June 8, 2009

LG Network Blu-ray Players with Netcast

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LG has released two Network Blu-ray Disc Players with "NetCast Entertainment Access," a new generation of the BD300. Both the BD 370 and the BD 390 were on display at the CES 2009 and feature WiFi capability, 1080p up-scaling, instant access to Roxio, CinemaNow, Netflix, and YouTube, as well as other entertainment channels. The BD 390 has 1GB memory for BD Live, wireless capability and has the very cool option of download-to-own and pay-per-view with one remote click.

Via LG Blu-ray Players

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June 5, 2009

PlayNow Arena Adds Movies

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Sony Ericsson's PlayNow Arena, a European service that currently allows downloading of games and music, plans to add movies this month with W995 in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Users get to choose from about 15 movies a month, download them on their PC, transfer to phone, then watch for up to 90 days. We expect this will be a trend, as it seems once one company comes up with an edge, others tend to jump on the selected bandwagon.

Via Playnow Arena

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June 4, 2009

Asus O!Play Media Player

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When the next Computex rolls around in Taiwan, Asus will be showing off its new O!Play. The media player is packed with eSATA storage and connectivity, 1080p playback and output and DTS decoding to LPCM over HDMI. Due out in July, it features their Realtek chip, which so far is in the realm of fuzzy details. Look for a price of €119 (~$168.00.)

Via The Inquirer

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June 2, 2009

AMEX Venice V-38HD Media Player

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AMEX Digital will soon be releasing the Venice V-38HD. The media player has a Sigma Designs SMP8635/4 chipset, 2TB SATA hard drive, HDMI connectivity, NAS support and DVD backup and playback for digital audio and video. The Venice comes with handy remote but there is no pricing or date of availability as yet.

Via AMEX

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June 1, 2009

Hulu Releases Desktop beta

Hulu has announced a Desktop application built on flash for use with your PC or Mac. As opposed to their regular service, this one runs on your computer and doesn't need a browser. Usable with Windows Media Center or Apple control, it only takes 6 buttons to navigate. No remote? Use your keyboard and mouse. Hulu Desktop has been launched in beta, is looking for your feedback and will soon be available for the masses. We are all for any company that has such clever commercials.

Via Hulu Labs

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May 28, 2009

Recent Viewing Trends in US Households

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Nielsen has determined that as of February, 1/3 of US TV homes had at least one HDTV and that they were the single most popular home entertainment purchase during the holidays. The survey also claims that they are not replacing other sets, but instead relocate their older ones to other rooms. The average household has 2.6 total sets.

NPR's "Entertainment Trends in America" report claims that the US spends 80% of its hard earned bucks renting or buying discs as opposed to downloading. Sixty three percent was spent on DVD, while 7% went to Blu-ray. The remaining amount went to non-physical media such as VOD. While these two announcements certainly let us know the trends in viewing habits, we want to know if that 2.6 figure is like having 2.3 kids.

Via Nielsen

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Kinetic UK Releases Combo DVD Media Centers

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Kinetic UK seems to be covering all bases as its new 3 media center PCs has both Blu-ray and HD DVD compatibility. They also have up to 6TB of storage space, Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad/Core i7 processor choices and many CTO options. Choose between the Mini HD:Hub for £849.00 (~$1,351.00,) the Home HD:Hub for £1449.00 (~$2,306.00,) and the X HD:Hub at a price of £1569.00 (~$2,497.00.)

Via Kinetic UK

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May 26, 2009

Sharp Aquos DX has Built-in Blu-Ray Burner

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Comparison shop at an electronics store in the HDTV department and our guess is that if Aquos is there, it wins best picture, hands down. Here is another reason to covet one with the release of their latest HDTV that has a digital tuner for programming and a burner for recording Blu-ray discs. The Aquos DX, aka LC-20DX1, has a 20" screen and two built-in speakers. Available June 20 in Japan, it carries a price of $1,590.00.

Via Slash Gear

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May 21, 2009

LG Blu-ray Player to Feature Nero

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Fans of Nero will be glad to know that soon they will be bundling their new
MediaHome Essential with the LG BD390 Blu-ray Disc Player. With it you can stream photos, audio and video from your PC. The BD390 can already get Netflix HD, YouTube, Cinema Now BD-Live and upconvert to HD, as well as 7.1 surround sound channel audio output.

Via VPO Press Release


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May 19, 2009

boxee Challenges Developers

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For those who are both developers and boxee owners, the company has issued a challenge. Select from the three categories of video, music and photos. As an extra incentive, the People's Choice Award in each category will win a Drobo and the Judge's Choice Award will receive a 46″ Sony Bravia XBR9, which is being released in June. Get to work now as the application deadline is June 14. The winning apps will be announced on June 23 at a boxee event in San Francisco.

Via boxee blog

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