By Lisa Johnston
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Costa Mesa, Calif. — BenQ America introduced Wednesday its M7-series business projectors.
The new SKUs include the MX768 and MW769, both of which offer up to 4,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, contrast ratios extending to 13,000:1, and flexible installation options that reduce the need for manual adjustments.
Both models are available now at suggested retails of $2,199 (MX768) and $2,399 (MW769).
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Durham, N.C. — Consumers continue to grow frustrated watching the same channels repeatedly and are migrating more and more to over-the-top (OTT) video streaming alternatives, according to a fourth-quarter 2013 survey outlined in TiVo’s Digitalsmiths’ “Video Trends Report.”
Los Angeles – Marc Finer, formerly DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group technical director, advances to the position of DEG senior director, the group said Thursday.
According to a DEG statement, the promotion reflects Finer’s expanding responsibilities in focusing on emerging platforms that provide consumers exciting new experiences in both home entertainment and consumer electronics.
Eagan, Minn. – National CE distributor Capitol has added BenQ America’s line of home and pro projectors to its product assortment.
“BenQ is one of the leading innovators in visual displays, and the company’s projectors are considered to be among the best on the market,” said Capitol president and chief financial officer Curt Hayes. “Adding them to our portfolio further strengthens the options available to our customers who serve the home theater and professional A/V sectors.”
Tokyo – Sony, which is in the midst of major global corporate restructuring, is now reportedly trying to sell its former headquarters and surrounding buildings in central Tokyo.
According to a Nikkei report Friday, the sale by the struggling electronics giant continues the offloading of real estate holdings from a year ago, when the company sold its U.S. headquarters building at 550 Madison Ave. in New York City for $1.1 billion.
Los Gatos, Calif. — Netflix took a strategic step Sunday to ensure that its subscribers who use Comcast broadband service continue to receive unimpeded movie and TV program streaming.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal Sunday, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for direct access to its broadband network, eliminating the need to go through backbone service providers, which have been under pressure to pay ISPs like Comcast for improved access to their broadband users.
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.
Sunrise, Fla. — Sim2 USA unveiled Wednesday its latest generation of three-chip, DLP-based home cinema projectors.
The company said it is adding six Grand Cinema models: the Lumis Uno E, Lumis 3D-PF, Superlumis, Superlumis Pro, Superlumis Duo and the limited-edition Fuoriserie.
Suggested retails will range from $26,000 for the entry Lumis Uno E, to $120,000 for the Superlumis Duo.
New York – Glasses-free 3DTV resource Rembrandt 3D this week premiered a 55-inch 4K LCD, Auto Stereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D (AS3D) television system showing a pilot presentation of Frank Lloyd Wright's, “Fallingwater in 3D” at the American Institute of Architects (AIA), here.