LG Electronics (LG) announced the beta opening of LG Cloud service on May 1 with the aim of providing seamless connectivity and streaming access to all digital content across various electronic devices. Although cloud is today's hottest IT buzzwords, LG Cloud is the first that allows users to manage and consume all types of content on "three screens" which includes Android smartphones, PCs and smart TVs (including but not limited to CINEMA 3D models) without a separate set-top box.

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To use the service, users need to download the LG Cloud app from Google Play or LG SmartWorld app store from their Android smartphones, LG SmartWorld store from their LG Smart TVs or the LG Cloud website (www.lgecloud.com) from their PCs or laptops. LG's Cloud service automatically synchronizes smartphone content with the cloud server and the user's PC and TV. Photos and videos taken with the smartphone can be viewed and streamed to the PC or TV almost instantaneously. Videos edited on a PC can be uploaded to LG Cloud for viewing seconds later on a smartphone. Unlike other cloud services, there's very little waiting or lag time since the content is streamed to the TV, PC or smartphone, not downloaded first.

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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will launch "nasne™," a new networked recorder and media storage device with built in 500GB hard disk drive (HDD) and digital terrestrial and satellite broadcast tuners.  "nasne" will become available in Japan on July 19, 2012, for a recommended retail price of 16,980 yen (including tax).

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By connecting "nasne" to their home network, users will be able to watch and record digital terrestrial and satellite broadcast through dedicated applications such as "torne" for PlayStation®3 (PS3®) and "VAIO TV with nasne" for VAIO. Users will also be able to access recorded content from PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita), "Sony Tablet" and Xperia™.   In addition, "nasne" will be able to stream live or recorded television programs simultaneously onto two of these supported Sony products, allowing multiple users to view the same content within the same home network. "nasne" will also link with "G GUIDE TV OUKOKU CHAN-TORU", a television guide web service for PC and smart phones provided by So-net Entertainment Corporation.  Through "G GUIDE TV OUKOKU CHAN-TORU", users will be able to schedule recordings of television programs on the go from their PS Vita, PC, tablet PCs, and smart phones.

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D-Link today unveiled its newest addition to its entertainment product line – the MovieNite™ streaming media player (DSM-310) delivering instant access to an unlimited amount of 1080p HD movies and TV shows, and personalized Internet radio straight to any TV at an affordable price. Easy to setup and even easier to use, MovieNite offers a range of home entertainment content available via one-click of the remote, including: VUDU, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Picasa, as well as the ability to view mydlink-enabled network cameras. The sub-$60 MovieNite is now available exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide.

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“We are committed to delivering customers a unique and user-friendly viewing experience, and MovieNite complements D-Link’s media player solutions, offering an effortless way for people to enjoy their digital content on a big screen at a great value,” said Ken Loyd, director, consumer products, D-Link. “We are very excited to work with Walmart to bring this family-friendly viewing experience to consumers. Whether it’s streaming new releases the same day they come out on DVD with VUDU, or streaming the perfect music list for your party, MovieNite offers high-definition picture quality and high-quality sound all in one convenient device.”

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It's time to unlock your DVDs America! The freedom to watch your movies any time, any place is here! Walmart is giving physical DVD/Blu-ray collections across the country a second life by turning them into digital movies. The nation's largest home entertainment retailer is the first to announce an exclusive in-store disc-to-digital service which gives movie lovers the freedom to watch their DVD/Blu-ray collections from Internet-connected devices, including televisions, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles and more. The service is powered by VUDU, the industry-leading video streaming service.

Walmart, in partnership with the major Hollywood studios: Paramount Home Media Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is increasing the value of movie ownership for its customers. Starting April 16th, 2012 in more than 3,500 stores, Walmart customers will be able to bring their DVD and Blu-ray collections to Walmart and receive digital access to their favorite titles from the partnering studios. An equal conversion for standard DVDs and Blu-ray discs will be $2. Standard DVDs can be upgraded to High-Def (HD) for $5.

The appetite for enjoying movies is strong and growing. Walmart wants to help movie lovers download or stream their movies when they want and where they want. Walmart asked thousands of customers their thoughts regarding movie ownership. Customers want to own physical Blu-rays and DVDs and customers also want to have digital access to those same movies for convenience. Customers also cited accessibility, security, affordability, and simplicity as key decision factors for wanting a digital solution. Walmart listened and is delivering America's first disc-to-digital service.

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Netflix, Inc. today announced immediate availability of Netflix on PlayStation® Vita (PS Vita), the first Sony handheld entertainment system to feature Netflix.

PS Vita can stream TV shows and movies from Netflix in high quality on its brilliant 5-inch multi-touch display via Wi-Fi. Netflix members can also start playing a title on one device, for example on their TV through PlayStation 3, and resume watching on PS Vita right where they left off. PS Vita owners who aren't yet Netflix members can sign up on the device for a month free trial.

"We are very excited that Netflix is available on PS Vita at launch," said Greg Peters, vice president of product development at Netflix. "Many Netflix members love their PlayStation entertainment consoles and handhelds. We're glad to offer PS Vita users the ability to enjoy Netflix wherever and whenever they want."

"PS Vita is the ultimate portable entertainment device," said Phil Rosenberg, senior vice president of business development at Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Netflix perfectly complements the most extensive launch line up of games in PlayStation's history. Now in addition to a steady stream of amazing games titles, PS Vita gamers will also have a great catalogue of TV shows and movies at their fingertips."

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The ASUS O!Play TV Pro upgrades living room TV viewing to a completely digital HD and live experience, enabling easy content consumption and distribution. Features open up playback and recording of digital programs, as well as almost any multimedia file currently available with over 50 formats supported, including 3D. Exclusive O!Easy technology adds specific one-click functions that cover file streaming, sharing, and replay, while an always-on design affords direct access to many major online entertainment and content services, all from a single user-friendly device.

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The O!Play TV Pro comes with a built in DVB-T digital tuner for immediate access to free-to-air high quality digital TV programming. Consumers can readily plan ahead with the Electronic Program Guide (EPG), which offers location-sensitive scheduling for up to a week in advance. Plus, content can be recorded onto an internal 3.5” hard drive* using the included Personal Video Recorder (PVR). ASUS has integrated TimeShift into the device, which can pause and resume digital broadcasts in real time should consumers need to get away from the screen, but wish to avoid missing out on their favorite shows.

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced an innovative Disc to Digital feature on its 2012 Blu-ray Players that helps consumers turn their personal DVD collection into digital content, and facilitates the sharing of this content on multiple devices in the home and on the go. This service is one of several new features available on Samsung’s new smart Blu-ray line, which also includes a full web browser and a wealth of web-based content and services through Samsung’s Smart Hub.

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The flagship 3D Blu-ray products from the market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics include:

  • Compact Blu-ray player boasting a slightly larger-than-a-disc form factor (model BD-ES6000)
  • 3D Blu-ray with Dual HDMI Inputs and built-in WiFi (model BD-E6500)

The two new models deliver a virtually limitless entertainment experience with Full HD 1080p playback and new ways to access cloud-based content on multiple devices.

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Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced its 2012 lineup of Smart Blu-ray Disc™ players, featuring an all new Aero™ Design and new capabilities that allow consumers to directly stream A/V media services and also connect to a home network. With 2D, 3D and Wi-Fi® connectivity options, Toshiba offers Blu-ray Disc player options to meet all home entertainment needs.

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“Toshiba’s new Smart Blu-ray Disc players double as both high-quality Blu-ray and DVD players and fully connected A/V streaming devices,” said Scott Ramirez, vice president of product marketing and development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “With A/V streaming and MediaShare capabilities, Toshiba’s Blu-ray Disc players bring Smart connectivity to any room in the home.”

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Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage, and enthusiast computer products, today expanded its media player ecosystem with the introduction of its new PBO Alpine media player. Offering the flexibility and functionality of the Android platform, the PBO Alpine will make the leap into the next generation of home media players.

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The PBO Alpine is powered by an ARM926 Processor which will support HD video output in full 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. Providing entertainment right out of the box, the PBO Alpine will come preloaded with iRadio, iTV, YouTube, Picasa, and a fully functional web browser. For enthusiast buyers, the PBO Alpine will offer support for user developed Apps that can be side-loaded for custom functionality.

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Building on the success of the award-winning Roku streaming players, Roku today unveiled a new solution to make a better Smart TV. The new Roku Streaming Stick is a wireless device about the size of a standard USB flash drive that will plug into a TV to instantly transform it into a Smart TV. The Roku Streaming Stick will feature built-in WiFi, processor, memory and software to deliver Roku’s growing collection of streaming entertainment. With these new Smart TVs, consumers will enjoy a fully integrated high-definition streaming experience.

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“Insignia is proud to be among the first manufacturers to pair the Roku Streaming Stick with a TV,” said Scott Jacobi, director of Exclusive Brands at Best Buy. “The Roku Streaming Stick provides an elegant and easy over-the-top streaming solution for customers who want the full experience of a Smart TV without adding an external set box, HDMI cable and power adapter to their TV. Insignia looks forward to rolling out our first MHL-enabled TVs compatible with the Roku Streaming Stick in 2012 at Best Buy.”

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