Toshiba's 55" SED TV to be a no-show at CES

If you had high hopes of seeing Toshiba's "soon-to-be-released" SED TV showcased at CES in just a few weeks, well, you can probably already read the writing on the wall.

Sony, Panasonic and Samsung lead race to dominate the connected home, says Strategy Analytics

Sony, Panasonic and Samsung lead the wave of the leading mobile, PC and consumer electronics companies that are targeting the connected home for their next major growth opportunity, according to research firm.

Panasonic and Vizio offer $1000 42" PDP TVs

Both Panasonic and Vizio have cut prices of their 42" PDP (plasma display panel) TVs to $1000 in the North American market, according to industry sources.

Jack Tretton to take Kaz Hirai's former Sony title

Sony's big corporate shake-up is one step closer to being finalized, as the electronics giant has announced that Jack Tretton will step up to Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) CEO after the former title holder, Kaz Hirai, gets bumped to president of the company's global entertainment company.

Philips battles video piracy with MediaHedge

As sites like Youtube and Myspace struggle to keep unauthorized copyrighted content from being uploaded, Philips has introduced a new tool that it says will help identify whether or not a video is pirated.

Intel's first movie to go online on Dec 15

More than 17 months after announcing a digital media joint venture with Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, Intel is close to be releasing its first film.

Westinghouse announces affordable 42" LCD television

Westinghouse Digital Electronics has announced a new 42" LCD monitor for a low price. The W4207 features a 1366 by 768 pixel resolution and can display 720p video. Westinghouse also claims the television has a 1600 to 1 contrast ratio and a daylight viewable panel.

Mozart's music goes up online for free

Old school has gone new school, as 24,000 pages of Mozart's classical music has now been posted online, part of a widespread celebration of the composer's 250th birthday.

LCD Television prices drop 35% - study

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 giving free rentals to Netflix turncoats

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.

Tivo DRM cracked

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 releases new digital photo frames

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 announces 1080p projector with 15,000:1 contrast ratio

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.

Countdown to Christmas: Next-gen consoles, Zune - and the end of Blu-ray

The Playstation 3 sold out in minute and it took 8 days for 600,000 Nintendo Wii boxes to fly off the shelves. Both can now be bought on Ebay for several times their list price, despite the fact that early products will likely have more problems and the value of these things will drop like a rock once supply equals demand. Sales of the stratospherically priced products on Ebay aren't brisk suggesting folks may be wiser this year than they were last.

Pinnacle spins out consumer HD DVD authoring software

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.

Epson debuts 1080p home projector

Epson's forthcoming PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 home projector will offer 1080p resolution, 12,000:1 contrast, and a $5000 price tag.

Movies and TV shows pop up on Xbox Live

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.

AUO may roll out 65" TV panels in H1 2007

AU Optronics (AUO) will introduce 65" LCD TV panels perhaps as early as the second quarter of 2007, as it rolls out its first panels over 50", according to market sources.

Logitech, Monster Cable unveil new generation of remote controls

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.

Samsung rumored to be reducing 40" and 46" panel output

Rumors are circulating that Samsung Electronics has reduced output of its 40- and 46" LCD TV panels by nearly 20% amid reduced orders from downstream clients since November.