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LG Electronics Introduces First-Ever THX Display Certified LED LCD HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 22 2009, 1:47pm

Redefining the LED LCD HDTV landscape, the newest HDTVs from LG Electronics are the first LCDs to receive THX Display Certification in the U.S. market. LG's new LH90 series, available now through national retailers such as Best Buy and other leading electronics dealers, offer consumers advanced picture quality, smart energy savings and stylish design.

Previewed at the International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the new LH90 series of LCD HDTVs features...


Belden Runs An Unamplified 1080p/60 Digital Video Signal Over 100ft of Connectorized HDMI Cable

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 17 2009, 2:30am

Belden demonstrates the unique cable performance properties of their HDMI cable by running an unamplified 1080p/60 digital video signal 100 feet from a generic Blu-ray Disc player to a generic 1080p/60 display. This demonstration will be featured live throughout the InfoComm/NSCA tradeshow in Orlando, Florida June 17-19, 2009.

The secret behind these Belden HDMI cables is...


HDMI Licensing, LLC Announces Features of the Upcoming HDMI Specification Version 1.4

By Shane Sturgeon • May 28 2009, 11:23am

HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI®) specification, today announced the features that will be incorporated in the upcoming HDMI 1.4 specification. This latest version of the HDMI specification will, among other advancements, offer networking capabilities with Ethernet connectivity and will add an Audio Return Channel to enable upstream audio connections via the HDMI cable. The HDMI specification 1.4 will be available for download...


Revisiting the Component Approach to Audio/Video in Today’s Home Theater Market

By Robert A. Fowkes • Apr 16 2009, 4:24pm

Over two years ago I wrote an article titled A New Approach to Components in a Digital Audio/Video World to share my thoughts regarding equipment options in Home Theater and related electronics. At that time I outlined the reasons that components might provide a better overall solution to an all-in-one box in terms of upgradability, performance and sometimes even price. Basically, the upside focused on the ability to upgrade as needed without replacing perfectly adequate and functional parts and the downside involved more boxes and wires than the alternative. While that's a gross simplification of the whole hypothesis you can review the entire argument by referring to the original article.

The basic principles of that paper still apply but a lot has changed over the past two years...


Dolby Showcases Audio Innovations Driving High-Definition Entertainment

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:44pm

At the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), will highlight the first television sets for the US and European markets that feature Dolby® Volume audio technology. The company will also demonstrate the latest entertainment innovations that feature Dolby's world-class audio technologies, including...


The Next Dimension in Home Entertainment: 3D HDTV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 1:09am

3D isn't just for the movie theaters anymore; very soon viewers will be able to enjoy a true 3D experience right in their own home. Next3D has developed a ground-breaking technology that allows consumers to receive theatrical 3D films, 3D IMAX films, movie trailers, real-time stereo camera webcasts and other 3D content directly to their XBOX 360 or PC.


Panasonic and Comcast to Collaborate on Bringing HDMI-CEC to Set-Top Boxes

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 8 2009, 12:44am

On the heels of the successful retail launch of the first tru2wayTM -ready VIERA(R) HDTV, Panasonic, the market and technology leader in HDTV, and Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA; CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced that they are collaborating to bring HDMI-CEC technology to the latest generation of digital cable set-top boxes.

HDMI-CEC is the technology underlying...


New HDMI Version Coming - Will Add Networking, Higher Speeds and Address Emerging Auto Industry

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 6:42pm

HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface™ (HDMI™) specification, today announced an overview of the capabilities and features of the next version of the HDMI specification which will be launched in the first half of 2009.

Our goal is to address 5 key industry trends in the coming spec...


The Winning Touch: Logitech Harmony 1100 Offers Customizable Touch Screen

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2009, 2:05am

Say goodbye to complicated lists and long explanations about how to use your home-entertainment system. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduced the Logitech® Harmony® 1100 advanced universal remote control, delivering powerful home-entertainment control through a customizable, 3.5-inch full-color touch screen. Logitech's newest remote provides a touch-screen interface that lets you put the commands you want, where you want them. The Harmony 1100 remote has received...


PPC Announces First Locking HDMI Cable at CES

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2009, 12:09am

PPC www.connect2ppc.com, the proven leader in the design and manufacture of connectors for the telecommunications, satellite and wireless industries with the most patents in connector technology worldwide, announced today that it will be debuting the first HDMI locking cable available on the market, the "PPC Locking HDMI Cable," at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held this week in Las Vegas.

The PPC Locking HDMI Cable is an industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface, providing...


TZero Demonstrates World's First Commercially Viable 1080p60 Wireless HDMI Solution

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 3 2008, 9:41pm

TZero Technologies, the leader in Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology and wireless video solutions, today announced that it will publicly demonstrate its second generation ZeroWireTM product at a developer's conference in Tokyo this week. The new ZeroWireTM solution, with an expected bill of material cost below $50 per device, is the world's first and only commercially viable Wireless HDMI product that supports...


Ed's View - HD3D: It's Coming Fast

By Ed Milbourn • Oct 22 2008, 4:22pm

Spurred on by the technical and economic success of digitally produced and distributed motion pictures, the inevitable emergence of the third dimension of consumer HD is upon us. Consider the following items...


Internet2 and Partners Demonstrate First Uncompressed High-Definition Video Using Dynamic Circuit Networks

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 15 2008, 5:28pm

This week at its annual Fall Member Meeting in New Orleans, La., Internet2 together with several collaborators will showcase the first uncompressed high-definition videoconference application over revolutionary dynamic circuit networks (DCN). The demonstrations will highlight the promise of DCN and high-definition video technology to create the ultimate collaboration environment that can support new innovation in science, research, the arts, telemedicine and beyond.

"The Internet2 community is deploying...


HD Waveform - Vertical and Horizontal Filtering

By Richard Fisher • Jul 31 2008, 3:16pm

While rarely mentioned over the decades, vertical filtering, which removes horizontal detail in your image, has been around as long as CRT has and is still used to this day in displays and source scaling. Even with the arrival of DTV in 1998, vertical filtering was commonly used in the video circuits of consumer 1080i HDTV CRT displays. For this article we are looking at vertical or horizontal filtering related to luminance response.

The first step with horizontal and vertical filtering is...


SMPTE to Establish 3-D Home Entertainment Task Force Committee to Define Parameters of Stereoscopic 3-D Mastering Standard for Home Display

By Dale Cripps • Jul 21 2008, 4:15pm

The SMPTE is a standards setting society for the North American television and motion picture industries. While every task force formed within the SMPTE may not lead to a new industry success, a formation of one sends a very strong message that a seriousness for a topic has set in. The engineers that populate the SMPTE are, for the most part, from the manufacturing and content sectors. For those who have experienced 3D on the big screen (by way of the Christie digital projector) know that a great treat is in store for us when it comes home. That is now technically possible and some sets are being sold today as 3D-ready.

In years past every effort to commercialize 3D (something certainly not new in concept nor even technology) ended with a disappointing collapse. The failure has always been blamed on the same thing--those uncomfortable glasses a viewer must wear for essential left eye-right eye image separation. Several attempts have been made to avoid glasses by u ...


NBC Peacock Productions, Travel Channel Produce First Uncompressed HD Feed

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 17 2008, 12:12pm

Ascent Media Network Services, a provider of outsourced network origination services to the media and entertainment industry, today announced key milestones in the launch of uncompressed high definition (HD) video transport via Ascent's Midtown Manhattan switching facility.

Ascent announced that it has secured initial...


Samsung Electronics and Simplay Labs Launch the Simplay HD Self-Testing Pilot Program

By Shane Sturgeon • Jul 1 2008, 12:26pm

Simplay Labs, LLC, the leading solutions provider of technologies, testing programs, development tools, and interoperability and performance design standards for the high-definition (HD) consumer electronics industry, today announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEC) will be implementing a pilot program of Simplay HD testing and verification at Samsung's facilities. Administered by both companies, this program will expand Samsung's participation in the Simplay HD Testing Program by increasing product throughput, extending the range of products tested, and accelerating time to market.

This is the first-of-its-kind self-testing initiative for...

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High Definition Movies Before They Hit Blu-ray? Only if Your HDTV Permits It.

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 17 2008, 11:32am

How would you like to view an HD movie at home via Video-On-Demand (VOD) just a few weeks after its theatrical release, even before it's released on DVD and Blu-ray? Maybe your HDTV connections would not let you do it, despite the fact that you paid for the movie.

On May 9, 2008, the MPAA issued a petition to the FCC for a waiver of the SOC feature...


Home Theater Concepts: Is a 1440x1080 HD Camcorder Inferior to a 1920x1080 HD Camcorder?

By Robert A. Fowkes • May 16 2008, 4:08pm

The question has been raised regarding how good 1440x1080 resolution from HD camcorders is when compared to "full" 1920x1080 resolution devices. While it is technically accurate to say that 1920x1080 images contain more pixels than 1440x1080 images the actual appearance to the native eye is not as different as logic might make you think. And the choice of "1440" as the resolution in the horizontal direction in a "1920x1080" world is not an arbitrary number but carefully selected due to


Introducing BIDDLE(TM) Technology: Transforming Blu-Ray Disc Players Into Global HD Set-Top Boxes

By Shane Sturgeon • May 7 2008, 2:10am

Dreamer, a Korean-based leader in developing interactive TV-related platforms, announced today that it has opened an office in Burbank, CA in order to better serve Hollywood-based customers of its patented BIDDLE technology, which is currently in use by over one million subscribers in Korea.

Dreamer's BIDDLE technology is a software platform that makes it possible for...