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Osaka, Japan — Panasonic reported higher operating profit and net income, but CE sales were down as the company emphasized profitability in its fiscal first quarter, ended June 30.
Operating profit increased to 64.2 billion yen, from 38.6 billion yen a year ago, due mainly to fixed cost reduction, including a decrease in bonuses and positive impact of yen depreciation.
Net income rose to 107.7 billion yen, from 12.8 billion yen the prior year, mainly on a one-time gain of 79.8 billion yen from pension plan changes incurred as other income.
Sunnyvale, Calif. – In an attempt to open its products to a broader audience, high-end movie server developer Kaleidescape unveiled Tuesday the Cinema One, a compact movie server and player combination system.
Cinema One, which carries a $3,995 price, is targeted at midrange high-performance home entertainment equipment enthusiasts, and rings in at almost $10,000 less than the starting price on the previous server.
Plainview, N.Y. — Elmo USA introduced Wednesday its first portable LED video projector: the Boxi MP-350.
The compact, 300-lumen unit is targeted at mobile users who need HD (WXGA) resolution for presentations or entertainment use, the company said. The Elmo Boxi MP-350 (which is available now through Wynit Distribution at a $659 suggested retail) has a footprint measuring less than 6 inches square and weighs 1.1 pounds.
Seattle — MediaMall Technologies said Tuesday that its PlayOn software will now make Aereo local TV channels accessible to Aereo TV users on select gaming consoles, set-top boxes and Android devices.
Using PlayOn software, Aereo users will be able to stream Aereo content on almost any DLNA-compatible device, including the PlayStation3, Xbox 360, Google TV, Wii, Wii U and others, beginning July 10.
PlayOn will also bring Aereo to Android mobile devices, the company said.
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.”
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).