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Sunnyvale, Calif. — Home video server resource Kaleidescape said this week that it has launched the Blu-ray-quality component of its online video store.
Now Kaleidescape System owners can download movies from the Kaleidescape Store to view movies, special features and bonus content, with the same audio and video quality as the Blu-ray Disc versions.
The company said this is the first service of its kind to offer movies and bonus features in full Blu-ray-quality pictures and sound.
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.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Walmart’s video-on-demand streaming service Vudu notified registered users this week that thieves had broken into its offices and made off with hard drives and equipment containing some customer data.
Vudu said the theft occurred last month and included hard drives containing sensitive customer information, including names and addresses, birth dates, email addresses and account activity.
Sunnyvale, Calif. – Video processing systems developer DVDO released Friday its Quick6 6-by-2 4K Ultra High-Definition HDMI switcher.
DVDO’s Quick6 (available now at a $399 suggested retail) is said to enable upgrades of home-theater installations to the latest video connectivity technologies including InstaPrevue, which enables a live picture-in-picture preview of each connected HDMI device.
Portland, Ore. — EPEAT, a registry for green global electronics, said Tuesday that it has expanded its product categories to include environmental ratings for television sets.
The comprehensive standards registry gives governments, institutional purchasers and consumers the ability to identify environmentally preferable televisions, including HDTVs and Smart TVs, EPEAT said.
The EPEAT registry now includes registered televisions from LG Electronics and Samsung, which together account for more than one-third of global TV shipments and revenues.
New York — Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed Internet startup distributing local TV broadcasts online, won a federal appeals court ruling Monday that rejected a request from broadcasters and TV station owners to halt the service.
The Second Circuit Appeals court voted 2 to 1 to deny a preliminary injunction motion filed by media companies including Disney, CBS and News Corp. The decision upheld a decision made last summer.
Seattle — Online streaming software developer MediaMall Technologies said its PlayOn software is now able to access Redbox Instant, enabling viewers to leverage the on-demand video rental service with devices beyond the Xbox 360.
Beginning Wednesday, PlayOn users can watch Redbox Instant on their TV using Roku, PlayStation3, Wii, Wii U, Apple TV (via AirPlay) and other devices, without the need of an Xbox 360, Media Mall said.
Utrecht, The Netherlands – Semiconductor manufacturer GreenPeak Technologies has introduced its GP501 generation of ZigBee transceivers that allow Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee chips to work side by side in the same device.
GreenPeak said the GP501 also contains Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), allowing deep sleep modes of set-top boxes and other host devices by means of Wake-on-LAN messages.
Stamford, Conn. — Tablets, smartphones and Ultrabooks are helping energize second-screen TV viewing and helping boost social-TV activities, Gartner said in a recent study.
Gartner noted that TV viewing has always been a shared experience, albeit within the home up to this point, but the advent of social networks allows viewers to take their opinions and analysis outside to connected friends and family.
The study cited several factors as to why these new devices will dominate the social-TV experience:
Batavia, N.Y. — Display Development, developer of residential architectural video systems, said Tuesday it is expanding its facilities here by 4,000 addition square feet.
The additional space will accommodate manufacturing, light assembly, engineering and distribution, Display Development said.
As Hulu CEO Jason Kilar heads out the door and with its future in limbo, the Internet TV site continues to perform well on videos views and ad metrics -- although its total audience put it in 13th place behind other video properties for the month of February, according to research firm comScore.