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TECHNOLOGY

Roku, the company whose set-top box originally made it possible to stream Netflix content on TVs, has come out with two new video players. The Roku SD supports standard-definition content of 480i and costs about $80; the Roku HD-XR supports 702p video and retails for $130. Digital Trends(10/27)

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By 2013, there could be as many as 46 million homes worldwide with 3-D-capable TV sets, according to GigaOM Pro analyst Alfred Poor, who added that the rate of uptake would be greatly affected by cost considerations. Sony and Panasonic, both of whom have said they will launch 3-D HDTVs next year, are likely to lead the way. Yahoo!/The Associated Press (10/26

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High-definition products for the home-entertainment market are poised to triple by 2012 compared with 2008 numbers. “The high-tech industry’s efforts to provide HD service to every home now are finally coming to fruition. This has resulted in an explosion of shipments of consumer-electronics devices that support HD video, from new Blu-ray DVD players to ultrathin LCD HD Televisions (HDTVs) — and even some portable media players,” said Randy Lawson, senior analyst for iSuppli. Dealerscope (3/31)

Global information technology spending will fare worse in 2009 than during the dotcom bubble collapse of 2001, says industry research firm Gartner. A worsening global recession is discouraging corporations and consumers from spending to get the latest in technology. (Iwantmedia 3/31, http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE52U6B820090331 3/31)

Intel, as expected, on Monday unveiled its Xeon product, a new chip line designed for server systems that is said to double computing performance when compared with existing models. Several server makers are already making plans for the new chip line, with Hewlett-Packard developing 11 machines based on the Xeon 5500 chip. eChannelLine USA Daily News (3/30) , The Wall Street Journal (3/31)

Sony is offering two new Blu-ray recorders that include support for the acTVila video-delivery service for digital TVs. The 500GB BDZ-A950 and 320GB BDZ-A750 are both available in Japan. Electronista (3/30)

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San Francisco based Pure Digital Technologies, the seven year old company behind the Flip Video line of video cameras, is considering a sale of the company, multiple sources have confirmed. One interested buyer is rumored to be Cisco. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/06/pure-digital-flip-video-in-acquisition-discussions-cisco-may-be-buying 3/6)

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The average price of an HDTV had been falling since May 2008, but not so in February, when price tags jumped 10%, according to an analysis by Retrevo. The company said that retailers discounted HDTVs during the holidays and around the Super Bowl — two big sales periods for TVs — but that stores now are looking for higher, more sustainable price points. CEPro.com (3/6)

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Characterizing it as “an ultimate-quality, reference-standard, high-definition source component,” Marantz has introduced its new Blu-ray player, the BD8002. The device serves up 24 frames per second, 1080p image resolution and decoding of Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Pocket-lint.co.uk (1/29)

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Sony Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer showed the crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show 3-D video clips from “Cars” and the Orange Bowl to make his point that the technology is “closer than you think” to becoming widely available. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, appearing on stage with Stringer, said 3-D represented “the third great revolution” of the film industry after sound and color. Multichannel News (1/8)

The President-elect’s team called for a delay in the cutoff of analog TV signals yesterday after The Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, sent a letter to Capitol Hill late Tuesday requesting that the Feb. 17 transition be postponed to better prepare elderly and poorer consumers who still rely on rabbit ears for their television signals. The requests come days after federal officials announced that the program to distribute $40 coupons to defray the cost of digital converter boxes has run out of money. (The boxes retail for between $50-$80 each, without a coupon.) (Cynopsis 1/9)

Comcast and Panasonic announced they have started working on a new breed of digital cable set-top boxes that can link Panasonic’s Viera HDTVs to other entertainment devices in the home. Theoretically, the new boxes, which will employ HDMI-CEC technology, will enable nontru2way TVs to interact with tru2way set-top boxes via a unified remote control and user interface. CED Magazine.com (1/8) , Light Reading (1/8)

Dish Network unveiled the world’s first “SlingLoaded HD DuoDVR,” integrating Sling Media’s place shifting Slingbox technology with a dual tuner HD DVR enabling subscribers to view HD programming on their TVs, laptops or smartphones both at home and remotely. (Cynopsis 1/9)

IPTV programmer NeuLion unveils a new HD TV Box today that allows participating networks to deliver 720p and 1080i HD streaming to PCs or directly to HDTV sets. The current NeuLion box, available for $129, delivers a wide selection of foreign broadcasting services in 480p and 480i as well as sports programming including NFL football and NHL hockey to broadband customers on an a la carte basis. The new box is expected to ship in March 2009 for an undetermined price. (Cynopsis 1/9)

Like the folks who make a popular New Year’s resolution, TV sets will get thinner in the future, according to research from DisplaySearch. According to a new study, the firm estimated that ultraslim TVs — those no deeper than 1.6 inches — could account for 14 million units worldwide by 2012 and that these thin TVs could make up 18% of the North American, Japanese and Western Europe market in three years. TVWeek.com (1/8)

Sync, the voice-activated, dashboard entertainment and communication system launched by Ford 18 months ago, is beginning to look a lot like an iPhone. Like the Apple device, future iterations of Sync are expected to allow users to customize and further pimp their ride by integrating third-party applications as well as computer-generated avatars, Ford CEO Alan Mullaly said during a CES keynote address. The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) (1/9) , CNET (1/8)

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Interest in troubled Internet giant Yahoo has not waned, it just took a break for the holidays. A group of well known Silicon Valley executives and top investment bankers are putting together a Yahoo takeover deal that would be financed largely from debt supplied by Microsoft, Techcrunch has learned from sources with knowledge of the proposed transaction. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/07/investment-group-makes-run-for-yahoo-using-microsofts-money 1/7)

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(Below) Continued evidence that President-elect Obama plans to communicate with the American people using digital platforms thereby assuring him the title, “Most Accessible President in History.”  I’ll go make an acceptable banner…

President-elect Barack Obama‘s inaugural committee announced that this year’s inaugural ball will be webcast for the first time on Jan. 20 as part of the effort to include as many as possible in the celebration. The first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball will feature “a robust interactive component,” according to the committee, including webcasting and text messaging options to allow neighborhoods across the country to interact with President and the First Lady. (Cynopsis 1/7)

Video sharing site Metacafe launched a new NBA Channel offering daily highlights, top plays and weekly roundups. The offering marks Metacafe’s first licensing deal with a major sports league. (Cynopsis 1/7)

Viewing of HD television content online increased exponentially last year according to data released from HD-focused CDN Move Networks. Move, which handles content delivery for Fox, ABC and the CW, streamed more than 100 million hours of high definition content in 2008 and over 180 million total hours of content overall. Move’s unique viewers more than doubled from 25 million in 2007 to 55 million in 2008. The company’s next goal is to enable high quality streaming and time shifting across multiple devices. (Cynopsis 1/7)

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In a run at market leader Huawei Technologies, Nokia will begin selling devices next year that connect laptops to wireless networks, a fast-growing field that the cell phone maker hopes to penetrate by exploiting its experience with 3G technology. “Leveraging these capabilities, we believe we are well-positioned to become one of the winning providers for HSPA modem solutions,” said Nokia Vice President Tapio Markki. Yahoo!/Reuters (12/12)

New Nielsen research shows that the penetration of high-definition television in the U.S. has almost doubled in a year and now is in 23.2% of all households. The research company’s data indicate that penetration is highest in Washington, followed closely by Boston and New York, with sporting events and sports commentary ranking as the most-viewed HDTV programs. Mediaweek (12/11)

Oppo’s forthcoming BDP-83 Blu-ray player will have universal appeal, according to this report: The device will play SACDs, DVD-As, Blu-ray discs, DVDs and CDs. The price tag, expected to be in the $499 to $599 range, also is meant to please the masses. ElectronicHouse.com (12/11)

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