Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced a new line of Media Boxes with Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Audio CD player capabilities that offers a better, smarter connected experience. Unlike other media streaming devices, the Toshiba Media Boxes include advanced features such as a full, open web browser with bookmark capability, an easy-to-use multi-page user interface. In addition, models with built-in Wi-Fi® support Miracast for seamlessly displaying video between devices, without cables or a network connection.

Toshiba Media Boxes also provide access to a wide variety of high quality content, including key media apps such as YouTube®, Netflix®, Vudu® Movies and Vudu Apps, CinemaNow®, Hulu Plus and Pandora®.

“The consumer embrace of streaming media continues to grow, yet families also own and continue to amass significant libraries of disc media. Toshiba has developed a Media Box that truly meets the needs of the time,” said Scott Ramirez, vice president of product marketing and development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division. “Toshiba has combined a high quality streaming media box with a universal disc player for Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD playback to create a single device that handles all media needs.”  

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NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, announced today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the new NETGEAR NeoTV PRIME with Google TV (GTV100) streaming player. As the newest addition to the NETGEAR family of streaming players for connected home theater entertainment, NeoTV PRIME enables you to easily find what you love to watch —whether it's on live TV, streaming entertainment, apps, or the web— using one small NeoTV player.

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Building on the features of NETGEAR NeoTV, NeoTV PRO and NeoTV MAX family of streaming players, the new NeoTV PRIME with Google TV extends your entertainment experience beyond just streaming video or even basic TV viewing. NeoTV PRIME opens up the world of apps from Google Play, delivering access to a growing library of entertainment including movies, TV shows, and music from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Crackle, Flixter, Rhapsody, Pandora and many more. Google Play gives you movies and new releases in HD, music albums, and apps designed specifically for the TV.

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NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, announced today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the addition of Sling Media’s SlingPlayer to the NETGEAR line of NeoTV Streaming Players. SlingPlayer software ensures that you will never miss your favorite programming by extending the live TV experience to any TV enabled by a NeoTV Streaming Player, whether NeoTV (NTV300), NeoTV PRO (NTV300S), NeoTV MAX (NTV300SL) or the just-announced NeoTV PRIME with Google TV (GTV100).

With the combination of a NETGEAR NeoTV Streaming Player and a Slingbox, you can now easily enjoy streaming of your favorite live TV shows, sporting events, recorded programming and even premium movies on any TV using your Internet connection. The living room TV experience can now be extended to a second or third TV and even remotely to a TV outside of your home using SlingPlayer on a NeoTV, without having to lease additional set-top boxes from your cable or satellite service provider.

In addition to SlingPlayer, NETGEAR has also added TuneIn Radio and ShopNBC to a growing list of hundreds of existing NeoTV streaming channels including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Pandora, Rhapsody, YouTube, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) and many more. TuneIn Radio offers streaming music, sports and news from every corner of the earth, with over 70,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs, while the ShopNBC channel gives you access to live streaming feeds from one of the most popular home shopping networks. Another enhancement to the international content available via NeoTV is WKNTV, which offers Korean programs that include both live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) content.

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Consumers looking for a better way to easily store and share photos and videos can turn to Sony’s new Personal Content Station. This wireless home device gives users centralized control over their data, even if it was captured and resides on several devices.

The rise in smartphones and tablets with advanced cameras and imaging capabilities is creating a content storage and management issue for consumers. According to recent industry research, 80% of smartphone users admit to keeping photos on their device, rather than deal with the hassle of transferring them to a PC.

The Personal Content Station addresses this need simply and effectively. It connects wirelessly to a home network to store, view and share photos and videos from a consumer’s different devices including smartphones, tablets, cameras and camcorders.

“Consumer technology is more mobile than ever, and the smartphone now is often a person’s primary camera,” said Viviano Cantu, director of consumer media marketing at Sony Electronics. “The challenge is, what do you do with all that content on your phone, and how do you easily share it with family and friends? This device answers those questions. With 1TB of space, it has enough storage capacity to become the wireless hub of all your personal content.”

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To compliment the electronics industry’s launch of 4K Ultra HD Televisions, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is proud to leverage its growing 4K asset library to present “Mastered in 4K” Blu-ray titles. While maintaining the studio’s commitment to the highest possible quality Blu-ray releases, the “Mastered in 4K” offering takes these efforts even further.

“Mastered in 4K” Blu-ray releases will feature titles—such as The Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall, The Karate Kid, Battle: Los Angeles and The Other Guys—sourced from pristine 4K masters and presented at high-bitrate 1080p resolution, with expanded color showcasing more of the wide range of rich color contained in the original source. When upscaled via the Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs, these discs serve as an ideal way for consumers to experience near-4K picture quality. SPHE also plans to utilize available high quality 4K masters for select upcoming new release Blu-ray titles. “Mastered in 4K” Blu-ray Discs can be played on all existing Blu-ray Disc players.

“The electronics industry’s groundbreaking launch of 4K Ultra HD TV has given us reason to even further elevate our Blu-ray offering,” said David Bishop, President, SPHE. “This spring, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is excited to deliver a complementing lineup of ‘Mastered in 4K’ Blu-ray titles, offering consumers the best possible picture and sound quality to be experienced on the latest HDTVs.”

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Sony Electronics is unveiling an array of new home audio and video technologies which combine style, features and performance to create the perfect multi-faceted home entertainment experience. From Blu-ray Disc players to Home Theater Systems to accessories for the Internet player powered by Google TV, Sony’s newest devices offer something for everyone: 3D, Wi-Fi, Internet connectivity with access to hundreds of apps, near-field communications and more.

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Sony is adding three new models to its acclaimed line of Blu-ray Disc players:  the BDP-S1100, BDP-S3100 and BDP-S5100. Each model is Internet-connected and packed with apps, and offers stunning performance when playing back Blu-ray Discs or DVDs thanks to a fully encased optical drive and powerful image processors. The S3100 and S5100 players are also equipped with improved Wi-Fi capability offering a stronger signal and excellent range. In addition to giving consumers more entertainment choices than ever before, the new Blu-ray Disc players also incorporate Sony’s striking new premium design.

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Panasonic, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, today introduced an expanded Blu-ray Disc Player lineup with two new Full HD 3D models – the DMP-BDT330, DMP-BDT230, and two 2D Blu-ray Disc Players – the DMP-BD89 and DMP-BD79.  

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Additionally, Panasonic maintains the successes of FULL HD 3D 2012 models – the DMP-BDT500 and DMP-BBT01.  All four of the 3D-capable models include Panasonic's proprietary IPTV platform, VIERA Connect, while the 2D models feature IP VOD, a service that offers a limited, though targeted, selection of such sites as Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube.

"Panasonic is committed to the best in-home entertainment and this year's Blu-ray Players are at the forefront of design, performance and green technology," said Alex Fried , Product Manager, Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America. "With new features including expanded VIERA Connect applications, seamless web browsing and display mirroring allowing interaction with a tablet or smartphone, Panasonic continues to create products with the needs of today's consumer top-of-mind."

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Rovi Corporation, driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that the DivX digital rights management (DRM) used with the company’s adaptive streaming format, has been approved by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) for streaming use within the UltraViolet ecosystem. With the DivX DRM becoming part of the UltraViolet technology specification, DivX Plus Streaming® may be easily used by UltraViolet retailers to deliver a consistently high quality over-the-top video streaming experience. DECE is the developer and operator of UltraViolet, which is designed to offer consumers unprecedented freedom and flexibility in how they watch and collect home entertainment.

DivX Plus Streaming brings features historically associated with Blu-ray Discs to the over-the-top entertainment experience. The adaptive streaming solution not only dynamically adjusts streams to help deliver maximum visual quality based on available bandwidth, but also offers an advanced feature set with support for 1080p, subtitles, multiple language tracks, and trick-play functions such as smooth fast forward and rewind.

The addition of DivX DRM to DECE’s list of approved stream protection technologies continues the momentum for DivX Plus Streaming, which has been approved by studios and adopted by a range of companies that are helping fuel over-the-top entertainment distribution, including Broadcom, China Mobile, Dixons, MediaTek, MediaMarkt, and MStar.

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Walmart is making it easier and more enjoyable for movie fans to watch their favorite movies when and where they want. Today at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the retailer announced it is expanding its in-store Disc-to-Digital service to provide customers with digital versions of their previously purchased movies from the comfort of their home. Walmart will also be launching a new Facebook app that will give people access to exclusive movie content and the power to influence and shape what movies are sold in-store and online.

"From Smartphones to Smart TVs, our customers are consuming and sharing content more than ever," said John Aden , executive vice president for general merchandising, Walmart U.S. "We see a great opportunity to provide our customers with accessible and affordable tools to help them bring their movie collections into the digital age. In addition to Disc-to-Digital, Walmart's new Entertainment Facebook app will give movie fans a starring role by serving as place for them to share, interact with and choose the movies they want to see in our stores and online – ultimately enhancing the way people watch and enjoy movies."

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Starting this month, watching DVD and Blu-ray movies from compatible Internet-connected devices will get even easier. Walmart's industry-leading video streaming service, VUDU, will soon have the capability to convert previously purchased DVD/Blu-ray movies to UltraViolet digital copies. UltraViolet is a free, cloud-based digital library that gives users greater flexibility with how and where they watch the movies and TV shows they purchase.

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Sling Media, Inc. today introduces the Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350, two completely redesigned retail Slingbox products that deliver best-in-class, up to Full 1080p HD-quality, live streaming of your favorite TV shows, sporting events, recorded programming and premium content to smartphones, tablets, laptops and connected devices. In addition, the Slingbox 500 introduces new features, including Wi-Fi and HDMI, as well as a platform for delivering personal content to the TV, a first for any Slingbox product.

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The latest portable devices and high-speed wireless networks give consumers access to video content wherever they go. Now the Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 raise the bar by delivering a superior HD quality video experience, making it easy for them to watch and control their home TV -- virtually anywhere.

"Slingbox is still the best way to extend the entire living room TV experience anywhere," said Sling Media's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Raghu Tarra. "We've redesigned our Slingbox products from the ground up, adding features and enhancements that make them easier to set-up and use while creating the highest performing products on the market. With these new product introductions Sling Media continues to evolve and disrupt the category we created."

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