ups and in January for existing members.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced that on-demand movie service VUDU will launch on PlayStation Network in the United States with an application that allows for High Definition (HD) and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound streaming to the PlayStation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system. VUDU delivers a massive library of movies to PS3 in true 1080p HD format, providing another choice for PS3 users to experience cinema-quality entertainment in the comfort of their living rooms. When the VUDU application launches on November 23, PS3 will be the first and only system with dedicated gaming functionality to offer this service. This partnership further establishes PlayStation Network as the complete home entertainment hub, which includes the latest in gaming, movies, television shows, sports, original programming, internet browsing and social networking.
Using the VUDU streaming movie service, PS3 owners will be able to conveniently and instantly access more than 4,000 HD movies for all major Hollywood studios on-demand, including new releases available the same day they are released to DVD or Blu-ray Disk. The VUDU streaming movie service also offers great value to PS3 households, with an enormous collection of titles available for only $2 for a two night rental.
"PlayStation® has long been the leader in providing living room entertainment. PlayStation Network has emerged as the industry leading entertainment hub for experiencing an unmatched amount of digital content," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA. "With the addition of the VUDU application to our free PlayStation Network, users will have another way to access entertainment, with thousands of HD movies available instantly in the comfort of their own home."