San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
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.
New York — Online movies service Popcornflix has been added to the Sony Entertainment Network, enabling users of Sony Bravia devices — including Bravia Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray Disc players — free access to the service’s movie library.
The companies said Sony customers can now watch more than 650 feature-length films at no charge with no subscription necessary.
Seoul, South Korea — Samsung Electronics extended a $110 million lifeline investment to Japan’s Sharp on Wednesday, giving the South Korean giant another source of LCD displays for everything from TVs to mobile devices.
Samsung will get a 3 percent stake in Sharp after the deal is completed at the end of the month.
Sharp has been restructuring its operations in the face of continued losses. It is expecting an estimated $5 billion loss this fiscal year.
Beaverton Ore. – Lumagen introduced Monday a new Radience series video processor incorporating DarbeeVision’s Darbee Visual Presence (DVP) technology for enhanced 3D-like image quality and detail in both 2D and 3D material.
The Radiance 2021, which is shipping now at a $2,795 suggested retail price, includes all the video calibration and setup features of the previous Radiance product line, but with the inclusion of DVP technology bringing realistic visual depth cues and detail to the image.
Montreal — Sensio Technologies said Monday it has signed a 3D VOD content license agreement with The Walt Disney Studios.
The deal will offer 3D movies through the Sensio 3DGO! on-demand rental service beginning this month on select devices in the United States.
At launch, more than 20 initial Disney titles ranging from animated classics to adventure movies, will be available in the United States within “specific availability windows.”
Port Washington, N.Y. – Share of the $1.3 billion video-on-demand revenue generated by multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) in 2012 continued to be dominated by cable-TV operators, with 56 percent of the overall market, according to report issued Monday by The NPD Group.
NPD’s 2012 VideoWatch VOD Report showed satellite-TV operators ranked second with 27 percent share and telecom operators, with 18 percent, through the year.
New York – Sony Electronics U.S. president Phil Molyneux said the company is finalizing shop-front 4K Ultra HD sales executions for 2013, which will leverage a fourth-quarter native 4K download service coming this summer.
Molyneux, speaking at a press meeting in New York’s American Museum of Natural History, said that thus far Sony has been “very selective about who we have been partnering with” because “the story needs to be told very carefully to the consumer.”