New Slingbox in the works

Sling Media has received approval from the FCC for a new version of its media streaming console Slingbox. Currently titled the "Slingbox A/V," it comes with audio/video cable inputs on the side to allow streaming of recorded content from external sources like a DVR or DVD player.

Infrant moves upmarket with 3 TB, $4K media server

Infrant Technologies today announced a "virtually silent" media server targeted at the audio/visual enthusiast home theater market.

BenQ to offer super-slim 7.2-megapixel digital camera model X720

BenQ will offer a 7.2-megapixel digital camera, model X720, claimed to be the world's slimmest in the 7.0-megapixel and above range, with the launch scheduled for late next month and the recommended retail price yet to be determined, according to the company.

Tivo enters HD age with Series 3 DVR

TiVo today announced details and availability of latest set top box. The Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder is the first TiVo recorder to capture and present video in high definition from your cable connection, and according to the company, the world's only digital media recorder with THX certification.

Adobe updates Photoshop and Premiere Elements software

Adobe today announced new versions of their Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements software Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 will be available later this year.

First mini HDMI cable announced

Accell claims to be the first cable manufacturer that is offering a HDMI mini compatible cable. HDMI mini, which was announced on 22 June of this year, offers the same feature set as HDMI 1.3 through a more compact connector that is expected to be integrated into consumer electronics such as digital still and video cameras. Accell said that the mini HDMI cable will eb available in 7-ft length. Pricing and availability were not announced.

JVC to release 1080p projector with 10,000:1 contrast ratio

JVC said it has developed a new display technology for high-definition home projectors that can deliver a native contrast ratio of 10,000:1. The technology will also offer a brightness of 800 lumens and 1080p resolution (1920x1080 progressive). JVC said that it will offer the first 10,000:1 1080p projector early next year. If you are planning to upgrade your home theater with such a device, be prepared to spend about $7000.

Amazon opens digital video download store has officially launched its digital video download service, Amazon Unbox, which reportedly will allow customers to watch movies on their PC in DVD quality. According to the company, more than 30 movie studios and TV networks have already confirmed plans to provide content to Unbox.

MSI preps Bluetooth audio transmitter for Ipods

Chicago (IL) - Micro Star International (MSI) has received FCC approval for a Bluetooth audio transmitter that will enable users of Ipods and other MP3 players as well as other devices with audio jacks to wirelessly stream music to Bluetooth-enabled headsets. The "FS320" package comes with an Ipod Nano-sized transmitter, an audio cable with 3.5 mm input, an USB-based charger as well as drivers and other software on a CD.

Sony increases outsourcing LCD TVs

Facing the fast falling ASP (average selling price) for LCD TV panels and competitive LCD TV market, Sony now has to place more orders with LCD TV makers to gain more profits, according to sources.

Samsung releases LED LCD TV and full HD LCD TVs

Samsung Electronics recently announced the release of a 40" LCD TV with LED backlight technology, along with 40" and 46" LCD TVs with full high-definition TV (HDTV) functionality.

20th Century-Fox will finally join Warner, releasing Blu-ray titles

UPDATE 31 August 2006 2:25 pm ET Los Angeles (CA) - There has never been any doubt that 20th Century-Fox has been firmly entrenched in the Blu-ray camp, as one of that technology's more outspoken supporters. But unlike Sony - seen as Blu-ray's caretaker, and the parent of Columbia, Tri-Star, and MGM - 20th has held out on announcing actual titles and release dates for the format. That changed this morning, with 20th's announcement of eight titles for US release on 14 November, and a ninth the following week.

Vivendi tries to turn SpiralFrog into a music prince

Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) is trying to turn startup SpiralFrog into a music prince by offering its entire backlog of songs for free download. The songs will be downloadable after users agree to watching some advertisements. Both UMG and SpiralFrog hope the partnership will break Apple iTunes' grip on the downloadable music market.

Blu-ray and HD-DVD to freeze competition until 2007 due to laser diode shortage

Since manufacturers of blue laser diodes are still unable to improve yield rates, the shortage may result in pushing back the competition between Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD-DVD optical disc drives in the market to the first quarter of 2007, according to sources at optical disc drive (ODD) manufacturers.

LGE unveils 60" single scan PDP

LG Electronics (LGE) announced on August 20 that the company has successfully developed a 60" HD plasma display panel (PDP) featuring single scan technology, according to the Korean-language Electronic Times .

ATI announces new TV Cards

ATI Technologies announced two new TV cards on Monday.

Gloomy outlook for HD DVD, Blu-ray based on old report, says its author

The author of a report cited in yesterday's USA Today as evidence of a weak high-definition DVD market, told TG Daily today that report was two months old.

LCD TV shipments surge despite economic potholes :NPD

A report by NPD analyst unit DisplaySearch published yesterday states worldwide shipments of LCD TVs rose during the usually less vigorous spring quarter of the year by an astonishing 28% over the first quarter, and 135% over Q2 2005. Perhaps more astonishing, high North American sales were to credit for the boost, up 48% over the prior year.

Samsung preps 70" high-end LCD TV panel for 2007

Seoul (Korea) - Screens for home theaters can't be large enough and if your 50" or 65" has become too mainstream then Samsung will soon be offering an upgrade opportunity: 70" TVs with full HD resolution will become available next year.

HD DVD outsells Blu-ray at lower revenues

HD DVD players posted a more successful launch than its Blu-ray rival, at least in terms of the number of players sold.