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When it comes to electronics slim is always in. Samsung is set to unveil its latest flat panel TV at CES that is between just 6.5 and 7 mm thick. It utilizes LED technology for its backlight. The set will be marketed as the thinnest LCD TV yet to hit the marketplace. (Cynopsis 1/6)

While sales of Blu-ray discs cheered the market to some extent, total 2008 sales of home videos are expected to fall 3% to 4% from the $15.38 billion spent during the previous year, according to this report. Total spending on home videos, which includes rentals, also is expected to be below 2007′s total of $22.9 billion. Variety (1/5) , The Hollywood Reporter (1/5)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
December 10, 2008, 1:42 PM
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TECHNOLOGY

Netflix Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy says that the DVD-by-mail business now has 9 million subscribers and that its online video-streaming success is proof that consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable watching TV shows and movies via the Internet. Netflix has fueled growth this year, in part, by cementing deals with content providers such as Starz Entertainment and distribution partners such as Microsoft and TiVo. OneTRAK (12/9)

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Sony announced it will shut plants, curb R&D investment by 30% and cut 8,000 full-time jobs worldwide or 5% of its workforce in addition to another 8,000 contract or temporary staff. Sony slashed its operating profit forecast by 47% in Oct. as demand for TVs, electronics, computers and other goods began to wane. (Cynopsis 12/10)

The home video industry is pinning many of its hopes and dreams on the yesterday’s release of The Dark Knight to give the Blu-Ray format in particular a shot in the arm. Collectors will have their hands full as Warner Bros. released 4 different editions of the release:

  • A single-disc DVD in standard or widescreen format ($15)
  • A two-disc DVD special edition ($21-$23)
  • A Blu ray two-disc special edition ($24-$27)
  • A Blu ray two-disc limited edition with a model of the wide-tired batpod ($47-$60)
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Bose has unveiled two 3-2-1 DVD Home Entertainment Systems. The 3-2-1 GS and 3-2-1 GSX Series III systems are equipped with the same high-quality audio and feature HDMI output, which enables connectivity to high-definition televisions. (ElectronicHouse.com 7/11)

Open Air Cinema has introduced its CineBox Home Outdoor Theater System, with which movie fans can watch their favorite flick from the comfort of their backyard. A 10-foot screen costs $399, and other components include a digital projector, DVD player, sound mixer and LED light. (CEPro.com 7/11)

Consumers spent $10.77 billion — a 1.6% increase — on DVD and Blu-ray purchases and rentals in the first half of this year, according to this article quoting Home Media magazine. Disc purchases grew 1.1%, to $6.87 billion, while rentals rose 2.6%, to $3.9 billion. (The Hollywood Reporter 7/13)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
June 25, 2008, 9:42 PM
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For homeowners who don’t like the look of speakers or are lacking for space, U.K.’s Amina Technologies has developed technology that builds them into the walls. With the Plaster In-Wall Loudspeaker, “all visual signs of a sound source completely disappear, but it also leaves a minimal technological impact to create a stunning interior design,” according to Amina, which is selling three variations starting at just under $900. (Pocket-lint.co.uk 6/24)

Blu-ray disc sales will reach about $9.5 billion in 2012, the year it will overtake standard DVD, according to a new home-entertainment-industry report, which bases its projection on an optimistic prediction on the amount of Blu-ray content that will be released. Sales of HD discs reached nearly 9 million units last year, which generated more than $260 million in sales. (ElectronicHouse.com 6/24)

For homeowners who don’t like the look of speakers or are lacking for space, U.K.’s Amina Technologies has developed technology that builds them into the walls. With the Plaster In-Wall Loudspeaker, “all visual signs of a sound source completely disappear, but it also leaves a minimal technological impact to create a stunning interior design,” according to Amina, which is selling three variations starting at just under $900. (Pocket-lint.co.uk 6/24)

Blu-ray disc sales will reach about $9.5 billion in 2012, the year it will overtake standard DVD, according to a new home-entertainment-industry report, which bases its projection on an optimistic prediction on the amount of Blu-ray content that will be released. Sales of HD discs reached nearly 9 million units last year, which generated more than $260 million in sales. (ElectronicHouse.com 6/24)

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