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Panasonic Announces Pricing & Availability For Its Inaugural Line Of Streaming Media Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 10 2013, 2:40am

Panasonic, an industry leader and pioneer in the development of emerging video technology, announced today pricing and availability of its first-ever line of Streaming Media Players which were unveiled last month at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. The line-up features two models -- the DMP-MST60 and the DMP-MS10 featuring VIERA Connect and IP VOD respectively.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #577: Roku 3 Review

By The HT Guys • Apr 5 2013, 7:56am

Despite Roku being the pioneer in modern streaming boxes, the Apple TV has become the device all others are measured by. But has that changed with the recent release of the Roku 3 just a few weeks ago? We aren't sure about that, but we know Roku has certainly become even more compelling. At only $99, there's really no downside to it.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #573: The Future of THX and Roku 3

By The HT Guys • Mar 8 2013, 6:27am

When Netflix decided to get into the streaming business, the company needed a device in your home theater to stream movies to. Just weeks before the box, codenamed Griffin, was to hit store shelves, the project was canceled. But it didn't die, it came to market under the Brand name Roku and started its own little revolution. Roku continues to innovate and recently announced the launch of the Roku 3.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #572: iTunes vs Vudu vs Blu-ray

By The HT Guys • Mar 1 2013, 7:47am

We've watched streaming media go from incredibly choppy and blocky to smooth and nearly HD. As bandwidth increases so does the quality of streaming media. You can easily listen to CD quality audio but streaming Blu-ray quality video is a ways off... or is it? We have an interview with Mark Henninger, an AVS Forum 'Newsbreaker', and we discuss a series of articles he wrote where he compares movies on iTunes, Vudu, and Blu-ray.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #571: 802.11ac – Wireless you can believe in

By The HT Guys • Feb 22 2013, 8:55am

Most of us have wireless networks in our homes these days, there's nothing like the convenience of instant Internet without wires. But we've also come to the painful realization that our wireless networks just can't live up the the rigors of HD streaming, especially if we want to stream multiple videos to different TVs. But as they say with technology, if you don't like it, just wait a while and someone will fix it. Supposedly the new wireless spec, 802.11ac, can do just that.

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WD® Introduces Versatile Media Player For Streaming Fans

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 12 2013, 10:49pm

WD TV PlayWD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and a world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today unveils WD TV® Play™, a versatile media player that streams popular Internet channels, as well as personal photos, music and movies from other networked devices in the home, directly to an HDTV. Priced at just $69.99 USD, WD TV Play expands upon the existing WD TV family of products, offering an engaging new app-based user interface to allow customers to easily personalize their entertainment experience.

With the Wi-Fi® connected WD TV Play media player, customers can easily stream hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on TV shows and stay connected to social networks through apps such as...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #566: Slingbox 500 Review

By The HT Guys • Jan 18 2013, 8:48am

We have had slingboxes for the past 5 years and they have come in quite handy! There have been plenty of Sundays where the Slingbox has allowed us to keep up with our favorite football team. In general the Slingbox is life saving device for those of us who spend some time on the road. Today we take a look at the latest Slingbox, the Slingbox 500. It has a street price of $288 and is available now.

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Panasonic Expands on Award-Winning Devices with 2013 Blu-ray Disc™ Player Lineup, Focusing on High-Quality Picture, Sound, Design and Smart Networking

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 11:39pm

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.

Additionally, Panasonic...

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LG Expands Google TV Line-Up For 2013

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 24 2012, 3:23pm

Building on the success of its Smart TVs with Google TV, LG Electronics (LG) is expanding its 2013 Google TV lineup to seven models in five screen sizes for 2013 – including premium models featuring LG's popular CINEMA SCREEN design, the company announced today.

The extended LG Google TV lineup, which will be officially introduced at next month's 2013 International CES® in Las Vegas, encompasses two model series (GA7900 and GA6400) designed to deliver...

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Kaleidescape Offers Industry's First Internet Delivery Of Movies That Match Quality And Extra Content Of Blu-ray Discs And DVDs

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 12 2012, 3:21am

KaleidescapeKaleidescape, Inc. today announced an industry-first service that enables the digital delivery of movie purchases over the Internet with video and audio quality equal to Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD. The new service is initially backed by a multi-year license agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and marks the first agreement that enables the electronic delivery of digital movies containing all of the extra content found on physical Blu-ray Discs or DVDs.

Customers can now purchase...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #556: 3M Streaming Projector with Roku

By The HT Guys • Nov 9 2012, 6:28am

We received an email about a month back asking us to take a look at the 3M Streaming projector with Roku and since we are suckers for this kind of stuff, we thought why not! It fits in your hands, can run on batteries, and comes with a Roku Streaming stick. We have to say this little guy is a blast to use!

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HDTV Expert - An Ill Wind Blows No Good – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Nov 2 2012, 9:06pm

Hurricane Sandy knocked out my water, power, heat, Internet, cable TV, and made cell phone service all but unusable for several days. But broadcast TV never let me down.

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HDTV Expert - When a Butterfly Flaps Its Wings – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Sep 26 2012, 9:11pm

Video streaming started out quietly enough, but is now forcing major changes in the way we select and watch movies and TV shows - an upending many established business models along the way...

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Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1020 Universal Blu-ray Player Updates Award-Winning Predecessor with WiFi and Build Enhancements

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:33am

Yamaha Corporation of America, AV Division, today introduced the AVENTAGE BD-A1020 universal Blu-ray Disc player with superior 3D and HD video and audio playback, as well as built-in WiFi support for easy wireless connectivity. Designed to complement the performance and styling of the company's critically-acclaimed and award-winning line of AVENTAGE AV receivers, this model enables Netflix and YouTube Leanback video streaming and offers full remote operation from smartphones and tablets via Yamaha's top-rated AV controller apps for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices.

Yamaha invites members of the press to its CEDIA Expo 2012 booth (#3011) to see their featured products, including the AVENTAGE BD-A1020 Blu-ray player, AVENTAGE AV receivers and YSP-4300 and YSP-3300 Digital Sound Projectors.

The BD-A1020 offers many Internet-based interactive features, including...

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Pioneer Elite Blu-ray 3D Player Designed for Endless Content Options

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:22am

BDP-62FDINDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CEDIA Show Booth #719 - Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. continues to enhance the home theater experience with the release of its new Elite® BDP-62FD Blu-ray Disc™ player. The BDP-62FD offers new features including expanded high-resolution file format playback, Marvell Qdeo® video processing technology, dual HDMI® output, and iControlAV2012 app control for additional convenience.

Pioneer's new Elite Blu-ray Disc player is designed with expanded playback capability to offer consumers more source material options for their music and movies. The BDP-62FD supports many of today's most popular video and audio file formats including...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #546: New TV for Fall 2012

By The HT Guys • Aug 31 2012, 6:11am

It's not as bad as it used to be. Sure we all made it through another Summer with almost nothing to watch on TV. But between Gordon Ramsay, USA Network, Netflix and Hulu, it wasn't all bad. But now it's time to rejoice. Football is back, and in just a few short weeks all your favorite shows will be back on, and perhaps a few new ones will make it to your favorites list.

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Consumer Reports Survey: Most Viewers Rely On Netflix, But Streaming Rivals Are More Satisfying

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 27 2012, 12:23am

Although 81 percent of the ConsumerReports.org subscribers who used a streaming video service in the previous month used Netflix, rival services such as Vudu, Apple iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video all scored higher for overall satisfaction in Consumer Reports' first comprehensive Ratings of video services.

Streaming video content directly from the Internet is emerging as the preferred choice for video viewing...

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HDTV Expert - Guess What? You Can Get Away With It!

By Pete Putman • Jul 12 2012, 9:58pm

A court ruling means that Aereo can continue to provide over-the-air digital TV signals from New York City through Internet connections to subscribersâ?¦for nowâ?¦

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VIZIO Launches The VIZIO Co-Star™ With Google TV Giving Users The Power To Turn Any HDTV Into The Ultimate Smart TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 27 2012, 2:45am

VIZIO Co-StarIRVINE, Calif., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV Company*, announced today the launch of the highly anticipated VIZIO Co-Star™ Stream Player. Using the latest version of Google TV™, the VIZIO Co-Star makes it easy to transform any HDTV into the ultimate smart TV, merging live and streaming entertainment into one intuitive and easy experience. With VIZIO's new stream player, users get instant access to thousands of apps, full-screen web browsing capabilities—via Google Chrome™ with Adobe® Flash® Player and HTML 5 support—and the best in streaming entertainment.

Unique to the stream player market, the VIZIO Co-Star offers...

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Sony's Next Generation Set-top Box With Google TV™ Arrives July 22

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 27 2012, 2:04am

Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the availability and pricing of the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV™, originally introduced in January at CES. Powered by Google TV, the Internet Player will be available at retailers nationwide on July 22, priced at $199. Pre-orders begin on June 25, 2012 at www.sony.com/sonygoogletv.

In addition to the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, Sony's newest Internet Blu-ray Disc™ player with Google TV, the NSZ-GP9, will be available at retailers in time for the holiday season, priced at...