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Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha plans shipments of a new 3D Blu-ray player that will expand its selection of SACD-equipped models to two.
The BD-S677, shipping in April at a suggested $329, will also be the company’s first Blu-ray player with wireless Miracast to stream content wirelessly from Miracast-compatible smartphones and tablets. It’s also the company’s first to connect to Dropbox to stream Cloud-stored videos, music, pictures and documents.
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Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp plans early 2014 shipments of the first Blu-ray player certified by the WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) Association to transmit multichannel audio wirelessly to active WiSA-certified home-theater speakers.
The universal player will be on display at International CES and will ship early in 204. It was named a CES Innovation 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree.
Los Angeles — The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) announced Wednesday the incoming board members and officers for its 17th year of promoting content and technologies for the home entertainment industry.
The DEG’s voting member companies recently elected a new board of directors to serve for the 2013 to 2014 fiscal year (Aug. 1 to July 31).
New to the board are Sofia Chang of HBO Home Entertainment, Tom McDonough of Intel Media Services and Darren Stupak of Sony Music Entertainment.
New York — Panasonic has released pricing on its first-ever streaming-media players and its 2013 Blu-ray line, both ready for shipment now and introduced originally during International CES.
The streaming-media players are the DMP-MST60 and the DMP-MS10 featuring Viera Connect and IP VOD, respectively. The DMP-MST60 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail of $99.99 while the DMP-MS10 has a suggested retail of $79.99.
Montebello, Calif. – Theta Digital shipped its first universal Blu-ray disc transport with 3D Blu-ray capability.
The $3,995-suggested Compli Blu 3D joins the $2,995 Compli Blu, a universal Blu-ray transport without 3D playback.
Both models are designed to connect to outboard audio DACs or to preamp/processors with embedded DACs. “It’s simply impossible to build a DAC into a disc player that can compare with the finest outboard units,” claimed Theta chief engineer Dave Reich.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Sales of Blu-ray Disc and DVD movies were the largest revenue drivers for the movie industry in 2012, according data released this week by The NPD Group.
Blu-ray tallied 61 percent (down from 64 percent in 2011) of home video spending on movies (excluding subscription video-on-demand services like Netflix), NPD said.
NPD attributed the decline to lower average prices of Blu-ray titles, which fell 7 percent to $19.97 per unit last year.
New York — One-Blue said Thursday that U-Tech Media has signed on as a licensee of the One-Blue Blu-ray Disc (BD) product licensing program.
U-Tech Media signed the BD-ROM Movie Disc and/or Data Disc License Agreement that grants the company access to important patents essential to the Blu-ray Disc standard from licensors, including CyberLink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha.
New York — Optical disc replicators PrimeDisc Marketing and Bestdisc Technology have joined the One-Blue Blu-Ray Disc (BD) product licensing program as licensees, One-Blue LLC said Wednesday.
Both companies signed BD ROM Disc License Agreements that grant each company access to important patents from leading licensors, including CyberLink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha.
Los Angeles – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment hopes to jump-start the electronic sell-through (EST) business for movies with the launch of its Digital HD initiative, which lets consumers purchase a movie title for streaming or downloading to multiple home and portable devices.