Market research firm DisplayBank says the price for LCD television sets have dropped at least 35% this year. Prices for large 42" television sets have dropped 35% from last year and now average $2180 each. Cheaper LCD panels make up the majority of the savings and large panels now cost an average of $640 which is 42.9% less than last year.
Blockbuster is launching a holiday program to give free rentals to current Netflix customers. Until December 21, Netflix members can get free Blockbuster Total Access rentals by bring in the red address flaps from the Netflix envelopes. But there is a catch, customers must turn in the envelope flaps in person at a Blockbuster store.
Programmers have released a new program that can break Tivo's file protection and convert stored video clips into regular MPEG-2 files. The program called "tivodecode" is on Sourceforge.net and can be recompiled to different processors and architectures. After conversion, the MPEG-2 clips can be reconverted or moved to other computers.
Ceiva Logic today released a new line of digital photo frames. The frames integrate Wi-Fi connectivity and allow users to send pictures via Internet from a computer or camera phone to the frame.
JVC today announced a new flagship for its home video projector family. The new DLA-RS1 model provides 1080p resolution (1920x1080 progressive) and, according to the manufacturer, provides a contrast ratio of 15,000:1.
Looking to target the true HD DVD enthusiasts, Pinnacle Systems today introduced a platform for general consumers to create their own HD DVDs with full HD motion menus and high-definition video authoring.
Exactly one year after the Xbox 360 made its retail debut, the console's online service lived up to promises made this month, as movie and TV show downloads are now available on Xbox Live.
Two companies, Logitech and Monster Cable are trying to spice up the typically hum-drum remote control with remotes that control not only all your audio/visual gear, but also your interior lighting. While both company's remotes do the same thing, they look and feel quite different.
As home theaters become an increasingly large part of the home entertainment market, custom component makers have found a niche for the home theater enthusiast. Numinus is one such vendor and makes "Stardomes", decorative and acoustic panels filled with glittering stars and glowing nebulae.
Showcasing the latest model of itsart-over-TV product, TV Coverups is on hand at the Electronic House Expo with one of the more artistic showings. The company now offers a more affordable, manual mechanism that allows consumers to flip between a large-screen TV and a framed piece of artwork, in addition to the automatic, remote control-based model.
One of the more interesting things we found at Electronic House Expo is a full-room home speaker tower from Ferrari. The elegant and expensive car maker wants to make the speakers as luxurious and exclusive as possible, and at a $20,000 standalone price, it meets that depiction.
Speakers are usually big and ugly boxes, but Stealth Acoustics wants to change that with their invisible in-the-wall speakers. All the components are housed inside the dry wall and the speakers make sound by vibrating the wall and surrounding wood studs.
We've known for some time Apple was planning a spoiler party at MacWorld during CES to take the edge off Microsoft's Vista launch later that same month. Today Microsoft struck first by launching Xbox Live Video Marketplace their own iTV like offering with the Xbox 360 and folks that already have one, in effect get an iTV for free.
Wal-Mart is rolling back prices on dozens of televisions and gadgets in an effort to attract cooler shoppers. Televisions will have the deepest cuts with a Panasonic 42" HD plasma television selling for $1294 and an RCA 32" LCD HDTV for $847.
Panasonic's 103" plasma TV recently became available for purchase on a number of U.S. websites. And apparently, the device isn't quite a hot seller, with even a limited supply resulting in ample availability on the web. As a result, prices for the TV already have dropped considerably, with most etailers offering a $20,000 discount: Instead of the suggested retail price of nearly $70,000, the TH-103PF9UK is offered for just under $50,000.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the 5 December release of Miami Vice will mark the first HD DVD release of a movie that was shot in full high-definition. With features like Microsoft's HDi technology and TrueHD lossless sound, Miami Vice will be one of the most technologically superior movies on the HD DVD format, says Universal.
Sunnyvale (CA) - A new wireless protocol spec promises to stream multiple uncompressed HD videos up to 33 feet away. The spec is being spearheaded by the Wireless HD group composed of several consumer electronic manufacturers that include LG, Matsushita, Samsung and Sony. While the spec isn't finalized yet, it will probably function in the 60 GHz band which can transfer at more than 25 Gbps allowing for two to three uncompressed 1080p streams.
Benq recently announced the introduction of its newest professional DLP (digital-light processing) projector, MP510, with and MSRP of $499.
Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD today said that Dell will be introducing entertainment PCs that are based on Live platform. Dell does not offer the Competing Intel Viiv platform in its PCs at this time, which could provide with a very unique positioning within the Dell lineup.
At the Broadband World Forum Europe today, Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Cisco, Motorola, Philips, and Tatung to provide new set-top boxes for Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), to support high-definition TV, digital video recording, and other advanced features.