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Dec/09
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HDMI 1.4 spec gets revision for 3D Broadcasting

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The drumbeat for HD 3D continues to pick up the pace, and with broadcasters around the globe pushing forward 2010 plans to bring 3D home HDMI has updated the course of its latest HDMI 1.4 spec to ensure compatibility between displays and boxes. Quite simply, existing cable and satellite hardware isn’t going to be held to the same requirements as Blu-ray and videogame equipment rocking the 3D sticker and expecting compatibility with displays on the way, since they won’t be passing the same high quality, high bandwidth dual-stream 1080p images anyway. Additionally, some broadcasters are pushing for HDMI to officially support “Top/Bottom” 3D transmissions they plan to use, which sacrifice resolution while saving bandwidth by shoving left/right images into a single frame. While that should add an entirely new angle to the line counting and claims of “HDLite” (get ready for 3DLite) all viewers can do is wait to hear when or if their hardware will get a software upgrade to 3D (like the one we expect will allow the PS3 to play 3D Blu-ray discs) in the months and years to come, once there’s a standard everyone can adhere to of course.

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Dec/09
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Yamaha sound system soundbar, sub-infused receiver

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We’re always leery of “world’s first” claims, but we’ve definitely never seen an AV receiver with a ginormous port on the front. The unorthodox device you’re inevitably peering at above is one part of the two-piece YHT-S400, which looks to provide cinema-like sound in areas where space is hard to come by. The 31.5-inch long soundbar measures just 2-inches high and is designed to fit in front of most 32- to 50-inch HDTVs without blocking the screen, while the accompanying “first-of-its-kind subwoofer-integrated receiver” provides the power, the bass and the connectivity. A trio of HDMI inputs are included, and HD audio signals from Blu-ray Discs are accepted via linear PCM transmission. It’s up for grabs now at $599.95, and if you’re hoping to add iPod or Bluetooth support, Yamaha’s YDS-11 and YBA-10 adapters are fully compatible.

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Dec/09
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Low cost Oppo on the way

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One of the most well respected Blu-ray player manufacturers out there mentioned on its Twitter feed that it plans to announce a lower cost option in early January 2010. We interpret this to mean that during CES, in a few weeks, that all the details will be revealed. This is certainly good news for Oppo fans, although we really wonder what sacrifices we’ll have to make to take advantage of the lower price. After all, it isn’t like it’s as simple as dropping a few streaming features.

The new oppo will come with 1.4 hdmi cable chipset.

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Dec/09
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“world’s thinnest” 42-inch LCD panel

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LG Display Unveils World’s Thinnest LCD TV Panel Measuring 2.6mm

Breaking the 3mm barrier in large LCD TV panels

A leading innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced today that it has developed the world’s thinnest LCD TV panel measuring 2.6mm.

The development of extremely slim LCD panel was possible by applying the company’s accumulated “slimming” technologies including the use of an ultra-slim, edge-lit LED backlight system and proprietary optical film technology.

The 42-inch panel weighs less than 4 kilograms – making it ideal for wall mounted TVs. Moreover, the new product offers 120Hz refresh rate technology with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution for clear and sharp image.

In May, LG Display broke the record by unveiling 42- and 47 inch LCD TV panels measuring 5.9mm – the world’s thinnest panels at the time. By nearly halving its record in just seven months, the company maintains its position as the technology leader in ultra-slim LCD panels.

Dr. In Jae Chung, LG Display’s CTO and Executive Vice President noted, “With the development of the world’s thinnest LED LCD TV panel that is only 2.6mm thick, LG Display has once again demonstrated its technical prowess to satisfy customer demand for high resolution and slim design products. We will continue to spur R&D activities in order to provide our customers and the market with the differentiated products that they desire.”

LG Display will showcase the product and its newest cutting-edge display technologies in a private room at the Bellagio Hotel during the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010 in Las Vegas.

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Dec/09
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HDBaseT tech carries HD video, audio and internet over Ethernet

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Valens’ HDBaseTTM extends current digital connectivity technologies with first ever full HD multimedia content and Ethernet via a single 100m/328ft LAN cable

Valens Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company, announced today that it will demonstrate the first ever convergence and high quality transmission of uncompressed high-definition (HD) video, audio and Internet via a single LAN cable, creating a seamless end-to-end entertainment and networking experience in the home environment.

At the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place January 8 – 11 in Las Vegas, Valens will introduce its HDBaseT™ technology in South Hall 2, Booth 27006. Valens is working towards creating HDBaseT as the new digital connectivity standard for HD multimedia distribution by overcoming the limitations of current wired and wireless technologies, while ensuring content rights for Hollywood studios and other content providers.

Valens’ VS100SK (receiver) and VS100SR (transmitter) ICs, the first to implement HDBaseT, will be commercially available during the second half of 2009. A source side implementation, VS100SR is designed for use inside Blu-ray DVD players, set-top boxes (STBs) and other HD source equipment. A sink side implementation, VS100SK is designed for use inside HDTVs, projectors and other display equipment.

With the growth of the HD market, consumers are looking for a way to connect TVs and other display equipment with entertainment devices, such as a Blu-ray DVD player, for in-home converged distribution of HD multimedia content. This demand to access and easily distribute HD content to any device at any time has caused consumer electronics manufacturers and content providers to push the limits of existing wired connectivity technologies, such as HDMI, MOCA and HomePlug, and emerging wireless technologies, including 802.11n, WHDI and WirelessHD.

While some existing technologies are limited in terms of bandwidth and cannot support uncompressed video, others are limited in terms of distance, reliability, flexibility, overall system cost and cost of installation – all pressure points for the end user. The demand for in-home converged distribution of HD multimedia content and the lack of adequate existing technologies are driving the industry towards a HD digital connectivity standard that increases distance of data transfer, expands distribution, extends the range, simplifies installations and lowers overall system cost.

Valens’ HDBaseT technology is optimized for video application and can connect all the entertainment devices at home by providing the 5PlayTM convergence of 8Gbps of uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals. HDBaseT overcomes the limitations of HDMI and other current technologies as the first technology to enable long-reach wired connectivity of uncompressed HD multimedia content via up to 100m/328ft low-cost single standard Cat-5e/6 cable. This enables both point-to-point connectivity and full multimedia distribution with higher reliability, longer distance and lower cost cable, while supporting all existing and future content protection schemes.

“The market for HD content continues to grow and evolve as the end user increases content consumption. But today, connectivity and distribution of video, audio and Internet in the home entertainment environment are inconsistent,” said Dror Jerushalmi, CEO, Valens Semiconductor. “HDBaseT is revolutionizing the multimedia distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content via a single LAN cable. There is no technology on the market today that is better positioned to be the future HD digital connectivity standard than HDBaseT.”

In addition, Valens’ HDBaseT technology offers a combination of media distribution and content protection that provides studios and CE manufacturers with a high level of content security and high quality transmission of uncompressed HD video, audio and data in a home environment.

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Dec/09
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Continental Airlines Starts to Provide Passengers with Gogo Inflight Internet

Continental Airlines has recently announced that, starting with the very second quarter of 2010, it will begin offering Gogo Inflight Internet service on its fleet of 21 Boeing 757-300 aircraft that basically serves domestic routes.

 

“We’ve been closely watching technology developments to offer onboard connectivity for our customers,” said Mark Bergsrud, Continental’s senior vice president of marketing programs. “We are excited to be able to offer our customers Internet service, giving them the ability to connect to colleagues, friends and family and work, learn and play while flying.”

 
This new Gogo Inflight Internet service sounds neat, and will offer customers full internet access on their own standard, Wi-Fi equipped laptop or Personal Electronic Device (PED), at similar speeds to those of wireless mobile broadband services on ground. Passengers will be allowed to sign in only after the aircraft reaches 10,000 feet.

 

Gogo is powered by the Aircell Network, available in the continental U.S. and will be accessible for costs starting at $4.95 and up, according to the length of the flight. Brilliant, now we will have internet cafés while flying, except we only get the internet and not a computer to use as well. I have always wondered what trickery they will find to make things profitable for them, now that internet is so affordable.

 

“Aircell and Continental share a common focus on putting our customers first,” said Ron LeMay, Aircell’s President and CEO. “The addition of Gogo Inflight Internet service to Continental’s suite of amenities is simply the latest example of the airline’s ongoing commitment to service excellence, and we’re proud to be part of that. Soon, Continental’s passengers will be able to use Gogo to do virtually anything they want on the Internet – e-mail, chat, poke, tweet, download, upload, shop. In short, flying time is about to become their time.”

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Dec/09
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In-flight WiFi coming by 2010

inflightwifiLooks like Continental is the latest to inch closer to our dream of WiFi on every flight: the airline just announced that it’ll be rolling out Gogo in-flight internet service on 21 Boeing 757-300s in its fleet starting in Q2 2010. The service will cost $4.95 and up based on flight length, and the 757s in question mostly serve domestic routes — we’re hoping Continental takes a cue from American and US Airways and lets passengers check to see if their plane is WiFi-enabled.

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Dec/09
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Audio-Technica Introduces the ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint On-Ear Headphones

Audio-Technica announced these days the introduction of its latest pair of headphones, namely the ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint active noise cancelling on-ear headphones. These are a compact model of on-ear headphones that will supply users with the most outstanding performance, comfort and value (Win! If they sport at least one of those above decent), even though the company doesn’t mention the range of the performance, whether it is the accuracy, SPL or the noise-reduction feature.

 

The maker claims that its proprietary active noise-cancelling (ANC) technology the ATH-ANC1 incorporate is capable of blocking and keeping out up to 85% of the background noise, at the same time delivering a crisp and clear natural sound. As the headphones were developed for maximum convenience, they can be folded for easy storage and travel in the included carrying pouch.

 

Getting to the ANC a little, we notice that the ATH-ANC1 has the active noise cancelling circuitry on the exterior, in a module attached to the connecting cord, as to keep the headphones themselves as lightweight as possible for the wearer, while soft and long wearing ear pads complete the comfort for long hours of listening sessions along distant trips. Just like all Audio-Technica QuietPoint headphones, the ATH-ANC1 senses environmental noise via miniature built-in microphones, and applies a corresponding sound-cancelling signal.

 

Even with the stated powerful, immersive sound Audio-Technica claims the ATH-ANC1 has, there is no mentioning of any frequency response of the so-called precision high-efficiency full-range drivers (they’re already contradicting themselves by just those three words), as well as the premium internal components. Bundled with a 0.48m extension cord, an airline adapter and one AAA battery, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC1 come for a retail price of $129.95.

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Dec/09
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HD TiVo due 2010

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In this interesting fate of TiVo piece in Multichannel news this week, littered among all the reasons TiVo may or may not make it through the next couple of years was this little gem about the new DirecTV TiVo HD. Previously promised to be released during 2009 and then delayed until sometime in 2010, Multichannel news now says it is actually anticipated in the spring of 2010. Which means that if it doesn’t get delayed again, it will have taken just under two years since the announcement for it to hit the street. Does that sound ridiculous to anyone else?

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Dec/09
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RAmos T11TE PMP Offers 1080p HDMI Output at a Modest Price

When it comes to portable media players, there are a lot of them on the market! Not the amount that you can find on the Asian market but I think Europe and the U.S. are doing pretty good in terms of offered devices. Especially seeing how from time to time, we get an infusion of gadgets with Asian origin so as to allow us to live the dream at a much lower price. Because the problem with the European and U.S. market is this: most really good devices cost a lot.

 

 

This is where the Asian imports come along and offer us decent items at less than half the price of what we can find locally. Such as the RAmos T11TE Full HD PMP, a portable media player (as the name says) that does not only come with above decent specs but also the possibility to output videos via HDMI to a resolution of 1090p. Yes, indeedy, ladies and gents, it can handle Full High Definition. The price? Well… about 177.45 USD.

 

 

It sports a 5.0-inch touch TFT LCD with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, has an OTG function, weighs about 320g, comes with stereo speakers and even dual 3.5mm audio jacks. It also doubles as an e-book reader, has 16GB of built-in memory and the storage can be further expanded via the microSD expansion slot. As far as format support goes… if there is something that this device doesn’t have support for, then I don’t know it.

 

You can watch just about any type of video ranging from DAT, MPG, MPEG, VOB to WMV, MKV, TS, RM, RMVB, it can read JPEG, BMP, PNG and TIFF images and will allow the user to also listen to a number of audio formats such as MP3, WMA, WAV or FLAC. All this for 177.45 USD? You got it, ladies and gents!

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