By Lisa Johnston
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Saratoga, Calif. — Roku formally introduced Wednesday the next generation of its popular Streaming Stick that will work with regular HDMI inputs but will not require MHL support, opening the field of use to virtually all HDMI-equipped TVs.
The new Streaming Stick (HDMI version) will carry a $49.99 suggested retail in the U.S. ($59.99 in Canada) and will ship to retailers and consumers in April.
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Salt Lake City — A federal judge approved Wednesday a preliminary injunction against mobile TV service Aereo.
Judge Dale Kimball, of The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Utah, ruled in favor of local broadcasters Community Television of Utah, KUTV-TV, Fox Broadcasting, and Nexstar Broadcasting, although the case will not proceed further until after a similar injunction case is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in April.
Las Vegas – Technicolor announced at International CES that Seiki’s U-Vision Ultra HD up-converting HDMI cable and adapter are the first accessory products to receive Technicolor 4K Image Certification.
With this new class of products, Seiki is creating a new way for consumers to view HD content on 4K Ultra HD TVs. The U-Vision brand 4K up-conversion HDMI cable and adapter will incorporate active electronics that up-convert FullHD content into high-quality 4K Ultra HD, while enabling consumers to see the benefits of 4K TV from any source device, Technicolor said.
Denver — Despite rumors of the remote control’s death at the hands of smartphone and tablet apps, at least two suppliers are debuting new traditional high-end controllers at CEDIA Expo.
NextGen is showing its four-function programmable IR/RF remote control at booth 628 at the show. The remote, which will ship in October for $69.99, is designed to be used with the company’s Genius or Plus remote extenders. It can also be used as a stand-alone device.
Raleigh, N.C. — Mohu, an HDTV antenna manufacturer, launched Wednesday its “TV-For-Free” web tool that is said to simplify the process of finding free TV and HD channels broadcast in local neighborhoods across the country.
The web-based easy-to-use TV-For-Free tool requires users to input a home address or ZIP code to display a list of available channels and sub-channels alongside the antennas needed to access them.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech no longer plans to sell off its remote-control business, the company announced.
It said in a statement: “The company has determined that retaining ownership is in the best interest of its shareholders. The Harmony product line has gained momentum following the April introduction of the Harmony Ultimate product, which is available in major retail locations including select Apple stores in the U.S., and has exceeded the company’s expectations for customer connections.”
Camarillo, Calif. — SMK-Link Electronics has launched what it is calling the industry’s first universal remote controls for projectors.
The 24-button IR remote supports “all popular projector makes and models,” the company said. Supported manufacturers include 3M, BenQ, Boxlight, Canon, Casio, Christie, Dell, Dukane, Eiki, Epson, Hitachi, HP, InFocus, JVC, Mitsubishi, NEC, Optoma, Panasonic, Phillips, Pioneer, Polaroid, Polyvision, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Smart, Sony, Toshiba, Vidikron and Viewsonic, among others.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech has added to its Harmony line of remote with the introduction of the Harmony Touch.
The device lets users add, remove and re-order up to 50 channel icons from their cable or satellite providers on a 2.4-inch color touchscreen. Channels, games and music can be accessed by tapping, swiping or scrolling the screen.
Set up is done online.