Chrysler to install hard drive-based infotainment systems

Chrysler announced that it will offer hard drive infotainment systems into cars of its Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brand by the end of this year. Initially, the "MyGig" system will be offered in the restyled Chrysler Sebring, the upcoming Dodge Nitro and the Jeep Wrangler, but other vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander as well as the Chrysler Town&Country minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica cross-over and the Chrysler Aspen, a rebadged Dodge Durango, will get the system as well.

Panasonic to offer $70,000 plasma TV for Christmas

Christmas is less than half a year away and some of us may already setting up their wish list for their parents and spouses. If you are looking for something different this year, ditch that Porsche and consider the world's largest plasma HDTV.

Sony BMG releases customized song without copy-protection

For the first time in legal music download history, there is a song from a major artists that actually sells without digital rights management (DRM).

Sony's new camcorders record high-def to mini-DVDs and hard drive

Sony has introduced two camcorders capable of recording 1080i resolution video to miniature DVDs. Both the HDR-UX1 and HDR-SR1 models will record 1920 by 1080 pixels and Dolby 5.1 surround sound using the new AVCHD codec (Advanced Video Codec High Definition). The UX1 model will record to 3" DVD discs, while the SR1 version will record to a built-in 30GB hard-drive.

Movielink to offer DVD burning - if Hollywood plays along

Novato (CA) - It's hard to justify more than $25 for a movie that you download and then is stuck on your hard drive. A new deal between Movielink and Sonic that allows users to burn a movie onto a DVD however may drive download services finally into the mainstream. But while the technology is already available, it is ultimately up to the movie studios to unlock the feature.

AUO and CMO to roll out new 42" LCD TV panels

Both AU Optronics (AUO) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) will introduce more 42" LCD TV panels in the second half of 2006, with AUO to use 7.5-generation (7.5G) substrate-made panels and CMO to use 5G substrates, according to sources.

Toshiba delays HD DVD-based DV-R in Japan

Tokyo (Japan) - Reuters is reporting that Toshiba has delayed the introduction of its HD DVD-based high-definition video recorder, the RD-A1 - originally scheduled for tomorrow - to the Japanese market, by about two weeks. The reason, the company says, is to allow inventory to build up, since procurement has run at a slower rate than expected.

Warner Home Video announces four Blu-ray titles for 1 August

Today, Warner Home Video announced its initial roster of four movie releases for the Blu-ray format, for general availability on 1 August. By our count, Warner has announced or released 37 titles for the HD DVD format, which was the first the studio originally supported.

Will Sony PlayStation 3 dry up supply of blue laser diodes for Blu-ray?

The Chinese-language Commercial Times has reported, and DigiTimes has backed up, that Lite-On IT, which produces Blu-ray disc burners under the BenQ brand as well as its own, expressed concerns as to whether Sony, the principal supplier of blue-laser diodes for Blu-ray components, will be able to produce enough diodes to meet demand from it and other suppliers.

World's largest plasma TV goes on sale

If you have been dreaming about watching that Big Game, Matsushita can make that game even bigger.

JVC ships 120 Hz LCD TVs to the US

JVC has announced two high definition LCD televisions that produce images at 120 frames each second. This framerate is double what normal televisions can produce and JVC promises the higher frequency will reduce blurring and ghost images common to normal televisions. The 37" LT-37X987 and the 32" LT-32X987 will both sport 1366 by 768 pixels (progressive)resolution and come with a multitude of inputs.

Prices for 40" LCD TVs to fall below $2000 by year-end

Prices for 40" LCD TVs are expected to drop to $1983 during the fourth quarter of this year, according to today's Chinese-language Commercial Times , citing data from Displaysearch.

New DVR to enable playback through PSP

The British CE publication is reporting that a company called Pinpoint Consumer Electronics will be manufacturing a pocket-sized MPEG-4 video recorder that will store recordings on memory sticks, enabling playback of recordings through Sony's PlayStation Portable.