By Lisa Johnston
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Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Set-top-box maker Boxee confirmed it has been acquired by Samsung Electronics.
A confirmation statement posted on the Boxee’s website also notes, “The beta Cloud DVR functionality we provided to certain Boxee TV users will be discontinued on July 10. You will not have access to your existing recordings after that date.”
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
CE Week New York — Vivek Khemka, Dish product management senior VP, used a keynote address at the S3 2nd Screen Summit during CE Week, here, Thursday to reveal that the satellite-TV provider is opening its second-screen application programming interface (API) to “trusted third-party partners.”
The goal, he said, is to generate a variety of aggregated second-screen apps that Dish subscribers can use to build a richer, more enjoyable user experience across all of the content options available to them on the pay-TV platform.
Batavia, N.Y. — Display Development introduced two compact True Cinema video projectors on Monday — the Digital Film 4 (DF4) and Digital Film 5 (DF5), both of which offer an optional 3D upgrade, 10,000-lumen Xenon lamp and 28-inch-deep chassis.
Both models are available to Display Development installers and dealers now at an $89,000 suggested retail for the Digital Film 4 and $80,000 for the Digital Film 5.
Irvine, Calif. — Vizio launched Tuesday an online social community, called Vizio Fandemonium, for fans of all stripes of home entertainment.
Vizio said the social network would give fans a chance to rally together to share and express their enthusiasm for sports, music, movies, games and more.
Batavia, N.Y. — Ultra high-end home-theater projector source Display Development, which claimed to have developed the residential architectural video system category, kicked off Tuesday a special dealer promotion leveraging its proprietary Smart Cooling System (SCS).
Hulu’s future appears to be up in the air as acquisition rumors continue to heat up, but the company's software engineers remain squarely focused on the here and now as Hulu rolls out a new “Living Room” platform for its subscription-based TV streaming service.
San Francisco — Recon Instruments, the technology company behind the first consumer heads-up display (HUD) for sports, is showing an early version of the Recon Jet, a high-performance HUD at Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, today.
San Francisco – Epson America is using this week’s Google I/O Developers Sandbox, here, to demonstrate a host of enterprise applications that take advantage of the capabilities built into its Moverio BT-100 3D “smart glasses”.
Among the BT-100’s capabilities on display will be gesture-control functionality that lets viewers select, play, rewind, fast-forward and pause YouTube videos, using simple motions like, nodding, tilting, or turning the head.
Osaka, Japan — Sharp Electronics reported a wider loss on flat sales for its fiscal year, ended March 31 and has replaced its president.
The net loss was 545.3 billion yen for the year, compared with a net loss of 376 billion yen in the prior year. Operating loss was 146.7 billion yen compared with the prior year’s 37.5 billion yen loss. Net sales were up 0.9 percent to 2,478.5 billion yen for the year.
Cerritos, Calif., — Airflex5D, a sister company of Elite Screens specializing in multi-projector stacking processors, has introduced the Airflex5D-60 in time for the upcoming Infocomm show in Orlando, Fla., June 12-14.
Airflex5D’s 2D/3D multi-projector stacking processors are designed to precisely align images of multiple standard projectors into one single picture with professional-level amplified brightness.